A new month and another beautiful traditional Arabic recipe for the group Arabic flavor. Our wonderfully talented host Areej chose to take us to the north of Jordan, specifically to the city of Irbid to teach us how to make Matabka.
Matabka or matabqa is a traditional onion filled layered bread, popular in the North of Jordan. What sets this beautiful layered bread apart is the fact that it uses olive oil instead of butter to achieve the flaky layers. That gives it a uniqe earthy nuttiness that is simply irresistible
Biting into this bread is a real treat! The outer layers are crisp and crunchy while the inner layers are soft and chewy. The sauteed onions add a wonderful hint of sweetness that perfectly complements the delicate bread.
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nigella seeds (optional)
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
1/2 teaspoon anise…
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