Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Maloonga ~A Flat Bread From Yemen

Maloonga ~A Flat Bread From Yemen
Maloonga ~A Flat Bread From Yemen

This week I am doing International Flatbreads. My first thought was Aloo paratha, naan but Valli had said no Pakistan, India!

My first thought was not fair Valli I don’t have the time! but then Valli is not forcing me to sign up. I am doing it because I want to so explore beyond the boundaries and comfort zone. So here is my contribution to our exploration of flat breads.

If you want to see what a flatbread is and what a diverse variety of flatbreads India has then check this out.

Today I take you to Yemen and Malooga a Yemeni flat bread.

Apparently this is a very common yeasted flatbread in Yemen that is eaten with eggs, buttermilk, fasoolia and it is used in the Yemeni Ramadan dish called shafuta. But getting any documented history is difficult.

In Yemen, it is baked in a taboon to me it looks like a tandoor.

Traditionally a makhbaza is used to apply the malooga to the hot pan. The makhbaza is a round, domed tool that you place the malooga on. You pick it up from the bottom which has a handle, and with one swift motion, you smack the malooga on the hot pan or the taboon.

Since we cannot get a makhbaza, bake it like pizza crust.
I took the picture with the girls being extremely hungry and irritable for a delayed dinner, so that calls for a  trail again for better pictures.
Maloonga ~A Flat Bread From Yemen
Maloonga ~A Flat Bread From Yemen


Recipe Source: Here
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 ½  tsp active yeast
  • 5- 6 cups flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup semn, warmed
  • 2 tbsp  oil

  • Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water and proof it.
  • To the 5 cups of flour and salt add the  water as needed. Mix with hand, adding more flour if needed to form a stiff dough.
  • Knead for at least 10 minutes or until dough is smooth, not sticky, and pliable.
  • Cover dough, and place in a draft-free place. Set aside for 1 hour or until risen.
  • On a surface sprinkled with flour, cut dough into mounds( the recommendation was of the size of what you do for a large pizza suit yourself). Let sit for 5 min.
  • Preheat oven at250°C/ 550° F.
  • Mix the warmed semn with oil in a small bowl. Prepare a large surface by sprinkling flour. Place one of the mounds on the surface and pat down and stretch into a rectangle, 1/2 an inch thick (about 20 x 15). I used a rolling pin.
  • Brush or smear with your hand the  entire surface with the semn-oil mix.
  •  Fold dough in half towards you. Brush the top surface with semn-oil mix and fold it in half towards you again. Brush with semn-oil mix and fold in half sideways. Brush again. Fold sideways and brush with mix again. Finally brush surface and pinch corners together to form a ball.
  •  Place ball on the floured pan and, move on to the next one.
  • By the time you have finished layering the last one, the first layered dough would be ready for baking because it had time to rest.
  • Pat down the dough mound into a large round the size of a thick large pizza and place into a greased baking sheet. Brush and egg wash (1 egg + 2 tablespoons milk) or buttermilk on top. 
  • Bake in hot oven until bottom is brown and top has brown spots (it won't fully brown).

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  1. looks nice; would like to dip it in something hot and spicy :)

  2. Wow archana amazed at you taking this theme. And what an amazing bread, must try it.

    1. No one is as amazed as me Vaishali!! You know how I am when it comes to using the rolling pin. Still between Pradnya's Bhakari and your Choor choor roti I have gained some confidence. Thanks a lot!!

  3. Wow, this maloonga looks fantabulous and this bread just rocks.

  4. hahahah..you don't know..next time you don't sign up, I will anyway write down your name ok!..that's a beautiful bread..and yes pls don't remind me of Pradnya's bakri and Vaishali chur chur roti..want them now!

  5. Interesting bread. Well made too.

  6. Very interesting bread .Nice one..

  7. This is so new to me Archana.Nice bread and as Srivalli says don't remind me of those dishes we had there.Makes me hungry all over again!!!!


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