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Yemeni Malawah Bread or Malawah

Yemeni Malawah Bread or Malawah or Yemeni Skillet Bread is layered and folded with butter before cooking. Malawah are served as a huge bread and baked in a traditional tannur in the Yemeni Cuisine.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Yemen
Keyword Flaky Dishes
By Cook Method Stovetop
Occasion Weekend Special
By Diet Kid Friendly
Dish Type International Flatbread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6 numbers
Author Srivalli


  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 to 4 tbsp Butter melted
  • Water to knead
  • 1 tsp Black Seeds/ Kalonji for topping


  • In a bowl, take the flour, salt and slowly add water to knead to a soft pliable dough. Keep kneading for about 15 mins. Keep it aside covered with a wet muslin cloth for about 30 mins.
  • When you are ready to make the bread, dust the board well with flour, Divide the dough into equal balls. Roll each dough into thin sheets. Brush the top with melted butter, then from each side, fold inwards to the center to form an envelope, with ends meeting in the center.
  • Keep repeating with making the pleats, folding in with butter brushed on top, until you are left with a single layer of dough that has many layers of butter brushed in between.
  • Cover with the towel and rest again for another thirty minutes. Dust and roll out into discs, top with black seeds. Heat a tawa, grease it with oil.
  • Place the rolled out discs on hot tawa and cook on both sides for two to three minutes, or until bottoms are browned.
  • Once done, remove and serve hot with dips or gravies of your choice.
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