Qatari Bread: Khubz
Khubz is generally known as Arabic Bread. The word “khubz” itself directly translates to “bread” in Arabic. It is a flatbread with a big air pocket inside which makes it very similar to pita bread. Or perhaps it’s even the same – somehow, I was not able to find too much information about this. So if you know, let me know!
Khubz is so popular in Qatar that the government even monitors if these are sold correctly. For example, a “small” khubz must weigh at least 71,5 grams and must be at least 17 cm in diameter. There are similar requirements for “medium” and “large” khubz. In all of the Middle Eastern countries, almost every savoury dish can be eaten either in or on a khubz.
How did it go?
I wasn’t originally planning to make this recipe. However, when I was going through the ingredients of the Thareed recipe, I saw that either raqaq bread, khubz or makook was needed. As you might have guessed, none of these are widely sold in Estonia. Also, I wasn’t really sure what the best local alternative for any of the options would be. Therefore, I just decided to try making one myself! Khubz seemed to be the best option when I considered the ingredients, available recipes, and the baking method.
As I mentioned previously, khubz should puff up and have an empty pocket inside that you can fill with whatever delicious food you want. Sadly, I did not get the pocket in any of mine. I suspect that the oven temperature was a bit too low, so if you want to make them, I recommend experimenting with a bit higher temperature. Make sure to keep an eye on them, though! Nonetheless, they were really tasty, especially right out of the oven!
If you tried the recipe – how did khubz turn out for you? Any tips for me? Let me know down in the comments!
P.S. If you’re interested, check out my post about Qatar, as well as other recipes I tried:
Note: in the “Around the World” challenges, I try to find the most authentic recipes available. I will not make adjustments myself, other than converting the measurements and possibly giving some additional tips in the steps. This way, you’ll get the same traditional experience when trying yourself! 🙂