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Malawach served with tomato sauce and skhug
Type Bread
Place of origin Israel and Yemen
Main ingredients Puff pastry, oil or fat
  Media: Malawach

Malawach or malawah (Hebrew: מלאווח or מלווח‎) is a fried bread that is a staple of the Yemenite Jews.

Malawach resembles a thick pancake, and it consists of thin layers of puff pastry brushed with oil or fat and cooked flat in a frying pan.[1] It is traditionally served with hard-boiled eggs, skhug, and a crushed or grated tomato dip. Or for a sweet taste, it is often served with honey.[2]

Through immigration of Yemenite Jews to Israel, it has become a favorite comfort food for Israelis of all backgrounds and national origins. Frozen malawah can be used as a substitute for dough in different recipes.[3]

Malawach is similar in preparation, taste and texture to Somali malawax, as well as South Indian parotta (also known as Kerala paratha) and North Indian Lachha paratha, which are both layered flat breads popular in Indian cuisine.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Old memories, new dishes: Malawach reinvented
  2. ^
  3. ^ Old memories, new dishes: Malawach reinvented
  4. ^
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