Lahmajun Pizza (Egypt)

Lahmajun is a thin pizza eaten in the Middle East and parts of the Mediterranean. Armenia is thought to be the origin of this traditional food. The thin dough is covered with a meat mixture rich in spices. The edges of the lahmajun get crispy in the oven and the middle is still slightly soft and warm. You can eat lahmajun just by itself but I like to accompany it a few different ways. One way is to squeeze fresh lemon juice on it right before you eat it. Another way is to add shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, onion, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Then you roll it up and enjoy it as kind of a wrap. The third way is by dipping it in thick Greek yogurt. The spices work perfectly against the cool, refreshing Greek yogurt. Lahmajun is a healthier alternative to what we think of as pizza. There is much less fat in this food than regular pizza, and the dough is much thinner so.

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Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Lahmajun

Lahmajun Pizza (Egypt)

Koula Barydakis
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 469 kcal


For the Dough

  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour

For the Filling

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 tomato, grated
  • 2 green peppers or sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp  yogurt
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tbsp tahini


  • Add yeast, sugar, olive oil, and warm milk to a bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Sift flour into a large bowl. Add baking powder, warm water, and salt. Mix the flour with the yeast mixture into a ball of dough.
  • Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan. Add onion, garlic, and meat and sauté for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and peppers.
  • Add pine nuts, salt, pepper, allspice, and cinnamon. Cook on medium low for 15 minutes.
  • Add yogurt, pomegranate molasses, and tahini. Mix well and turn off the heat.
  • Roll the dough into one large pizza or small individual pizzas. Add meat to the top of the prepared dough.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.


Calories: 469kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 11gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 369mgPotassium: 306mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 273IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 4mg
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About the Author: Koula Barydakis
Koula Barydakis was born into a long tradition of eating and living Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. She is a chef who has worked in many of the top restaurants in Crete and in Greek Town in Toronto, Canada. Koula is the co-author of “Foods of Crete, Traditional Recipes of the Healthiest People in the World” and is currently completing her second cookbook. Koula teaches cooking classes to tourists in Crete and has been hired to teach classes in other countries as well.
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