Eggless Garlic Zaatar (Thyme) Rolls

It’s already Thursday today!!! I cannot believe myself. I feel that this week has flown by skipping a couple of days in between!! This weekend is devoid of any plans, which is good. I guess then I can twist and tweek it the way I want, InShaAllah… πŸ™‚


I have just noticed that for the past few posts, I’ve been only posting desserts or snacks rather than some hard core meals!!! I guess it’s time to break that trendΒ at-leastΒ for some time. So after today’s post, hopefully I will post some meals… These garlic rolls are too good… I have taken this recipe from Suhaina’s My Singapore Kitchen, just like how I had done for the Mini Sausage Rolls I posted sometime back. Actually speaking, I lost my fear of working with yeast, once I had made these two recipes from her page. This is also one no-fail good recipe, which I have made a couple of times and have turned out well each time…



Updated with new pictures on July 30, 2016! You may see that I am in the process of revisiting a few of my old posts and updating lousy pictures on the blog… hehe… though I will be doing the process as and when I have updates to do… I found a tip while baking these rolls – if you get a white top even after the prescribed baking time, turn your gas knob to grill and leave your buns for not more than 3 minutes. You will get a beautiful golden top, like you see in the above pictures. πŸ™‚ You can do the same process while baking puffs too! Hope you like this update… πŸ™‚



Β Below is the old picture… πŸ™‚


Eggless Garlic Zaatar (Thyme) Rolls

Course Bread
Cuisine International
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 tbsp instant yeast
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 50 gm butter
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp zaatar - dried thyme
  • A pinch of salt
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling
  • Milk for brushing


  • First let's prepare the dough. Mix all the ingredients except the oil in a large bowl and knead into a smooth dough.
  • Finally knead well again with oil. Cover the bowl with a muslin cloth and keep aside for 1 hour or till it doubles in size.
  • Soften the butter. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well until combined. Keep aside.
  • Grease an 8 inch cake pan well and set aside.
  • Once the dough doubles in size, punch the dough and divide into two balls.
  • Flatten one ball into a large rectangular shape.
  • Spread the garlic zaatar butter into the center
  • Roll the dough to represent a long tube. Cut into four pieces and place in the pan.
  • Do the same thing with the remaining dough.
  • Keep closed with a muslin cloth for further 20-25 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
  • Pull out the pan, sprinkle sesame seeds lavishly and brush lightly with milk.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes till a golden crust develops. Serve warm!!!

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  1. ahhhhh those crispy looking rolls πŸ™‚ Give me rafeeda πŸ˜€ makes me hungry now

    1. thank u so much dear…

  2. yeah ! thursay already and i strongly agree to what u said…the days skipping a few in between..time is just running way too fast, yeah ! and gorgeous rolls, Rafeeda ! drop by my pick quicks too, okies.. πŸ˜‰

    1. i was thinking yesterday that it was tuesday, then my colleagues asked me, rafeeda, don't you want the weekend to come, then i realised… hmm… thank u so much dear… πŸ™‚

  3. rolls look cute and delicious.

    1. thank u so much sebeena…

  4. I salute your creativity and I love coming over. I discover a lot of new recipes, different than the type of food we eat.

    Beautifully rolled, fabulously prepared and very attractive,

    1. oh nava… thank u so much for such lovely words, i'm humbled! πŸ™‚

  5. Rolls look super flavorful and perfect.. well done dear πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much divya…

  6. love those garlic rolls…im craving for some now…

    1. thank u so much arthy…

  7. The rolls looks great!! I make similar rolls from garlic cilantro butter..I think i'll try with Thyme now πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much dear… πŸ™‚ cilantro would also taste lovely…

  8. Wow rolls look wonderful, perfectly done.

    1. Thank u so much kauser…

  9. very cute and lovely rolls, delicious…

    1. Thank u so much priya..

  10. i love fact will be posting that soon! the rolls look scrumptious!

    1. Me 2!!! Wanna cook more vit in InShaAllah… πŸ™‚

  11. The rolls are our Chai-time fav snack every weekend. Can be filled with Pesto as well, very filling..

    1. I know it's very versatile. .. πŸ™‚

  12. looks so crispy, perfectly baked rolls, want to grab all πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much preeti… πŸ™‚

  13. Perfect done…they look wonderful!

    1. Thank u so much reni…

  14. Perfect rolls to go with any soup.

    1. Thank u so much humi…

  15. looks so cripsy ,perfect snack.

    1. Thank u so much meena…

  16. they look like beautiful roses rafee…wonderful recipe

    1. Thank u so much divya… πŸ™‚

  17. looks absolutely yummy! nice clicks!

    1. Thank u so much divya…

  18. it looks really cute and inviting…:)

    1. Thank u so much rani… πŸ™‚

  19. Hey rafee is this easier version of pull apart bread .Those chocolate morsels must be thanking u for giving them one more day to live :)he..heeee..

    1. Hehe meena… πŸ™‚

  20. Lovely rolls….yummy..

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  21. delicious to snack on looks wonderful

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  22. rolls looks soooo good!n really for kids goes well..

    1. Thank u so much usha… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much deat… πŸ™‚

  23. looks wonderful and love the addition of zaatar

  24. Hi Rafeeda, your rolls look awesome, love the filling. It's definitely great to go with coffee. :))


    1. thank u so much amelia… πŸ™‚

  25. Wow! I would def not tried if i had seen the first pic! Lol! The new pics are showing off the eggless bake at its best. Looks so pillowy! Zaatar another gulf gift to me! Love love love!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… u r making me feel so embarrassed now… Thanks a lot Fami…

  26. Beautiful pictures Rafee. Drooling . I want one pls

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Humi…

  27. Oh, how I love garlic rolls! <3

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Nielouphar…

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