What is Moroccan Khobz ?

Moroccan Khobz bread

If you know Moroccans, then you know that we love our Khobz and we eat a lot of it. Moroccan Khobz is delicious round-shaped bread! It’s fluffy and soft on the inside with a crispy crust on the outside.

Khobz has different names in different regions. You may also hear us calling it Kesra or Agroum (in Amazigh regions).

In rural areas, Moroccan Khobz is usually baked in an ( Inoor ) Tandoor which is a cylindrical outdoor clay oven (women make it with their own bare hands).

Moroccan Khobz bread
Moroccan baking bread in an outdoor clay oven – INOOR

The clay oven would be heated with hot coals and the bread would be placed in a metal tray inside until baked.

Nowadays, most people prefer making their own bread at home using modern ovens and it tastes just as good!

What is the difference between Moroccan bread and other types of bread?

Moroccan bread is unique in its texture and flavor. Unlike other types of bread, Moroccan bread is fluffy and soft on the inside with a crispy crust on the outside.

Moroccan bread is sometimes referred to as flatbread but I personally don’t think it’s accurate. While it is true that Moroccan bread is flat, it is not as thin as the regular flatbread.

Moroccan Khobz bread
Moroccan fluffy bread

Some people like to make their Moroccan bread very thin while others prefer it to be thick. But the common bread thickness is around 2 to 3 cm

Moroccan Bread (Khobz) Recipe

Moroccan Khobz bread
Moroccan Bread (Khobz) Recipe

Serves: 6 Prep Time: 1h 30 mins Cooking Time: 30 mins


  • 350 g whole wheat/grain flour
  • 150 g white flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp active yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Approx 300 ml warm water (not hot)
  • Semolina for sprinkling


  • Step 1: In a large bowl, mix both flour types, salt, sugar, and mix well.
  • Step 2: Form a hole in the center and pour the yeast with some warm water. Mix it until it dissolves then add the olive oil/vegetable oil.
  • Step 3: Start pouring the rest of the water gradually while mixing all the ingredients with your other hand until it forms a homogeneous dough.
  • Step 4: Knead the dough for about 15 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, it means the flour did not absorb the water well, try adding a little more flour.
  • Step 5: Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour or until it doubles in size.
  • Step 6: After an hour, the dough should have doubled in size. Now, sprinkle some Semolina/corn flour on your work surface (Pastry Mat or Board) and transfer the dough. Knead it for about 3 minutes to get rid of the air bubbles.
  • Step 7: Divide the dough into two balls, cover it with a kitchen towel and leave to rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  •  Step 8: After the dough balls have rested, shape them into a round flat loaf by patting gently with your hands and sprinkling a little bit of semolina/ corn flour.
  • Step 9: Place the round loaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkled with semolina. Garnish with sesame seeds (optional).
  • Step 10: Use a fork to poke a few holes in the dough then place the baking sheet on the middle rack of a preheated oven at 350 F/180C. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Once the bread is out of the oven, serve it hot or let it cool on a wire rack.


  • You can store your bread for up to 3 months by freezing it
  • You can use a stand mixer to knead the dough. Combine all the ingredients as described.

How do you serve Moroccan bread (Khobz) ?

For breakfast, Moroccan bread is best enjoyed freshly baked and dipped in honey, Argan oil, or olive oil.

We also have Moroccan Khobz for lunch and dinner as an accompaniment to almost every dish including our mouthwatering tagines and soups. We even use it to scoop up any sauce or gravy that’s left over on our plates.

Moroccan khobz can make a good sandwich by cutting wedges and stuffing it with your favorite fillings like stews, eggs, vegetables, and salads.

Moroccan Khobz bread
Moroccan khobz served with a Moroccan tagine

Moroccan bread is truly versatile and an essential part of our cuisine.

The good news is that everyone can make it at home because it’s so easy to make. You just need a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen pantry.

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