Place water, sugar and oil in mixing bowl and stir lightly. Add yeast in water mixture, stir and let rest for 5 minutes or until water starts to bubble lightly. Mix flour and salt in a large bowl. Gradually mix in water mixture, stirring with a large spoon. When all ingredients are mixed thoroughly, remove from bowl. Knead dough into a round ball. Cover with a towel for about 5 minutes. Remove towel; cut dough into 8-ounce round balls. Cover again for about 5 more minutes. Remove towel; flatten balls into 1/4-inch thickness. Spread about 3 tablespoons of zahter with back of spoon to cover dough. Bake at 500 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
*Zahter- Herb and spice mix available in Middle Eastern markets
Recipe courtesy of Dennis Halaby, Damascus Bread and Pastry Shops