Exploring Chahtoul with Al Wadi Al Akhdar

by Maria Frangieh

Al Wadi Al Akhdar is taking us on tours of lesser-known green destinations around Lebanon.

So far, we have covered three amazing locations: Jisr El Aarous, Ammiq, and Kawkaba. Our journey is now moving to the village of Chahtoul.

Chahtoul is located 35 kilometers from Beirut, around 1,200 meters above sea level.


Photo – Live Love Chahtoul

While some believe that the name Chahtoul comes from the Syriac “tall al chi7,” others say that it was named after a goat that was searching for water and came upon the spring.

Known as the pioneer of oriental feminism, the Lebanese writer and poet May Ziadeh was a Chahtoul native. A statue honoring her can be found in the village.


Photo – Daniel Photography

Chahtoul is an ideal destination for those looking to escape the chaos of the city. It boasts spectacular scenery and landscapes.exploring-chahtoul-fatayer-lebanon-traveler

Wild Herb Fatayer
Wild herb fatayer is a Chahtoul staple. Characterized by a soft dough and a delicious filling, this savory item is a guaranteed feel-good treat.


Al Wadi Al Akhdar pastry dough

The filling

1 cup of finely chopped onions
3 cups of wild herbs (mokho bi 3ebbo, slik and wild zaatar)
4 tablespoons of Al Wadi Al Akhdar olive oil
A handful of pine nuts
2 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tbsp of Al Wadi Al Akhdar pomegranate molasses


1- Sauté the onions and the pine nuts using Al Wadi Al Akhdar olive oil.

2- Add the wild herbs and season with salt and pepper once cooked.

3- Add lemon juice and Al Wadi Al Akhdar pomegranate molasses.

4- Set aside to cool.

5- Roll out the dough.

5- Cut the dough into four-inch circles.

6- Place a tablespoon of the filling in the center of each circle.

7- Pinch the circle over the center of the filling to form a triangle.

8- Place the triangles on a baking sheet.

9- Bake in a pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

10- Let the fatayers cool before serving.


Stay tuned for the next green destination with alwadi.com.


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