pita bread recipe, how to make pita bread | whole wheat pita bread recipe

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pita bread recipe with step by step photos – this pita bread made from whole wheat flour, is soft, moist, light and has their trademark pockets.

i was exposed to falafels and pita bread in my childhood and from then onwards, i have always liked them. pita bread stuffed with tahini, hummus, falafel and raw veggies is a snack i look forward to. whether its made by me or by someone else or in a lebanese restaurant. does not matter.

generally i make them a little extra and store, so that i can have them for a couple of days more. the extra pita bread can cut into wedges and then baked till crisp, later to had with dips.

for those who do not know –

pita bread is a middle eastern flat bread  that puff up when baked in a hot oven, but collapse as they cool down. the “pocket” in pita bread is created by steam, which puffs up the dough. as the bread cools and flattens, a pocket is left in the middle….. source wikipedia

pita bread recipe

they are also the easiest bread to make. the first time i had made pita bread, was on the stove top and i was so thrilled seeing the bread puffing up like phulkas. you will see in the pics below.

then later i started making pita bread in the oven and they would puff up like pooris. a step further 🙂

the recipe of pita bread is adapted from one of my favorite bread book “the bread bible: 300 favorite recipes” by beth hensperger. i can tell you that this is the best recipe for making pita bread.

pita breads

when you make the pita bread on a tava or frying pan, they will get brown or black spots. but when you bake them you won’t get any spots.

i browned them a little more in the oven as i like my breads to be a little extra browned and baked well.

once you have lots of pita with you, then give wings to your creativity and come up with different sandwich combinations and fillings.

you can even stuff with potato sabzi or punjabi chana with some onion rings, tomato slices and some mint chutney + tamarind chutney. or make some veg kebabs or veg cutlets and add our usual chutneys and serve in so many ways.

pita bread sandwich

pita bread recipe below:

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pita bread recipe

the best whole wheat pita bread recipe with oven as well as baking method.

course breakfasts, brunch
cuisine middle eastern
prep time 1 hour 30 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 2 hours
servings 5
rough calories per serving 271 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1.25 cup warm water
  • ½ tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 or 1.5 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • a pinch of sugar

how to make recipe

making pita bread dough:

  1. in a small bowl add 1/2 cup of the warm water. sprinkle a pinch of sugar. then and the yeast and stir.
  2. keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes at room temperature.
  3. in a large bowl mix the rest of the warm water with flour, salt and olive oil with a wooden spoon.
  4. after the yeast has frothed, add the yeast mixture and knead into a soft, smooth dough.
  5. keep the dough moist and soft as well as smooth and springy.
  6. place the dough into a greased container or in the same bowl with some olive oil applied all over the dough.
  7. cover with a kitchen napkin and keep at room temperature for for 1 to 1.5 hours.
  8. preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  9. once the dough has doubled up, then remove the dough from the bowl.
  10. put the dough on your working surface & deflate the dough gently.
  11. make medium sized balls from the dough.
  12. dust the working surface with flour and roll each ball into round circles of about 6 inch about 1/4 inch thick.
  13. cover the circles with the kitchen towel loosely and let them rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.

baking pita bread in the oven:

  1. now place them on a greased tray and bake at 200 degrees Celsius (the 200 degrees celsius is for baking in a convection mode of a microwave oven. if using a regular oven, then preheat as well as bake for 250 degrees Celsius/482 Fahrenheit) for 7 to 10 minutes or till puffed up and light brown.
  2. bake all the pita breads this way.

making pita bread on stove top:

  1. heat a non stick frying pan or tava.
  2. place the bread on the tava and cover for 2-3 minutes till the bread starts puffing up.
  3. flip the bread the other side and cook for more 2 to 3 minutes.

serving pita bread:

  1. stack the pita breads and store them in a kitchen towel or bread box.

  2. you can also serve pita bread warm.

  3. just slice the pita bread into two. you will see the pockets.

  4. stuff the pockets with a filling of your choice and your pita sandwich is ready.

recipe notes

tips for making pita bread recipe:

  1. if the dough becomes too sticky than add some more flour.
  2. remember to proof the yeast in warm water. less warm water or hot water will not not yield good results.
  3. you can also knead the dough in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  4. you can double as well as triple this pita bread recipe.
  5. like all my bakes, i have baked the pita bread in a microwave oven in the convection/baking mode. since the recipe is lightly adapted, the pita breads should fluff well in a regular oven too if the yeast proofing and leavening of the bread is done well.

 

so after a long time i am again presenting a step by step method of making homemade pita bread. i have divided the step by step pictorial of pita bread recipe into 3 parts:

  1. making the pita dough
  2. baking method
  3. stove top method

lets begin to make the awesome pita bread recipe :

1: preparing pita bread dough:

1: firstly proof the yeast by sprinkling a pinch of sugar in warm water & then adding dry active yeast to it. stir and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

pita bread dough

2: in a bowl or pan, add the flour, salt & olive oil.

add flour for pita bread dough

3: now add warm water.

pita-bread3

4: just mix everything with a wooden spoon.

add water to pita bread dough

5: the yeast mixture has frothed now.

yeast mixture for pita bread dough

6: so add the frothy yeast to the wheat flour mixture.

add yeast to bread flour

7: knead into a smooth and soft dough. if the dough is a little sticky & moist than no issues. after keeping it for leavening it becomes alright as you will see below in the 9th pic. the dough has to be moist and soft as well as smooth too.

preparing pita bread dough

8: apply some olive oil all around over the dough.

add olive oil to pita bread dough

9: keep it in the same bowl covered loosely with a kitchen towel for 1 to 1:30 hours or till the dough has risen.

pita bread dough preparation

10: this is how the dough looks after 1 hour & 5o minutes…. i kept for a longer time as it was raining heavily this day and the temperature was on the cooler side. see the cracks in spite of it being a little extra moist & sticky dough.

dough for pita bread

11: deflate the dough gently and if you want then knead lightly.

pita bread dough

12: now make medium sized balls from the dough. keep these covered again for 10 minutes.

pita bread dough balls

13: dust some flour and roll each ball into a flat poori shape or rounds exactly the way you make pooris. you can also make them oval shaped if you want. keep the bread a little thick than you would keep for pooris. keep these rounds covered loosely for 10 minutes more.

pita-bread13

2: oven method to make pita bread:

1: place the rolled breads on a greased baking tray.

baking pita bread

2: bake in a preheated oven for 200 degrees C for 7-10 minutes. mine took 7 minutes to cook and 1 minute to brown. please note the 200 degrees celsius is for baking in a convection mode of a microwave oven. if using a regular oven, then preheat as well as bake for 250 degrees celsius/482 fahrenheit. the baking time may vary from oven to oven.

baking pita bread

3: look at those puffed up pita breads… don’t they look good?

puffed pita breads

3: stove top method to make pita bread:

1:  heat a tava or a non stick frying pan. place the bread on the hot tava and cover it with a lid for 2-3 minutes.

pita bread on tava

2:  the bread will begin to puff up.

puffed pita bread

3: turn over and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more till the bread is done and has brown spots appearing on both sides.

making whole wheat pita bread

4: alternatively, you could also make them the way we make phulkas. after lightly cooking both the sides, place them on the fire and see them puff… cook both sides.

whole wheat pita bread

5: stack pita breads and store them in a kitchen towel or bread box. you can also serve pita bread warm. just slice the pita bread into two. you will see the pockets. stuff the pockets with a filling of your choice and your pita sandwich is ready. i added falafel, roasted red bell pepper hummus with some veggies and olives to the pita. you can also serve with plain hummus too.

pita bread sandwich

About

dassana amit
i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.



216 thoughts on “pita bread recipe, how to make pita bread | whole wheat pita bread recipe

  1. Hi Dassana
    Thank you for a good bread recipe which I have precisely followed and been using for about two weeks. It is the only recipe which worked for me so far especially the first time when all the 6 loaves I made puffed. However, subsequent bakings have not been successful as far as puffing is concerned. In the same baking session some loaves puff while others don’t. And sometimes, some areas of the same loave puff while the rest don’t. What could be the reason? I still have problems with the flattening process which I am unable to get right. I don’t see “wholewheat” flour here in Sydney. The available one is called Wholemeal. Are they one and the same thing? The taste is ok but what can be added to get a better taste? I have seen recipes using yogurt. Will that improved the taste? Will it affect other the puffing and softness? The bread comes out generally soft but the crust is a bit stiff, a biscuit like feeling. I am not sure why but I am guessing that the reason could be due to the fan in our wall mounted oven. This oven does not have the capability to run without the fan. By the way, how much is a pinch of sugar? I have been using 1/2 tsp. One more thing about olive oil. Can it be dispensed with? What is the effect of not using it? Could it Be the cause of that stiffness or the biscuit like feeling I mentioned earlier?

    • thank you Mahmoud. wholemeal flour and whole wheat flour are one and the same. the pita breads not puffing up can be due to less water content in the bread or they are not rolled evenly. if these two things are taken care of, then the pita bread will puff up. you can add some yogurt in the dough and it will help in making the bread soft as well as give it a faint sour taste.

      your guess about the crust is right. its due to the top getting a bit overdone and the fan is responsible for it. in convection ovens which have a fan, the baking is faster as the fan accelerates the baking process. so you can cut down the time by 10 to 15 minutes or reduce the temperature by 15 to 20 degrees celsius for any recipe. you can skip olive oil. it just gives a nice flavour but can be skipped. olive oil is not the cause of the biscuit like crust.

      hope I have answered all your queries.

  2. Hi there! You have got such lovely baked pita breads there. It just looks like the one that I find in the Middle East. I tried to make pita bread twice. Tried both stove top and baked version. I love the baked ones. But my bread didnt have that brown spot like what your pictures have shown. I baked at max temperature of 250 C for nearly 3 min each bread. The bread was soft but didnt have the browning at all.

    • thanks rima. brown spots are not required and essential. the pita bread one gets in cafes and restaurants, do not have brown spots. to get them you can keep the bread near the top heating element and just bake for some seconds. this method is called as broiling and will give visible brown spots or charring. but care has to be taken or else the bread can get burnt from top. alternatively you can keep the pan on the center rack and use both the top and bottom heating elements while baking.

  3. Hi, good recipe but can I avoid the yeast step coz of yeast allergies? What would be the end result if I skip the yeast. Thanks.

    • harry, for the leavening of the pita bread dough yeast is required. if yeast is not added, obviously the bread dough will not leaven and won’t give a light and soft texture. that said, a leaving agent like baking soda or baking powder can be added. but i have never tried preparing pita bread using baking soda or baking powder.

  4. My husband & I live in Brampton, Ontario, Canada – Brampton is a suburb of Toronto, Canada. Brampton has A HUGE EAST INDIAN POPULATION with LOTS of East Indian grocery stores. We eat mostly 100% organic food at home, & recently I found ORGANIC 100% WHOLE WHEAT ATTA flour to make chapatis. But I still have not made any chapatis because we don’t like those burnt dark spots on the surface of the chapatis when they are made on top of the stove in a TAVA. We prefer chapatis to look like your beautiful whole wheat pita bread made with 100% whole wheat ATTA flour and baked in an oven. Could you please give me a recipe for 100% whole wheat chapatis baked in an oven so they won’t have those ugly dark burnt spots on the surface>

    • sheila, those dark spots are the plus point in chapatis and they taste good too. usually i prefer to have nice dark spots on chapatis. the same applies to naan and tandoori roti. i am not sure if chapatis can be baked in oven. but since i have baked naans and tandoori roti in ovens, i can say that at times the naans or rotis become like papads in the oven. they just don’t bake well. so at the most, you can cook chapatis on tawa till done and not proceed to the stage where you get dark spots. some spots will be there as that is an indication that the flour is cooked.

  5. I tried this but my bread didn’t puff 😔

    • not sure why. you can tell me in more detail.

  6. Hi Dassana! Love your website 🙂

    I tried these pita breads and they puffed well. However, there was this slight yeast-y flavour which was bothering me. When I get pita breads from outside they don’t have that yeast taste. What did I do wrong?

    • Sania, it depends upon the quality of yeast. next time you can add little less yeast. bakeries use fresh yeast.

      • Thanks, will try again 🙂

        • welcome sania.

  7. I’m from a Muslim family , really wanna make it , please reply , is there alternative for yeast , it’s very difficult to find good quality yeast here 😭

    • there is no alternative for yeast as such. usually baking soda can be used, but it does not work in all recipes. you can buy good quality yeast online from amazon.com or amazon.in etc.

  8. I kept the yeast for proofing , but it dint bubble like urs, so was scared to even try , I have once made dhokla with eno the thing bubbled up so well , so could we use baking soda , any idea how ? ?

    • good you did not try. the pita bread would have become heard. in this recipe i am not sure if baking soda will work. as i do not know if the pita breads will puff if used baking soda.

  9. Thank a lot for the recipe….just what I was looking for ..:) ..I was wondering if I could store the extra dough in the freezer for future use?..if yes, for how many days can I freeze it?

    • yes you can store the dough for a couple of months in the freezer.

      • Can I leave the dough for like 3-4 hours.

        • in a cold climate, you can leave for 3 to 4 hours. but if the dough has leavened well and increased in volume, after 1 to 1.5 hours, then you can refrigerate the dough.

  10. Sounds great. one question though, can I leave the dough for a longer time to leaven instead of using yeast, like dosa batter? Or is it a bad idea?

    • sindhu, for the method that your are suggesting, the steps are different. first a small part of the dough or mixture is made and then kept overnight for some hours. then this dough or mixture is mixed with the rest of the flour and kneaded, which again is kept to rise for some hours. the steps, method, amount of ingredients to be added, everything will change and you will need to experiment.

  11. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. Tried it today, and the pitas turned out beautifully. I’d never baked with yeast before, so I was a bit scared. It was easy enough though. Bake away, people!

    • thankyou marlies for your positive feedback 🙂

  12. Hi,

    Can I use fresh yeast instead? And in what quantity?

    • stuti, add 1 tablespoon fresh yeast. you will need to proof fresh yeast also like dry active yeast.

  13. hi
    can u guide me how to make pita in commercil basis like recipies for 25 kg maida how much i should add all the ingridients
    thnk u

    • welcome ansar. i am afraid i won’t be able to help you. as it needs some experimentation and experience of making pita bread on such a large scale.

  14. Hi Dasana,
    I tried pita breads and it was a disaster. I made whole wheat pita& All purpose flour pita as well. My yeast had frothed well & dough had also risen well. I had tried tried same recipe before on gas & it was good. But today with the oven it became very hard 🙁 I mean we can chew them but they are not soft.I have a regular oven. Can you pl tell more about preheating the oven, is there a standard time & temperature for preheating? If not then what is it for this recipe?pl help……

    • looks like the pita bread got baked too much or the yeast did not proof well. with regards to the yeast proofing, a dough made with or without yeast will be soft, if cooked on the stove top. but if the yeast does not proof well, in the oven, the bread will become dense and hard. for baking in the oven, the dough has to leaven very well. preheating is a very important part for baking. usually for most baking recipes, a 15 minute preheat is essential. the temperature will vary depending on the recipe. usually i keep the same temperature for preheating as well as for baking. for this recipe the preheat time is 15 minutes and 200 degrees celsius is the temperature for convection mode of microwave oven and 250 degrees celsius is for a regular oven or OTG.

      • Ok gr8 , thanks Dasana, I will try it again.

  15. Hi… Love your recipes… Is there a particular brand of dry yeast that you use? Pl revert

    • i use mauripan/gloripan brand of dry active yeast and instant yeast. hope this helps.

  16. Very nice recipe! They did come out too thick though as I was scared they would stay flat if I made them too thin.. so next time I will make them thinner. I made 1batch with whole wheat and onr with all purpose flower. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • pleased to know this abdia glad you liked the pita bread recipe. you are always welcome.

  17. Very nice pictorial explaination. I hv made my pita bread tonight in both ways on tava and in the microwave(convection oven). But I hv used sour curd instead of yeast(ofcourse it takes more time but…) and it turned out so well., and really very tasty… yum 🙂

    • thanks tehmina. good to know that you used sour curd. i know it takes more time. but glad that the variation you made turned out good for you.

  18. Hi dassana, yesterday I tried pita bread and it was a disaster………It didn’t puffed. ..though I followed it exactly. …?

    • let me know more details, like did the yeast solution proofed well and how was the texture of the dough. it has to be smooth and well kneaded.

  19. Ok Dassana wll try once again, so the qty of instant dry yeast i used was right na 1/2tsp if making half qty mentioned above.

    • mohini, yes its right. 1/2 tsp

  20. Dassana tryd mkg pita bread, as ws mkg for the first time usd half qty mentioned abv( Took 1.5 cup whole wheat flour). Followed the procedure, but my bread bcame vry hard while baking in oven (250deg) and did not puff up….(usd instant dry yeast 1/2 tsp…1/4 cup warm water…pinch of sugar….had not forthed so well). Made two on stove top they puffed up but were little raw frm inside. I had kneaded the dough soft, but dough had nt risen well even after 2hrs….cnt figure out where i went wrong. Later tested the yeast i have to see if it was active or not by putting 1tsp in 1/2 cup of warm water and pinch of sugar…. after 15 min it had frothed. Pls guide!

    • hi mohini, after reading your comments, it looks like the proofing did not go well. thats why the dough did not rise well. may be the water was hot enough for the yeast. for instant yeast, you can just use water at room temperature. halving this recipe will also work. since the dough did not rise well enough, thats why the bread was hard.

  21. I stumbled upon your blog during a Google search for a receipe. I love that fact that Indian vegetarians have a one stop for many good receipes. I’ve tried a few and they have never failed me. Picto-representation is the USP. So much easier than YouTube.

    • thanks divya for sharing positive feedback. glad to know that you liked the recipes presentation.

  22. Wonderful breads! Easy recipe to follow.

    • thanks

  23. Hi, I have never tried this recipe before as this concept was new for me. I experimented the stove-top version and it turned out to be good. Your step-by-step instructions and photos have help me lot. Thank u for this wonderful recipe. I would be trying the oven version very soon.

    • welcome bini. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  24. Hi ! I want to give this pita bread with paneer alu tikki to my daughter in her tiffjn tomorrow… So is it OK if I make the dough at night and leave it for proofing in the fridge ? And morning I can bake it… Is it OK to keep the yeast added dough for so long…pls advice

    • sangeeta, allow it to proof for at least one hour outside and then keep in the fridge.

  25. Hello,
    I have never worked with active yeast can I use instant yeast? How much?

    • yes you can. reduce the doubling time. add about 2 tsp of instant yeast.

      • Thank you

        • welcome shaheen

  26. Hey

    Just wanted to say I love your website, i am about to make this recipe and i just wanted to suggest maybe adding the amount you use in grams too. I didn’t have exactly 3 cups (plus my measuring cup was a different scale 240 rather than 250), which meant i had to spend awhile convert and scale everything down which was hard because different websites have different conversations.
    It would have probably been easier if i had the exact amounts in grams it would have made the scaling down much easier.

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • thanks maya. thats some trouble you took 🙁 when i added this recipe, i did not have a weighing scale. so i could not add the weight in grams. but i will update soon. thanks for the reminder 🙂

  27. I used whole integral wheat flour but they didn’t puff. Do you think it’s because of that? The dough seemed too heavy to let the air inside puff.

    • maria, i don’t know what is whole integral wheat flour as its not available in india. perhaps thats the reason. may be try with other types of whole wheat flour.

  28. Recipe seems to prefer about 450F in my large convection oven: get a better rise than 392F (200C). Also, be careful not to over-flatten when rolling, otherwise you get tasty but not poofy. If you’re still having problems getting poofy try subbing AP or bread flour for 1/3 of the whole wheat flour. Great recipe!

    • thanks for the suggestions tom. my microwave oven only has maximum temperature 200 degrees celsius. so i baked these pitas at this temperature. however, your suggestions will help readers who have a higher temperatures ranges in their oven. i agree with the over flattening.

  29. I am making these right now and they are turning out SO amazing. I did half all-purpose and half whole wheat flours (my whole wheat is a little grainy). I can’t believe they are actually puffing! Great great recipe, Thank-you for posting and the directions were so easy to follow.
    My last batch just came out and I’m so impressed. So soft and a nice balanced flavor.

    • Welcome UmmKhaled. glad to know that you are liking the pita bread recipe.

  30. Wow…..love this recipe, thankyou for sharing. Gbu.

    • welcome ghesy

  31. pleasure to see the india kitchen , good for you.

    • thanks edmond

  32. Can i use baking powder?

    • you can use baking powder.

  33. Also cb u xplain d microwave part in detail..i mean do v hav to preheat n ol?

    • for baking in microwave, you have to preheat your oven at convection mode for about 15 minutes. then place the bread in the oven. perhaps due to insufficient heating as no preheating was done, the pita did not puff up.

  34. Made this tday..bt d bread didnt swell up so no pockets

  35. Very good pitta bread recipe
    need more related recipe
    thx in advance
    chef victor
    bon appetit

    • thanks for the feedback.

  36. this recipe rocks. can we preserve excess dough. for how much time. plz reply me.

    • yes you can preserve the excess dough. freeze the dough and it stays good for more than a week. if you refrigerate, then stays good for 2 to 3 days.

  37. Mam cn u plz tell me how cn v store these pockets..i mean in fridge or outside? Also for how long ll it stay gud?

    • store in a fridge in an air-tight box or container. stays good for about 10 to 12 days.

      • K thnku so much!!

        • welcome nikita

  38. Hey,

    Your recipie looked very awesome. I am currently live in Germany. So it was a bit hard to understand the measurements. So I turned everything in ml and it gone horribly wrong. Too much dough and it was so sticky I couldnt knead it and just stabbed it with a wooden spoon. Could you write exactly how much water you need for the yeast and how much exactly you need to add please?

    • oh… sorry about that. i will add in a few days the measurements in ml.

      • thanks !

        even tho it came out perfect in the microwave ! 🙂

        thank you very much for the recipie

        • welcome simona

  39. hi, I followed the recipe word by word. the dough came out perfect n even the pitas were perfect just until they were in oven (though didn’t brown the way, yours have). So after a while the breads hardened, like really hard. Do we need to serve them immediately or did I miss something?

    • pitas need not brown. the bread should not harden. pitas are soft. not sure what went wrong. better to serve them immediately. you can also wrap them in a foil or a kitchen napkin and then have serve later.

  40. I have not tried this recipe yet but intend to do so, but I have a question. Years ago when I first made pita bread the instructions said that at some point after baking (fuzzy here on timing) to put the pita rounds in a paper bag to cool. This process allowed the pocket inside the round to open. Any clues?

    • i do not use paper bags. but i wrap them up in a kitchen towel or keep them in a roti basket.

  41. Hi , Thanks for the recipe.I tried it. It puffed for a bit on the stove top. but the oven ( I used convection mode in the microwave) was a flop. It dint raise at all. And smelled a tad yeasty ( bt it dint smell so on the stove top/tava). The dough was soft and it did raise well.Another question I have is for how long can Pita dough be stored and for how long can we keep it after it raised before we make the Pita bread(s)? Thanks

    • the puffing depends upon the amount of water that is added and the way the dough is kneaded and rolled. i guess either the water quantity was less (different qualities of flour require different amount of water) or the dough was not kneaded nor rolled evenly. its just like we make pooris. if the pooris are not rolled evenly, they don’t puff up in the hot oil. the yeasty smell depends upon the type and quality of yeast used. you can keep the dough for about 2-3 days in the refrigerator or you can even freeze the dough for more than a week.

  42. Dear Dassana, Thank you for sharing such an wonderful recipe. However, When I prepared the dough It was more darker than pics u have posted here, more wheatish color. Also It had a strong odor of Yeast. Can you help me out ?

    • i think the color depends on the quality of wheat flour. the yeast odor also depends on the type and quality of yeast. i would suggest to buy a good brand of yeast.

  43. I followed the recipe, made 6 balls, rolled and let rise 10 minutes. one puffed up and the other 5 stayed flat. Why do you think this happened?

    • not sure why. may be some thing to do with the oven temperature…. just guessing.

  44. I check your site almost everyday but never actually left a comment. I love your recipes and photos and what I like most is that you try to use ingredients that are found in everyone’s kitchen. So I don’t have to go hunting for some fancy and exotic items 🙂

    I’m hoping to make these pita breads this weekend and I have a question. Since you tried the oven and stove versions both, which one do you think turned out better?

    • thanks for commenting preeti. both are good. but the stove top will have brown burnt marks that is not usually there in pita breads. for an authentic version, you can try the oven method. if in a mood for experimentation, then try the stove top method. i gave the stove top version since many people do not have or use oven in india and they may like to try pita bread at home.

  45. These pitas look great! I have been searching for the perfect pita recipe and am going to try this next! Mine turn out hard and crispy with no pocket, but I’m not giving up 🙂

    • thanks and do try the pita breads.

  46. Hi, I have a query. Is it ok to prepare the dough and leave it overnight? Considering Bangalore chill weather at night at present and room temperature, would this be alright?

    Thanks, Shreya

    • no. don’t leave the dough overnight. i suggest to increase the leavening time to 3 or 4 hours. other suggestion is to keep the dough in a warm place. wrap the bowl with some warm napkins and place in a warm corner. you can also keep the bowl near a window where you get sunlight.

  47. Hi Dassana,
    Tried the pita bread,hummus and falafel from your blog.It came out good,though a bit bland for my taste. This was the first time I tried a middle eastern dish and was happy bout it. Will definitely try it again.Thank you.

    • all of them are not at all spicy ashwini. however the falafel can be spiced and indianised. next time you can add some more chilies or red chili powder to the falafel.

  48. Can I use All-Purpose flour (white)/ Maida
    instead of wheat four ?

    • zaynab, yes you can use all purpose flour to make pita bread but then less water be needed to knead it.

  49. Dassena,
    Pita bread is a new concept for me. Its looking great. Appreciate the effort for making this recipe look amazing.
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I’ve decided to experiment today itself. I’ll try both modes oven and stove.

    Nayeem

    • welcome nayeem. would like to hear your feedback about oven and stove method.

  50. Hi Dassana,
    I tried doing pita bread as per your recipe but dassana i am dissappointed by it as the bread did not fluff. I did as per your recipe with the yeast as frothy as mentioned by you.
    I am very dissappointed. Do let me know what shall i do.

    Thanks,
    Usha K Iyer

    • which flour you used? since they did not puff up, i think the dough must have been hard. the dough has to be soft and smooth. also we have so many varieties of flour, that each flour has different water absorbing capacities. so the recipe is just like a guideline and the water has to be added accordingly. did the yeast froth too and which yeast did you add.

      • 2 things that affect artisan breads from rising correctly which might affect your pitas, make sure the yeast is still active (when you let it sit in the warm water for a while, it should bubbleup) and, you may need a thermometer in the oven to make sure it’s the correct temperature. Almost all ovens need recalibrating at some point (and the oven isn’t actually reaching the temperature it is set at). If the oven isn’t thoroughly preheated or hot enough, that will frequently cause bread to not get the rise it should and can cause a denser, harder bread. Maybe this will help someone.

        • thanks laura for your suggestions and tips. i am sure it will help the readers.

  51. Hi Dassana,

    I actually tried doing pita bread but it did not sem to fluff. I got the yeast as it has to be frothy with bubbles but still the bread did not come so good instead they came very stiff as khakara. Please do write to me as to how can i get it done fluffy. I am really dissappointed at this time.

    Thanks,
    Usha K Iyer

    • have replied to you usha. the dough has to be like a chapati dough – soft and smooth. also the oven has to be pre heated for at least 15-20 minutes. you can try making next time. don’t be disappointed. many things can go wrong when baking. happens with me too. we all learn and keep on learning 🙂

  52. Mine just didn’t puff up 🙁 I followed everything in the recipe but the yeast – instead of active dry one, I used 17 g of fresh one. Any suggestions?

    • hi ana. i just checked on the yeast conversion tool and the amount of yeast you have used is more. for 1/2 tbsp of active dry yeast which is 4.25 gms yeast… the conversion would be 8.5 gms of fresh yeast. 17 gms is too much of yeast. may be due to this, the quality of the dough must have got affected.

      • Thank you, Dassana, you were right! I made them again today and they turned out just fine. 😀

        • thanks ana

  53. Thank you for this useful recipe, i tried it and it worked great, mine dont look as good as yours but i´m sure it takes practice, thanks a lot

    • welcome valentina.

  54. Hi dassana,
    First of all…thumbs up for such wonderful blog. I have tried lots of recipies from your blog from cakes to breads..idli to methi matar malai..needless to say pita and hummus…all turned out very well. I have a LG convection which i have for last 5 years but aftr a few failures was too demotivatwd to baked in it..your commentsinspired me try pita in convection once again…but no luck this time either. Though otg pita were just perfect. The convection ones dint puff and also dont brown.. Anusuggestions ? Though the temperature same

    • thanks shilpa. was the oven preheated enough. while baking in microwave at the convection mode, the oven has to be preheated well. preheat for about 8-10 mins. i have made pita breads as well as regular breads, rolls and buns in both OTG as well as in the convection mode of microwave oven. never had any issues, except for the quick browning in the microwave. pita breads are usually not browned.

      • Thanks Dassana,

        I think preheating was a probelm. Since i just preheated for about 4-5 mins. Will try again ..Thank you fo your advice. I am going to try you orange cake tonight in the convection.

        • alright shilpa.

          • Finally my attempt at baking in the convection turned out to be a success. I followed your instructions to the T for the orange cake and like all your recipies this one was also a big hit.

            Thank You.

            • thanks shilpa for trying this orange cake recipe and also writing a positive feedback.

  55. Hi! I am making Pita breads today for the very first time following your recipe 🙂
    I have a question – For many days can a cooked pita bread survive ? Like a regular bread ?? Or it should be consumed within the same day ???
    Also i used instant dried yeast , mixed it in warm water with a pinch of sugar as mentioned but there no bubbles at all 🙁 Any idea why ? It a fresh opened yeast packet.

    • PS : I love your blog <3 I follow it regularly and whenever I am trying something new, yours is the first blog I look up to 🙂

      • thanks anuradha.

    • hi anuradha. if you keep the pita bread packed in a cling film or in a box in the fridge, it stays well for a week upto 10 days. its just like regular bread. if you keep out for more than day then like regular bread, they will get spoiled.

      you have to give a time of atleast 10 mins to see all the yeast bubbled up. if you don’t see any bubbles after 10 or 15 mins, the water must be not warm enough for the yeast to get activated or the water is hot. since its a freshly opened yeast packet, i assume the yeast must alright.

      • The bread came out ok… they didn’t fluff up as yours but still managed to make pockets … I guess the problem was with the yeast … there were no bubbles, the water was warm but I guess it requires even warmer water . Will try again.
        Thank you 🙂

        • if the yeast does not bubble up, then its best to throw away the solution and make a fresh one. all the best for the next time.

  56. Hi

    Can these be frozen for future use? How long can they be frozen for?

    • before baking, the leavened dough can be frozen. i would suggest to keep only 3-4 days. after baking, pita breads are best consumed fresh. you can refrigerate the pita breads for 2-3 days.

  57. I have been looking for a pita bread recipe for long time now, never googled it though! 😛 Came across your top ten posts and so glad that I did! Whole wheat pita bread is just the thing I want. Thank you lady! 🙂

    • welcome charul

  58. Hi Dassana
    I followed your reciepies for falafel & pitta bread. Oh boy I made full Lebenies meal humas &salad too, everything was great but my pitta bread didn’t rise although the taste was so good. My husband was very impressed we put everything on top of the bread instead of inside. Yum ! so thanks, but it bugs me my pitta bread didn’t rise so will try again.

    • thats great to know monika. i often make a lebanese spread at home too. may be the yeast did not proof well. just ensure that the water is warm… not too cool or hot. when you dip your finger in the water it should feel warm and not feel heaty to your finger. better luck next time.

  59. Hi… just came across your blog… pita bread truly looks perfect… thanks for sharing the recipe and easy step by step photos… this surely has inspired me to try out the recipe soon…

  60. Hi there. Thank you so much for the recipe! I’m going to try it right now with whole wheat, but I just wanted to know for the future, do you think I could make it with all purpose flour instead? My husband prefers the white flour pitas over the whole wheat ones, but I know nothing about baking bread so I don’t know if it would turn out the same.
    Thank you for letting me know!

    • you can easily make the pita breads with white flour. no issues. they will still turn out good, in fact better.

  61. Hi Dassana, first time here and I am glad I stumbled here. Never tried pita bread before…..I should try this ASAP….amazing pics.

  62. Hey Dassana, I actually made these pitas and I am so glad I did. They have turned out beautifully:) Thank you!

    • thats nice to know family cook

  63. I would definitely be making plenty of gyros with these pita breads! Looks wonderful =)

  64. Thanks Dassana for sharing this recipe, I was looking forward for it.

  65. alright renu & thanks.

  66. Hi Dassana,
    Your pita looks perfect! Pita was one of the first breads I learned to make and still love baking it. Thanks for the stove top tips, I’ve never done that. Can’t wait to try it thanks for sharing:)

    • thanks & welcome nancy.

  67. Hi dassana.. i made the pita breads yday following ur recipe..they were very tasty thugh it did not puff up as well as urs..
    i tried the stove tp and the oven method.. i found the stove top more comfortable..
    i had afeeling taht my dough was a litle dry.. shoudl be better next time..
    i will be lining my post to ur page..wil notify u .. anyway thanks for this yummy recipe!!

    • thanks renu. you could have added some water to the dough. the yeast also has to be proofed properly. but anyways i will look forward to your post. i still have to check your falafel post.

  68. these definitely look the best pita breads.. puffed up so beautifully! and the first shot is so gorgeous! i need to make some pita breads

  69. Hi Dassana,

    This comment is not regarding this recepie but as I could find a space where we can put general queries… I came here..

    I want you to teach us rajasthani gatta subzi….the art in this recepie is to make gattas soft ..rest things are easy…I have made this subzi number of times but the gattas don’t come up soft…..I thought you are the best person to address the problem …

    sorry for putting the post in between…if there is any particular place to put such comments then please guide..

    looking forward to your recepie and comment..

    • you can comment on this post renuka. no issues. also you can use the contact form and write to me from there.

      i have been asked by mil also to add gatte ki sabzi, but the punjabi gatte ki sabzi. not much difference though in the preparation. i will surely add the gatte ki sabzi and both versions.

      • thanks for that in advance

  70. WOW THIS IS SO COOL. So I made the bread because I liked the idea of it being whole wheat, and I was a little dubious about it working, puffing up like yours did. But it worked! And it was definitely the coolest thing to watch! I was so glad I made it. It was so much fun. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this recipe =)

    • thats great to know vivien. thanks for making the bread and also writing about your experience.

  71. this post made me so happy! These pitta looks just perfect .. PERFECT. I have to give this a try… saving it. will let ya know 🙂

    • sure kankana 🙂

  72. Wow, this is so amazing! Very impressive. I wish I were good at making this. But I am going to give it a serious shot.

    • do give it a serious shot asmita. pita bread is one of the easiest bread to make.

  73. Hi Dassana

    I have a request to you that if can provide me the recipes without onion & garlic also because we don’t eat onion & garlic. But you can send me some with onion & garlic too, i will take off onion & garlic from it and make it.

    Thanks

  74. Thank you so much for the love and care you put into your blog. I have been absent from visiting for a while. I have some enjoyable reading to catch up on your posts. I am planning on making your Pita bread tomorrow. Best wishes.

    • thanks lydia for your beautiful comments. do read the posts when you get time.

  75. Lovely photos and step by step instructions. I love pita and like that this is whole wheat too!

    • thanks shumaila.

  76. superb pics,mouthwatering….sure going to try.

  77. loved the daintily puffed beauties- good one !

  78. Such beautiful pictures! Pita looks perfect!

  79. I tried it earlier and it did not puff this much and that was a disappointment since I had excellent falafel to go along with it. Will make it this way… thanks for the step by step method

  80. Amazingly puffed up pita breads, dassana! I love how well the pockets have formed!! I’ve made stovetop and oven pitas but have never tried firing them directly on the flame like a phulka. Definitely gonna try that next time. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • thanks susmitha.

      • Hey dassana, I wanted to let you know that thanks to you, I made beautiful, puffy pitas yesterday! 🙂 I used a mix of whole wheat, maida, bajra and besan flours. Other than that, I stuck to your recipe completely. I also noticed from your photos that when you say oven, you’ve used a microwave. I normally don’t like to do my bread or cake baking in the micro, but I decided to try it out for the pitas since that’s what you’ve used and it did the trick to make them puff up beautifully!! 🙂 Yay!! afterwards, I lightly toasted a few on the direct flame like phulkas and that added an additional yumminess.

        So from now on, I’ll be baking all my pitas in the microwave. 🙂 Thank you.

        • thanks susmitha. you have even made such a healthy version of the pita bread.

          i do use microwave oven but mostly for baking. i bake in the convection mode in the oven. i don’t use the microwave mode for baking. is there anything wrong in baking in convection mode…. may be i don’t know.

          • Hi dassana, I wasn’t trying to make it healthy, I had very little wheat flour at home so had to add maida and I felt so guilty to add so much Maida that I decided to compensate by adding Bajra and besan. Hahaha It was totally experimental. :p

            Even I used the convection mode in my micro for the pitas, because the bread won’t come out well in the microwave mode. Normally though, the reason I prefer a regular oven to the convection mode of the microwave oven for breads and cakes is because they come out much better in texture in a regular oven. It might be because of the fan in the microwave or because there are always some waves present even in convection mode, but for whatever reason, the baked goods made in a microwave’s convection mode don’t retain moisture well.

            But in the case of your pita recipe, that worked to my advantage and the pits puffed up. 🙂 I think those people who have tried this recipe and said their pits didn’t come out as perfect as yours must have used a regular oven. Maybe you can suggest the convection mode of the microwave to them and see if that makes a difference.

            • Ahhh so sorry for all the spelling mistakes. My iPad did auto correct and messed everything up!
              I meant maida and bajra in the first paragraph.

              • i have corrected your comment with the correct spellings. i do get comments with incorrect spelling. if i am able to spot them, i correct them.

            • thanks susmitha for the detailed reply. i really appreciate this gesture.

              i bake everything in the microwave because i don’t have a regular oven. the only problem i face while baking is quick browning. so i cover the cakes or breads with a butter paper or aluminium foil. otherwise texture wise i have not had any problem. even moisture wise, the breads which i make are moist. they are not dry. i bake a lot of breads at home. just that i don’t take pics and post about them…. i am lazy 😉

              the original recipe uses the regular oven. plus the only change i made is making the pitas with 100% whole wheat keeping the rest of the ingredients same. in the original recipe maida and whole wheat flour proportion is half-half (i also don’t like maida like you). so i think the breads should come out well in a regular oven. my readers who tried and it did not come out well may be due to the yeast proofing not done well – which is the most important factor to make good yeasty breads and loaves. i will mention a point though about convection baking in microwave in the post.

  81. dassana, so my falafels came out well yday and next is the pita bread and i am going to follow ur recipe.. BTW, the custardwe get in india( have a light coclour.. i usedto use brown and polson there….
    here teh powder we get is alight pink coclour but as soon as it is mixed witha liquid,it gets a deep yellow colour.. i used a brand called daily fresh..the custard jam drops i have posted were also from same custard and they also turned more yellow than they had when i had made them in india..

    • thanks renu for the info on custard powder. i must say that the color of the custard pudding looks very good.

  82. This is just cool! the way it looked like balloon is ecstatic..haha. 🙂 I love to try it.

    • thanks leona.

  83. Thanks for sharing the recipe – they look sooo good!

    • welcome jenny

  84. Dear Dassana, yesterday we had lebanese food and the pita bread looks ditto as in the pics as we had over there..and that is known to be as the one of the best restaurant in Dubai for lebanese food… i am now inspired to make them at home…wonderful work by you:)..
    Request…Pls post kesar Ras malai receipe… I have tried couple of times from different blogs (showmethecurry, vahchef, manjulas kitchen) but it did not come out spongy and porous like available in the good sweet shops… in some youtube video they said that professionals add baking/ soda to make it porous and spongy but didnt mention when to add and how much to add…
    with love, meeta…

    • hi meeta, i approved your comment but was going to reply later and then eventually forgot.

      in fact yesterday after reading your comment, i decided to make rasmalai as it is hubby’s favorite too. i made the chenna yesterday and today i was going to make rasmalai, but it is too dark here with very heavy rains.. so photographs won’t come good. so hope to make them later and will post too.

      also thanks for all your positive comments. do try the pita breads at home. you won’t miss the restaurant ones 🙂

      • thank you dear… i will definately going to try…u knw u r my confidence… whenever i am stuck with any receipe, i kwn i will get the answer / guidance from u…lots n lots of love to you…

        • thanks for your lovely words meeta. but to tell you a fact – i am not very good at making traditional indian sweets. hence i don’t post them. i just saw vahchef’s & manjula aunty’s videos. also referred some books and they have added baking soda/powder to the chenna mixture. the chenna which i have made has not become soft. so i just hope that the rasmalai becomes soft.

          • hey meeta, i started making the rasmalai today only to meet up with a disaster. the chenna balls disintegrated in the sugar syrup 🙁

            so i strained the cooked sweet chenna and will make sweet paneer parathas tomorrow 🙂

            i have to find out the reason for this. i have made rasagullas before, but never ever this things has happened.

            • Did it happen!! it will be blessing in disguise now as you will put more effort to find out the reason and we will all be blessed for the perfect rasmalai receipe then:) You know my Pita bread turned out hard bread and my husband was laughing at me that it can break anybody’s head…i was overconfident seeing how you have done but may be lack of experience at my end..i also forgot to place napkin on the rolled pitas for ten minutes before putting them in the oven…even the oven i have, takes double time..it is provided by the builder…now i do not know where i went wrong?

              • i am actually planning to make the perfect rasmalai now 🙂

                either the yeast did not proof up or must be an outdated yeast. also too much baking can make them hard. you could have made them on the tava instead. plus it is required that you keep them covered for 10 minutes.

  85. Pita bread cant be any better..looks so perfect but can I try this in my OTG too??

    • thanks sharmilee and yes… you can make them in your OTG too. just bake them in a preheated oven at 200 or 250 degrees C for 5 to 10 minutes.

  86. This is a superb reciepy. I am definitely going to try this. Only thing I have to buy yeast.Thanks
    Dassana, I will let you know the results.

    • sure monika 🙂

  87. Delicious home made pita bread, love that you made whole wheat version. Both baked and phulka version looks perfect.

  88. So perfectly fluffed pitas. I made them at home once loong back but don’t remember them coming out as perfect as yours. I like them a lot too – I usually fill them with our indian tikkas or grilled veggies and top with green chutney…and as you say..I can live on them for days!
    I love the first picture..so simple but so rustic! Have a nice week ahead!

    • thanks tanvi.

  89. These really look the best wholewheat Pita breads..so soft and fluffy!

  90. I tried pita bread once a while back and failed misreably. I should try this… Your pictures are so tempting… Pita bread with perfect pockets.

  91. Nice to know that we can make pita bread on stove top like phulkas.. I also own a bread bible book and it is amazing. I have tried some quick breads recipe and mango bread recipe is my fav. If you get time, do try mango bread. you will definitely love this.

    • i will try to make mango bread. thanks for letting me know kanan.

  92. dassana thanks for this awesome recipe.. i have made some falafel mix reday and ma going to make some falafels today.. if that is cleared .. i wildefinitely make the pita breads and have it a falafel sandwich.. honestly.. 3 months in DUbai and i ma yet to taste a falafel.. so decided to make one.. i am bookmarking this.. will definitely let u know when i make this.. ur step by step makes it soooo easy.. thanks a ton dassana.. i love ur blog!!!

    • sure renu and thanks a ton.

  93. Dear Dassana, yesterday we had lebanese food and the pita bread looks ditto as in the pics as we had over there..and that is known to be as the one of the best restaurant in Dubai for lebanese food… i am now inspired to make them at home…wonderful work by you:)..

    Request…Pls post kesar Ras malai receipe… I have tried couple of times from different blogs (showmethecurry, vahchef, manjulas kitchen) but it did not come out spongy and porous like available in the good sweet shops… in some youtube video they said that professionals add baking soda to make to porous and spongy but didnt mention when to add and how much to add…
    with love, meeta…

  94. amazing nice to know all the methods …yummy looking forward to make these soon Dassana 🙂

  95. Wow I’ve never seen homemade pita bread that looks so perfect! Your work is impressive! My kids love stuffing delicious food in the pocket. I hope to try this recipe one day!

  96. Whoa…thanks a ton for sharing the recipe… this is a must try!!! thanks again:)

  97. Dassana thanks for sharing the pita bread recipe. Loved the step by step information..

  98. Awesome is the word :)….wanting this right now for my breakfast, I am going to try both the methods oven and stove asap….lovely clicks Dassana as usual!

  99. wow thanks for beautiful explanation… perfect pita bread…

  100. Dassana, I can tell you by the pictures, you have been so successful in making the best pita bread ever. I prefer the look of the oven baked ones. They look adorable:)

    My next effort will be an attempt to try your recipe before I take a break! Thanks for inspiring me:)

    • This is a nice pita recipe. Just a note for those people whose breads do not rise in the oven: In addition to yeast you should check that the type of flour is suitable. There are many kind of whole wheat flours. It is best to use flour that is fine grained and contains the core parts of the wheat grain, too. Especially, graham flour is type of whole wheat flour that is often coarsely grained and sometimes the wheat germ is removed completely. This leads to very non-elastic dough that will eventually rise when in room temperature, but it is going to stay very flat in the oven so that the pita bread won’t rise properly when baked.

      • thankyou so much for sharing your suggestions 🙂

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