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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.

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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

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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 bread 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 chana masala with some onion rings, tomato slices and some mint chutney + tamarind chutney. or make some veg kebab or veg cutlet and add our usual chutneys and serve in so many ways.

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 to make pita bread
  3. stove top method to make pita bread

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.

making pita bread dough

3: now add warm water.

making pita bread

4: just mix everything with a wooden spoon.

add water to pita bread dough

5: the yeast mixture has frothed now.

making pita bread dough

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

making pita bread recipe

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.

making pita bread

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.

preparing pita bread recipe

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

making pita bread recipe

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.

making pita bread recipe

2: oven method to make pita bread

1: place the rolled bread 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 bread… don’t they look good?

puffed pita bread

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.

making 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 pita bread is done and has brown spots appearing on both sides.

making pita bread recipe

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

pita bread, pita bread recipe

5: stack pita bread 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.

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pita bread

4.71 from 17 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:2 hrs
Course:breakfasts,brunch
Cuisine:middle eastern
Calories: 271kcal
Servings (change the number to scale):5
pita-bread-recipe
the best whole wheat pita bread recipe with oven as well as baking method.

INGREDIENTS FOR pita bread

(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 pita bread

making pita bread dough

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

baking pita bread in the oven

  • 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.
  • bake all the pita bread this way.

making pita bread on stove top

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

serving pita bread

  • stack the pita bread 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.

NOTES

tips for making pita bread

  1. if the dough becomes too sticky then add some more flour.
  2. remember to proof the yeast in warm water. less warm water or hot water will 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 bread should fluff well in a regular oven too if the yeast proofing and leavening of the bread is done well.
 
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231 comments/reviews

  1. Just made pita bread using your recipe – stovetop method and it came out really well. Thank you for the detailed instructions.

    The bread didnt have a pocket so i could use it as a wrap. Did i have to make it thicker or was the dough too soft?
    Would appreciate pointers if possible. Thanks5 stars

    • thanks jayashree for the feedback and rating on pita bread. thickness is not a problem. if the dough is too soft, then it cannot be rolled evenly. if the dough is not rolled evenly, then the pita bread won’t puff. so there won’t be the pocket. when the dough becomes too soft, then just add some flour so that you get a dough which can be rolled evenly and easily. hope this suggestion helps.

  2. sorry please ignore the msg i just sent.. i just saw ur reply.. i am soooo sorry..
    thank you..