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Easy recipe for pita bread

Easy Recipe for Pita Bread | Pita Bread Recipe

Easy recipe for pita bread - Make this super easy bread which is soft and comes with a pocket! Only a handful of ingredients go into this pita bread and it is the perfect accompaniment for falafels and gyros!
Course All
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword Bread, Pita
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 Pita Breads
Author Niveditha


  • Oven or a Skillet



  • In a clean large mixing bowl, add the sugar, salt, yeast, whole wheat flour and the all-purpose flour. Mix it all thoroughly.
  • Drizzle in the olive oil and give it a quick mix. Then pour in the warm water and swiftly mix it through the dry ingredients.
  • Gently mix and bring all the ingredients together until a dough is formed.
  • Once the dough is formed, move it to a board or counter and begin kneading the dough by pushing and pulling it.* Continue kneading for 20 minutes. Take rest in between and ensure you cover the dough with a damp cloth while you do.
  • The dough will be soft and supple after kneading. Move it back to the slighlty oiled mixing bowl. Cover with its lid or a damp cloth. Let it rise for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in volume.
  • Preheat the oven for 20 minutes at 250 C / 480 F. Place a baking tray inside while preheating.
  • Once it had doubles, punch it down and transfer it to a counter. Divide the dough into 6-8 portions. Dust the counter with flour and roll out each portion in a disc with about 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Change sides as you roll them out and dust when it is likely to stick to you rolling pin. Do not use too much flour; use it only if it sticks too much.
  • Once you've rolled out all the portions arrange the discs in batches on the hot baking tray from the oven. Place the tray back inside the oven. Within 5 minutes, the dough will puff up thereby forming the pockets. Once all the discs puff up, let the pitas cook for few more minutes. In total, it would take 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove the tray and remove the pitas onto a thick cotton cloth. Keep it covered. Repeat the same process with the other discs. Your pita breads are ready!


  • Whole Wheat Flour: Using 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour is completely optional. When used in this quantity it doesn't affect the gluten formation. 
  • Warm Water: Water shouldn't be too hot which would kill the yeast. You should be able to put your finger for 10 seconds at least that'll be the right temperature.
  • Kneading Time: 20 minutes seems like a long time to knead but it is important that you knead for that long. Pockets will form even if you knead it for 10 minutes, but it will be too thin to hold your fillings. Take rest as when and needed to finish kneading it. 
  • Kneading: The usual push and pull method works well. To do that, push the dough with the heel of your hand (below the thumb); this will stretch the dough. Then, fold the stretched dough over to form a dough again. Repeat this process throughout kneading. Initially, the dough won't stretch much, but you'll notice the difference before you finish kneading.
  • Dividing into portions: Dividing the dough into 8 portions will give you medium-sized pitas which gives medium-sized pockets one that you can fit in on of your palms. Whereas, when you divide it into 6 portions, it will give you big pita pockets where you can fit in 4-5 falafels.