Home mAde Pita Bread

2014-09-17

Store bough Pita bread never comes closer to the home made ones !! I always love making pita at home as they are softer and yummier .

This pita can be the base of youe Shawarma roll or pita pocket sandwiches . It’s great for home made pita chips and fattoush salad !! 😀

Many complains their pita never puffs up and that’s why they can’t have pita pocket . Hmmmm … But by the grace of Allah , my pitas always , almost always puffed up nice . I tried both on stove top and oven . Found in oven it puffs up nicer than the stove top . Yester day I made 4 pitas . 2 of them in the oven and 2 of them on stove top . Oven versions are puffier than the stove top , but stove top ones puffed up as well . You just need to follow some tips in order to get the puffier pitas with pocket . Just go through the tips after reading the recipe .

Even after following the tips , if it doesn’t puff , don’t worry , it tastes good without pocket too . 😀

Ingredients :

For Sponge :

1/2 cup warm ( not too much warm) milk
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tea spoon honey or sugar ( Honey keeps it softer)
1/2 tbl spoon active instant yeast

For dough:

3/4 th cup to 1 cup more flour
1/2 tea spoon salt
1 tbl spoon olive or vegetable oil

Procedure :

1. In a bowl add 1/2 cup warm milk . Add the honey and yeast . Now add 1/2 cup of flour and stir . Mix well . It will look like a batter . Now cover the bowl and let it rest for 30 minutes . After 30 minutes , you will see bubbles are all over and the batter rose and looks like sponge .

2. Add salt on the sponge .Start adding flour little by little . You may not need the whole remaining flour . So add little by little and knead . When you will end up with soft , pilable dough stop . Now knead very well . Add the 1 tbl spoon oil and keep kneading . The softer your dough is , the softer is your pita . make a ball from the dough .

3. Now rub some oil over the ball and keep it in a oiled closed lid box to let it rise again . Keep it in a warm place to rise faster . Within an hour you will find the ball has risen .

4. Punch down all the air from the ball and make 4 balls from it . Cover the balls with a wet cloth and keep it like this for 15 minutes .

5. Roll the balls to disk evenly on a flour dusted surface and fry on the cast iron skillent or fry pan on medium flame . Cover the lid and let it fry for 2 minutes . Turn it over and again cover the lid . You will see the pita is piffing up . Don’t forget to heat the frying pan well, otherwise pita won’t puff up . For puffing up too hot griddle/ pan is needed.

6. If you bake it , pre heat the oven to 450 FH . Place the baking tray in the oven too . Now roll the pita bread evenly and place it on the hot baking tray and bake for 3 minnutes or until puffs up . Try to roll the pitas thin . The thinner is puffier . After 3 minutes just turn over the pita and bake another 1 minute . Take it out from the oven . And cover all the pitas with a kitchen towel to keep them softer .

Notes/ Tips :

1. Please don’t skip the sponge making step . Pitas are softer and nicer if made by sponge method . It helps to puff up too .

2. Try to roll the pita evenly . If not rolled evenly , a little thicker is here , a little thinner is there, pita will not puff up .

3. Try to roll the pita thinner . The thinner is puffier .

4. There must be no crack on the pita while frying or baking .

5. Very , very important , make sure the oven is really very hot before you bake the pita . If the oven is not hot enough , the pita won’t puff up . Same way , try to ensure the frying pan , or cast iron griddle is too hot before you fry the pitas on stove top .

6. Always cover the pitas with a kitchen towel right after you take them out from the oven or stove . 🙂

Enjoy !!!!

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4 responses to “Home mAde Pita Bread

  1. Pingback: Chicken Shawarma Roll and pita pocket sandwich | Khadiza's Kitchen

  2. Khadizah apu,
    I was wondering can I make the pitas before hand and warm them up when guests arrive?? will they taste the same or will be tough?

  3. Khadizah apu,
    I was wondering can I make the pitas before hand and warm them up when guests arrive?? will they taste the same or will be tough?

  4. Khaas food is here to develop healthy food habit & amazing shopping experience of the consumers. By ensuring healthy life, we would like to make our consumers smile. Let’s Make a healthy Bangladesh.

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