Pita Bread, Lebanese Whole Wheat Pita Bread
by Tarla Dalal
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A popular bread from Mediterranean cuisine, Pita Bread can be had as it is with Hummus or used to make tasty dishes like Falafel .
Take care to dissolve the yeast well in warm water, because it will not get activated if you use cold or hot water. At the right temperature, yeast will get activated and you will see tiny bubbles on top of the water after you let it rest for a few minutes.
Likewise, it is also important to use olive oil to make Pita Bread, as it gives a mild but characteristic aroma to the bread.
- Combine the dry yeast, sugar and 2 tbsp of water in a bowl and mix well. Cover with a lid and keep aside for 5 minutes or till the dry yeast completely dissolves in the water.
- Combine all the ingredients along with the yeast-water mixture in a deep bowl, mix well and knead into a soft dough using enough water.
- Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and allow it to prove for 30 minutes or till the dough doubles in volume.
- Knead the dough to remove the excess air.
- Divide the dough into 3 equal portions and roll out each portion into an oblong of 175 mm. (7”) length and 6 mm. (¼”) thickness using a little whole wheat flour for rolling.
- Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and cook the pita bread on a medium flame for 1 minute on both the sides or till small blisters are seen.
- Then, cook it on an open flame till it puffs up and brown spots appear on both the sides.
- Cut each pita bread into 2 halves horizontally and use as required.
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Pita Bread, Lebanese Whole Wheat Pita Bread recipe with step by step photos
Pita Bread is a yeast leavened flat bread which is made with whole wheat flour and is served with hummus.It is a lebanese dish. It is commonly eaten is middle eastern countries. The bread is made like a pocket and is stuffed according to the preference. If you like the recipe below are some links of recipes made with Pita Bread :
For preparing the dough for Whole Wheat Pita Bread, take dry yeast in a small bowl.
Add sugar to it. The yeast will feed on the sugar and starches and release CO2, which will cause the dough to rise.
Add 2 tbsp of water.
Cover with a lid and keep aside for 5 minutes or till the dry yeast completely dissolves in the water.
After 5-7 minutes, it would look like this. The frothy layer on top indicates that the yeast is activated. If the mixture doesn't foam, discard and start over with new yeast.
In a deep bowl, take the whole wheat flour. Ensure you make use of a big bowl as the dough will rise and you do not want it to get messy. If you have a stand mixer, then make use of it to prepare the pita bread dough.
Add the olive oil.
Add salt to taste and mix well.
Add the yeast-water mixture in the center.
Mix well and knead into a soft dough using enough water. We have used __ cup of water additionally. The quantity required will vary depending upon the quality of flour. If the dough becomes too sticky then add some flour.
Place the dough in a large bowl greased with olive oil. Make sure the entire dough is coated with oil.
Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and allow it to prove for 30 minutes or till the dough rises almost till double. Covering also prevents the dough from forming a dry layer on top.
After half an hour, the dough doubles in volume. Deflate the dough and knead the dough again to remove the excess air.
Divide the dough into 3 equal portions.
Roll out each portion into an oblong of 175 mm. (7”) length and 6 mm. (¼”) thickness using a little whole wheat flour for rolling.
To prepare the whole wheat pita bread, heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and place the rolled pita bread over it. Alternatively, you can even bake the pita bread in an oven.
Cook the Whole Wheat Pita Bread on a medium flame for 1 minute on one side.
Flip it and cook on the other side till small blisters are seen.
Then, cook it on an open flame till it puffs up and brown spots appear on both sides.
Remove in a plate and our Whole Wheat Pita Bread is ready!
You can serve the Whole Wheat Pita Bread warm or cut each pita bread into 2 halves horizontally and use the pita pockets as required.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per pita bread
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