Pita Flatbread


That's a wrap! This is the ultimate pita flatbread recipe to fold around falafel or shawarma. Learn how to make pita bread in whole wheat and naan styles once you master the classic.

Pita Flatbread
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
1 mins
Rise Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 16 mins
6 flatbreads


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoon active dry yeast

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  1. In a large bowl stir together first three ingredients (through salt); add the water and oil. Beat with a mixer on low or stir until combined. Using the hook attachment, beat on low (or knead by hand) 3 to 5 minutes to make a soft dough that is smooth and elastic, adding additional flour or water as needed.

  2. Transfer dough to a greased bowl, turning to grease surface of dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place 1 1/2 hours. Punch dough down. Divide into six portions; shape into balls. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll balls into 7- to 8-inch circles. Preheat a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add dough circles, one at a time, and cook 45 to 60 seconds or until surface is bubbly and bottom is browned. Turn bread; cook 30 seconds more or until bottom is browned. If bread browns too quickly, reduce heat to medium-high.

Whole Wheat Pita Flatbread:

Prepare as directed, except substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the all-purpose flour.Per Serving: same as above except: 187 calories, 31 g carbohydrate, 3 g total fiber, 10% iron

Naan Bread:

Prepare as directed, except substitute 6 tablespoons plain yogurt, room temperature, for half of the water. Divide dough into four portions and roll into about 9x5-inch ovals. Naan may take a little longer to cook (1 minute per side). If desired, brush cooked naan with olive oil and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and sea salt. Per Serving: same as above except 204 calories, 6 g protein, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 mg cholesterol, 1 g total sugar, 206 mg sodium, 4% calcium

To Store:

Place pitas in an airtight container. Store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 2 weeks. To thaw, microwave pitas, one at a time, 20 seconds or until warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
5g Fat
32g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Protein 5g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 55mg 1%
Folate, total 99.7mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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