5 Steps to Perfect Pita Bread: Master Oven & Stovetop Tips (No Mistakes!)

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Written by Puja

Learn how to make Homemade Pita Bread with our simple recipe. Whether you bake it in an oven or cook it on a stove, you’ll get soft and fluffy pita bread every time.

Try making this Homemade Pita Bread at home for a fresh and tasty alternative to the bread you generally buy at the store.(step-by-step-recipe-video)

Pita Bread

About Pita Bread Recipe:

Have you ever tried something new and immediately fallen in love with it? That’s exactly what happened to me with pita bread.

Last month, during my visit to a restaurant called Fisherman’s Wharf, known for its seafood, I tried pita bread for the first time.

I know what you’re thinking: being a vegetarian, why did I pick a restaurant known for seafood? Well, let me explain. My better half enjoys having non-veg once in a blue moon, and I always look for places where veg and non-veg are served so we can enjoy our meals.

Though most restaurants serve both, some known for non-veg have a limited vegetarian spread.

Anyway, more than the food, what matters most is spending time together.

At Fisherman’s Wharf, they served starters with pita bread. So, I thought of ordering pita bread along with my veg curry. Trust me, the moment I tried that warm, soft bread, I decided to make pita bread at home.

After much research, I made pita bread today, and to my surprise, it came out well.

I found that pita bread is very similar to the chapatis we make in India. What I liked most about this recipe is that each pita puffs up into a pocket that can be stuffed with delicious fillings.

This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a simple recipe that connects you to flavors and traditions from around the world.

Today, I’m also excited to share that this pita bread can be made using two methods—on a tawa (stovetop) and in an oven.

Both methods give delicious results, giving you the flexibility to choose based on your convenience or availability of tools.

So let us jump straight onto the recipe and learn how to make pita bread in the oven and how to make pita bread on tawa.

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What is Pita Bread?

Pita bread is a soft, fluffy flatbread from the Middle East and Mediterranean areas. It is made from basic ingredients like flour, water, yeast, and salt. When pita bread is baked at a high temperature, it puffs up because of the steam inside. Once it cools down, it flattens but keeps a pocket inside.

This pocket makes pita bread very useful in cooking. You can cut it open and fill it with things like meat, vegetables, cheese, and sauces. Pita is also great for scooping up dips like hummus or for making pizza bases. Its softness and mild taste make it a favorite bread in many different foods around the world.

Origin of Pita Bread:

Pita bread, a staple in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, has been around for over 4,000 years. Originating in the Middle East, possibly in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq), it was traditionally baked on hot stones.

The word “pita” comes from Greek, meaning “bread” or “loaf.”

What sets pita apart is its pocket, which forms naturally due to the steam in the dough during high-temperature cooking. This pocket makes it perfect for filling with various foods like hummus or falafel.

Over the centuries, pita has spread across many regions, becoming a beloved part of meals in cultures around the world for its simplicity and versatility.

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Serving Suggestion:

With Curry: Pita bread goes well with all types of curries.

Stuff and enjoy: Fill your pita with anything you like! You can stuff them with your favorite grilled vegetables, along with hung curd dip or cashew sauce for a quick and satisfying meal.

Go Desi: You can also stuff pita bread with spicy potato or paneer to give some desi touch.

With Hummus: Spread some creamy hummus on warm pita slices for a delightful snack.

Mini Pizzas: Let the kids top pita with sauce, cheese, and their favorite toppings, then bake for a quick dinner.

Traditional Fillings: You can also try stuffing your pita with traditional ingredients like tzatziki, tomatoes, and cucumber for a taste of the Mediterranean.

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Storage Suggestion:

Room Temperature: Keep pita bread in a bread box or wrap it in a clean cloth and store it in a cool, dry place. It will stay fresh for about 2-3 days.

Refrigerate: If you want it to last a bit longer, put the pita bread in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator. It should be good for up to a week.

Freeze for Longer Storage: To keep your pita bread fresh for several weeks, wrap each pita individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer bag before freezing.

When you’re ready to eat one, just thaw it at room temperature or warm it up directly in the oven or toaster. However, I would recommend not storing it for too long; it’s best consumed within 2-3 days. The sooner, the better.

Pro Tips:

Warm Water: Use warm water to help the yeast work better. Just make sure it’s not too hot or it will kill the yeast.

Kneading: Spend a good amount of time kneading the dough. This helps make the bread soft and fluffy.

Even Rolling: Roll each piece of dough to the same thickness. This helps them cook evenly and puff up nicely.

Hot Oven: Make sure your oven is really hot before you put the pita in. A hot oven helps the pita puff up and cook properly.

Watch Closely: Keep an eye on the pita as it cooks. It cooks fast and you don’t want it to burn.

Why You Should Make this Recipe:

Simple and Quick: This recipe is easy and fast, perfect for busy days without sacrificing taste or quality. Also, this recipe is straightforward and doesn’t require any fancy techniques or ingredients. Anyone can make it!

Versatile and Customizable: You can fill pita pockets with almost anything you like, from veggies and hummus to grilled meat or cheese. It’s great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Fun Activity & Kid-Friendly: Making pita can be a fun way to spend time in the kitchen, This recipe is a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen, making cooking a fun learning experience for the whole family.

Healthier Option: Homemade pita bread doesn’t have the preservatives generally found in store-bought versions, making it a healthier choice.

Serve It Your Way: Perfect with dips, as a sandwich, or toasted for a crispy snack.

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Basic Ingredients Used to Make this Recipe:

For a delicious pita bread, there are a few things you need to look for.

All-Purpose Flour: I have used all-purpose flour to make pita bread today, you can also use wheat flour instead, in case you want a healthy version of it.

Yeast: To get the dough to ferment, I used yeast. I have used Instant dry yeast for this bread, but you can use active dry yeast as well.

Milk: You’ll need fat in the dough to make soft bread. The addition of milk in this recipe gives a fantastic texture.

Sugar: Sugar softens the dough by feeding the yeast and increasing its activity.

Salt: This recipe calls for salt in order to make pita bread tasty. So make sure you add it.

Water: Water to knead the dough.

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Homemade Pita Bread

Learn how to make Homemade Pita Bread with our simple recipe. Whether you bake it in an oven or cook it on a stove, you’ll get soft and fluffy pita bread every time. Try making this Homemade Pita Bread at home for a fresh and tasty alternative to the bread you buy at the store.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Pita Bread Recipe
Calories: 1593kcal
Author: Puja


  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp Yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cup maida


  • In a large bowl, combine the lukewarm milk, sugar, and yeast. Stir and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  • To the yeast mixture, add flour and salt and gradually mix.
  • Combine well until a soft dough forms.(ensure that the salt doesn't come directly in contact with the yeast mixture)
  • Transfer the dough onto a platform and Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes stretchy and glutens forms.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Punch down the dough and divide it into 8 equal parts. Cover the shaped dough with a damp cloth and let it rise again for about 30 minutes.
  • Roll each part into a ball and then flatten into a circle, about ¼ inch thick.
  • Oven Method: Preheat your oven to 270°C .
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  • Place the rolled-out dough on the baking sheet OR tray and bake for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until puffed and lightly golden.
  • Stovetop Method: Heat a skillet over high heat and cook each pita for about 30 seconds to 1 minute per side, or until puffed and spots begin to brown.
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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pita Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1593 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 7088mg308%
Potassium 873mg25%
Carbohydrates 314g105%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 0.03mg0%
Calcium 368mg37%
Iron 18mg100%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Frequently Asked Questions About the Recipe:

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?

Yes, you can use whole wheat flour instead of maida.

Why didn’t my pita bread puff up?

Pita bread might not puff up for a few reasons. Make sure your oven is hot enough and that the yeast you use is active. Also, rolling the dough evenly is crucial because uneven thickness can prevent it from puffing.

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