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Khubz (Arabic Pita Bread) + Video

Khubz is a soft, whole wheat flatbread that's delicious with your favorite dishes. Make this Arabic pita bread recipe easily at home!
Prep Time2 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time2 hrs 48 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 209kcal
Author: Kevin


  • 1 packet active dry yeast (¼ ounce, or 2 ¼ tsp)
  • 1 ½ cup lukewarm water
  • teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups flour (See Note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil divided


  • Dissolve the yeast in a large mixing bowl with ¼ cup warm water. Add the sugar and when it starts to froth, add remaining 1 ¼ cups of water.
  • Add 1 ½ cups flour, and using dough hook attachment, mix. This is called a "sponge" mixture. Let this rest for 10 minutes. It will look like pancake batter.
  • Add the salt and tablespoon of olive oil to the sponge and mix together. Add remaining 1 ½ cups of flour, and using dough hook on low, mix until dough comes together.
  • Turn speed up and mix dough for 10 minutes. Dough will become elastic, shiny and smooth. Remove the dough and set aside on floured surface while you oil the mixing bowl.
  • Rub remaining tablespoon of olive oil on the inside of the mixing bowl and roll dough ball all over to coat. Flip it over, cover with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 2 hours in a draft free, warm place (See Note 2).
  • Punch dough down and knead again for 3 minutes. Divide dough in half. Divide first half into 4 equal pieces, cover other half with damp tea towel or plastic wrap.
  • Roll each dough piece into a ball. Flatten each ball on a lightly floured surface and roll 7-8" in diameter, about an ⅛ to ¼" thick. Dust with flour and place on a floured towel or tray lined with a silicon mat. Repeat with remaining dough. Allow to rest and rise again, about 20 minutes at room temperature.

Skillet Baking Method

  • Heat a heavy bottomed skillet (cast iron) over a high flame and cook each piece for 1 to 1 ½ minutes per side (these will puff up like balloons).
  • Wrap breads in a towel to keep warm and pliable as you repeat with remaining dough pieces.

Oven Baking Method

  • Place a baking sheet in the center of a 500°F oven.
  • Remove baking sheet from oven, sprinkle with flour and place 2 pieces on the hot baking sheet. Bake 3-5 minutes until lightly browned (these will puff up like balloons).



  1. I like to use 1 ½ cups bread flour with 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour. Feel free to use 3 cup bread flour if you choose.
  1. I often times will either place the bowl in the microwave and leave it be or turn the clothes dryer on for a minute, turn it off and place the bowl to rise in the dryer (being sure NOT to turn it on while in there).
Recipe adapted from Claudia Roden's recipe in The New Book of Middle Eastern Food.


Sodium: 295mg | Calcium: 7mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 72mg | Calories: 209kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 4g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 37g | Iron: 2mg