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Arabic Bread – خبز كماج

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  • Author: Wafa Shami
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • 60 minutes to rest:
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 7 pieces of flat bread 1x
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Palestinian/Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Vegan


Arabic flat bread. A popular type of bread used across the Middle East. Used for sandwiches and with numerous dishes.


  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 - 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Mix yeast with half a cup of warm water until yeast fully dissolved, then add sugar and set aside for 2 minutes.
  2. Place flour in a large bowl, add salt and pour in the mixed yeast and the second half of water.
  3. Knead together, if the dough is dry add the remaining 1/2 cup of water gradually until you have a smooth dough.
  4. With your hand rub a few drops of olive oil all over the dough and the bowl. Cover with wrapping paper and a blanket and leave for an hour to rise.
  5. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  6. Once risen, cut the dough into 6 to 7 equal ball shapes and place them on a sheet or baking tray, cover and let them sit for another 10 minutes.
  7. Take each ball and flatten with a rolling pin, and lay on a baking tray, keep the dough after flattened for another 10 minutes. Then place the baking tray in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until the pitas have puffed up.
  8. Once out of the oven let bread completely cool off. Bread can be stored in a zip bag in the freezer to maintain freshness.


If the dough is dry add 1-2 tablespoons of water, one at a time and knead until you get a smoother dough.

If the dough is too soft add 1-2 tablespoons of flour, one at a time and knead until you get a smoother dough.