Barbari Bread

Updated: Jun 6, 2021

Gorgeous Barbari bread, I love eating this hot from the oven. It's such a quick and easy bread to make, unlike other breads this has a very short proofing time, so you can literally get this from making to baking and on the table in just over an hour.


For the bread

7g dry yeast

1tsp white granulated sugar

2 cups water

4 1/4 cups strong white bread flour

2 tsp salt

For the glaze 1 tsp flour

1/2 cup cold water

1 tsp baking soda

For the garnish

nigella seeds (sprinkle on top of the bread before you put in the oven)


Step 1

  • Place the flour in a bowl

  • Add the salt and mix together

Step 2

  • Place the yeast in a separate bowl

  • Add the granulated sugar

  • Add 1 cup luke warm water

  • Cover the top and leave for 10 mins until the yeast has become activated and is frothy

Step 3

  • Pour the yeast mixture over the flour

  • Fold into the flour and knead

  • Pour the 1 cup of water and continue folding until all the flour and water bind

Note: This dough is very sticky and should be that way so do not add extra flour

Step 4

  • Once the flour has been kneaded cover the top of the bowl with cling film

  • Set aside for 30 minutes until your dough has doubled in size

Step 5

For the glaze

  • Add 1/2 cup cold water into a small saucepan

  • Add the flour and mix until diluted with no lumps

  • Add the baking soda and mix well

  • Place the saucepan over medium heat

  • Continue stirring until the mixture thickens slightly

  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool and thicken more

Step 6

  • With proofing complete cut your dough into three or four pieces depending on how big or small you want your Barbari to turn out.

  • Flour your surface and make the dough into an oval shape ( typical Barbari shape)

  • Spread a thin layer of the glaze over the bread and using the back of a spoon spread the dough out further

  • With the spoon or your finger make deep lines from the top to the bottom of the dough

  • Sprinkle nigella seeds over the dough (you could also use sesame seeds)

Step 7

  • Place your dough in the oven at 250 °C for 10 minutes

  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool

Enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Noosh-e-Jaan :)

Barbari Bread

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