Lavash Bread

Updated: Jun 6, 2021

Persian Barbari Bread - Lavash Bread
Lavash Bread - Persian Flat Bread

If you like paper thin breads, then this one's for you!

Lavash bread is usually eaten in the morning with a variety of jams, honey, cheese and herbs such as mint and basil and washed down with lovely Persian tea. Now I say usually, but Lavash bread is also wrapped around a variety of kebabs, in particular kabab koobideh / minced lamb kebab for lunch and dinner or as a side to have with a meze.

It's one of the first breads I remember having at my grandmothers house in the mornings for breakfast when visiting her in Iran.

We'd sit around the beautiful white Sofreh, having set everything ready and waiting for the door to open and my uncle to arrive with the pipping hot bread from the bread makers known as Noonvayi. A nostalgic memory that I love sharing with you.

Watch how I make my home made Lavash bread on my YouTube channel at LK Bonabi or click to go directly to my YouTube video for Lavash Bread don't forget to subscribe!


7g dry yeast

1/2 tsp white granulated sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup lukewarm water

1/4 cup yogurt

1 tbsp oil

1 1/4 cup strong white flour

Note: I've updated this recipe. I've used yogurt, but you can also use milk. I found the yogurt gives an intense and strong flavour to the bread.


Step 1

  • Place the yeast in a separate bowl / jug

  • Add the granulated sugar

  • Add 1/4 cup lukewarm water

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

Step 2

  • Add the yeast mixture to 1 cup of the flour

  • Add the yogurt and the oil

  • Fold into the flour and knead

  • If the dough is too sticky add the rest of the flour a bit at a time to bind the mixture together or if too dry add a little water a bit at a time

Step 3

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

  • Set aside for 1 hour until your dough has doubled in size

Step 4

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

  • Flour your surface and roll out the dough as reasonably thin as you can

Note: Lavash bread is quite thin and large made in a traditional tanoor, however, like many, I don't have a tanoor! so I've used a baking tray and placed it on top of my hob to get a similar result.

Step 5

  • Place your dough onto a medium hot frying pan and let the heat bubbles start to appear on your bread, about 2 minutes or less should do depending on the size of your dough

  • Flip the bread over to heat the other side

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

Lavash Bread - Persian Flat Bread
Lavash Bread - Persian Flat Bread

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