What Is the Difference Between Naan & Pita Bread?


Bread is an ancient food. Many food historians cite its beginnings as far back as 4,000 B.C., originating from Mesopotamia. Once it was discovered that ground wheat, mixed with water and heat, could produce flat breads, the tradition was started. The concept of bread loaves is said to have been discovered by accident with the combination of yeast and high temperatures.

Naan Recipe

  • The recipe for naan calls for a combination of wheat and bread flours, salt, water, honey or sugar, yogurt, milk and butter. The dough is left for some time in a heated area to grow in volume before being cooked. From the huge dough ball, smaller portions are pulled out and spread or rolled out before being put on the heat. It is a sensitive combination and can easily be too crunchy or too leathery. To have different flavors, you can add onion or garlic to the flattened dough.

Naan in Detail

Pita Bread Recipe

  • Pitas are much simpler to make than naan. To make a pita you only need flour, salt, oil, water, sugar and yeast. Pita bread features a plain flavor so there are no additional ingredients. Pitas are often used it as a sandwich wrap. Replace a bun with half a pita and you have a convenient, healthy sandwich. The pita can be cut in half and then separated in the center the way hot dog rolls or bagels are.

Pita Bread in Detail

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