Bread Balloons

Guys guys guys, I’ve discovered the coolest thing ever. Whole wheat pitas! I know it doesn’t sound THAT exciting, but check this out:

I’m very clumsy in the video because I’m trying to flip over the pita with one hand, but it works! I found this recipe from Veg recipes of India, and only decided to try it because I am a health nut. I only eat whole wheat carbs, so this was a perfect recipe. Little did I know how much fun I would have.


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 11/4 cup warm water – one cup and an extra one-fourth cup
  • 1/2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 or 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp salt


  1. Proof the yeast by adding it to 1/4cup of warm water. Let it sit for 10 minutes or until frothy.
  2. Add 3 cups of flour to a large bowl and the salt. Add 1 cup of water and begin to incorporate it. Add the olive oil. Mix. Add the yeast. Mix and knead until it forms a ball that is elastic, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Let your dough rise, covered and oiled, for about 1 to 1.5 hours
  4. Form small dough balls. Roll it out to 1/4inch thickness and let it rest, covered, for about 10 minutes.
  5. If you have a gas stove like I do, heat up a small frying pan and briefly cook the two sides, just so that the dough isn’t floppy. Transfer it to open flame set at medium low, and wait for the magic to happen. If your dough does not puff up, try increasing the flame until it does. Char both sides.
  6. If you have an electric stove, heat up your non-stick pan until very, very hot on high heat. It should be so hot that water evaporates nearly immediately after touching the surface. Slap your dough on and cover it, until it starts to puff up. Flip to cook both sides. When I used this method, only parts of the pita would puff up, while on the open flame the whole thing would become a balloon.

Using the pan to cook my pitas

Slowly, slowly puffing…


Letting it cool – look at the stove top grill marks

I really hope you give this recipe a try; I had way more fun than I should have with this recipe =)

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3 thoughts on “Bread Balloons

  1. Minxi says:

    You have a gas stove!! *jealousy*

  2. I know right!? Wait does the house in SD not have a gas stove D=

  3. dassana says:

    i saw the video and the pita is WOW. in india we make a similar bread known as phulkas – they are flat bread all puffed directly on the flame.

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