Yogurt, cottage cheese or kefir
- 1 teaspoon
Lavash bread is a thin, soft bread very popular in Iran, Turkey and Armenia.
In Arabic and Persian, lavash is named لواش (lawash / pronounced “laouash”). It is a very popular bread in many countries of the Middle East.
Lavash is made up of basic ingredients: flour, water, salt, fresh yeast and kéfié or cottage cheese in which you can add cumin or sesame seeds for more flavor. This traditional Persian bread is a thin bread, perfect to accompany salads such as shirazi salad, olivieh salad, or fattoush salad.
This delicious Middle Eastern bread can also be used with cheeses like Panir, dishes like Abgoosht, or it can be used to make wrap-style sandwiches topped with chicken or beef. Lavash is traditionally cooked in the oven in a “Tandoor“, on a plancha or in a pan. The “tandoor” is a terracotta oven in the shape of a jar traditionally buried under the ground. During its preparation, the Persian lavash bread is rolled, flattened and knocked against the hot walls of the Tandoor. It is a technique that is still widely used in Iran and Armenia.
This recipe is quick and easy to make. Lavash is very similar to corn, flour, or Indian naan bread. There are two kinds of lavash: the soft version and the crunchy version. Iranians tend to stuff soft lavash with herbs and cheese for more flavors. The crunchy version is best eaten as a side dish to soups or with broths in dishes like abgoosht broth.
Lavash is tender and soft when fresh, but it hardens quickly. It is therefore advisable to wrap it immediately in a clean towel or aluminum foil immediately after cooking so that it retains all its softness.
Preparation of the Lavash bread dough
Put a little lukewarm water in a bowl, and dilute the yeast.
In a salad bowl, or using a kneading machine, pour the flour, yogurt (or kefir or cottage cheese), the dissolved yeast, and the rest of the lukewarm water.
Rest your Lavash bread dough
Oil a salad bowl and place the dough in it, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand for 1 hour. The dough should rise and double in size.
Divide the Lavash dough into several small dough pieces. You can make Lavash bread any shape you want.
Baking Lavash bread
Bake your Iranian lavash bread in a skillet over high heat, without adding fat. Cook for about 1 minute on one side and then 30 seconds on the other.