Homemade Shawarma Bread in A Pan & Oven( Pita bread/ Naan Flat Bread)

Homemade Shawarma Bread in a Pan pita bread Naan Flat Bread

Shawarma bread (Pita Bread) is so easy to make. All you need are 3 or 4( if you add oil) basic ingredients, that I bet you already have in your kitchen.

I love making food from scratch and love it more when the process is easy and takes little or no time. You don’t have to be a cook, to  make this bread;even if you haven’t baked bread before, you won’t have any problems making this flat bread .

I’ll show you how Shawarma bread is made on a pan (stove top) and in an oven. Both methods are great, but with the pan, you get the distinctive brown spots of pita bread , while in an oven you don’t get as much(except you are using an oven stone).   This is how I used mine for Chicken Shawarma( Looks good, right?).

Homemade Shawarma Bread in a Pan on stove pita bread Naan bread Flat Bread

If you want a VERY flat bread, then do check out this Flour Tortilla Wrap Recipe here.

 For the Homemade Shawarma Bread(pita bread)You’ll need:* 320 Grams(2cups) Plain flour/ Whole Wheat flour* 70 Grams(Half cup) Plain flour/ Whole Wheat flour(for dusting& Kneading)* 1 cup Warm Water(tepid water)* 2 teaspoon Dry instant Yeast/ 20grams fresh yeast* 1 teaspoonful Salt* 2 teaspoon melted butter/Olive oil/lard(optional)(1 teaspoon is for oiling the bowl)

Homemade Shawarma Bread in a Pan on stove pita bread Naan bread Flat Bread


  • In a small bowl, Dissolve the yeast in a little water and set aside to dissolve completely
  •  In a large bowl,Mix the flour and salt together; add a teaspoon of oil/melted butter(if you’re using any).
  • Mix together and add the dissolved yeast and mix;add more water and continue to mix until you get a rough dough like the picture below.

Homemade Shawarma Bread in a Pan on stove shawarma wrap pita bread Naan bread Flat Bread

  •  Now knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5-8 minutes until the dough is firm and elastic.
    If the dough is sticky, dust more flour on it and knead on to get a non-sticky,elastic dough. Then oil the used large bowl and place the dough into it. Making sure that the dough is well brushed with oil.

Tip: The oil prevents the dough from sticking to the bowl.

  • Cover the bowl and leave to rise for 2 hours or until it doubles in size.

Homemade Shawarma Bread in a Pan on stove shawarma wrap pita bread Naan bread Flat Bread

Then deflate the dough by gently punching it down. Then Place on the lightly floured surface; cut out into orange sized balls(if you want a large bread), or into golf sized balls (if you want a smaller pita bread).

Take one of the balls (keep the others covered,t o prevent drying out) ,then flatten the ball with your palm and roll out flat; sprinkle some flour as you roll until you get a large circle.

Then place on a floured surface and cover while you repeat the process for the remaining balls.

Tip: Remember to always dust with flour if it is sticky and flip the dough over so that it does not stick to the table.    You can use a circular cutter to get a perfect circle…yes, you can cheat with this one…Lol

  • If you want to make the Shawarma bread on a pan(on stove top), simply heat up a nonstick pan until it’s very hot. Then place the rolled dough on it. When you begin to see bubbles, flip over to the other side and watch as the balloon forms…that’s the fun part of the whole process.

Homemade Shawarma Bread in a Pan on stove shawarma wrap pita bread Naan bread Flat Bread

The balloon will also form if you don’t flip over, but that will result in one side burning and turning black (we don’t want that, right? ) Deflate the balloon and place on a tray lined with a damp kitchen towel, and repeat the process for the remaining dough.

Tip: To keep the bread soft and fresh after cooking, cover with a damp cloth.
 To preserve the bread for later use, wrap in a zip lock or poly bag. It will stay fresh in room temperature for 2-3 days.

  •  If you want to make use of an oven; Preheat the oven to 230ºC(450ºF),  place the baking tray (with the rolled out dough) into the oven and bake for 3-5 minutes. Watch as the balloon forms. Then take it out of the oven.
    If I don’t get the brown spots (which is usually the case with oven made pita bread), I cheat the oven by ”browning” the oven made flat bread on a pan..taddam☺..)

Homemade Shawarma Bread in a Pan on stove shawarma wrap pita bread Naan bread Flat Bread

Tip: It is important to note that , not all bread forms a balloon.I think it has to do with the heating capacity of the oven. So if you encounter that problem, don’t be disturbed; it happens to the best of us…Lol…just go ahead and use it as a flat bread wrap..it saves you the time of slicing the bread into 2 parts..lol☺.

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Now that your Shawarma bread(Flat Bread) is ready… what are you waiting for..ENJOY!Here’s an easy homemade chicken Shawarma recipe you’ll surely love… Bon  Appetit ☺.


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  1. Anonymous
    May 23, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Great article.

  2. Anonymous
    May 23, 2018 / 10:42 am

    Excellent post. I certainly love this website. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous
    May 8, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    Really thankful for you and your site. Keep up the great work and greater foods.

  4. Anonymous
    May 2, 2018 / 12:59 am

    Enter your comment…am happy i found my way here..my question is..can it be the same procedure with normal bread,like in size doubling(proofing),immediately after proofing you bake,but here you said after proofing,you cut into desired shapeplease clearify me on this.

  5. Lateefah
    February 8, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    I would like to try this. Please, should I turn off the stove or put on low heat when the pan is hot. Thanks

  6. Big Mama C
    January 23, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    I am so glad I found your site. I really love Shawarmas and the bread. I made a batch of the Shawarma Sauce last year and my family and friends loved it I plan on making on a regular basis along with the bread. Thank you so much Nky

  7. Anonymous
    October 17, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Thnkz Nk for the recipe, pls any idea on how i can preserve the shawarma bread without a refrigerator

  8. Akshat Malya
    October 11, 2017 / 5:58 am

    I don't know that shawarma bread is so easy to make. Awesome one!! I will try it soon.I will mkae it in Air Fryer for delicious and fast recipe.Keep sharing such more recipes!!

  9. toyin
    September 29, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Enter your comment…oh nky ve been looking for ur site after d home made mayonnaise,tnk u so much

  10. Twins
    September 9, 2017 / 11:29 am

    Hello Nky

  11. Twins
    September 9, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Hello NotPlease I need recipe for sharwarma cream

  12. Anonymous
    September 2, 2017 / 4:53 am

    hi lily can i use all purpose flour instead of plain flour? thank you

  13. Unknown
    August 23, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    You're a life saver madam. Thanks.

  14. Best Rice Cookers
    August 14, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Amazing recipe! I am gonna make this.

  15. plumbrite inc
    August 4, 2017 / 12:28 am

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  16. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I can't say thank you enough you are one in a million Esthercakes

  17. dorcas ehi
    June 11, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    thks for d recipe… pls can my sharwama which is already filled stay overnight

  18. desmond chuddy
    April 29, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Ma I'm so grateful! Pls I will like u to speak on our cooking made easy group link. Am d host.(adim) God bless u

  19. Anonymous
    April 15, 2017 / 7:45 am

    Hello, thanks for your tips.Please how do I preserve the sharwama bread for at least 4days without a refrigerator?

  20. Rosa V. Jerome
    March 8, 2017 / 5:22 am

    This is nice web. Thank you for such a valuable article on such a interesting topic.I really appreciate for this great information…

  21. Alexa
    February 25, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I loved it.

  22. pet
    February 13, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    hi nky can I make this with coconut flour (chaff) or almond flour?

  23. Anonymous
    January 29, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Thanks for your recipe, I tried yesterday and my family love it! God bless you.

  24. dooyua
    December 19, 2016 / 11:40 am

    Thank u maam for all the recipes, I am getting better by the day. Please can I use oats flour for pita bread?

  25. Anonymous
    November 26, 2016 / 8:54 am

    Nk thanks 4 all ur recipes.nk I tried making agege bread bt didn't come out well.d inside of d bread was great bt d outside didn't look like a bread.pls wot could be d cause though I use pot on a gas to bake with cake pan not oven.is dt d reason.thank u ma.

  26. Anonymous
    November 25, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Thanks for this recipe.I tried it out on my husband's birthday and it was wonderful.

  27. My Journey
    November 20, 2016 / 2:33 am

    Thanks for this recipe.. .Would I be able to make the dough the day before – therefore it would rest overnight?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 21, 2016 / 6:08 pm

      You are welcome and Yes you can, but the next day,let the dough return to room temperature before use.

  28. Abigail
    September 24, 2016 / 6:25 am

    Your explain is outstanding for my family'breakfast. This is sure they like it. Thank you, Nky!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 19, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks for your comment Abigail

  29. Abdulkadir Usman
    September 21, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    Just finished reading this to to my wife. Really helpful. Rgds.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 19, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Abdulkadir 🙂

  30. vic
    June 29, 2016 / 5:12 am

    Hi Nky,I have a supply for Flat bread/Shawama Braed in a large quantity, please can you help me with contact or contacts for it.you can contact me on macvik2002@yahoo.com

  31. isagba chijioke
    May 18, 2016 / 8:22 am

    Hi Nky,i am opening a new fast food and i would need qualified bakers including Arabian shawarma roasters.please contact me if you have any idea about them.my email isagbachijioke@yahoo.comChijiokeGod bless

  32. Merlis cadena
    March 19, 2016 / 3:17 am

    i tried to made this by my own, later i found this page thkx say hi from venezuela

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 21, 2016 / 12:11 pm

      You're welcome Merlis and encantada de conocerte:)

  33. Nkem
    January 26, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Hi Nky,u said a cup of evaporated peak milk is about 170g,how do I get the exact quantity since a cup of sugar weighs more than the same cup of flour?i need ur reply pls thanks.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 21, 2016 / 12:15 pm

      Nkem, you'll need a scale to get the EXACT measurement.

  34. Miss P
    January 23, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    God bless you….. I love cooking/baking. I'm getting better by the day

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 21, 2016 / 12:21 pm

      God bless you too Miss P, glad to be of help 🙂

  35. Anonymous
    December 29, 2015 / 9:38 am

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe.it is very easy. Please do share the recipe of homemade hotdog

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 21, 2016 / 12:06 pm

      Ok, I will 🙂

  36. Anonymous
    December 29, 2015 / 9:37 am

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Its very easy. Please do share the recipe of homemade hotdog

  37. Ugoh Omeje
    November 13, 2015 / 8:47 am

    thanks for sharing. but when i tried it, i noticed that the ones a baked in oven came our hard n crunchy. but the ones i madein pan came out brown (or burnt) but a little soft and bendable. i tink what affected the oven baking is the temperature of the oven. please advise.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 21, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      Yes it happens at times , that's why you have to stay close to the oven and take the bread out as soon it's 5 minutes(DONT WAIT FOR IT TO FORM A BALLLON9, if it hasnt done that in the first 3 minutes.If your bread is still hard at 5 minutes,you'll have to reduce your oven tempereature.

  38. oluchi uchenwa
    September 21, 2015 / 10:11 am

    Thanks so much for the recipe. I tried it and it tasted so nice,but i think my dough didnt rise well even though i left it fr two hours, and also it was shrinking back to smaller sizes after rolling,what do u think the problem is, and is a milk cup okay to measure the flour?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 3, 2015 / 10:58 pm

      Hi Oluchi, the low rising could be caused by the yeast(not very active) and as for shrinking back after rolling( I didnt experience that, but could be because the dough didnt rise enough).and Milk cup( peak milk) weighs 170 grams. So dear, I'm sure you can do the remaining maths 🙂

  39. Aryz Ilela Sarmiento
    August 12, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Oh good to have this recipe i love it!!! Thank u for sharing…

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 16, 2015 / 11:45 pm

      You're welcome 🙂

  40. Amaka Eze
    July 30, 2015 / 9:54 am

    After preparing my shawarma and raped it in a foil to eat later, i noticed the bread was very soft,is it because i preserved the bread in the fridge.What is the best way to preserve the bread.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 16, 2015 / 11:08 pm

      It's because of the foil.Remember that the mayonnaise and ketchup are in liquid form and when wrapped up in foil, it conserves the moisture of both the bread and the yummy yummys in it.Next time, preserve it in a plastic bowl with a lid.By the way: I actually like my bread soft 🙂

  41. Anonymous
    May 27, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    God bless you again and again ma, thanks for this great work you are doing. Please I need recipes for chocolate cake n also how to make designs on fondant, not the poka decoration.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 16, 2015 / 11:02 pm

      ok the recipes are coming soon.

  42. Anonymous
    February 2, 2015 / 7:35 am

    Nky u r just too much.I made pizza for d 1st tym afta watchin Barney n friends n my son disturbd me to bake his (u know these kids so beliv we can do anytin.)Then I made subsequently using my recipes n method. Friends n family love it.I am adventurous in trying out foods.Just googled shawarma n there u Thanks dearWish to ve u as my personal friend.Love u loads

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 5, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      Good to have you here dearie, and expecting your feedback on any other recipes you try out 🙂

  43. Anonymous
    January 10, 2015 / 11:43 am

    This is such a delicious n easy to make bread tnx for the help..but the ones ive made earlier is rubbery what do you think ive done wrong..could it be because i use all purpose flour instead of plain or wheat flour…?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 11, 2015 / 12:06 pm

      All purpose flour is the same as plain flour. If you follow the recipe as it is , you'll get a perfect pita bread.

    • Anonymous
      January 16, 2015 / 4:16 am

      Tnx for the reply mam..i will try to make it again and hope ill make it perfect ds time…

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 23, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      Ok keep me updated.

  44. Anonymous
    January 6, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Thank u so much for guidance..

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 11, 2015 / 11:11 am

      YOu're welcome 🙂

  45. Anonymous
    December 5, 2014 / 10:39 am

    Thank so much for sharing this. i will try this tomorrow morning.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 6, 2014 / 1:58 pm

      You're welcome dearie, I'll be expecting your feedback.

  46. Anonymous
    December 3, 2014 / 11:41 am

    i love this….tanx a lot 4 sharing such brilliant idea….pls can di method be use to make shawarma bread for sale?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 6, 2014 / 1:57 pm

      You're welcome and yes it can be used for making shawarma bread for sale.

  47. hafsat
    November 10, 2014 / 7:09 am

    You are a super woman u knew that right?, is amazing that you can cook but to Hv this wonderful personality. Don't mind me just wanna thank you

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 12, 2014 / 9:51 am

      Lol.. Hafsat, you're such a darling, thanks for your lovely comment, well appreciated 🙂

  48. Anonymous
    October 21, 2014 / 9:58 am

    thanks so much for the training ,i really enjoy it ,GOD bless

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 23, 2014 / 9:58 am

      You're always welcome dearie 🙂

  49. Anonymous
    October 1, 2014 / 4:01 am

    This was the easiest, tastiest and most effective flatbread recipe I have ever tried. I made it with half whole wheat/ half whole wheat pastry flour. They all puffed and were so good!!!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 1, 2014 / 3:35 pm

      I'm so glad it turned out well and you enjoyed it too. Thanks for your lovely feedback.

  50. Love is the key
    August 10, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    Lily you are indeed a good baker. I love all the the recipe on your blog. You know what I love baking you hove inspired me the more. Thank alot

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 11, 2014 / 9:25 am

      You're welcome hun, I'm always glad to be of help 🙂

  51. Love is the key
    August 10, 2014 / 5:33 pm

    Lily you are a complete baker thanks for all the recipes on your site. May God continue to strength you in Jesus Name.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 11, 2014 / 9:24 am

      Amen dearie and hope to see more of you here 🙂

  52. Samitha Don
    July 25, 2014 / 6:25 pm

    Thanks I am gonna try it. After searching entire web found easy and nice recipe, finally I am gonna mAke shaewarma

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 5, 2014 / 4:59 pm

      I'm glad to be of help dearie 🙂

  53. Yetunde Mohammed
    May 7, 2014 / 10:39 am

    thanks for the recipe but my bread comes out very dry and it was not easy to wrap cos it will just break apart, pls may i know where i miss it. thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 9, 2014 / 6:04 pm

      Hi Yetunde, It could be due to high heat(if you baked it) or due to too much flour (if you used a pan). The rolled dough should be stretchy and soft, If you add too much flour when rolling it out, the bread will come out dry and with cracks, And also don't cook it for too long so that it doesnt lose moisture, Hope this was of help. Let me know how it turns out.

  54. Anonymous
    May 2, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    this rilli helped tnx

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 3, 2014 / 7:14 pm

      You're welcome 🙂

  55. sana
    March 24, 2014 / 10:50 am

    WaO its To mucH helpfull 🙂 excellnt n easy to make ..thank u

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 27, 2014 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks Sana , I'm glad you like it 🙂

  56. Anonymous
    March 11, 2014 / 10:25 am

    thanks being there for us.now the budget for bread is off my list cos i do it myself and my family loves it

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 13, 2014 / 4:44 pm

      You're welcome, I'm so glad to be of help dear 🙂

  57. Anonymous
    February 20, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    tnx so much for ds tip.bt pls do u av an idea d pita bread is sold in supermkts?tnx so much

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 22, 2014 / 1:49 pm

      This is the type they sell at the supermarket here, how do the ones around you look like dear?

  58. saeed
    February 8, 2014 / 9:38 am

    so easy to make , and too much delicious , my children love to eat shawarma

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 11, 2014 / 11:20 am

      Thanks for your feedback Saeed, I'm so glad your family enjoyed it 🙂

    • nnenna
      March 22, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Nky tnx a million for this recipe but I don't really understand d slicing side of d bread,can u pls explain

  59. Anonymous
    January 24, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    This is sooo helpful thnx:)

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 27, 2014 / 8:49 am

      You're welcome 🙂

  60. Anonymous
    January 20, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    Thank you very much for this recipe. You've been of great help to me because like you, I love making my food from the scratch!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 21, 2014 / 3:58 pm

      I'm so glad to be of help. Thanks for stopping by.

  61. Anonymous
    January 14, 2014 / 1:27 pm

    Great stuff (mike from cape town)

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 14, 2014 / 2:02 pm

      Thanks Mike 🙂

  62. Anonymous
    January 7, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    My family screamed for more..now this is the only bread we eat at home .. thanks for this recipe

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 14, 2014 / 2:02 pm

      I'm so glad to be of help dear, thanks for the feedback 🙂

  63. Anonymous
    January 6, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    Thanks for this recipe… you are a great cook ma'am

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 7, 2014 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks dear 🙂

    • sparkle
      August 20, 2015 / 11:59 am

      Nky may God bless u 4 me ooooo, am now getting perfect in baking and my hubby is so enjoying every bit it, all thanks 2 u. My question is, In dis bread, am I to cover EACH bread with a damp cloth or cover them all with jus one damp cloth.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 21, 2015 / 11:22 pm

      I`m, happy for you dearie.You are to cover all with just one damp cloth.Send me pictures oo 🙂

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