Pita Bread with Hummus and Tomato Relish

Pita bread is a yeast leavened flat bread popular in the middle east, greece and other countries. it is usually served with dips as a mezze platter or stuffed with kebabs to make a pita pocket or futher baked ito chips.

It is traditionally made at a high temperature ranging in between 232–246 °C. It is proofed for a very small amount of time not being more than 15 minutes.

Hummus and Relish are classic dips provided with the pita for a mezze platter.

Ingredients

Pita Bread

  • 1.5 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1.25 cups warm water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Hummus

  • 1 cup boiled chickpea
  • 2 tbsp tahina(sesame seed paste)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4-6 tbsp ice water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Tomato Relish

  • 3 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger fine chopped
  • 1 onion fine chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic fine chopped
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • salt to tast
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp vinegar

Method

Pita Bread

  • Firstly take the instant yeast and sugar in a stand mixer bowl or in any bowl in which you will knead the dough. Pour 1 to 1.25 cups water and mix very well with a spoon
  • Add 3 cups whole wheat flour, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix everything together.
  • Knead the dough into a smooth ball
  • Cover and rest for 15 minutes
  • Divide the dough into balls and roll out using a rolling pin
  • Place a pan on high heat.
  • Place the rolled dough on the pan and add few drops of water and cover.
  • Flip the bread and repeat.
  • Cook until the bread turns slightly brown and puffs up.
  • Serve with hummus and relish or stuff with kebebs

Hummus

  • In a blender add chickpeas, garlic, salt and sesame seeds.
  • Blend into a coarse mixture
  • Add water and oil and blend until smooth
  • Season with paprika and salt.
  • Serve with pita bread

Tomato Relish

  • In a pan heat up 1 tbsp oil and add chopped onions and garlic and cook till light brown.
  • Add in the ginger garlic paste and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add tomato paste and cook for 3-4 minutes and ½ cup  water and let simmer for 15 minutes or till tomatoes are cooked.
  • Add vinegar, salt and chili powder.
  • Serve with pita bread

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