200 g plain flour (alternatively: use self-raising flour)

  • 1 tsp sugar (can be omitted if you use self-raising flour)
  • 1 tsp fresh yeast (can be omitted if you use self-raising flour)
  • 150 ml warm water

1 tbsp ghee (note: use vegetable oil or butter if you prefer vegetarian)

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • (1 tsp poppy seeds)


  • STEP 1
    If you use plain flour: Mix the sugar and yeast with the warm water and rest for about 10 minutes. (Can be omitted if you use self-raising flour).
  • STEP 2
    Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and add the yeast mixture (for plain flour) or the water (for self-raising flour). Add the ghee (or oil/butter) and salt and mix well. Add some extra water or flour as required. Tip: for a nice variation, add garlic, finely chopped coriander leaves, and sultanas to the dough.
  • STEP 3
    Knead for about 5 minutes on a smooth working surface until you have a smooth dough. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover, and leave to rise for 1-1.5 hours in a warm place.
  • STEP 4
    To finish off the bread, begin by preheating the oven grill for some 10 minutes until it is red hot. Knead the dough for another 2 minutes and either divide into 4-6 equal portions, or keep in one piece. In any case, roll out to a thickness of about 1 cm (0.5 in). lace the dough on a suitable greased oven plate and grill for 7-10 minutes, turning once or twice. Each time, brush the surface of the bread with some butter and sprinkle some poppy seeds over the bread. Tip: you can also sprinkle some sugar in addition to, or instead of, the poppy seeds. Serve warm

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