Lavash – Peter Kuruvita

This lavash bread is crispy and simple to make, although you’ll need to plan ahead.

Cook Time varies | Serves 6

(Preparation 30 minutes + 24 hours resting, Cooking 10 minutes)

REGION Afghanistan | DIFFICULTY Easy

This lavash bread is crispy and simple to make, although you’ll need to plan ahead, as the dough needs to sit for 24 hours. It isn’t the easiest dough to make by hand, so definitely use an electric mixer if you have one. If you have a pasta machine, rolling out the dough paper-thin will be a lot easier. Otherwise, you’ll just have to use a lot of muscle and a rolling pin!

  • 350g (12oz / 2 1/3 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 45g (21⁄2oz) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml (5fl oz) milk, plus extra for brushing
  • poppy seeds, for sprinkling sesame seeds, for sprinkling

Add the flour, salt, sugar, butter, eggs and milk to the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix for 20 minutes. (If making the dough by hand, bring the ingredients together in a bowl, turn out onto a lightly floured work surface, then knead into a dough that is smooth to touch, but firm, and resembles a pasta dough.)

Remove the dough from the bowl, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours.

When you’re ready to start baking, preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F).

Roll the dough out very thinly, using a lightly floured pasta machine or rolling pin. Brush the surface with milk, then sprinkle the poppy seeds and sesame seeds on top.

Place on a large baking tray and bake for 10 minutes, or until the bread is pale golden and crisp.

Allow to cool, then break into smaller bits for serving.

TIP: The lavash will keep in an airtight container in the pantry for 3–5 days.

Recipes from Lands of the Curry Leaf by Peter Kuruvita, published by Murdoch Books, RRP $49.99

Lands of the Curry Leaf – Peter Kuruvita

Peter Kuruvita takes us on a vegetarian food journey through the lands of the curry leaf. We travel vicariously through countries including Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

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