Iranian Flat Bread Barbari Recipe

Barbari Flat Bread Recipe


Another great tasting flat bread recipe. This time from Iranian traditional bread: Barbari, one of my favorites, I’d say most Armenian bakeries bake Barbari and it’s so delicious that I decided to give it a try and make the homemade version.Barbari has a slight resemblance with Armenian Matnakash ,but it’s so much simpler in making and tastes quite different due to the fact that it’s got sesame seeds which gives the bread a specific taste and look. Recipe is pretty basic and there’s no way to fail it:)

Happy baking!



For the bread dough

3 cups of all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups of warm water

1 tsp instant dry yeast

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp sugar

Semolina or cornstarch for dusting the work surface

You will also need sesame seeds


For the spread

2/3 cup water + 1 tsp flour + 1 tsp baking soda

Mixed and brought to the boil

This mixture will help to shape the dough and stick sesame seeds to the bread



Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mix and knead until smooth and elastic dough formed 10-15 minutes

Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with plastic and let it double in size (1-2 hours)


Meanwhile prepare the spread and let it cool down to be used later



Preheat the oven to 450°F /230°C ,prepare lined,greased baking pans

Divide the dough into 2 portions

Sprinkle your working surface with semolina and place the dough to start shaping

Stretch and pull by dipping your fingers into the spread, shape it as elongated oval bread

Place the dough on baking pan and continue shaping

Using your fingers make lines on the bread 1″-2″ apart

Sprinkle with sesame seeds

Bake 10-15 minutes or until light golden color

Remember to switch the pans halfway through the baking

Let the bread to cool down 10-15 minutes before slicing




  1. I have made this recipe at least 5 times now, it is delicious. This flexible dough is wonderful on it’s own, but I’ve also used it topped with zaatar, sauteed onions with thyme, and as a pizza dough. I always get compliments when I make it and am taking it to a potluck dinner at the end of the month.

    • Glad you like it:)
      Btw i’ll be making zaatar bread soon, it’s quite similar to this recipe,
      Thanks for trying and have a great week!

  2. Hi Heghineh, I’m following you from quite few months. Finally I got to try out this bread and I’m so happy that it turned out so good. I’m a great fan of middle eastern breads and always wanted to try them at home. Thanks for sharing wonderful recipes along with videos. You are indeed a great cook and mother. I like the way your videos are filmed- very natural. Keep sharing more bread recipes. Can’t wait to see you zaatar bread 🙂 have a great day.

    • Hello,
      I’m glad you liked the bread, it’s one of my favorites to eat with feta cheese 🙂
      I do have quite a few bread recipes posted on my blog and will definitely share more.
      Thank you for following and have a great weekend!

  3. not sure if im in right place, but, here goes

    ms. heghineh

    i have tried this flatbread recipe four times! including earlier today.
    dont know whats going wrong i use gold medal flour, instant yeast, etc etc.
    i mix and all i get after a half hour of wotking the “dough” is a thick sticky goo!!!
    am i doing wrong?

    i follow your recipe ANNND video step by step(well, the first couple steps).

    nothing but gooo is the result. suggestions???

    thank you

    • Hi there,
      Sorry to hear you’re having problems with this bread. You can definitely add extra flour , but be sure to add only small addition, to prevent the bread from being too stiff , all flours are different and sometimes you need to adjust the quantity and not go by the exact recipe
      Let me know if any questions
      Good luck!

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