Easy Barbari Bread

Use pizza dough from your local pizzeria as a hack to make this classic Persian bread a snap.

Recipe by Nilou Motamed

Makes one loaf of nan-e barbari


2 tbs whole-milk yogurt
2 tbs water
1 ball pizza dough
Sprinkle of nigella seeds, sesame seeds and flaky sea salt


Preheat the oven to 450°.

Whisk together the yogurt & water.

Stretch and press dough to a 14-by-5-inch rectangle on a large baking sheet. Wetting your hands beforehand will make this step a little less sticky.

Use the tips of your pinky and ring fingers, press 5 to 6 deep lengthwise channels into the dough. Get into it! Brush the surface with the yogurt water (this will make your bread nice & golden). Sprinkle liberally with nigella, sesame seeds and salt.

Bake for 15-20 mins until browned. You can rotate halfway during cooking if you’re feeling ambitious.

This barbari freezes perfectly and reheats like crispy, pillowy magic.