Barbari Bread {A Easy Persian Bread To Make}

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Last Updated on August 3, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Barbari Bread is a Persian bread that is easy to make. This Iranian bread is wonderful to eat with a big bowl of soup! If you are new to bread making then barbari bread is perfect for you.


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Beginner bread recipe

Making homemade bread can be intimidating. Why? Because a typical bread recipe has many steps, with kneading the dough to rising and punching down the bread dough. Is there an easy beginner bread recipe out there?


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Iranian bread

I had mentioned to this Persian man, that I wish I could make bread. He suggested I look into an Iranian bread recipe because they were much more simpler to make.  As I researched, I found one iranian bread that stood out: barbari bread.


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Easy homemade bread

I have always used my bread maker dough cycle for making yeast bread. One it so much quicker and it poofs dough nicely. This time I wanted to make an easy homemade bread without my bread maker. This Persian bread really is a great easy homemade bread. I did not have to use the breadmaker for it!


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Barbari bread

When this Persian bread was done baking, I discovered it is wonderful spongy bread. Barbari bread soaks up the broth in soup no nicely. This Iranian bread is great to serve with soup because of that! Simply put, I love this barbari bread recipe and I think you will too.

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Barbari Bread
Yield: 2 Loaves

Barbari Bread

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Barbari Bread is a Persian bread that is easy to make. This Iranian bread is wonderful to eat with a big bowl of soup! If you are new to bread making then barbari bread is perfect for you.


  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • cornmeal
  • poppy seeds or sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup water


  1. Dissolve the yeast with the sugar in 1/2 c water, let sit a few minutes to proof (foam).
  2. Mix bread flour, baking powder and salt together. Make a well in the flour, and slowly incorporate the yeast mixture, and then the remaining 1 cup of water.
  3. Knead 15 minutes on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic.
  4. Divide dough into 2 round pieces.
  5. Sprinkle a large baking sheet with cornmeal, transfer the dough to it. Lightly cover and place in a warm place until doubled in bulk (1.5 hours).
  6. Meanwhile, combine the flour, water, and baking soda together. Bring to a boil, let cool.  This is a glaze and brush lightly over the dough. 
  7. Dip your fingers into the remaining glaze, and punch the dough down with the edges of your hands to form several long parallel ridges along the dough.
  8. Brush the dough with the glaze again, sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  9. Carefully stretch the dough lengthwise until it is about 1/4-1/2" thick.
  10. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until golden. Take out the oven, let it cool and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125

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  • Carlee
    January 31, 2017

    What a pretty loaf of bread! I always love to make bread by hand, I find it soothing, but I can see the draw of the breadmaker for sure!

    • Deanna Samaan
      January 31, 2017

      Thank you! I did find it very therapeutic doing this by hand 🙂

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    February 7, 2017

    I’ve never had Barbari Bread but it looks delicious! This would be perfect with a big bowl of soup!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 7, 2017

      It is so easy and so good 🙂

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms
    February 7, 2017

    I have never heard of Babari bread before, but I’m the bread queen in my house, so I just know I’d love it!! I must make it soon! I was also going through old posts recently and it’s amazing how much of a journey blogging has been for me too. I had mixed feelings reading back over things as I’ve written about good and bad… I guess at least by writing it down we will always be able to look back on things!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 7, 2017

      Sometimes it is good to look back and remember of your beginnings 🙂

  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    February 7, 2017

    I love that you blog from the heart. It’s hard to write about that personal stuff but I think it helps people connect with you. I need to take a page from your book. This makes me so want a bread maker! Which one do you like?

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 7, 2017

      My bread maker is old, it makes butter. it is called corner bakery. I love it

  • Julia @ HappyFoods Tube
    February 7, 2017

    What a beautiful looking loaf of bread! I have never tried Persian anything so this is definitely a way to start! 🙂

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 7, 2017

      This is the perfect Persian food to start out with 🙂

  • Cliona Keane
    February 7, 2017

    Mmm this looks delish! I’ll have to make this next time I’m on a bread making mission!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 7, 2017

      Thank you!!!!!!

  • Chef Mireille
    February 7, 2017

    bread looks awesome – Bread baking is not as difficult as people make it out to be once you get the hang of it – I actually find it therapeutic -= I love to knead!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 7, 2017

      IIt is soooo therapeutic 🙂

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    February 7, 2017

    There is nothing better than the smell of home baked bread! This is a beautiful recipe.

  • Sarah
    February 7, 2017

    I’ve never made a Persian recipe before, this might be a good way to test the water!

  • I am a lover of all bread. Why have I never tried Barbari Bread??

  • Tiffany
    February 7, 2017

    That’s definitely a delicious looking bread loaf! I also find bread very therapeutic and baking in general 🙂

  • raaj
    December 8, 2017

    Hi, please share more bread recipes

    • Deanna
      December 9, 2017

      Your right, I d need more yeast bread recipes on here. I will be doing that soon

  • Ramona
    February 9, 2018

    Oh this bread looks fantastic. For me making bread is therapy is reward is an overall such a joyful experience every single time with no fail.
    I’ve never heard of Barbari bread before but I will definitely give it a go as truthfully I’m rarely buying bread and for the past few years I’m just making my own almost 100% of the time.
    It’s a wonderful recipe and thank you so much for sharing it Deanna ??

    • Deanna
      February 9, 2018

      I love making my own bread myself. You are right it is so therapeutic! Thank you!

  • Lisa | Tiny Kitchen Capers
    February 9, 2018

    There’s nothing like home baked bread! I bet it smelled heavenly!

    • Deanna
      February 9, 2018

      Home-baked bread is the best 🙂 Thank you!

  • Amanda
    February 9, 2018

    This bread looks lovely Deanna. I love the idea of glazing it too as it looks gorgeous too!

  • Kay Hughes
    September 20, 2018

    Tremendously! The amazing recipe, Me and my family really enjoyed this recipe, and now I am making the different recipes from your site at weekend. Thank you, guys.