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Noni Afghani (Afghan Flat Bread)

Course Bread
Cuisine Afghan
Keyword Afghan, Afghanistan, bread, flatbread, Noni Afghani
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 flatbread


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water divided (105-115 degrees F)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon caraway or black cumin seeds


  • In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast over 1/2 cup warm water. Let sit until frothy, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon flour and let sit another 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Pour oil and yeast mixture into the center. Stir until incorporated and slowly pour remaining water until a soft dough forms.
  • Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place back in the large bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and set a side a large baking sheet.
  • Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Form a piece into a ball and cover remaining pieces. Roll the ball into a 1/2 inch thick, 6-7 inch long oval. Place on baking sheet and brush with egg yolk. Sprinkle with caraway seeds. Repeat with remaining pieces.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 20-25 minutes.