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Uyghur Flatbread | Nángbĭng
Uyghur Flatbread | Nángbĭng
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Resting time
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
22 mins

Uyghur Flatbread | Nángbĭng, is a flatbread made in the Xinjiang region of China. This flatbread is made with a flour that is naturally lower in gluten resulting in a very soft bread. 

Servings: 6 people
  • All Purpose flour - 1 cup
  • Whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup
  • Active dry yeast - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup
  • Oil - 1 TBSP plus 2 tsp
  • Sesame seeds - to sprinkle on top
To make the dough -
  1. Measure half a cup of warm water and add the sugar and the yeast to it. Mix well and let the yeast proof for about 10 minutes or until bubbly and frothy.
  2. In a wide bowl, measure the flours and add the salt. Add the proved yeast along with 1 TBSP of oil and start kneading.
  3. Sprinkle a little warm water if the dough is too stiff. Keep kneading until the dough is soft and smooth and not sticky. Takes about 7 to 8 minutes.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl and let it rise for about an hour or until doubled in volume.
  5. Once the dough has risen for the first time, punch it down and knead it gently and again place in a greased bowl to fo through a second round of rising.
To shape and bake the Uyghur Flatbread | Nángbĭng -
  1. Preheat the oven to 500 F with a pizza stone inside.
  2. Once the dough has gone through two rounds of rising, place it on a work surface and roll it or pat it into a thick circle.
  3. Keep the thickness of the dough even through out as it helps in even baking.
  4. I placed mine on a parchment paper that I placed on a pizza peel, which will later be easy for me to slide on to the pizza stone for baking.
  5. Cover the dough and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  6. After 20 minutes, slightly roll the edges up to create a thicker edge.
  7. Make deep patterns in the center with a dough stamp or i used cookie cutter and a fork to create mine.
  8. Brush the top with oil and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
  9. Slide the parchment along with the shaped dough on to the pizza stone.
  10. Let the bread bake until golden brown evenly.
  11. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before slicing and serving.