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Qistibi is a roasted Unleavened flatbread, a traditional dish in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, filled with mashed potato or herbs & cheese or meat. 
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Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine: International
Keyword: All Purpose Flour, FlatBread, Maida, No Yeast, Potato, Unleavened
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 pieces
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


For the flatbread:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tbsp butter at room temperature
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • a generous pinch of soda bicarbonate
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt (1 can replace with 1 egg)
  • 4 tbsp milk

For the Filling of mashed potatoes

  • 2 medium potatoes boiled and mashed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • Butter for Shallow Frying
  • Flour for Dusting while rolling


Preparation of the dough:

  • Sift the flour, salt, sugar and baking soda in a bowl.
  • Add in the butter and gently rub it in the flour mixture. 
  • Add the yogurt and milk to the flour and make a smooth dough. 
  • Let the dough rest for 20-30 minutes. 

Preparation of the mashed potatoes:

  • Stir fry the chopped onion in little butter or oil. 
  • Add salt, pepper, milk and butter to the finely mashed potatoes.  
  • Add the onion to the potato mix and mix everything and let it cool.

Preparation of the FlatBread

  • Divide the dough into equal parts. No of parts depends on the size you want to roll in. I was able to make 8-9 
  • Roll each ball into a thin circle around 7-8 inches in diameter, like a tortilla (as thin as possible)
  • Heat a pan on medium and cook the flatbread's for a min or two on each side until you see some bubble.s 
  • Keep the cooked flatbread in a clean kitchen towel. 
  • Repeat the above steps with the remaining dough balls. 

Assembling and Preparing the Qistibi:

  • Heat the pan again over medium heat.
  • Divide the mashed potato mixture into as many parts as you have the flatbreads.
  • Take one flatbread and spread the mashed potato on half side of the flatbread. i.e. a half circle. Spread the mix as evenly and as thinly as possible.
  • Flip the other half on top of this like a quesadilla.
  • Heat a pan and lightly grease it with butter or oil
  • Shallow fry on the side on slow to medium heat until golden brown or cooked from bottom.
  • Apply some butter on the top , flip and cook it on the other side too until golden brown.
  • Repeat the above steps for the remaining flatbread.
  • Serve Qistibi warm with some tea or sour cream or some tangy chutney.
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