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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Following on from my last post where I shared a salsa recipe, today I'm sharing about how I make tortillas, or chapattis or general wraps/flatbreads. I've been using this recipe for a few years now, and it's always served me well although to be honest with only two ingredients it's hard to mess it up! You do need a gas hob though, and the only tricky bit is getting to grips with how long to cook them for. I'd suggest maybe making a double batch of dough the first time you make them, as the first two or three are hard to get quite right! Trust me though, the more you make these the easier they get.


Makes 6, 12cm diameter


150g strong white flour
6 tbsp cold water
Pinch of salt to taste


  • Weigh out flour into a large bowl
  • Add water a tablespoon at a time, mixing after every one until the mixture comes together
  • Knead the dough for about 3-5 minutes, until elastic and smooth
  • Cover and let rest for 30 minutes
  • Portion dough into six equal parts
  • Roll each portion into a ball with your hands, and place on a floured surface for rolling
  • Using a rolling pin, roll out dough into a thin 12cm disc
  • Light a small ring on a gas hob on medium heat, and carefully place each flatbread over the ring with tongs
  • It usually takes mine about 30 seconds to start puffing up and black spots to appear, when this happens, flip the bread and cook on the other side. This is the tricky bit which takes a bit of practice. You don't want them too burnt but you want them to be cooked!
  • Transfer to a warmed plate and cover with foil or a tea towel
  • Repeat the process until all your breads are cooked

    You can make these ahead of time, and rewarm them when you need them. I've always eaten them the same or next day, if you want to keep them longer you can freeze them.

    I ate mine pictured above as fish tacos - I thinly sliced an onion and fried it alongside two pieces of seasoned white fish, topped each tortilla with the onion then fish, sprinkled on some chopped coriander and finished it off with some of my homemade salsa. It was so nice, I'm already craving it for dinner again!
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