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This is a really quick and easy recipe for a flat bread or chapati made with gram flour (besan). This flour is made from chick peas so is also high in protein and gluten free.  I had these to accompany a potato curry the other night - but they would be great with any stew, dips or even on their own - they are quite 'moreish'.  They really are very easy and only take a few moments to put together.  You can substitute the gram flour for plain/all purpose flour if you would prefer and they would work just as well, but I like the interesting 'nutty' taste of the gram flour.

1 cup gram flour (or plain flour/all purpose flour would also work well - either plain or wholemeal)
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbs oil
1 tsp salt (or to taste)

additional optional extras:
1 tsp kalonji (onion) seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds

The above recipe makes 4 flat breads - but can easily be multiplied to make more according to what you want.

preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: approx 2 minutes per flat bread
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Step 1:

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  • add gram flour and salt to a bowl

Step 2:

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  • add the warm water and oil gradually and mix to a dough with your hands. You may need a little less or more water - don't worry as you can always add more flour if it gets too sticky.

Step 3:

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  • divide the dough into equal balls about the size of a golf ball and roll out thinly on a well floured surface (the gram flour is quite sticky so do make sure you have plenty of flour on your rolling pin and surface to prevent sticking)

Step 4:

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  • fry the flat breads in a hot un oiled pan for about 1 minute a side - they are ready to turn when bubbles appear on the top side of the flat bread.
  • keep warm in a clean tea towel as you prepare the others.

A really tasty and easy recipe. Only the proportions aren't very accurate. I doubled the amount of flour, salt, and oil, but only used about 1/4 cup of water. Any more water would've made it very runny and impossible to knead or roll out. But they turned out great and were really nice. Will definitely make them again!

MASinger9 months ago

These proportions are incredibly far off. I tried to double the recipe (2 cups gram flour and a scant 3/4 cup of warm water), and I ended up having to add over two additional cups of gram flower to get something that could be formed and rolled without being nothing but a sticky mess. Once it was rolled out and cooked, it still tasted like raw gram flour.

TheCommander9 months ago

thanks for the ible ,needed something to go with my soup

kstanley101 year ago
Definitely don't need anywhere near half a cup of water, but great easy recipe, we love it. Thanks!
Just finished making this. Amazing taste. Amazingly simple.
Thanks for making this so easy.
chipbuttiesandnoodlesoup (author) 2 years ago
Thanks - you too - the cardamon bread looks amazing :)
eatproperly2 years ago
Well done on being a finalist!
yum i love flat bread! this looks like a good, basic recipe