Introduction: The Simplest Bread in the World! 'Panpati'

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Looking for an easy bread recipe? How about a bread you can make with just two ingredients?! (And you don't even dirty your hands making it!)

I call this 'Panpati'. After travelling in India and seeing how amazingly simple the recipe for making chapati is, I made some at home... It was great, but it was a pain for a beginner like me to make it. (You get messy hands and you need quite a bit of practice to get the dough thin enough before you cook it)

'There has to be a better way...' I thought.

How convenient would it be if you could mix your 'dough' in a very watery mix, like a pancake, and pour it into the pan. I tried it, and it worked!

So we have a fusion of pancakes and Indian chapati - Panpati!

You don't get your hands dirty, the washing up is a breeze, and you can make this in a boat, tiny home, or RV, with a camping stove or even on a camp fire.

It is made from only two ingredients: water and flour, so is perfect as an emergency 'survival bread'. Stuck on a boat with no supplies? Make some Panpati! (You can even try making it with seawater if you are really desperate!)

Watch this one minute video to see how you can make the world's easiest bread!

Watch the 1 minute video showing you how to do this here.

Step 1: Make the Mix

You will need:

  1. Flour (any kind)
  2. Water
  3. A non-stick pan
  4. A hob, gas stove, camping stove, or even a fire with three rocks in it to hold the pan!

To keep this ridiculously easy, we'll mix our flour and water by volume. You can make as much, or a little mix as you need (this is the simplest bread in the world, so every step is easy!)

Mix your flour and water in a container. Add one part flour to two parts water, by volume. This isn't an exact science so don't worry about beaing really accurate.

Stir the mix with a spoon (or a stick if you are making this as survival bread!) :-)

Don't worry if there are a few lumps in it - it doesn't matter!

Step 2: Make Your Bread!

Pour the mix into a non-stick pan.

Place on your heat source and make some bread!

As the water in our bread mixture boils, it expands to 1600 times its original volume. This expanding water vapour aerates the bread as it solidifies and this is how this bread 'rises' as you cook it. This is why we don't need yeast or baking soda - our watery mix magically has this covered!

After a while you can flip it over like you would with a pancake and cook the other side until it's ready.


Congratulations: we just made the world's simplest bread!

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