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Flatbreads - Chapati and Tortillas

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Gluten Free Rice Flour Savoury Roti

2 cups rice flour

1 cup grated coconut

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 green chilli, finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh green coriander

1/4 inch fresh ginger, chopped very finely/minced

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cumin powder

6 tsp vegetable oil

Mix all the ingredients together and make a soft dough by adding water bit by bit or beaten yogurt. If you're using commercially made yogurt make it a bit thinner by adding water.

Divide the dough into 6 equal parts.

Preheat a non stick frying pan on a medium heat. Pour a little oil into the pan. Now press out one portion of the dough into a round shape with your fingers on the pan itself. Make the dough circle a 1/4 inch thick.

Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes.  Serve hot with butter, chutney or tomato sauce.

Gluten Free Chapati

1 cup chickpea flour

1/3 cup water

2 tblsp arrowroot, powdered

1 tblsp light vegetable oil

1/4 tsp salt

olive oil or butter

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Roll into 1inch round balls and pat flat.

With a rolling pin, roll flattened dough balls into thin rounds.

Heat a lightly oiled frying pan (cast iron recommended) until very hot. Reduce heat to medium high and heat each round for 1-2 minutes on each side, until warmed and slightly browned. Brush with butter or olive oil and serve hot (store extras in the fridge).

Gluten Free Tortillas
1/2 cup Brown Rice Flour

1/2 cup Rice Flour

1/2 cup Potato Starch Flour

1/2 cup Tapioca Flour

1 Tblsp Xantham Gum

3 Tblsp Shortening

3/4 cup Hot Water

In a large bowl, combine the flous, xantham gum and salt. Add shortening and rub in until crumbly like breadcrumbs, as if you're making scones.  Add water and stir with a spoon.  Form into a ball with your hands.

Divide the dough into 12 balls. Press with a rolling pin, with lightly oiled plastic wrap on both the top and bottom of the dough. Heat a large frypan, until a droplet of water dropped on it crackles. Cook tortillas until bubbles form and the bottoms are lightly browned. Turn and cook the other side.

Makes 12 tortillas


  1. Oh fab - I want to make tortilla's!
    What the heck is Shortening??

  2. The shortening I use is Trex which is available from most supermarets and is handy for making pastry too :)


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