Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Home Made Tortillas

''Tortilla origins from Mexico and is a flat bread . They can be served with curries or as wrapper for different salads or toppings''

To make make 10 small tortillas:
2 cups all purpose flour
50 g butter
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup warm water

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut the butter in to the dry ingredients and mix with hand till it forms a coarse texture. Then start adding water and mix in to a dough. If the dough is wet or dry adjust the texture with adding more flour or water as required.
Knead the dough well by hand until it resembles a smooth elastic dough.
Make 10 small balls out of the dough and lay on a parchment paper lines tray and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Let is stand for 20 minutes.

Get a rolling board and a pin. Dust flour on the board and pin and roll the dough in to thin discs.
(You can roll in between two lunch sheets as well. I use this method as it wont stick the dough to either pin or board)
Keep the rolled discs in a lightly floured plate, dusting with flour each time you place a disc on top of a disc.
When all the balls are rolled, get ready to cook them.

Prepare a basket to lay the cooked tortillas: line the basket with kitchen towel and keep another to cover.
Heat a non stick flat bottom pan to medium heat. Slowly lay the disc on the pan and keep for 30seconds. Then flip over to the other side. Then press the tortilla disc with a flat spatula, so that air bubbles form up and the tortilla is cooked (1minute). Flip over to the other side again and press and keep for 40 seconds.
Remove from pan and keep in the basket prepared and cover with a kitchen towel.
Make all tortillas like that.

Serve warm with a meat curry or a curry of your choice.

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