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The easiest flat bread recipe – my camping saviour!

This flat bread recipe is the best camping bread substitute you’ll find. Everyone asks me how to make this simple adaption of Indian chapatti…it’s so easy even when you’re on the road.

All you need is plain flour, oil and water.

Simple chapatti can be a great base for lots of meals, and it's delicious!

While we were on our trip around Oz, my mother-in-law visited us in Broome. She showed me how to make Indian chapatti using plain flour (traditionally you would use ‘atta’ flour). Since then, I've given this recipe a workout and shared it with heaps of people. It gets better the more you make it.

Chapatti is a traditional flat bread from the south of India, and it’s a fantastic bread substitute. I use this recipe for sandwich wraps and pizza bases, or to dip in soup or curry!

Chapatti is really simple to make

You’ll need (approximately):

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup warm water

What to do...

1. Place flour In a bowl, then rub the oil into flour until it resembles breadcrumbs (just like scones with butter).

2. Then, gradually add warm water to the flour mix.

3. As you add a little water with one hand, mix it through the flour with your hand.

4. Keep slowly adding water until you have a sticky dough. You’ll roughly use about ¾ cup.

5. Once the dough starts getting a bit sticky, don’t worry – keep kneading it for a while and it will become soft and pliable. You’ve got to commit to a bit of kneading to make a good chapatti.

To make the process faster, you can make the dough early, cover it in glad wrap and rest it on the bench until later when you need it.

Now you are ready to roll the flat bread out.

6. Break off a bit of dough into a golf ball sized ball (or bigger depending on how big you want your final wrap). Keep the rest of the dough covered until you roll it.

7. Roll each ball out until it’s about 2-3 mm thick. It will be about the size of a bread plate. You’ll need a bit of extra flour so the dough doesn’t stick to the bench or table.

If you are making pizza bases out of the dough, roll them a little thicker. They won’t rise, unless you add a bit of baking powder. So, it helps if you like thin and crispy.

When we are camping, we use a water or wine bottle as our rolling pin – and that works fine.

8. To cook the flat bread, you’ll need a frying pan or BBQ plate on a medium to high heat. Put your circle of rolled dough in the pan without any oil.

9. Grab a tea towel and gently press down on the bread and turn it at the same time. Keep doing this, and as the bread heats you’ll find it balloons out a little where you press. So keep turning and pressing until you’ve pretty much covered the whole surface – 2 or 3 mins.

10. Then, flip the bread over and do the other side – for about half as long. You’ll know when they are ready because the bread will brown nicely and get nice and soft. If you cook it too long they will go a bit cardboard stiff – but keep practising and you’ll get the hang of it.

We cook this flat bread recipe every time we camp.

Sounds complicated when I type it all out. But it really isn’t. Give it a go, and let me know what you think.

It’s a god-send when you‘ll looking for something fresh and yummy – and there isn’t a shop in sight. Or when you can’t be bothered driving from your comfy camp spot!

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