Easy flat breads
These flat breads are a recipe from our River Cottage ‘Family’ cookbook, they are super easy and never let us down being consistently yummy and moorish!. Cooked soft but slightly charred these yeast-free breads also go by the description of a soft tortilla. Best eaten hot straight from the pan some people also like to trickle with oil and sprinkle with salt.
We served ours alongside Cardamom rice and Lamb rogan josh, but Hugh from R.C. also gives suggestions of serving with hummus or a bulgur wheat salad such as tabula kisir, to wrap burgers, sausages, kebabs and other barbecued meat or veg or for mopping up a good wet curry or stew. We also added a liberal sprinkling of mixed herbs and black pepper to ours.
Ingredients: Makes 8
- 250g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon rapeseed, olive or sunflower oil
Shake off any excess flour and carefully lay a flatbread in the hot pan, let it sit for a minute or two until the dough looks set on top and is starting to lift away from the pan. Look at the underside and when you can see dark brown patches forming flip it over with a spatula. Cook the second side for 30–45 seconds. Wrap the cooked flatbread in the tea towel while you cook the others. If the flatbreads are colouring too quickly, lower the heat a bit.
Serve the flatbreads while still soft and warm.
GD and I like to use flatbreads instead of utensils where we can to scoop up the rest of the meal. I looked up eating with your hands and found this interesting information on food.ndtv.com
Eating with Your Hands
‘This tradition has its roots in Ayurveda. Eating is supposed to be a sensory experience and eating with your hands evokes emotion and passion. According to Vedic wisdom, the hands are the most precious organs of action. One of the Ayurvedic texts reveals, every finger is an extension of the five elements. Through the thumb comes space, with the forefinger comes air, the middle finger is fire, the ring finger is water and the little finger represents earth.
Eating with your fingers stimulates these five elements and helps in bringing forth digestive juices in the stomach. The nerve endings on your fingertips are known to stimulate digestion. Feeling your food becomes a way of signaling the stomach that you are about to eat. You become more conscious of the taste, textures and aromas. Besides India, it is also common in some parts of Africa and the Middle East.