Instead of using a pre-made naan bread, make homemade flat breads with the kids. They can happily get messy in the kitchen and enjoy squidging, rolling and shaping the dough themselves. These flatbreads only require a few ingredients (which you might have in the cupboard anyway?!) and don’t need any yeast: so no waiting for the bread to rise. Fresh flatbreads taste so much better than the ones you buy in the supermarket and are much more fun (and satisfying!). These are good as a quick and light lunch served with some hummus or cream cheese, but also delicious paired with my dhal recipe here.
200g Self raising flour
1 tbsp olive oil
Makes 4 flatbreads.
- Put the flour into a big mixing bowl. Pour the oil into the flour, mix the flour and oil together.
- Gradually add the water: Pour a bit of water into the flour, then mix it into the flour. Add a bit more water and mix again, and so on until all the water is used. Keep kneading and mixing until you have a smooth, soft dough (you don’t need to kneed this too much as the bread does not need to rise, but enjoy a good squidge!). Add a splash more water if necessary.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Divide it into four balls then roll these out to make roughly shaped discs (about 5mm thick), or whatever flat shape takes your fancy. How about seeing if you make your initial or favourite animal?
- Heat a non-stick frying pan. Cook the flatbreads on the pan (no need to add oil to the pan) until they are toasted and turning golden on each side. Once the pan is nice and hot, this will only take a couple of minutes.
- Enjoy these flatbreads with hummus or cream cheese. They are perfect for dipping into dhals and as a side for curries. If you fancy making your own tasty, home made dip, try the recipe here for a bright green one!