Red Onion, Chile, and Gram Flour Bread Recipe

Makes: 8 pieces

Gram flour, or besan, is made from ground chickpeas and can be found in large supermarkets and Asian stores. It gives these tasty, spiced flatbreads a lovely nutty flavor.

  • 1 cup whole grain flour
  • 1 cup gram flour
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 red chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black onion seeds (nigella)
  • 1 – 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • Salt
  • Sunflower or light olive oil, for brushing
  1. Sift both of the flours into a large mixing bowl and add the onion, red chile, chopped cilantro, and cumin and onion seeds. Season and mix together. Gradually pour in the water and knead for 2-3 minutes on a lightly floured surface, to make a soft dough. Let rest for 5 minutes and then divide the dough into 8 pieces. Shape each one into a ball.
  2. Roll the balls out on a lightly floured surface to a 5-inch diameter disc.
  3. Heat a large, flat griddle pan or nonstick frying pan until it is hot. Cook the rolled-out discs of dough, one at a time, for 30 seconds on one side; brush with a little oil, flip over, and cook for 1 minute, moving the bread around. Then flip the dough over again to cook on the other side for 1 minute or until the bread is lightly browned on both sides. Remove and keep warm, wrapped in aluminum foil while you cook the remainder. Serve warm.

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