My first experiment with tortillas, one of the staple food of Mexicans. I think they taste very much like chappati but probably tortillas require more oil to make them whereas chapatti requires very little oil or none at all. Taken from the book ' 500 pizzas and flatbreads', the following recipe comes with a few variations. You can replace the wholewheat flour with bread flour for plain tortillas; you can add 1/2 tsp of italian seasoning to the mixture for a herb tortillas; for a sun-dried tomato tortillas, just add 1tbsp of sundried tomato pesto to the flour mixture. I did add some bread flour to my wholewheat tortillas , not intentionally but it's just all that i have. This recipe will make 8 pieces of 8inch tortillas, i couldnt make it to 8" , mine was around 6 inches...that's the thinnest that i could make. Quick to make, it will take less than an hour to come up with these soft tortillas.
250gm ( 9 oz) bread flour, preferably unbleached
( i replaced that with 220gm wholewheat flour and 30gm bread flour for a wholewheat tortilla)
5ml ( 1/2tsp salt)
45ml ( 3tbsp ) corn oil
120ml ( 4 fl oz ) warm water
1. In a large bowl of standing mixer, combine flour and salt. Slowly stir in oil. When oil is well incorporated, add warm water. Mix on slow speed until flour is moistened and dough sticks together. ( add up to 60ml or 4tbsp more water as neccesary to get dough to hold). Change to dough hook and knead for 1-2 minutes.
2. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Shape pieces into 8cm( 3" ) discs, place on baking sheet and cover with cling film. Set aside for 30minutes.
3. Using a tortilla press or rolling pin, roll out rounds to form 20cm( 8") tortillas. Preheat large cast iron or nonstick frying pan over medium heat ( do not put in oil)
4.Place first tortilla inhot frying pan and cook for less than 1 minute per side, or until brown spots appear. Repeat with remaining dough. Stack cooled tortillas and keep warm in tortilla basket or wrapped in clean paper towel. ( pls keep an eye while cooking, i have 2 burnt tortillas which turned out real hard )