By Uzma Tariq, Dayhome Educator in Edmonton

Sometimes I make kids favorite flat bread. They call it blow up bread because it blows up with steam when I cook it. Today at lunch time, when I started preparing lunch, Shay asked me what is for lunch today? When I told her that I am going to make her favorite flat bread, she asked me if she can make one for herself.

So I helped everyone to make their own bread and then I cooked the breads on the stove.

And here is our end result. They like it warm and buttery. I served this bread with chicken, bell peppers and pickles.

It was a real pleasure for them to make their own lunch.
They were striving to reach their own goals.
They tested their limits and asked for help.
They learned about food and nutrition.

Uma’s Flat Bread (Blow-Up Bread) Recipe

To make the dough you will need:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups water, lukewarm
Extra water in separate bowl for kneading
You can make it in a mixer or simply use your hands for mixing and kneading.
Make a soft dough. Cover and rest the dough for 15 minutes.

To make flatbread (blow-up bread)
Make equal size balls out of the dough. I use almost 80g dough for each ball. Use your fingers to flatten
it a little bit and then roll it with a rolling pin. You can make it thin or thick and big or small depending
on personal choice.

To cook the bread
1) Heat the griddle on med-high heat.
2) Place bread on the griddle, once it starts to change color and slight bubbles appear. Flip it. Once flipped it will start to fill with air.
3) Gently press with flat spatula or kitchen towel to cook the sides. You can flip again to cook the other sides.
4) If chapatis (bread) are not forming brown spots/blistering heat may be too low.
5) When cooked evenly on both sides, put it on a paper towel and spread butter on it. Simple and tasty homemade flatbread is ready to eat. You can store extra dough in an airtight container and put it in the fridge. It is good to use for the next couple of days.


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