Tortillas are an essential part of Mexican food. They are normally available in most supermarkets, but are often made from all-purpose flour. However, if you have ever thought of making them on your own, let me tell you it is simple to make. With these recipes, you will be able to roll them easily. You can also make use of a dough press to roll them and get the perfect round shape, every time.
Homemade Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla
There are a number of methods, which can be used to make tortillas at home, using whole wheat flour, however, the variation in these recipes is not much, as the basic ingredients remain the same.
This is a basic recipe, which can be customized with different spices to make tortillas, infused with different flavors. With flaxseed, this recipe will make it more nutritious and healthy.
- Whole Wheat Flour, 2 ¾ cups
- Ground Flaxseed, 3 tbsp.
- Baking Powder, ¼ tsp.
- Nutritional Yeast, 2 tsp.
- Sage, 1 tsp.
- Ginger Powder, 1 tsp.
- Garlic Powder, 1 tsp.
- Canola Oil, 3 tbsp.
- Warm Water, 1 cup
- In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Add water and oil to the dry mixture and knead the dough.
- If the dough becomes very stiff, add more water, but make sure you do not add more than 1 tbsp. of water each time.
- Wrap the dough in a wet muslin cloth and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- Now make about 8 to 12 balls of equal sizes from the dough. Cover it with a wet muslin cloth for another 10 minutes.
- Roll out one ball and put it on the preheated griddle.
- Remove the air pockets and flip whenever you see them.
- When the color of the tortillas change to golden brown, they are ready to be served. This recipe will taste best when served with salsa sauce.
Soft Tortillas with Milk
- Whole Wheat Flour, 3 cups
- Salt, 1 ½ tsp.
- Baking Powder, 2 ¼ tsp.
- Canola Oil, 3 tbsp.
- Fat Free Warm Milk, 1 cup (A little more milk than the quantity mentioned in the ingredients may be added, if the dough becomes very dry.)
- Mix flour, salt, baking powder and oil together.
- Slowly start adding warm milk to the dry mixture.
- Knead the dough, till it becomes firm and soft.
- Cover with damp cloth or plastic wrap for about 20 minutes.
- Then divide the entire dough into 12 balls of equal size.
- Place these balls in a plate, but make sure they do not touch each other. Cover them again with a damp cloth or plastic wrap for another 10 minutes.
- After the dough has rested, roll out one ball at a time and cook them in a preheated dry iron skillet. Each side would need about 30 seconds to cook. In case you do not enjoy bland food, serve this dish with green chili sauce.
This is a traditional recipe, and it is certainly better than the ones available in the supermarket. However, make sure you do not substitute the lard with vegetable oil or shortening.
- Whole Wheat Flour, 4 cups
- Salt, 1 tsp.
- Baking Powder, 2 tsp.
- Lard, 2 tbsp.
- Water, 1 ½ cup
- In a bowl, mix flour, salt and baking powder together. Then add lard to the dry ingredients and mix till the flour resembles cornmeal.
- Now add water to the flour mixture and mix till the dough comes together.
- Keep kneading the dough for a few minutes, so that the dough is soft. Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and let it rest for 20 minutes.
- Then divide the dough into 20 pieces.
- Roll one ball into a thin and round tortilla. Place it on the hot skillet and cook till bubbly and golden.
- Flip to the other side and let it also cook till golden in color. Tastes best when served with Piri-Piri Sauce.
An important tip to remember while making it, is to make sure that the dough is soft and you must let it rest as directed in the recipe. If you are wondering about its calorie content, one serving of size 42 grams will contain 130 to 140 calories. You do not need to worry about the calories, as you would have just prepared a healthy dish, which is extremely nutritious and delectable.