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Quinoa flour and yoghurt flatbreads

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No one is more surprised about the success of these flatbreads than I am.

In the days when I was still able to eat wheat I would buy wholemeal flour from my local Indian grocery store to make chapatis to serve with a curry meal. They were always light and flaky, more a testament to the flour and the recipe than the cook. Sadly chapatis went the way of all the other wheat flour goodies I once enjoyed.

A few times I’ve given some thought to trying out flat breads and pastry with a spelt flour, but I just haven’t got around to it, then recently I overheard a conversation on the tram between two young Mums talking about quinoa. One was telling her friend about the quinoa pizza bases she made for her kids. I’m not likely to try a pizza base made with quinoa any time soon, but it did make me look into the qualities of quinoa flour which then led to these flatbreads.

I’ve made them twice now, just to check that the first batch wasn’t a fluke, and I am impressed. They are flexible and moist, they have the delicious flavour of quinoa and they make perfect wraps or curry mops.

They are best eaten warm though they will stay moist for 24 hours if kept in a sealed container.
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3/4 cup quinoa flour
2 pinches salt
2 teaspoons garlic oil
1/4 cup natural yoghurt
2 tablespoons warm water

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.
Whisk the oil and water into the yoghurt then stir the yoghurt mixture into the flour.
Mix to form a pliable dough. Add a touch more water if necessary.
Wrap the dough in plastic film and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
Divide the dough into 6-8 even sized pieces then roll into balls.
Generously flour the bench, rolling pin and dough and roll each ball of dough into a thin disc.
Heat a cast iron pan until quite hot.
Cook each flatbread until brown and blistered, about 30 seconds each side.
Brush the bread with a smear of olive oil then keep wrapped in a tea towel to prevent the bread drying out.
Serve the flatbread immediately as tortillas, wraps or chapatis.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

35 comments on “Quinoa flour and yoghurt flatbreads

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  2. Pep'sfreefromkitchen
    September 6, 2015

    These turned out really well, thanks so much for the recipe. I’ve posted the recipe on my site (https://pepsfreefromkitchen.wordpress.com/) and linked back to you, I hope that’s okay.

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  4. Aneela Mirchandani
    August 18, 2014

    I love this. Thanks for the idea — I’m about to go grocery shopping and quinoa flour is definitely on my list to try this.

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  5. cheergerm
    August 10, 2014

    These look fab, will certainly try them for the Yak. I don’t like quinoa flour for sweet baking but with a curry, I imagine it would be a great mix. Nice work Mrs Lady!

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 11, 2014

      Hey Cheery. I haven’t tried quinoa flour for sweet baking but I imagine it’s strong flavour would be unpleasant in that situation, but with a curry, it works very well. I was really pleased to have a bread with my curry instead of rice. Hope Mr Yak approves….

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  6. My Kitchen Witch
    August 9, 2014

    These sound interesting, but flatbreads made with spelt – as a kind of chapati – are delicious, too. I haven’t had much experience with quinoa seeds, but what I have tried didn’t impress me. Perhaps the flour would be better.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 9, 2014

      I intend to try spelt flour chapatis but in a fit of enthusiasm I went with the quinoa first. We liked them, they do taste distinctly of the grain, but with curry that was OK. I’m not so sure i’d feel as enthusiastic about them with less assertive flavours.

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  7. Dimple@shivaaydelights
    August 9, 2014

    These look so good!!

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  8. Ngan R.
    August 8, 2014

    Very interesting! I am intrigued by quinoa flour and these flatbreads. I am trying to learn how to bake/cook with flours like buckwheat and quinoa so I appreciate the recipe!

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  9. lapetitecasserole
    August 8, 2014

    That’s impressive! I always keep quinoa flour at home, but I’ve never thought to make flat bread with it. Looking at the ingredients they have to have an incredible flavour! thanks for sharing!

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  10. Leah
    August 8, 2014

    wow, these sound great! I’ve tried quinoa flakes as porridge and wasn’t such a fan even though I love the grain on it’s own, but I’m yet to try the flour. Looks like these might be a good place to begin πŸ™‚ xxx

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 8, 2014

      I bought the flour when I was with you in Woolies! They have the distinct quinoa flavour, but eaten with curry they were really good. Xxx

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      • Leah
        August 8, 2014

        ha ha… I did wonder about that. Glad that its been a worthwhile purchase πŸ™‚

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  11. Baking With Gab
    August 8, 2014

    Wow, these look really good!! I find so often that wheat is such a vital part of bread’s structure, so well done on creating a wheat-free alternative!!

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 8, 2014

      Thanks Gab, they were a surprising success. Living without wheat certainly challenges me as a cook and I find most GF stuff is very disappointing…..

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      • Baking With Gab
        August 8, 2014

        I agree!! I love experimenting with GF cooking because it tends to be more satisfying than the options available at supermarkets!!

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  12. Francesca
    August 8, 2014

    These look really good, just like the real thing. Quinoa flour might be more appealing to me than the stuff itself, which I don’t find appealing.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 8, 2014

      Francesca, the flour has that distinct quinoa flavour, there’s no getting away from that….

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  13. Stacey Bender
    August 8, 2014

    A must try. I recently made cornbread with spelt flour and whole grain cornmeal that were surprisingly fluffy (will post soon). Do you know if quinoa flour has similar health qualities?

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 8, 2014

      Hi Stacey, I imagine that little is lost in nutritional value when the quinoa is ground into flour, but you would need to verify that. Love to hear how you like this flatbread when you make it

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  14. tinywhitecottage
    August 8, 2014

    They look wonderfully moist. We love quinoa and I think these would be perfect to serve for taco’s. And I imagine a pizza crust using quinoa flour would be delicious too Sandra.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 8, 2014

      It was a revelation Seana, they are moist and pliable and would make great tacos. Still no sure about using quinoa for pizza crust, as the flavour is quite distinct

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  15. Saskia (1=2)
    August 7, 2014

    Immediately forwarded this recipe to my coeliac brother-in-law and nieces. They will be thrilled. I’m actually keen to try them myself too. They look like ‘proper’ flatbreads, and they would be bursting with nutrients too! Have never seen quinoa flour – didn’t actually know it existed – but I do love a good hunt.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 7, 2014

      It shouldn’t be too hard to find quinoia flour Saskia. I found it in Woolies and wasn’t even looking. Enjoy…

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  16. Glenda
    August 7, 2014

    Geez, who would have thought

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  17. Darya
    August 7, 2014

    Sounds nice! The flatbreads seems nice and pliable, and I like the taste of quinoa, so I’m sure I’d love these. I’ve tried making gluten free breads and flatbreads before, but never succeeded, my attempt at buckwheat flatbreads was a total disaster. I’ll try using your version next time and see what happens!

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 7, 2014

      I’ve tried many terrible GF flatbread recipes and pretty much expected the same result with these, i was very surprised, and happy, with the result

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  18. suej
    August 7, 2014

    Sounds great….I’m off on a search to find some quinoa flour!

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