Flour tortilla is a flatbread that, as the name suggests, is made from flour. The word ‘tortilla’ has evolved from a Spanish word ‘Torta’, meaning a ‘round cake’. In Mexico, tortillas are consumed throughout the year and have been made since ages. They have also grown popularly in the United States, Europe and East Asia. One of the reasons for the tortillas being so popular is that they are cholesterol-free and highly nutritious. They are also very low on fat. Want to try making them at home? If yes, then read on to find a few easy recipes and learn how to make mouth watering and appetizing flour tortillas for your family.
Flour Tortilla Recipes
- 2¾ cups Water (warm)
- 4 tsp Salt
- 6 cups Flour
- 1/3 cup Lard (plus more for patting the dough)
- Mix flour and salt in a large bowl. Now, add the lard to the flour-salt mixture, using your hands and keep mixing them, until they become well integrated.
- Now, gradually add warm water to this mixture and keep mixing it frequently with your hands. Knead for another 8-10 minutes, after your dough has become soft and non-sticky.
- Pat some lard on the dough ball and let it sit, for a span of 15 minutes. Then, divide the dough into 24 equal sized balls.
- Pat each of the 24 dough balls with some lard and let it sit on the balls for 30 minutes.
- Place a cast iron or large skillet on flame and let it get hot. Keep the flames on medium.
- Put a ball of dough on a floored surface. With the help of a rolling pin, roll out the dough in a thin circle. Make the circle as thin as you can.
- Place the dough circle on the hot pan. As soon as small brown spots begin to appear on each side, take if off the pan and fold it in a kitchen towel, to keep it warm.
- Repeat the same procedure with the other dough balls.
- 3 cups Unbleached Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 4-6 tbsp Vegetable Shortening
- 1¼ cups Water (warm)
- Take a large bowl and mix all the dry ingredients in it.
- Add vegetable shortening to the mixture. You can also use a combination of half lard and half shortening, if you wish. Use your hands to mix it well.
- Knead the dough for a few minutes.
- Make 12 small balls from the dough, by pulling out pieces from it. Let the dough pieces rest for, at least, 10 minutes.
- Now, roll out your dough, using a rolling pin. Dust each ball with some flour, before you roll it out.
- Make thin circles of each dough ball and place them on a hot pan, one by one.
- Take the tortilla off the pan, when the brown freckles begin to appear on both the sides.