It was one of those times when I had invited some friends for brunch. I had whipped up some smooth and creamy hummus on the previous night. I was all set to serve it with some homemade falafel. “I wish we had some pita to go along with this”, remarked my roommate. How did I not think of this earlier. Unfortunately, the suggestion came too late for me to procure all the ingredients for pita bread. So, I resorted to Google for an easy flatbread recipe.

Most of the flatbread recipes I came across required the dough to be mixed with yeast. Moreover, they also instructed to let the dough ferment and rest for a few hours. I didn’t have yeast in my kitchen. Nor did I have the time to ferment the dough. But I wasn’t ready to give up on my quest for the simplest flatbread just yet.

So, I decided to invent my own flatbread recipe!

Sure it didn’t have the pockets of pita. But it was soft and chewy and perfectly complemented my hummus and falafel. Here’s how I made it.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup lukewarm water

** Even though I eyeballed most of the ingredients, I am sharing the estimated quantities here.


  • Sift the flour into a large bowl to get rid of any lumps. Add the salt and baking powder and mix well.
  • Make a well in centre and all the oil. Mix thoroughly.
  • Next add water and mix the dough continuously until it reaches the right consistency. You will have to knead the dough for about five minutes.
  • Slather it with a few drops of oil and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into small balls of about 2″ diameter. Use a rolling pin to spread them out to a thickness of about 3-4 mm.
  • Heat a non-stick flat pan and cook each flatbread for 4 minutes (2 minutes on each side).

Enjoy with some delicious kebabs, falafel and hummus.

  • Heat a non-stick flat