LBTL Recipes – Flour Tortillas

As a result of doing the Live Below the Line (LBTL) challenge, a few people have been asking me for recipes. In order to get the most out of my $2.25 per day allowance, I didn’t buy any prepackaged foods but cooked everything from scratch.  This is a good principle to carry over into everyday life and even though I know it seems that sometimes the prepackaged food is cheaper, it usually doesn’t fill you up as much so you end up spending more in the long run and it’s nowhere as nutritious as wholesome home-cooked food!

I ate these tortillas every day with lunch and dinner during the challenge. Actually, our entire household makes and eats these on almost a weekly basis! They’re quick, easy and very versatile.

Flour Tortillas

Makes 10-12 medium size tortillas

2 1/2 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3 Tablespoons oil

about 3/4 cup of warm water

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, add the oil and then gradually add enough warm water to form a soft dough (you may need more than 3/4 cup…it’s just a guideline).
  2. Knead for about 5 minutes on a floured bench then let dough sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into 10-12 pieces and roll each to about 20cm across. Roll them out really thin!
  4. Cook each tortilla quickly in a very hot lightly oiled frying pan for approx 30-60 seconds. When they start to bubble, turn them over and cook the other side.  When cooked, wrap in a damp teatowel to maintain softness.
  5. Serve with curry and rice or use as a wrap and choose your own filling (maybe Mexican chilli beans?)
  6. To reheat, cook for 20-30 seconds in the microwave or alternatively wrap tortillas in foil and heat in oven.

This recipe is sourced from the original version of destitute gourmet Stunning Food from Small Change.

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