This homemade nigella seed flatbread recipe is so simple to make by preparing the dough in the bread maker. Then simply cook them in a frying pan. So good with a homemade curry!
A few months ago I used my bread maker to make dough for a focaccia bread for the first time. It was so much less work than kneading it myself and I wondered why I had waited so long to try out another setting.
So, did I become a master baker, making dough every week and making all manner of interesting breads as a result? I think you know the answer.
Even though dough is so easy to make in the bread maker I still don't make it as often as I could. These easy spiced flatbreads really are simple to make as you just put all the ingredients into the bread maker. Set it to the dough setting and half an hour later you've got some beautiful dough. All you need to do it roll it out and cook it!
This month I decided it was time to use the dough setting again. I didn't add lots of fancy flavours and spices, just nigella seeds, which I love in any bread. The nigella seeds gave the bread a definite Indian flavour and they tasted lovely with my sour chickpeas.
These flatbreads would be great with any of the curries in my homemade curries recipe collection.
What are nigella seeds?
Nigella seeds are the seeds of the flowering Nigella Sativa plant. They are also known as kalonji seeds, black onion seeds and black cumin. You can find out more about Nigella seeds on BBC Good Food.
Can you replace the nigella seeds with another spice?
If you can't find nigella seeds but still want to make these flatbreads then you can just miss them out. You'll still get delicious plain flatbreads that you can dip in your curry!
You can of course use a substitute for the nigella seeds but the flatbreads will have a different flavour. Why not try a small amount of fennel or caraway seeds? Or add some dried herbs instead?
Are these naan breads?
Traditional naan breads are baked in an oven, ideally a tandoor oven but these flatbreads are cooked in a frying pan. That makes them a bit more like pitta breads. However, they do taste very similar to Indian naan breads and they are so good with curries.
Can you freeze them?
If you want to make a big batch of these or you just have too many for one meal then just pop them in the freezer. You can freeze them for up to three months.
I stack them on top of one another and put them in an airtight bag. It's easy to separate just one or two and take them out when you need them.
To reheat I put them in the toaster although you could pop them in the oven for a couple of minutes too.
Nigella Seed Flatbread Recipe
Nigella Seed Flatbread
- 250 g strong white bread flour
- 150 ml water
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp nigella seeds
- Put all the ingredients into the bread maker and set on the dough setting.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Heat a dry frying pan.
- Flour the work surface. Roll out the pieces of dough to about 3mm thick. Put two in the frying pan.
- After a couple of minutes the bread will begin to puff up. Turn them over and cook for another minute.
- Repeat with the rest of the pieces of dough.
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