I've often seen Gluten Free baked goods pop up when I'm browsing in the Vegan blogosphere. I never really paid too much attention to GF baking though because most GF cakes and breads called for certain gums and such. Besides, I figured, why put the extra effort when GF was meant for people with wheat allergies?
Then I came across Hobby and More's Vegan, Gluten Free Breads. Even though she doesn't *need* to follow a wheat-free diet, Richa of Hobby and More makes amazing looking GF breads and that got me very interested. I kept thinking I should attempt some of her GF bread recipes using her innovative steaming method but kept procrastinating because I needed to go out and buy potato or tapioca starches.
Then Rithika of Vegan on the Prowl made this Very Versatile Gluten Free Flatbread. She based it on Richa's recipe and switched up the ingredients to things that are more easily available in India. Now I had no excuses left!
Plus, a few weeks ago, hubby and I decided to follow a GF diet and see if it makes any difference in general health and energy. I'd been making rotis with various grain flours (jowar, bajra, makki...) but was jonesing for something more bread-y. This was a perfect time to try out the GF flatbread!
I made this bread twice. The first time around I followed Rithika's recipe exactly. But the next time I wanted to use a local grain (as opposed to the ground oats) and I remembered Harini of Tongue Ticklers mentioning that Bajra (Pearl Millet) is good in GF recipes. Harini has years of experience making delicious Gluten Free baked goods because her daughter requires it so I confidently took her word for it. I'm glad I did. Bajra turned out to be an excellent replacement for wheat! I've continued to use it in all GF baking recipes since.
Also, I was out of arrowroot powder. So I used the last of my organ egg replacer powder stock instead since it is made of starches. And I eliminated the baking powder because the egg replacer contains leavening agents. But in future recipes I'll be going back to using arrowroot powder and baking powder.
Here's my version:
2 heaping C Bajra (Pearl Millet) Flour
2/3 C Orgran No-Egg Powder
2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
5 tsp Organic Jaggery Powder dissolved in 1/4 C Hot Water
2 T Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp Salt
1 - 1 1/4 C Warm Water
Mix dry ingredients.
Add wet ingredients (except water) and mix.
Add water, a little at a time and knead into a sticky dough.
Cover the bowl with a plastic bag and let it sit for 1 1/2 hours to let it rise.
Punch down dough and break off balls.
Tap each ball into a flat shape on wax paper.
Cover and let rise for 15 minutes.
Place the flattened dough along with the wax paper in a tray inside a steamer and steam for 5 minutes.
Peel off the wax paper and let the bread cool.
Toast on a griddle or grill in an oven.