Rye Besan Tortillas

Rye Besan Tortilla Recipe

Making your own rye and besan (chickpea) flour tortillas is healthy for your grocery budget, as well as for you. Perfect for tacos.
Course Appetiser, Main
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 12
Author Kyrstie Barcak - A Fresh Legacy


  • 1 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 1 cup besan flour (chickpea)
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander seed
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 25 grams butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 160 ml warm water


  1. Add the flour and spices to a bowl
  2. Add the butter and use your finger tips to rub it through until there are no lumps of butter left
  3. Add the water (LEAVE 30 ml or more unused)
  4. Mix the ingredients together using a wooden spoon
  5. Use your hands once incorporated and knead the dough gently, add the extra water as needed and continue molding the dough into a smooth ball
  6. It will feel a little bit grainy due to the rye flour
  7. Once the dough is a nice texture divide the dough in half and then each piece in half again until there are about 12 pieces roughly the size of a golf ball
  8. Take each piece of dough and on a lightly floured board keep the round shape and flatten the dough with the palm of your hand. Use a rolling pin to roll each piece out to a thin round shape. Add flour as required to prevent the rolling pin sticking, or the dough sticking to the board
  9. Roll to a thickness that allows the dough to be picked up from the board and moved without breaking.
  10. Roll out all tortillas, separating each one with a small piece of baking paper so that they are all ready to cook
  11. Heat an iron skillet (or non stick if your prefer) to heat to a medium high heat
  12. Add a dob of coconut oil (or cooking oil of choice)
  13. Add the first tortilla and cook, once you start to see bubbles pop up from under the tortilla, flip and cook the other side - this is a couple of minutes each side
  14. Serve while warm

Recipe Notes

Cook time is for each tortilla
These tortillas are not as soft and pliable as store purchased ones. They will become stiff as they cool. They are best used/ stuffed with your choice of filling when they are warm, and just cooked.
Uses for left overs:
Left overs can be re-heated to soften them for 10-20 seconds in the microwave
Break left overs into pieces as you would corn chips and use them for dipping.