Flatbread with Sesame Seeds & Mustard Seeds – The Recipe ReDux

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Once in a while, you have a really BIG “Ah-hah!” moment. While preparing to write this post, I had one.

In the four years I’ve been blogging, I’ve never disclosed why curry is one of my favorite spices – and why I chose @TspCurry as my Twitter handle.

So, in contemplating The Recipe ReDux theme of “Sowing Seasonal Seeds,” I chose to create a recipe that would highlight my favorite spice, curry, along with a variety of seeds.

Part of the reason I’ve never really written much about curry is I use it in every day ways: scrambled eggs, baked potatoes, tomato soup, baked beans…even my 9-month old baby refuses to eat her mashed peas without a sprinkle of curry. The color of curry is also about the same color as my reddish-blonde hair; I’ve been told I have a head of curry-colored curls! Plus, I find Indian cuisine delicious.

So, while curry can be used every day, I took this simple flatbread recipe in the direction of India, combining it with mustard seeds and sesame seeds. As you have probably tasted, toasted sesame seeds are nutty and delicious. Mustard seeds have a warm heat that is made richer when toasted. When using B-vitamin-rich seeds in dishes, experiment with those less-used ones in your spice drawer: Caraway in soup, fenugreek in rice dishes, slightly crushed coriander in salad dressings or chutney. (This falafel recipe uses both seeds.)

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My flatbread recipe actually originated as this naan recipe from the beautiful Indian Kitchen blog; but it took several turns along the way. I added a substantial amount of whole wheat flour, changed some ingredients/flavors, and left out the water – fearing the dough would be too sticky to fuss with. The resulting flatbread was heavier than bubbly naan, perfect for scooping up heftier dipping sauces (or drippy yogurt dips!) It would also be great for topping with pizza ingredients.

Yeast-Free Flatbread with Sesame Seeds & Mustard Seeds


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder


  1. Combine flours with baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl; mix well with a fork/whisk.
  2. Mix together olive oil and lemon juice; add to flour mixture. Mix together with a fork or your hands. Add yogurt and mix with a fork and then with you hand. Add milk and knead to a smooth dough; dough will be dense.
  3. Cover it with a clean moist cloth and keep in a warm place for 2-3 hrs; or place in a zip-top plastic bag and refrigerate overnight. The dough will rise but not double in size.
  4. Using a serrated knife, slice the dough into 8 pieces. Flatten the dough with your had and then roll out on a clean surface into a roundish shape about 1/8-inch thick. (No need to dust surface with flour.) Sprinkle top of dough with sesame seeds, mustard seeds and curry powder; flip over and brush with water.
  5. Place dough water-side down in a medium-hot cast-iron skillet (brush skillet with a little oil if it is not well-seasoned. You could also use a non-stick skillet brushed with a little oil.) Cook for 2 minutes or until lightly brown and toasted; flip. Cook 1-2 minutes until lightly brown and the seeds begin to turn golden. Repeat with remaining flatbreads.
  6. Serve with a variety of dips or sauces or eat plain!

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The kids and I seriously enjoyed the rich flavors right out of the pan of the warm toasted sesame and mustard seeds with the nutty whole wheat!

What’s your favorite way to use curry? Do you ever use mustard seeds or sesame seeds?

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  1. very creative recipe!
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  2. Sounds delicious and easy. Love the spices!!

  3. Kindred spirits? I love curry as well! I wish my family enjoyed it as much as I do! I have to get creative on where I put it but I bet they would like this!
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  4. these look delicious… i really need to try out a gluten-free version.

  5. What an intriguing flatbread recipe…so full of flavor! YUM.
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  6. Sounds delicious, Serena! I’m impressed by your baby’s sophisticated palate! I don’t really cook a lot with curry but sounds like just a sprinkle goes a long way ;). Sesame seed, however, is a staple in Asian cuisine so I do use it quite often. Sprinkle on top of fried rice, marinated vegetables, soups…
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  7. Yum! I love a heavier flatbread. We don’t cook a lot with curry, but I always enjoy the result when we do, which makes me think we should use it more often! I’ll definitely try some of your ways :)

    Happy birthday!
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  8. Can’t wait to make these any my next Indian themed dinner party! Thanks for sharing :) Rachel

  9. Love this recipe and I also love curry. The irregular shape of the flatbreads makes it even better! Hoping to make this soon…

  10. emmastirling says:

    Thanks Serena for explaining your curry craze! I always did wonder how much you really did embrace it…..and Lo and behold! I adore authentic Indian food too. And these flatbreads are so tempting.

  11. Oooo. I love flatbread! And it sounds simple :)

  12. Hi Serena, Love that your 9 month old refuses her mashed peas without her curry! Great recipe and inspiration to use more spices in my cooking.
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  13. This recipe looks great, and I can’t wait to try it! I love curry too – grew it in a pot last summer and I used to just run my hand through it for the scent!
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  14. Hi Serena!
    Great post, love finding out about why you are the curry girl! Your recipe sounds fun and delicious!

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