This is a 100% handmade fresh Indian flat bread. The most popular South Indian roti is the Rice/Akki roti (recipe here) and Millet/Ragi roti (recipe here). Here is yet another soft and tasty roti, only healthier.
What you will need: Makes about 12 to 14 medium sized rotis 2 cups quick oatmeal or regular old fashion oatmeal 1 cup Rice flour/Akki hittu ( Finely ground rice flour ) 1 cup finely chopped scallions and greens ( dill, cilantro, fenugreek are some options ) 1 medium sized onion chopped thin and lengthwise, 1/2 cup grated fresh/dry coconut--Optional 2tsp Coarse red pepper flakes with seeds 1 tsp freshly grated ginger Salt as needed
Get about 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Add in the oatmeal and let it cook completely. Turn off the heat and pour the rice flour over it.
Let the mixture cool down to warm. Put into a large enough mixing bowl, and add all the chopped vegetables and salt. Show some love, mix the baby with your bare hands. Now add hot water if its too hard, and some more rice flour is its too soggy. Bring the consistency to a soft dough.
Knead a handful of dough gently to form a ball with greasy hands, preferentially hands dipped in oil or melted butter. The softer the dough, the softer will the roti turn out.
Place the dough on a greased wax paper, pan proof paper or a fresh banana leaf. Pat it down to flatten it trying to seal any cracked edges by dipping your hands in a bowl of water and sealing the cracks.
Use a flat nonstick pan or regular flat bread fry pan. Prep the pan by coating with a non stick spray. The easiest and cheapest way would be to heat the pan on medium to a smoking consistency, wipe it with half a shallot dipped in oil, this gives a nonstick coating, the old fashioned way :-)
Turn the flattened roti/bread, face down on the pan and pat down gently. Carefully peel out the paper holding one edge. Let it cook on medium heat. You may add a little oil or butter to the edges.
Lift the edges a bit to see the color, if its golden brown, flip it to the other side, carefully and gently.
Let it cook the same way on the other side too. That's it, flip it on to a plate now. If you flip it too many times on the fry pan, it might tear.
This goes great, when served with spicy garlic paprika chutney or mint chutney and a tiny dollop of butter! Yum! Enjoy.
And here is the recipe of that fantastic cocktail I told you about in my previous blog. This is truly just an alcohol syrup that bathes chunks of fresh mixed fruit. A highly recommended recipe for alcohol and fruit lovers :-) Indresh, here is your recipe :-)
What you need: Makes enough to serve a party of 8 About 4 cups of fresh fruits (peach, plum, orange, water melon) - any citrus fruit goes well 1/2 cup Triple sec 1/2 cup Gold Rum 1/2 cup White Rum 1/2 cup Lime Juice A few fresh lemon slices
Crush the fruits in a a jar.
Pour in the alcohol and lime juice.
Add some lemon slices and mix well.
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour the cocktail on it and serve. Enjoy!
Here is an amazingly simple yet exquisite tasting grilled chicken that bears its roots from the Arabian land. It requires simple ingredients, fresh boneless chicken, and a hot grill.
I had been to a barbeque party at my friends place. Her husband is a great chef, and keeps trying new dishes. He had marinated a bowl of boneless chicken breasts, and I had my mouth watering from just taking pictures of it. You can imagine how it tasted, it was spicy and
grilled to perfection. The core was moist and juicy. He paired it with a
fruit cocktail (which I will post as another recipe) and, people were
constantly hovering over the grill for more. So, Indresh, here is your
recipe in all its splendor.
What you need: Serves 4 to 6 4 boneless chicken breasts
1 tsp Paprika/ red chili powder
1 tsp Salt or as much as you need
1 tsp black pepper powder
1 Tbsp lime juice (optional)
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp Olive oil
Using a wooden mallet, flatten the chicken breasts.
Mix all the powders together and rub them on to the chicken.
Let the marinated chicken soak for about an hour.
Cook it on a hot grill and serve it hot, with a garlic dipping sauce or any other sauce of your choice. Enjoy!
Here are some fun Ninja cookies to pull off a cute birthday for Ninja crazy kids like my son. He wanted a Ninja cake. I had an interesting inspiration, green and black ninja cookies, cakes, and decoration.. it was a fun project to do.
The recipe for the cake and decorations is the same as the Teddy cookies recipe here.