Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dinner Menu 1 - Chapatis/Indian flat bread with Rajma/Red kidney beans Curry and Flavored Cucumber Raita

Chapatis are Indian flat breads made from whole wheat flour, water, salt and oil. Making chapati is a basic recipe, however it might take some patience and little finesse, but the effort is totally worth. My first few attempts in making chapatis didn’t result in the same thin and soft chapatis that my mom prepared. Mine were hard and crispy. I learned that to have great chapati is to have great dough and then knead it a lot.
Nutrition facts:
A small, 6 inch chapatti contains 71 calories, 3 grams of protein, 0.4 gram of fat and 15 grams of carbohydrates, including 2 grams of fiber.

Prep time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Serving: 2 cups of wheat flour yields 12 medium sized chapatis
Whole wheat flour – 2 cups
Water – 1 cup
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tbsp

1. In a large bowl, measure out the flour and add enough salt to it.  A little warm water makes kneading easier and dough softer but room temperature works fine as well.
2. Mix the flour with your fingers adding little water at a time. First, they look like bread crumbs. A little more water and it slowly starts coming together in a moist dough.
3. Knead well with your fist and knuckles till it is soft for about 10 minutes.
4. Cover the dough with a damp towel and let it rest for 1 hour. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat.
5. Tear off a piece from a dough, roll the dough around circular motion in your hands to create a ball. Roll the dough in the floor and then press the dough flat.
6. Star rolling them from inside out. As a beginner, your shapes might be everything other than round, a little practice will get you there.
7. Place chapatti on a hot skillet, within 10 seconds flip to another side. Let it cook for a minute rotting the chapatti every few seconds to ensure all the sides gets cooked evenly.
8. Once you see brown spots on both sides take it off stove. Serve hot.

Dinner menu

Rajma / Red Kidney beans Curry

Cucumber Raita/ Cucumber - Yogurt Dip

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