Poori – Recipe

Ingredients:
Wheat flour (1 Cup)
Salt
Water

Preparation:
Mix wheat flour with a pinch of salt. Add water and make dough, make sure it is not watery nor dry. Since this is for poori some would add a pinch of baking soda. I refrain from it.
Knead the dough and let it sit for 15mins. Cover with a wet cloth.
After 15mins make small balls out of dough. Using chappati maker slab or kitchen slab with roller, make flat small circles of the small dough balls.
In a pan add oil and heat it. When the oil is sufficiently hot take one at a time and fry it. The tendency is to fluff up and which is how it should be. After putting the flat pressed dough into oil, you could press with ladle slightly.

Poori goes well with channa masala or potato mix or dal.

Chappati – Recipe

For the amateurs like me who are not bothered about the shape of chappati, this recipe is for them. Making chappati is an easy task and would take about 30mins or less of cooking time.

Ingredients:
Wheat flour (1 cup)
Tamil: கோதுமை மாவு
Hindi: गेहूं का आटा
Czech: pšeničná mouka
Salt
Water

Preparation:
First mix wheat flour with a pinch of salt. Add required amount of water and mix into a ball. For taste you could add butter or oil when making the dough. Knead the dough and make it soft. The dough should not be watery nor too dry. Cover it with a wet cloth of place a lid and close it tightly.Leave it for 10mins. Now take small pieces from the dough and make it round balls.

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With a roller and a flat base like kitchen slab or the one shown below, make it into flat circles. (Do not worry if the shape is not exactly a circle) Use a bit of wheat flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the slab.

 

On stove heat frying pan and once the pan is hot put the circled flat dough and fry on both sides. Once both sides are fried you could add a little oil over it or ghee, butter would also taste good.

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Chappati’s go well with any side dish like potato fry, scrambled egg, aloo gobi masala…

ஓமப்பொடி Chakli – Recipe

ஓமம்  (in Tamil) अजवाइन  (in Hindi) Bishops Weed or Carom Seeds has a good digestive property.
Omapodi is an Indian snack.
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Preparation Time: 45mins
Ingredients:
Besan/Bengal Gram Flour – 1/2 Cup
Omam – 1 tea spoon
Red Chillies – 2
Asfoetida/Hing/Perungayam
Salt

Preparation:
To make this you would need something like below:
Omapodi
Grind the ajwain seeds with red chillies using a blender or mixer grinder.
In a bowl add 1/2 cup besan, pinch of asafoetida, grounded mixture, salt to taste and knead into dough by adding water. Make sure that the dough is not watery or too thick.
Leave the dough aside for 5minutes.
Heat oil in a pan. Simultaneously roll the dough  into balls and put into the omapodi maker. Once the oil is hot, squeeze the dough via the omapodi make into the oil. Fry till it turns golden brown and then turn it over and fry the other side. Make sure you do not make it black and then it is edible.
Put it in a container and drain the oil. Once it coools down, transfer to an air tight container.

Enjoy this snack with nice cup of masala tea on a rainy day.

Carrot Coconut Soup – Recipe

Carrot coconut soup recipe is a Thai style soup more suited to our style of consumption. Some extra ingredients could be added or removed based on individual preference,

Cooking Time: 30mins
Ingredients:
Carrot – 2
Onion – 1
Ginger
Red Chillies – 2
Coconut milk
Salt

Preparation:
Peel the carrot and cut it into cubes. Peel the onion and cut it into small pieces. Grate the ginger.
Take a pan and add 2 table spoon of butter. Once the butter splutters, add cut onion and grated ginger and red chillies. Fry till raw smell of onion goes off. Now add the cut carrot and mix well. Follow this by adding coconut milk or grated coconut. Add 1 cup water to this and some salt for taste.
Boil the mixture till carrots become tender and soft. Let it cool for few minutes. After that put the contents into blender or mixer grinder. Grind it well.
Put the grounded mixture to the pan. Boil it once. If required add a bit of salt and water.

The carrot coconut sup goes well with bread.