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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bread Pockets (Western-Indian flat bread)

Bread Pockets 
(Western-Indian flat bread usually made with Jowar (sorghum), Bajra (Pearl millet), Rice or Ragi.)

For making Jowar Bhakri (Indian flat Bread)
  • 4 tablespoons jowar flour
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • salt
  • rice flour for dusting
  • a bowl of cold water
For preparing stuffing mixture:
  • Grated Cabbage - 1 bowl
  • Grated Carrot- 1 bowl
  • chopped onion - 1/2 bowl
  • chopped coriander
  • chopped capsicum- 1/2 bowl
  • chopped paneer- 1 bowl
  • grated cheese- 1 bowl
  • chili powder- 1 &1/2 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  • ginger, garlic and green chili paste- 1 tsp
  • oil- 1 tbsp
  • cumin seeds - 1/2  tsp

For preparing Indian flat bread (Bhakri):
  1. Mix the flour and salt in a glass bowl.
  2. Bring the water to a rolling boil (very important, if not hot enough, bhakri will crack).
  3. Add the boiling water to the flour mixture and mix with a spoon.
  4. Mix well, once a little warm, knead a little with hand.
  5. Divide into four portions and make round balls.
  6. Heat pan/ tawa.
  7. Dust the rolling board heavily with rice flour.
  8. Place one ball of dough and gently start patting it to make it flat.
  9. Move the flattened bhakri in a clock-wise motion as you pat it.
  10. Start from the ends and work towards the center
  11. Once the bhakri is uniformly as thin as you can make it, lift it gently and place it in both your palms.
  12. Flip it and place it gently on the hot pan (now the side dusted with the rice flour is facing up)
  13. Immediately coat the side facing up with cold water. This will also seal all the cracks. Make sure the entire surface is covered including the edges.
  14. When this layer of water starts steaming, flip the bhakri with the help of a spatula
  15. Keep checking the bhakri, brown spots will appear on the wet side which is now touching the hot surface.
  16. Once this side looks cooked and has golden-brown spots, remove the bhakri and flip it and place it on direct flame (the dry side is on the flame)
  17. Move the bhakri over the flame with tongs till it puffs up completely.
  18. Remove from flame.

19. Cut it in to half. To make a pocket.
For preparing the mixture:

  1. Take a pan. Add oil to it. Add cumin seeds and wait till it pops.
  2. Add garlic, ginger and green chili paste. Add turmeric powder.
  3. Add onion to it and cook till its light brown.
  4. Now add all vegetables (cabbage, carrot, capsicum, coriander). Cook well.
  5. Add cheese and paneer. Also add red chili powder and salt. Saute for 2 mins. Mix well.

For preparing the Bread Pockets):

  1. Open the pockets and fill the mixture as shown in the photo.
  2. Serve hot.

Tip you could also try 2 tbsp jowar +2 tbsp ragi flour in summer and 2 tbsp jowar +2 tbsp bajra flour in winter

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