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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Parotta

South Indian Layered Flat bread



Parotta is a very popular pan fried layered flat bread served with spicy curries. It is very tasty and tempting, only disadvantage being, it is made of all purpose flour and needs lot of oil to get the consistency, taste and texture. When occasional Naan or Pizza are allowed even Parotta can be an exceptional food once in a while.

Ingredients: Quantity
All purpose flour/Maida* 3 cups
Baking Soda/Soda bi carb* 1 tsp
Salt* To taste
Egg 1 nos
Sugar 1 tsp
Warm water 1/2 cup or as required
Oil 3-4 tbsp + enough for frying


Preparation:
1) Sieve the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder and mix with egg and then add water and kneed well. Add the oil to the dough and kneed it very well. The dough should be very soft and slightly sticky. Wrap it with a wet cloth or cling film and let it rest for a couple of hours in the refrigerator.
2) Make medium sized balls of the dough and roll them into a very thin sheet with a rolling pin.
3) Make fleets of the rolled thin sheet of dough. Circle them and roll it again into a medium sized sheet. Add oil at each stage as required.
4) Fry them on a hot pan turning sides until well cooked applying oil on it. Serve hot with any spicy South Indian Curry like Kurma or Kuzhambu. Usually it is served with Salna as side dish and popularly known as Parotta Salna in southern parts of TamilNadu.



Dough Balls
Dough Spread and made into fleets
Rolled into circle Circled dough rolled again




Served with Kothukari
Note:* One of my friend suggested that we can replace the self-raising flour to make Parotta. I had used it this time and it came out better than All purpose flour by itself. Leave out flour, salt and baking soda and replace it with self-raising flour.
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