Time flies when you are enjoying what you are doing and doing what you enjoy the most. And I thoroughly enjoyed my vacation at my native Udaipur. Learned to cook a few authentic recipes from mom, visited all the historical places which were in my wish list for long and most important met many of my schoolmates after almost 30 years!
Mom made these two versions of Stuffed flat breads or Parathas for my travel food. My kids dislike air travel and given a choice would always prefer trains over flights. They love to watch green fields, rivers, animals and villages over the dull and gray clouds. So I booked for the flight for one way and came back by train.
These stuffed flat breads were the perfect accompaniment in the journey along with some ready-to-eat food that I packed along. I had them for my breakfast, lunch and the dinner as well. The breads are extremely easy to make and are scrumptious to snack upon with a hot cup of tea.
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 tbsp of dry mint leaves
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp chilly powder
1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder
Salt as desired
1/2 tsp dry mango powder (optional)
1/2 cup Water
Take a large vessel and add the wholewheat flour, salt and 1 tbsp of oil in it and rub the dry flour with finger. Add water and knead the dough. Quantity of water may vary according to the flour, if the flour is coarse of home ground it will need more water while a fine ground flour will need a little less.
In another bowl and add the fresh cottage cheese, chilly powder, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, salt, crushed dry mint leaves in it. Mix all the spices and the cottage cheese well.
Take a small ball of dough make a perfect round by rolling it in the palm. Dust it with dry flour and flatten it on a board using a rolling pin into a small circular disc. Spread a teaspoon of oil over it and add about a tablespoon of the above cottage cheese mix and spread it thoroughly.
Make a cut along the radius of the circle as shown in the picture below and start folding the rolled dough in a circular motion till it makes a single long tubular shape. Flatten the dough as shown in the picture below and roll it again into a large circle using dry flour. Make all the flat breads in the similar manner and keep them aside.
Heat a girdle and put the rolled out flat bread on it. Turn to the other side and add 1/2 tsp. oil to the sides of the flat bread. Fry both the sides for 2 minute and cook till golden spots appear on it.
Serve hot with tomato sauce or any spread of your choice. Pack them in an aluminum foil for a great travel and picnic food.
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