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15 October, 2015

Subzi wale makki roti: Vegetables and cornflour flatbread. GF

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October  12th  was   Pitri  Paksha,  which  translates  to  The  fortnight  of  the  Ancestors.  This  new  moon  day  we  show  gratitude  to  our  ancestors.  Not  only  do  we  owe  our  existence  to  them,  it  is  due  to  their  contribution  that  we  enjoy  everything  else  in  this  world.  We  are  ourselves  because  of  the  gifts  that  we  have  received  from  them.  If  we  broaden  the  definition  of  the  term  ancestors,  from  our  parents  or  grandparents  to  the  whole  humanity,  then  we  have  even  more  reason  to  be  thankful.  The  clothes  we  wear,  the  food  we  enjoy,  the  technology  we  use,  the  way  we  entertain  ourselves,  have  all  come  down  from  ‘the  ancestors.’  It  is  only  natural  that  we  sometimes  pause  in  our  life,  bow  our  heads  in  gratitude  and  pay  our  debts  to  them

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The  ritual  involves  offering  water  to  their  soul.  The  fresh  harvest,  a  symbolic  gesture  for  food,  is  also  offered.

We  celebrated  Thanksgiving  in  Canada  on  the  12th.  It  is  a  day  we  thank  the  almighty  God  for  the  bountiful  harvest  with  which  we  have  been  blessed.  Families  get  together  for  sumptuous  feasts,  parades  are  held  and  pumpkin  pies  are  baked  to  celebrate  the  day.

Two  faraway  countries,  India  and  Canada,  but  similar  traditions.

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I  had  carrots  and  beets  freshly  harvested  from  the  garden.  Instead  of  pies  I  worked  them  into  flatbreads.  With  crunchy  radishes  or  smooth  yoghurt  and  some  fierce  pickles  for  a  side,  it  made  an  excellent  brunch  menu.

Recipe:  From  my  friend  Parul.

Made  4  pieces.

Ingredients;

Grated  carrots                                                 1/4 th cup

Grated  beets                                                    1/4 th cup

Grated  Cauliflower                                            1/4 th  cup

Corn  flour  ( see  notes )                                    1  cup

Cream                                                               1/2  cup

Salt                                                                    To  taste

Pepper                                                              To  taste

Method.

Mix  all  the  dry  ingredients  together  in  a  bowl.  Pour  the  cream  to  make  it  into  a  soft  dough.  Divide  them  into  four  equal  parts  to  form  lemon  size  balls.  Line  the  countertop  with  a  piece  of  wax  paper.  Roll  the  ball  gently  in  a  circle,  3  inches  diameter  circle.  Take  care,  for  the  absence  of  gluten  makes  it  hard to  bind.

With  the  help  of  a  flat  spatula  transfer  this  on  to  a  greased  heated  frying  pan  on  medium  heat.  After  about  a  minute,  gently  flip  it  over.  Put  a  teaspoon  of  oil  on  it.  Gently  press  the  surface  with  the spatula  and  rotate  the  bread  on  the  pan.  Repeat  the  same  with  the  other  side  until  lightly  crispy,  about  8  minutes  total.

Serve  hot  with  a  dollop  of  butter on  top,

Inside  Scoop;

While  rolling  the  dough,  run  the  pin  to  one  side  ( say  north ),  lift  the  pin,  bring  it  to  the  middle,  now  roll  it  to  the  other  side  ( say  south ).  Rotate  the  wax  paper  and  repeat  the  above  procedure.

If  you  see  the  sides  are  not  as  smooth,  tuck  them  in  with  wet  finger.

Traditionally  it  is  served  with  Saag  (  leafy  greens  ).  However  potato  or  any  other  curry  goes  well  too.

It  could  be  done  just  plain  without  any  veggies  too.

I  have  used  this  brand  of  cornflour  “Punjabi  Makki de  Atta  PTI”.

I  have  referred  to  Wikipedia  and  Isha  foundation  blog  for  the  details  on  Pitri  paksha.

 

By  Ratna

 

 

 

2s COMMENTS

2 thoughts on : Subzi wale makki roti: Vegetables and cornflour flatbread. GF

  • October 20, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    What a striking colour! I am so glad that you added your garden vegetables into flatbreads instead of pies. They look fabulous and make me hungry after breakfast!

    • Ratna
      October 21, 2015 at 12:47 am

      Thanks Sonali for taking time to leave a comment. I have to leave the baking to you, for that’s not my forte at all…

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