Have started cooking a lot from other blogs lately, and am clearing up my bookmarked recipes which is a huge list by the way.
This recipe luckily didnt sit for the usual long time in the folder, for the moment I saw the picture and the method in Viki's blog I knew I had to try it. Its been my long time wish to try and make these southern style parotta at home, but was not comfortable with the ghee loaded recipes that I found in many pages and also the methods used.
But this one was very simple, with some sesame oil (which we love to use) and the taste was just great.I also liked the quick tip given by Viki about freezing the parottas. I made 12 of them (It took 2 hrs for an amatuer like me) the day before and kept in the freezer.It worked out really well.I used parchment paper used for baking, to line the parottas, instead of Plastic sheets .It was very easy to just slide it out.
The recipe is definitly a keeper and worth all the effort.
Here is the recipe for keepsake:
Source - Viki's Kitchen
Maida / All purpose flour - 2 1/2 cup
Rice flour - 1 tbsp
water - as per requirement
salt - 1 tsp
baking powder - 1/2 tsp
sesame oil - 1/2 cup
A flat surface like clean kitchen counter top.
plastic sheets - 20
Mix Maida with salt and baking powder.
Then add water little by little to get a chapathi dough consistency.
Then add 3 tbsp oil to the dough and knead well.
Knead for 5 minutes with beating and punching to get a silky smooth dough.
Cover it with a cling wrap or wet towel and leave it for 4 hours in the room temperature.
Then divide the flour in to 10 equal size balls.
In a small bowl, mix the rice flour with 2 tbsp of sesame oil to get a ghee like paste.
Take one dough ball,apply some oil to it and flatten it on a clean kitchen top . Flatten it till it tries to tear off. No need to get a smooth circle.But a very thin disc should be achieved.
(Do not try to take it with hands, just flatten it to a big circle.)
Take a little rice flour + oil mix and apply it smoothly over the flattened disc.
The rice flour gives a flaky texture and also prevents the layers from sticking with one another.
Using a knife , slit the disc into long ribbon like strips. Fold every strip once in a longitudinal manner like a paper.
Apply little oil on a plastic sheet . Make concentric circles using all the folded ribbons to get the shape as shown.
Place another plastic sheet above the dough . No need to apply oil now. Press it gently with a rolling pin to get a perfect circle.
Check out here for the pictorial of the steps given above
Make all the 10 parottas as described in the leisure time. keep them frozen in a freezer. If you want to fry them immediately, then no need to freeze.Heat a dosa tava. Apply a little oil over the surface.Remove the top plastic sheet. Peel off the parotta . Place it on the hot tava.Flip it again and again to get it cooked evenly.
Take out and serve hot.
I served mine with vegetable kurma which is also adapted from chicken salna recipe. Didnt get time to take the picture of this one.