Dinner for two.

27 Apr

I haven’t blogged since last Thursday. I did miss you guys but I had a lot going on that kept me away from blogging. My husband recently gifted me an iPad. Woohoo. Thanks honey! And it arrived on Thursday. I could hardly contain myself. All I wanted to do was spend time with my new toy. So I hurriedly put together something that resembles a dinner and got right back to the iPad.
Pongal in its glorious form is an excellent rich flavorful dish. I, unfortunately, in this go around, did not do it justice. My husband rejected it (rightfully so) but my sons devoured it. I was speechless at how much they liked it. I found it too salty for consumption.

Pongal and leftovers curry.

I was off on Friday since it was Good Friday (yay!!) but my good little sister and her good husband had to work. That meant that it was our opportunity to have my niece spend the entire day with us. We actually made it into a sleep over with my niece.
I had made plans to cook with my friend Lisa but abandoned that in favor of a mani-pedi with my niece. Sorry Lisa.
It was raining cats and dogs and we were in no mood to brave the weather, so we had my sons give us girls a mani-pedi and we followed that up with an indoor picnic. And later we watched some Scooby-Doo.

Mani-Pedi for the princess.

Indoor picnic.

Dinner on good Friday was steamed mussels and baked fish. Sorry all. I could not take pictures or focus too much on the dinner I was making. My husband was home by then (thank God!) and we were all anxiously following the tornado watch in our area, ready to run to the basement at a moment’s notice. We were spared but people in the North County were not so lucky. The tornado destroyed an entire concourse at the airport and lots of homes were destroyed. Lucky no lives were lost.
We enjoyed the mussels but the fish was a HUGE hit. I made a coffee-blueberry sauce for the fish. OH so good! It was a pleasure having Riya sleep over.
The kids headed over to my sister’s house on Saturday. That gave me time to finish up a book I was reading. Oh my gosh! What a great book. A must read. So inspiring.
For dinner, it was just my husband and I that night. So I made him his favorite dinner of chapati and curry. We wrapped the night up with a movie. We had a great date night! Simple food and each other for company. Good times!

Chapati served with mushroom-peas curry and some yogurt and pickles.

Chapati (Indian Bread)
**Makes 11 chapatis
2.5 cups chapati flour or atta
hot water
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
**Rolling pin
**1/2 cup oil for use during rolling and for frying the chapati

The chapati flour I used. It is what was available in my grocery store.

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, oil, yogurt, salt till thoroughly combined.
2. Add the water, starting with a 1/4 cup of water until a dough is formed. The dough should not be wet and sticky but it should not be dry and hard either. Knead thoroughly, adding water on a need a be basis till a nice elastic dough is formed. The dough should bounce back when pressure is applied.

The chapati dough.

3. Set aside cover for 1/2 hour. Use this time to make a curry to serve with the chapati.
4. Divide the dough into 2 inch diameter balls.
5. Flatten the dough with your hands into a circle of about 4 inches diameter. Apply a thin layer of oil.

Flatten the dough with your hands and apply a thin coat of oil

6. Fold in half. Apply a thin layer of oil on one side of the folded crescent.

Fold in half.

7. Fold in half again keeping the oiled side on the inside.

Second fold. Like my floured fingers?

8. Make into a ball with your hands.
9. Flatten the dough using your hands into a 4 inch diameter circle.
10. Dredge in flour on both sides and roll till a thin circular crepe is formed.

Rolled out chapati.

Thickness of the chapati.

11. Repeat steps 4-9 for the remaining dough balls.
12. Fry both sides of the chapati on a crepe pan. Apply oil to the pan before laying a new crepe to fry. And apply about 1/4 tsp oil on the top of the crepe before turning it over. A crepe is cooked once both sides show sign of light charring (see pic).

Frying chapati

13. Serve with your favorite curry.
!4. Enjoy~!

Please let me know what you thought of the recipe if you do try it.

Till next time,

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