Thursday, September 3, 2009

Kid's in the Kitchen

My middle son came home from school yesterday and wanted to cook. Ever since he was a little kid, he has wanted to be a chef. He is still really interested in cooking, but now I think he wants to be a motorcycling riding, jet flying pilot and chef. Don't you just love kids! One of his new teachers this year is Indian. She did a cooking demonstration in class and had the kids make roti. J. came home with the recipe and started at it. They were really yummy! He was so proud of what he did all by himself.

Simple Roti Recipe (by Ms. Ladi)

1 cup whole wheat flour
pinch of salt
chilled water

1. Add enough water to the flour to make a soft dough.
2. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes.
3. Cover with a damp cloth and leave at room temperature for a least half an hour.
4. Break dough into 4 pieces
5. With the hands, stretch the dough out, fold in half, and repeat this 4 or 5 times. Roll out to approximately 2mm thick, shake off excess flour.
6. Preheat hot plate or griddle.
7. Place roti's onto hot griddle one at a time, and cook for a minute or so, until it starts to go crispy. Turn, cook another minute, then turn again. It should puff up. If your roti's don't puff up a lot, it doesn't really matter.
8. Keep warm. If they do get cold they may go a bit hard, but sprinkle with water, cover, and microwave for a few seconds and they will go soft again.

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