Fahad Inc. Dishes

    Paratha ~ Fried Whole-Wheat Bread

    Makes 12

    The only difference between a paratha and a chapati is that the former is fried while the chapati is cooked. Eaten with any meal, it is served with savoury dishes.
    Although originally an Indian bread, it is today very popular throughout the UAE. Eaten with the right hand.

    4 cups whole-wheat flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1 cup water
    3 tablespoons milk
    4 tablespoons samen (oil)

    Mix flour and salt, rub in samen, mix water and milk together and start adding a little at a time to make a firm dough. Keep working until dough has lost its elasticity and turned very pliable. Cover and leave for three hours.
    From the mixture into 12 small balls, then roll each out to a medium thickness. Rub each one with samen using the back of a teaspoon, then fold once. Repeat and repeat again. Now roll out again and heat on iron griddle or non stick frying pan. Cook on both sides in a little oil until golden on both sides. Keep in a warm place untill all the breads have been cooked. Serve warm.

    >From the book "The Complete United Arab Emirates Cookbook"
    by Celia Ann Brock- Al Ansari
    Copyright © 1994 by Celia Ann Brock-Al Ansari


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