Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Garlic Chili Pepper Flatbread #BreadBakers

Chewy yet fluffy, this garlic chili pepper flatbread is great on its own as a snack or serve it with your favorite dhal or curry. The garlic and chili add so much flavor to this tasty bread! 

Food Lust People Love: Chewy yet fluffy, this garlic chili pepper flatbread is great on its own as a snack or serve it with your favorite dhal or curry. The garlic and chili add so much flavor to this tasty bread!

Homemade flatbread is so easy and always turns out nicer than almost anything I can buy on store shelves. I know in a lot of homes around the world, it’s a normal part of everyday cooking but unless I’m cooking curry, I just don’t think to make it. 

Note to self: Make homemade flatbread more often! Note to anyone reading this: You should too. 

Garlic Chili Pepper Flatbread

This recipe makes six flatbreads (about 7x4 in or 18x10cm each) and was adapted from one on Taste.com.au. These little guys definitely have a noticeable heat from the peppers. You can remove the seeds before mincing your peppers to make them less spicy.

Ingredients
1 teaspoon dried active yeast
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 3/4 cups or 218g bread flour
3/4 cup or 180ml warm water (about 100–110°F or 38–43°C)
2 hot red chili peppers
3-4 sprigs fresh parsley, stems removed
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2-3 tablespoons olive oil 

Method
Warm the water to the required temperature and measure your flour into a small bowl. 

In a large mixing bowl, mix the yeast and sugar together with about 1/4 of the flour and the warm water. Set aside 20 minutes until foamy.


Mince your peppers, parsley leaves and garlic.


Add them along with the salt to the remaining flour. Stir to combine.


Add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture and combine using a Danish whisk or your clean hands. 


Knead on a clean surface until smooth and elastic.

Transfer the dough to a greased bowl.


Cover with a tea towel or cling film, then leave in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.


Form the dough into a stout log, then cut into 6 equal pieces. The log just makes it easier to eyeball what six equal pieces should look like. 


If you prefer to use a scale, you can skip that step. My dough ball weighed 212g so each piece was about 68g. Roll them them into balls.


Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin and roll one ball into an oval and brush it with olive oil. 


Roll it up from the short end into a tight tube. 


Use two hands to roll the tube longer and thinner.


Coil the tube into a circle like a snail.


Tuck the end under. Press down gently. 


Repeat until you have six little swirled dough balls. 

Starting with the first one you made, use the rolling pin to form it back into an oval.


Heat a griddle over a medium high heat and cook the flatbread until puffed on top and lightly browned on the bottom. 


Turn and cook the other side. This takes just a couple of minutes on each side. 


Flip it over one last time. 


I like to put the finished flatbreads in a warm oven in a foil pouch to keep them warm. 


Repeat the rolling and cooking process for the remaining five dough balls. Serve warm. (Or eat at room temperature the next day for breakfast - OMG, still so good.)

Food Lust People Love: Chewy yet fluffy, this garlic chili pepper flatbread is great on its own as a snack or serve it with your favorite dhal or curry. The garlic and chili add so much flavor to this tasty bread!

Enjoy!

It’s the second Tuesday of the month so that means it’s time for my Bread Baker friends to share their recipes. Our theme is Spicy Breads with Peppers. Many thanks to our host, Radha of Magical Ingredients. Check out the links below: 



#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.



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Food Lust People Love: Chewy yet fluffy, this garlic chili pepper flatbread is great on its own as a snack or serve it with your favorite dhal or curry. The garlic and chili add so much flavor to this tasty bread!

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Easy Lamb and Fresh Tomato Curry

Ripe, juicy tomatoes add a wonderful fresh zing to the fragrant sauce in this easy lamb and fresh tomato curry. Cook it down slowly to intensify the flavors.

Food Lust People Love: Ripe, juicy tomatoes add a wonderful fresh zing to the fragrant sauce in this easy lamb and fresh tomato curry. Cook it down slowly to intensify the flavors.

Many years ago, my husband and I were living in Abu Dhabi where there is a large Indian and Pakistani population so good curry restaurants abound. We either ate out or ordered in at least once a week. 

He always got the chicken jalfrezi, a relatively dry curry with lots of peppers, tomatoes and tender chicken. I always ordered the chicken maharajah, which came covered in the richest, most succulent sauce. There might well have been ground cashews in there. When I close my eyes, I can still taste it!

Here’s the rub. He always wanted some of my sauce! Nice person that I am, I did share, but not without thinking to myself that he could order his own darn sauce. Am I right?

These days I am way more likely to cook curry at home than to go out, so I always make sure it’s a saucy dish. This particular curry is full of flavor and, thanks to puréed fresh tomatoes, it has plenty of sauce to go round for all the family. 

Easy Lamb and Fresh Tomato Curry

I know that not everyone is fond of lamb. If you aren’t lovers of lamb, by all means substitute beef. For me, curry is all about the sauce and this dish is one of my favorites, whatever protein you choose.

Ingredients
1 lb 13 oz or 840g lamb ribs, chopped into bite­sized pieces 
1 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste when the dish has finished cooking
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vinegar
4 large ripe tomatoes (1 lb 113⁄4 oz or 786g) 
1/4 cup or 60ml olive oil for browning the lamb 
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 red chili peppers, minced
3 tablespoons curry paste
1⁄4 cup or 60g plain yogurt
Good handful cilantro, chopped

Optional for garnish:
dollop of yogurt
chopped cilantro

Method
Chop the lamb into bite-sized pieces and put them in a non-reactive bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add vinegar and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate.


Core your tomatoes, cut them in quarters and pop them in a blender. Process until completely liquid. You might have to add about 1/4-1/2 cup of water to get them moving.

In a large skillet over a medium high heat, heat the olive oil and brown the lamb in batches, and remove to a plate.


Add the sliced onion to the pan and cook for a few minutes, until softened. Add in the garlic and chili peppers and stir.

Add in the curry paste. Stir and fry for a few more minutes.


Put lamb back in the pan, along with any juices that accumulated on the plate. Stir well to cover the lamb with the curry paste, onions and garlic.


Pour in the puréed fresh tomatoes. 


Stir well. Bring to the boil then reduce the fire to a slow simmer.

Cook covered for 45 minutes or until the lamb is tender, stirring occasionally.

Remove the lid and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, so the sauce is thick and concentrated. This could take another 10­-15 minutes. Taste for salt and add more if necessary.

Finish by stirring through the plain yogurt and chopped cilantro.


Garnish with a dollop more of the yogurt and cilantro in your serving dish, if desired. Serve with rice or naan.

Food Lust People Love: Ripe, juicy tomatoes add a wonderful fresh zing to the fragrant sauce in this easy lamb and fresh tomato curry. Cook it down slowly to intensify the flavors.

Enjoy!

Welcome to the 12th addition to the 2024 Alphabet Challenge, brought to you by the letter L. Many thanks to Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm for organizing and creating the challenge. Check out all the L recipes below:



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Food Lust People Love: Ripe, juicy tomatoes add a wonderful fresh zing to the fragrant sauce in this easy lamb and fresh tomato curry. Cook it down slowly to intensify the flavors.

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