Salams lovely people, pray u are all well..I guess for some of you the holidays have started. Lucky you!! I’m sadly working throughout. My girls during their holiday tend to give me a list of their fave foods so that they can indulge during their time off and they can enjoy it a bit more than usual..the one thing at the top of their list was something that I really enjoy eating too, and it brings back great childhood memories. This is a traditional Guji thing, the dough is actually used to make rice flour poppadoms which we call Papri, they are rolled out very thin, there’s a special technique and a special steel rolling pan is used to roll them, it’s a long procedure to actually make the papri itself. Once rolled out they are laid out on some thin fabric and left to dry out in the sun all day..I have fond memories of myself and my cousins helping our mums and aunts lay them out in the garden and also trying to hide or eat the ones that got all crumpled and messed up (oh well, now they know) I, later was promoted to rolling them out once I had mastered it. Once completely dry, they can be stored in air tight containers and you can either fry, grill or microwave them. Well the dough itself, once boiled is yummy scrummy to eat on its own, drizzled with oil or butter it’s just something very enjoyable…and the fragrance while it’s boiling is just amazing. I do hope you try it out. Please let me know if you do make it and how you liked it.
6 Cups Rice Flour
2 Tbs Sesame Seeds
6 Cups of Cold Water
4 Tbs Green Chillies (Ground)
1 Tbs Cumin Seeds
2 Tbs Carom Seeds
3 Tbs Salt
3 Tbs Papad Kharo (available in Asian grocery stores)
Oil or butter to drizzle on top (optional)
Measure the Rice flour into a large mixing bowl or if u have a stand mixer then into the mixer bowl and add the Sesame seeds.
In a large Saucepan bring to the boil the 6 Cups of water, once it comes to the boil, add the green chillies, cumin seeds, carom seeds, salt and the Papad Kharo and give it a stir, turn the gas to medium and let this simmer for 10 minutes.
After the water and spices have simmered for 10 minutes slowly pour this into the bowl with the Rice flour and sesame seeds. If using a stand mixer then using the dough hook attachment mix on medium speed until the dough has all come together. If doing by hand first mix with a wooden a spoon as it will be very hot, once it starts to come together use your hands to knead it. The dough will be quite soft and sticky. Take the dough out onto the work top or into a large try and knead for a while until it has all come together.
Take a bowl of lukewarm tap water and wet your hands and take small tennis ball sized pieces of dough and roll into a smooth ball and then flatten, poke a hole into the middle of the flattened dough ball making sure the hole goes right through. Lay them in a large tray and cover with a clean tea towel or cling film to stop then drying out.
Now to cook the dough balls, boil water in a kettle and pour into a large saucepan, fill it to around 3/4 full. Turn on cooker to high to make sure the water is boiling, slowly lower around 3 or 4 of the flattened dough balls into the water and turn the gas medium to high, let it boil for around 20 to 30 minutes making sure they are cooked throughout. You can test it by breaking the dough with a fork and checking it’s not raw inside. Remove the cooked dough balls With a slotted spoon and put in a colander to strain for a few minutes.
TIP: Enjoy these spicy dough balls at its best, drizzle some olive oil or sunflower oil on top or you can always have it with a few blobs of butter. Yummy!!!
Spices needed for the spicy dough balls
Rice Flour & Papad Kharo (available from Indian grocery stores)
Bring the 6 cups of water to the boil and firstly add the cumin seeds (whole jeera)
Add the green Chillies
Then the Carom seeds (Ajwain)
Then goes in the Salt
Lastly the Papad Kharo (looks like salt)
Give it a stir and simmer for 10 minutes
It will look like this after its simmered for 10 minutes
Place the rice flour in your stand mixer bowl with the sesame seeds (use dough hook attachment)
Pour the spiced boiled water into the bowl with rice flour and mix
It will all start to come together
Take out the dough onto the work top and knead with your hands until it all comes together properly
Dough should look like this, nice and smooth, then make flattened dough balls (wet your hands as dough may be sticky)
The flattened dough balls all ready
Carefully place 3 or 4 dough balls in a large saucepan of boiling water and cook for approx 20-30 minutes
Just check it’s cooked through and not raw in the centre
Drizzle oil (olive or sunflower) or even some butter and enjoy mmmm