Chestnut flour rotis

We have experimented a bit with different non-wheat based flour combinations to make rotis.   We have come to the realization that this is going to be an ever evolving process and we need to keep at it to get a combination that not only tastes great but is easy to make (we have had a few disasters along the way with the dough sticking and not being very easy to roll out).  Our latest attempt was with  chestnut flour as a core ingredient, as we have successfully used it to bake bread, cakes and cookies.   The dough was relatively easy to work with and the rotis tasted good. Texture wise we think we are 90% there – just need to figure out how to get them softer to be on par with traditional rotis.

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What do I need to make it?

  • 1 cup chestnut flour (singoda)
  • 1/2 cup rajagro flour (amaranth flour)
  • 1/2 cup samo seed flour (type of millet)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste

How many will I make?

8-10 depending on size

How do I make it?

Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.   Make a well and add the oil to it – rub the oil into the flour mixture.   Then add enough water to make a pliable dough ball – about a cup of water,  little at a time.  Make lime sized balls of the dough and roll into discs using  a little chestnut flour to stop it from sticking –  cook on both sides till lightly browned, brush with some ghee and serve hot.

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Roast chicken and creamed corn soup with corn bread muffins

Here’s our contribution to the “What do you do with the left over roast from Christmas ?” conundrum.  On Boxing day we had made some corn muffins for a lunch get together with some dear friends.   Having used some of the creamed corn in the corn bread muffin mix we had planned to use the remainder in a soup combined with the left over roast chicken (using tarragon butter – recipe posted earlier) from Christmas lunch.   We think it is one of the better soups we have made in a while with the fresh tarragon adding incredible flavour and enhancing the overall deliciousness of the soup.

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What do I need to make it?

  • 2 handfuls of left over roast chicken
  • 300 gm creamed corn
  • 2 large closed cup mushrooms sliced
  •  1 Thai red chilli chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • Handful of fresh tarragon chopped
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • Dash of pepper
  • Knob of butter

How much will I make?

2 hearty bowls

How do I make it?

Heat a pan and add a knob of butter followed by the garlic.   Saute for a minute over medium heat ensuring the garlic does not brown before adding the chopped red chillies.   Saute for another minute before adding the tarragon and left over chicken.   Warm the chicken through and switch of the heat.   I a separate pan add another knob of butter to saute the mushrooms for a couple of minutes.   Pour in 400 ml of water and add the stock cubes and bring to a boil.   Add the creamed corn and chicken to the stock and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.  Pour into your soup bowl and enjoy.

 

Corn bread muffin

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What do I need to make it?

  • 1 cup of corn meal
  • 1 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup skimmed milk
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup creamed style corn
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped spring onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped jalapenos
  • 1/2 grated cheddar cheese (substitute with your favourite cheese)
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt to taste

How many will I make?

12 medium sized muffins

How do I make it?

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.   Add the chopped spring onions, jalapenos, cheese, milk and oil – mix thoroughly before adding well beaten eggs.   Fold the eggs into the mixture and spoon into greased muffin cases and bake in pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Centigrade for 40-45 minutes till they are golden brown.  Enjoy on its own with some sweetened butter (honey mixed with softened butter) or as an accompaniment to soups.