Blogging Marathon #26
Theme: Goan food
Poee is Goa's answer to pita bread. Soft and fluffy, but nice and crusty on the outside and mildly spiced with ajwain (carom seed) and nigella (onion seed), it's a perfect complement to any meal.
On the first try, mine are not shaped as perfectly as I would have preferred. Aren't we all our own worst critic? For a better example of this, hop on over to eCurry, where I got the recipe from and take a look at the beautiful Poee over there. Her spiced whole wheat version is not traditional, but I liked her healthier variation with the use of whole wheat flour and the spices.
Poee (adapted from eCurry)Serves 6
1 1/2 cups white bread flour (or all purpose flour)
2 1/4 - 2 3/4 cups whole wheat bread flour (or whole wheat flour)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ajwain (carom seed)
1 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon nigella seeds (black onion seed)
In a small bowl, dissolve sugar in 1/2 cup lukewarm water. Sprinkle the yeast on top and wait until it gets foamy; about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, sift the white flour, 2 cups of the whole wheat flour, ajwain and salt. Add yeast mixture to this with 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to come together.
Now, start to knead by hand for about 5 minutes, adding more flour when necessary as the dough sticks to your hands.
Place in a bowl. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and cover with a kitchen towel. Leave to rise for 1 1/2 hours, until double in size.
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Turn onto a floured board and divide into 6 balls.
Make a slash in the center of each ball and then by hand, stretch out the rest of the dough so that it looks like a butterfly (mine didn't :)
Place on a cookie sheet. Brush lightly with a little olive oil and sprinkle the nigella seeds on top.
Bake for 15 minutes.
I had it for lunch with some Cabbage Foogath, but I also enjoyed it just as much for breakfast with some soft butter and a cup of coffee.
Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#26
....linking to Yeastspotting, Bake Your Own Bread, What's with your Cuppa hosted by Sowmya & Bake Fest hosted by Sayantani
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