Monday, March 4, 2013

Poee...Goan Pita

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)
olive oil

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.
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  1. They have risen so well. Beautiful

  2. this is new to me Mireille!!! you have done it sooooo good!!!Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

    Ongoing Event - HITS - Diabetic Friendly
    Ongoing Event - What is with my Cuppa?

  3. Something new to me, Mir. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Heard about this bread, but never tried, looks wonderful.

  5. Looks very healthy. I had never heard of this before. nice! something new to try out.

  6. Love the name mir!!!! I too might love it with Butter!!!

  7. I may be closer to Goa than you are, but I am learning a lot from you regarding their cuisine :)

    The 'goan pittas' look nice :)

  8. looks sooo perfect and yummy...

  9. wow!!!I get to learn another bread. Looks lovely Merille and i am bookmarking this!!

  10. That surely sounds perfect to me, I love onion seeds on bread as it gives a distint aroma, that's so heavenly! glad that you are experimenting with this cuisine.

  11. Very interesting bread Mir. Looks so soft and delicious and is very new to me...

  12. bookmarking right away, u bowled me over when you said , u had it for tea

  13. Oh wow! very soft and inviting bread! learning so many new dishes :)

  14. Sounds so good! Never baked with nigella seeds..

  15. Pita looks perfect and delicious and healthy too with the addition of wheat flour

  16. My hubby is great fan of pita, but I haven't tried one in home your bread looks good and healthy too.

  17. I have eaten pita but never heard about poee, what an irony? :))
    We in India hardly think about the other regional cuisines apart from our's. Though web /blogging is changing the scenario.

  18. I am loving the way you taken up challenges, esp on Indian Cuisine and serve them with a flourish ! Hats off Mir and salute you lady ! Would have thought of that bread as pita if not for the header of Poee ! the onion seeds do give it a kick of its own...wondeful.. must have tasted yum with the Cabbage Foogath...

  19. Yummy looking bread. They look so soft. Love the name Poee -- very cute!!


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