doubles make the world go round

August 8, 2003 — Leave a comment

had my belly full this morning, even brought some back to the office. i`d love to share but since they don`t travel well here`s a recipe i found online:


Dough (Bara)

    2 cups flour

    ½ tsp salt

    1 tsp saffron powder

    ½ tsp ground pepper

    1 tsp yeast

    1/3 cup warm water

    ¼ tsp sugar

    Oil for frying


Filling (Curried Channa)

     ½ lb channa, soaked overnight

    1½ tbsp curry powder

    3 cloves garlic, minced

    1 onion, sliced

    1 tbsp corn oil

    Pinch of ground gheera

    Pepper sauce



In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, saffron and gheera.                

In a separate small bowl place the warm water, sugar and yeast and set to sponge for 5 minutes.                

To the flour, add the yeast mixture and enough water to make a slightly firm dough. Mix well, cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for 1½ hours.                

For the filling, heat the oil in a heavy skillet, add onion, garlic and 1½ tablespoon of curry powder mixed with ¼ cup water; sauté for a few minutes.                

Add the channa, stir to coat well and cook for five minutes.                

Add 1 cup water, gheera, salt and pepper; cover, lower heat and simmer until the peas are very soft. When the channa is finished it should be moist and soft. Season to taste with salt if desired.                

For the bara: The dough should be punched down and allowed to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.                

To shape the bara, take 1 tablespoon of the dough and flatten to a round, 4 or 5 inches in diameter. Use water to moisten palms of your hands if the dough is sticking to them.                

Fry the baras in hot oil, turn oonce and drain on kitchen (brown) paper.                

When all are cooked, fill with channa by placing 2 tablespoons of the cooked filling on each bara, covering with another to form a sandwich. Serve with pepper sauce or mango chutney.  

and there is another one here      

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