Indian – Mexican Fusion

We recently went for a mandatory trip at Athens (due to our master degree) and catch up with some friends. Since it’s rare for us to go out for dinner, they gave us a choice between Indian or Mexican restaurant . We ended up on the Indian one, for some tikka masala but they suggested it in a naan bread type of pita, like a burrito with vegetables and a yogurt-mint sauce to ease up the fire that we had upon consuming it. My lips were numb at on point and had lost some of my taste buds. They returned soon after but it was good. The naan was huge and could held all the ingredients inside.
So, I decided to make something similar, using a tortilla type pita. I found a doable, simple recipe online
2 cups ap flour, 3/4 cup tepid milk, 1 tsp salt and 2 tbsp butter. Mix them all to get a dough, (for some exciting reason, they were perfect in proportion, I used all the milk and was fine!) and I personally weigh in 8 equal pieces, to get 8 tortillas, the size of a large plate. I heat up my biggest non stick frying pan and I was opening one tortilla while the other was baking. They are baked very quickly and they stay limp !Once, i tried another recipe and I ended up with pitas that where stiff and were cracking if you tried to fold them .
I continued grilling with my chicken thighs. I had marinated them in mild curry sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and ginger powder. I drizzled some olive oil and left them all morning in the fridge. I grilled them and they were very juicy! I continued with cleaning and chopping carrots, cucumbers and green peppers julienne.
I chopped a tomato for my husband ( I hate them and I couldn’t touch them, but learned to for my baby boy) and some lettuce. As a sauce to combine them all I used plain Greek yogurt. They were delicious, although I have a few observations. I didn’t had any tikka masala spice mix, so it was a lot milder with only the curry spices. All those vegetables took the heat away and it wasn’t spicy at all. If you ate a bite of the chicken alone, it was spicy but as a whole, was pretty mild. This dish, doesn’t need any rice or potatoes to fill full. It’s pretty cheap and can be seen as fajitas for a dinner with friends, were everyone can make their own.
So, enjoy! No photos of the end result, cause my baby awoke in the middle of the preparations!


No knead bread

My gift for Christmas was a dutch oven! I wanted one for years, but I couldn’t decide which one, then I thought they are expensive. But ok, I got one cheap-iss.
I kept looking at no knead breads on pinterest and since I got the medium (dutch oven), it was the first thing I did!
3 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups of warm water
1/4 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt

Basically, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let it sit in your kitchen for 12-18 hours. Next day, it will be frothy and a bit liquid. So, cut a parchment paper and sprinkle a dose of flour and dump the mixture. Cover in with a towel and let it rest for like 2 hours. Place the dutch oven in the oven 30 minutes before the end of the rising. Open the top and now, take the mixture with the paper and throw it straight in the dutch oven. Place the lid and bake for 45′ minutes. Then take the lid off and bake for 20 more to gain color. And it’s ready!

Crescent rolls

I have this question! What exactly is a crescent roll? Is it suppose to be sweet? Is it like dinner roll? It is not a rhetorical question!I live far away! I keep seeing this pin and Ι was curious enough to try it! I made them like croissant, I put chocolate in the middle and roll them and they were sweet and delicious! They didn’t last long though, that was my only complain! Of course, I put in the fridge half the badge! We are not that gluttonous!

Greek Pitas

As always, I was browsing pinterest and I noticed a recipe for pita bread! It has very few ingredients and I couldn’t believe it that this was actually the recipe. I gave it a shot and I was shocked!It totally works!
My main problem with pitas are that if I buy them from the counter, they have a very strict expiration date and I have thrown out quite a few. If I buy them frozen, they are dry as wood and they break when you try to bend them!
So I made them, and made a Greek souvlaki from scratch! Much cheaper from top to bottom! My husband’s favorite junk food (and unfortunately, food altogether)!

1 packet yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
pinch of salt
2 1/2 -3 cups of ap flour

Like always, mix the water with the yeast. Let it foam for 5 minutes, and then add the flour, salt and the yeast water in the mixer’s bowl! Use 2 1/2 cups of the flour, if still not firm just add little by little. Knead until firm ball forms and let it rest for an hour.
Part the dough in 8 pieces. Use flour to open the dough into a plate like shape with the help of a rolling pin. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Make it flat enough, not thick!Take a napkin and use a few drops of olive oil to brush the pan before using it!Use a skillet or a pan, hot enough. Place the dough in the skillet and wait! In a minute you will see that it will start make bubbles, like pancakes! That’s the cue! Turn to the other side and let it cook for a minute or 2! You can make the 8 disks before a hand or make one while the other one is cooking!Use the same napkin to clean the pan before baking the new pita, because the flour leaves residues and it will burn and blacken the next pita.
In about 30 minutes you will have 8 pitas to use as suited! If you won’t eat them all, place them in freezer because after a couple of hours they are uneatable for my likes!


Soft pretzels

In my house, when it rains, it pours! Either I won’t bake anything for 5 days or I will do everything ib a matter of hours!
My latest obsession is this recipe I found for soft pretzels!
I have made so often the last month, that I learned it by heart! For such a new recipe, it took me no time to learn it! It has to do though that my husband is eating them almost 6 pieces in a day!
What you will need is:
2 packs of dry yeast
2 cups of warm full fat milk
6 tbsp light brown sugar
4 tbsp room temperature butter
5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt

As you have imagined by now, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk, not hot, it will kill the yeast and will not become frothy!
Add the sugar and wait for 5-10 minutes until the yeast is ready! Add the butter and one cup of sifted flour to create a doughy mixture! Add the salt and the the rest of the flour!
The dough must be a bit firm, not very sticky! You can add bit by bit extra flour until you fill the dough silky and firm in your fingers!
Let it rest for an hour, if you poke it, and your fingers imprint stays, then it is ready! Punch down and the divide the dough in 12 parts!My oven in very small and I can cook only 6 pretzels at a time, so put in a pan water and 1/3 cup baking soda and bring it to a boil.
On the same time, give shape to the pretzels, I almost never get the thin pretzels that I supposedly will get as the ones in the pretty pictures, but at least at they are tasty!
Dive the pretzel one at a time for less than a minute to the water and place them on the tray. Leave enough space for it will raise still! sprinkle coarse salt on top if you like! I don’t think it is necessary for this recipe, but try it!
Proceed with 6 at a tray and bake them for 17-18 minutes in high oven! Let them cool and please enjoy!
They are fluffy even the next day for some reason! Fill free to make them also different shapes and use them as buns for sandwich or rolls for dinner!

IMAG0471My pretzels with some cupcakes, I will upload the recipe next! One is missing because I had no patience and I had to eat it! They smell that good!