I was looking forward to trying her spinach and basil roti for two reasons: I had never had roti before and my friend Fran surprised me with presents from Epicure Selections including a tortilla press! You rock Fran!
I made half the recipe but will post the original recipe here. In a bowl, combine 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 cup loosely packed finely chopped spinach, 1/4 cup finely chopped basil, 1 tbsp fennel seeds, 1 tbsp garam masala and salt and pepper to taste.
My grocery store did not have fresh basil so I added additional spinach to make up for it and sprinkled in some dried basil for flavour. I wanted the spinach to show up in the photographs so I did not chop it super fine but will next time.
Slowly add 3/4 cup of water (more if needed), stir together and make a wet dough.
Knead until all the dry flour is incorporated and form into a ball. It should have the consistency of pizza dough. Mine did not. I should have added more water.
Divide the dough into golf ball-sized pieces, roll it into a ball and flatten. Dust surface with flour and with a rolling pin roll the dough out into a thin circle.
I tried using my tortilla press instead which I should have floured! It ended up being too sticky.
This was as thin as I could get the dough and I am thinking it is because it was a little too dry.
I think they were supposed to be much bigger and thinner than what I created. More instruction would have been nice when it comes to size and thickness.
Place them in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until it starts to bubble. Bubble? Yes, these were way too thick and they were covered in flour which I tried to brush off. I ended up taking these out, adding some oil to the pan and frying them up.
More like pancakes than tortillas, I feel like I missed something. I may have to add water next time and use a rolling pin instead.
How did they taste? They were lovely! I really enjoyed the fresh spinach inside and the flavouring of basil worked very well with the spinach and East Indian spices. I ate them with Summer Fresh Roasted Garlic Hummus for lunch and they were quite delicious and hearty.
I give this recipe four out of five wooden spoons.