Hello Dearies!!!! We are having some nice sun here in NJ and it is getting warmer for us. The cold and the long winter seems to be ending and traces of windy days are also reducing.
As we cannot take leave from work/school and simply leave on a holiday, we try making the day in our favorite part of the world by eating food from that part. I posted Hummus, Baba Ganoush and today I bring Pita, to complete the mezze.
Pita is roasted in a clay oven and it has no marks of the roasting. But since my oven was busy and I was super excited to wait; I made it on a Gas Stove. The idea is same like a phulka/puffed Indian Bread, but the thickness of the bread and the addon of the yeast is what is different.
You will need;
**Makes about 7-8 Pitas
2 Cups Whole wheat Flour
1 Cup All Purpose flour
2 Tbspn yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tspn Sugar
1 tsp Salt
Water to knead the soft dough
1-2 tbspn Olive Oil, to coat the dough
In a small bowl, take the warm water, add the salt and sugar and then the yeast and let it rest for 10-12 mins. If the yeast froths, its good to work with.
Take the flours, add the frothed yeast and enough water to knead a soft dough. Liberally coat it with oil, cover and rest for an hr or till the dough doubles.
After the dough has doubled, divide it into 7-8 tennis ball size rolls. Take one and keep the rest covered. Roll out a thick roti/pita of about 1 cm height, and 6 inches wide and dust with some All purpose flour and keep aside. Ccomplete rolling rest of the dough balls similarly.
Now you can roast these roti/s pitas in a pre- heated pan at 300 degree F or alternatively roast them in a pan on a direct gas stove. Start with one side, let the bubble come up, flip and roast till similar bubbles form on that side and then on direct flame puff them on both sides.
The Pitas will be ready. You can cut in half and make wedges and serve it like a pita pocket with fillings or as a chip or as a whole with the other dips. whichever way you make, enjoy these little food trips around the world in comforts of your own homes sans the hassle of packing and unpacking.