Friday, July 17, 2009

1001 Rolls

This cookbook lists 1000 easy roll recipes. Think of rolls as tubular sandwiches. Ten types of flatbreads are paired with 10 sauces and use 10 fillings to create a 1000 different rolls. Click the image to view and print the cookbook.

Flatbreads are quick to make and double as a container. Edibles wrapped in a flatbread taste much better than when they are served separately. This magic is what makes rolls like Mexican Burritos and Indian katti rolls so popular. India boasts of a rich collection of flatbreads and all of them can be turned into rolls. Apart from wheat flour, most other flours lack gluten (the glue which makes flour kneadable) and are hard to knead and even harder to roll out. So making rolls with non-wheat flours takes practice. The shortcut is to mix in wheat flour, as listed above. As you gain practice, gradually reduce the amount of wheat flour used. Another trick is to use boiling water to knead these low – gluten flours. The heat partially cooks them to starch and makes them more manageable. Low – gluten flours are also difficult to roll into thin discs. The easy way is to pat them by hand into a thin disc on a well oiled plastic sheet. The disc is peeled off and cooked on a hot skillet (tava).

Off this goes to Divya's Show me your sandwich event.

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