>> Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wheat flour - 2.5 cups
All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1 tbsp
Active dry yeast - 1 tsp
Warm water - about 1 1/4 cups
How to make Pita Bread at home
Dissolve the yeast along with sugar in 1/4 of Warm water, set it aside till the yeast foams up.
In a large bowl, take all the ingredients and mix together.
Knead into a smooth dough for about 15 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with olive oil, turning over once so that the dough is coated with oil.
Keep in a warm place to rise, about 1.5 hours, until doubled in volume.
Now punch down the dough and pinch out 10 balls. Roll into balls, cover with a kitchen towel, and allow the balls to rest about 20 minutes.
Dust and roll each ball into a disc around 7 inches in diameter. This is very similar to making pooris, where we have to make sure not to put lot of pressure. Else these may not rise fully.
Preheat the Oven to 185 degrees C.
When it is ready, place the rolled out disc, making sure you don't crowd them. Bake for 3 - 4 mins. The pitas should puff up.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
For baking, pizza stone or unglazed ceramic tiles are used. I didn't have any, and simply used my baking tray.
If the pita bread does not deflate, microwave for few seconds, it should be done. This way you will be able to separate the pocket.
Since I was making it for the first time, I made smaller ones, and I got mini pita breads and it served as an interesting dish for my daughter.
Pita Bread Sandwich
For assembling the sandwich you need the following
Pita Bread - 4 pocket
Falafel - 4
Tahini Sauce - 1/2 cup
Hummas - 1/2 cup
Lettuce - 1 cup (I didn't use)
Tomato circles - 2 medium
Cucumber circles - 1/2 cup
Onions, sliced as circles - 1 medium
How to make the Pita Sandwich
Once the pita breads are made, cut it in middle to get the pockets.
Spread the hummus to the inside of the pita pocket. Fill in all the other chopped vegetables and finally stuff in with the falafel.
To the tahini sauce, whisk it with thick curds, cumin powder, adjust salt and add water to have a pouring consistency. Now pour this tahini sauce over the stuffed falafel pita sandwich and serve.
I made mini pita breads and I was not able to stuff in more than one falafel along with the vegetables. However it was very filling.
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