April 21, 2018mayurisjikoni
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DAY 17

“Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper”

If you’ve read my yesterday’s post, I had mentioned that I have to make idli sambhar for my Lions Club meeting. All went well, everyone enjoyed it. However, last night when I was grinding the rice and dal to make the batter, my blender jug broke. Literally the bottom bit crumbled into pieces, thanks to the salty water we get in our taps that over time the metal parts got rusted. I shouted to my hubby to get ready immediately so that we can make it to the only supermarket in town before it closes. 

Hubby tried to reason with me that in my urgency to get another blender, I’ll pick whatever I see first and then later regret the buy. I told him that he does not understand. He tried to convince me that he understood my predicament. Then he suggested I borrow my neighbor’s blender. At first I didn’t thinking what if it gets spoilt. Ever resourceful hubby said that if that happens then we’ll buy two! Finally borrowed the blender from my neighbor. Tomorrow going to hunt for a good food processor.

What would life be without neighbors? They’re usually the first ones who come to your aid. During our visits to Montreal, as much as I love the parks, the weather, the cleanliness, the availability of quality goods, I tell my hubby that I miss chitchatting to my neighbors. In all these years that we’ve been visiting my son, we don’t even know the neighbors. Its just too quiet for me. I get a chance to talk tony immediate neighbor every day. If she doesn’t see me and I haven’t mentioned to her that I’ll be going out, she will immediately call to find out if I’m ok. 

Day 17 the breakfast (which I served hubby for lunch) turned out to a pleasant surprise for both of us. We both love mashed potatoes and these flatbreads were perfect as lunch with a large serving of salad. I made Qistibi which is famous in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan(also known as Bashkiria) both are federal subjects (republic) of the Russian Federation. Frankly I’ve not heard of these republics. But hey as food bloggers not only do we learn about food and different cuisine but also about different parts of the world. While doing my research for breakfast around the world, I was looking for breads that are a part of breakfast and stumbled upon Qistibi. The name itself caught my attention. What a unique name. I did a happy dance that I’ve found something beginning with Q, before so many of the easier letters. 

Qistibi is popular as a breakfast dish. The stuffing can be either mashed potatoes or a millet gruel. Its usually served with tea that is extra milky and has some dried fruit in it. I didn’t make the tea as it was lunch time, but served qistibi with some sour cream. Rolling the flatbread really thin was a bit of a challenge but worth every effort. While I was making qistibi, thought hubby will say that its just a fancy name for aloo paratha. However, it tastes so different from aloo paratha as the mashed potatoes are nice and creamy and hardly any spices are used.

Check out the recipe for Qistibi and do Google Tatarstan and Bashkortostan. They both look so beautiful. It’s on my the bucket list 😉


Makes 6
Recipe Source: The Bread Guru

For the flatbread:
1 cup plain flour
1 tbsp butter, at room temperature
¼ tsp salt
a generous pinch of soda bicarbonate (baking soda)
¼ tsp sugar
2 tbsp plain yogurt
4 tbsp milk

For the mashed potatoes:

2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
½ tsp salt
2-3 tbsp milk
1-2 tbsp butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
½ tsp pepper powder

extra butter or oil for frying

extra flour for dusting

Preparation of the flatbread:
  1. Mix flour, salt, sugar and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Rub the butter into the flour.
  3. Mix yogurt and milk. Add to the flour and make a dough.
  4. Take a little butter or oil in your hands and knead the dough till it becomes smooth.
  5. Cover the dough and let it rest for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Divide the dough into 6 parts. Shape them into balls.
  7. Roll each part into a flat thin circle, like a tortilla or roti but much thinner. The diameter of the rolled circle should be about 7″- 8″.
  8. Cover the rolled flatbread with a tea towel so it doesn’t dry out.
  9. When you’ve rolled all the divided dough, heat a pan over medium heat.
  10. Place the flatbread on the hot pan and cook it till bubbles appear. 
  11. Flip it over and cook for a few seconds.
  12. Remove from the pan and cover it with a tea towel.
  13. Repeat steps 10-12 with the remaining flatbreads.
Preparation of the mashed potatoes:
  1. Add the cubed potatoes in a pan with just enough water to cover the potatoes.
  2. Cover the pan and let the potato pieces boil till done.
  3. Remove the water (save it to add to soup or use it to make dough for roti or naan).
  4. While the potatoes are still a bit hot, mash them completely.
  5. Add salt, pepper, milk and butter and mix well.
  6. Heat 1 tbsp oil or butter and stir fry the chopped onions till done.
  7. Add the fried onion to the mashed potato mixture and mix well.
Preparation of Qistibi:
  1. Heat the pan again over medium heat.
  2. Divide the mashed potato mixture into 6 parts.
  3. Take one part of the mashed potato and spread it out on the flatbread to make a thin layer.
  4. Fold the flatbread into half, just like a quesadilla.
  5. Place it on the hot pan. Brush some butter on the upper side of the qistibi.
  6. Flip it over and let it cook till brown specks appear.
  7. Brush some butter on the upper side and flip. Let it cook till its light golden in color or brown specks appear.
  8. Repeat steps 3-7 with the remaining flatbread and mashed potato.
  9. Serve qistibi with some dried fruit tea. 
  • As I made a small quantity I avoided adding egg and used yogurt instead. If you double the recipe then you can add one medium egg to the dough. You may need less milk. However, even though I didn’t add the egg, the flatbread turned out soft and a little crispy.
  • To make dried fruit tea, usually equal parts of water and milk are boiled with some dried fruit of your choice. 
  • Use extra flour for dusting to help you to roll out the flatbread thin.

A-Z breakfast Dishes:

A – Apple Aebleskiver – Denmark
B – Baghrir – Morocco
C – Changua – Colombia
D – Dutch Baby Pancakes – Germany/USA
E – English Breakfast – England

F – French Toast – Canada
G – Griddle/Girdle Scones – Scotland
H – Hafragrautur –  Iceland
I – Idiyappam – India
J – Johnnycakes – Caribbean Islands
K – Khabees – Bahrain
L – Lahooh – Somalia
M – Masoub – Saudi Arabia
N – Nasi Goreng – Indonesia
O – Oladushki – Russia
P – Pandesal – The Philippines

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  • Priya Suresh

    April 27, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    How pretty and delicious those qistibis looks, i have bookmarked this dish from somewhere just to prepare them for later. Now am bookmarking again yours as this qistibis looks amazing and prefect to try at home.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks Priya. Hubby and I really loved this flatbread.

  • Kalyani

    May 1, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    that’s a thing about metropolis – sometimes I feel although in mumbai I hardly know my neighbours. I do take an extra effort to know new people in the society, but nothing like the carefree days growing up where we literally lived in each other’s houses 🙂 this flatbread looks perfectly done with the golden crispy top 🙂 my elder one might like this as it does resemble aloo paratha – her most fav paratha 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Try the flatbread Kalyani, your daughter may like it and its not spicy. Living in big cities has its pros and cons.

  • Sandhiya

    May 1, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Wow, Qistibi looks so soft and it’s sounds like less spicy version of aloo paratha. Btw, you have mentioned it correctly, with food as medium, we food blogger, exploring the world !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Sandhiya. Yes it is less spicy than aloo paratha and since mashed potato is used, it was more buttery. I love exploring the world through food 🙂

  • Srivalli Jetti

    May 7, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I enjoyed it so much when I had made it and your qistibi looks so perfectly done..nice to know your idli sambar was a hit and hope you got a new food processor..:)..

  • Gayathri Kumar

    May 8, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I miss my old house where I used to chat with neighbours a lot. Here it is too lonely and I am stuck to my computer for ever. It is really nice to have friends nearby. I have had quistibi in my to do list for long. What you have made looks awesome..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 9, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Make them Gayathri, they are really tasty. I think if I didn’t have some neighbors to talk to I would feel sad! Just a daily hi hello is enough.

  • Pavani

    May 10, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Wow, Qistibi looks so soft, flaky and absolutely delicious. The mashed potato filling would go great with my family.

  • manjulabharathkumar2016

    May 11, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Oh well said neighbors are family when in need or anytime available for us, but it is so difficult to find a easy going neighbors now a days I don’t blame them all are busy with their routine ..Qistibi looks so delicious and perfectly made.. So soft they look , sound similar to No spicy version of paratha. Fantastic recipe you found for the letter.. Being a foodie is always a bliss we tend to explore a lot cheers to that !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 13, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks Manjula. May we always try new cuisine to explore flavors.

  • Mina Joshi

    May 13, 2018 at 10:06 am

    How delicious these qistibis look. The recipe looks easy to follow so I am certainly going to make this. I admire the way you take on challenges and keep on blogging.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 13, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Do try the recipe Mina, and I love participating in the groups.

  • simplysensationalfood

    May 13, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I hope you get a blender that you love when you go shopping.I like your breakfast journey around the world and these flat breads sound wonderful and similar to aloo parathas.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 13, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks Nayna, still haven’t got a blender, but will do so this week. Its looks like aloo paratha but it tastes different as its made with leftover mashed potatoes.

  • simplysensationalfood

    May 13, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    I forgot to say I love your new logo and blog layout . its fresh and stylish.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 13, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you Nayna, logo was designed by my daughter.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    May 14, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Interesting bread recipe..qistibi looks nice and crispy.I would love to have it with masala chai.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2018 at 12:13 am

      Thanks Shobha. Its also great as a light lunch with salad.

  • cookingwithsapana

    May 27, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Your qistibi looks so golden and crispy and must have tasted amazing too. I could finish it all with a cup of tea. This new generation is kind of reserve and don’t believe in socializing with neighbors and all but I guess it’s the indoor life that is making everyone busy with gadgets and all.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 28, 2018 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks Sapana. Yes dependency on gadgets has to reduce so younger generation and kids learn to socialize and learn how to behave with other human beings.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    May 29, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    So true about neighbors, back home in Chennai Amma has quite a lot of friends around her, if she doesn’t go out for a day they will immediately come and check on her. It is not the same here, though I have neighbors we say an occasional hi and hello!
    That qistibi looks golden and sunny! Love the simple mashed potato stuffed into it a perfect breakfast on a relaxed day!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    June 7, 2018 at 3:02 am

    I am a flatbread lover and this absolutely my kind of breakfast. I have this bookmarked to make soon. We all need good neighbors in our life. I am lucky that we live in a great neighborhood here.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 7, 2018 at 4:54 am

      Thanks Sandhya. I’m sure you’ll like qistibi.

  • Padmajha PJ

    June 19, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Its always nice to read your posts Mayuri. The daily happening that you share brings the readers closer to you. This is really a great dish and a filling one too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 19, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks Padmajha.

  • Simply Tadka

    June 19, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    This recipe looks so inviting.. crisp and perfect for tummy filling meal.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 19, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      Thanks Preeti. It was yummy.

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