#87 BLOGGING MARATHON
THEME: EXPLORE THE FLAVORS – INTERNATIONAL BREAKFAST
“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 😉
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:
- Mix flour, salt, sugar and baking soda in a bowl.
- Rub the butter into the flour.
- Mix yogurt and milk. Add to the flour and make a dough.
- Take a little butter or oil in your hands and knead the dough till it becomes smooth.
- Cover the dough and let it rest for 20-30 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 6 parts. Shape them into balls.
- 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″.
- Cover the rolled flatbread with a tea towel so it doesn’t dry out.
- When you’ve rolled all the divided dough, heat a pan over medium heat.
- Place the flatbread on the hot pan and cook it till bubbles appear.
- Flip it over and cook for a few seconds.
- Remove from the pan and cover it with a tea towel.
- Repeat steps 10-12 with the remaining flatbreads.
- Add the cubed potatoes in a pan with just enough water to cover the potatoes.
- Cover the pan and let the potato pieces boil till done.
- Remove the water (save it to add to soup or use it to make dough for roti or naan).
- While the potatoes are still a bit hot, mash them completely.
- Add salt, pepper, milk and butter and mix well.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil or butter and stir fry the chopped onions till done.
- Add the fried onion to the mashed potato mixture and mix well.
- Heat the pan again over medium heat.
- Divide the mashed potato mixture into 6 parts.
- Take one part of the mashed potato and spread it out on the flatbread to make a thin layer.
- Fold the flatbread into half, just like a quesadilla.
- Place it on the hot pan. Brush some butter on the upper side of the qistibi.
- Flip it over and let it cook till brown specks appear.
- Brush some butter on the upper side and flip. Let it cook till its light golden in color or brown specks appear.
- Repeat steps 3-7 with the remaining flatbread and mashed potato.
- 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:
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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