Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Yummy Tummy Tuesday - Alu Parathas, Zucchini Raita, Rotito Giveaway

Top Ten Tuesdays over at The Broke and Bookish is top summer reads. Many are part of a long pending TBR here:

And for Teaser Tuesdays, here is a teaser from Cassie and the Woolf by Olivia Snowe (digital ARC from NetGalley - to be published Aug 2013)

'So the old man shrugged, and when he did his mouth twisted a little. Lightning cracked behind him, casting flickering, harsh shadows across his bent face. To Cassie, he was a monster. A troll. A hungry demon.'

Alu (Potato) Parathas
What you need: 
1 1/2 cup wheat flour
1 russet potato (boiled and peeled)
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 lime - juice from 1/2 a lime
Salt per taste - a little is more than enough for this
Flour for dusting
How to make:
I put them all together (except the flour for dusting!) in my faithful old food processor and had the dough ready in a couple of minutes. If needed, you can add a couple of spoons of water - but I did not need it.
Divide the dough into about 8 to 10 smooth rolls.
Now use your rolling pin to flatten to a circle
Place on heated tawa and flip it over to cook both sides - each side until golden-brown spots appear. You can also add a pat of ghee around the edges to enhance the flavor.
Serve with zucchini raita.

Zucchini Raita
What you need:
2 medium zucchini (shredded/julienned)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp urad dal
1 dry red chili (or to taste)
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
How to make:
Shred the zucchini and keep aside(I used my new 3-blade vegetable peeler for this and it worked out great)
Heat the oil. Add the mustard seeds, once it sputters, add the red chili and the urad dal.
When the dal turns golden brown, add the shredded zucchini and saute for a couple of minutes. Let it cool.
Beat the yoghurt well, add salt to taste and add the prepared zucchini. Ready to serve with your parathas now.

Now here is my review of the Rotito Rolling Board Set (Red). 
The Rotito fulfilled a need I did not know I had.

It looks great on my kitchen counter - adds a splash of color. The board itself is sturdy and provides me additional height over the counter-top. This made me realize that I was bending over a bit earlier - pre-Rotito - to roll out rotis - and would sometimes end up with sore shoulders, achy back, and more. Now, the additional height provides loads of relief - thus the need I did not know I had! The steel container for flour is a great addition - I do not now need to go hunting for a plate or bowl to put flour in for dusting each time - it is already there!

The dough does not stick to the board, even if - as my little one did in her excitement - one manages to roll it too hard and too much. That is definitely a plus point. It is easy to clean as well. One other use for the flour container I found - for misshapen rotis (both by me and my little one) - I used the lid to get a perfect circle! You can see that in the collage up there.  

Gitadini offered me three different rolling pins to try out and compare with the Rotito set and I liked them all for different reasons but my favorite one has to be the widest rolling pin. The two thinner ones are tapered pins and seem to help in rolling it thinner and more evenly while the widest one which is not tapered but has handles helps to flatten the dough efficiently as I begin making the chapattis. I am noticing that I use the widest one lot more.  My little girl loved the middle one – she felt it was just right – like Goldilocks :). 

The Rotito is now a gadget that will be used often by me and my little girl too! Thanks to Gitadini once again. Do check out their website for their other great products - that I am going to get for myself too!

And now for the giveaway: Gitadini has generously offered one Rotito set to giveaway to one of my readers (in the US only, currently).  So please go ahead and enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

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  1. I am also dying to read And The Mountains Echoed! it's my top must-have/must-read book right now.

    your teaser seems very frightening but i love it!
    here’s my teaser http://wp.me/p3v5T1-6n

  2. THE GIVER is a fantastic read for any age! I also want to read AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED. Come see my TTT for this week at http://ashleythebookjunkie.blogspot.com/2013/06/top-ten-tuesday.html

  3. I would use it for a homemade peach pie! Pie is on my list of things to attempt, but I don't own a rolling pin. I know if I buy one, I have to make it... And I'm afraid to fail.

  4. Pizza dough! It sticks to everything when I roll it out.

  5. I make homemade pizza a lot I would use it for that.

  6. These are cool, and I've never seen these before. I'm a housewares addict and thought I knew about every product. I'd make naan bread, maybe.

  7. I would use it to make a warm apple pie for my husband.

  8. The Zucchini Raita looks amazing!

  9. I really want to make homemade tortillas!

  10. I agree with Miranda - I am always looking for the perfect pizza dough.

  11. Tortillas -- always wanted to try that!

  12. Tortillas! I make them right now on a cutting board with a round glass (because I don't have a rolling pin).

  13. I would use it to make a cherry pie as we are going to go pick cherries next weekend

  14. I would make homemade tortillas! I have never made them and I have ALWAYS wanted to!

  15. i'd make homemade tortillas i think!

  16. Dear Vidya,

    thanks so much for your great review. We're really glad to hear you find the GitaDini Rotito useful and you and your daughter are having a good time using it. The recipe looks really yummi!

    Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!



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