Aloo Gobi roti

It’s December already and I am seeing lots of 2018 lists all around– the best celebrity weddings of 2018, the worst fashion trends, best movies of 2018, the most trending hashtags on twitter and so on. I am tempted to make my own lists. I am amazed at all the things that seem just the same this year as they were last year and the year before and before that. Here is a list of things that haven’t changed this year.

Aloo gobi roti
  1. HDFC bank guys called me every day in 2018 just like they called me every single day in 2017 asking if I wanted a personal loan or credit card. I am basically a kind person so I don’t snap at them. I tell them I am not interested when I hear “HDFC”. But not yelling makes me super furious. I’ve therefore come to not pick up calls from unknown numbers. I’ve then had to explain myself to many an Amazon delivery guy for not picking up the phone.
  2. I still wake up 1 hour before the school van arrives. I go 15 minutes late to the 1 hour yoga class.
  3. Everybody at the gym is the same size I saw them last year. Strangely I’ve never met the weight-loss achievers on the pin-up board.
  4. All the books I intended to read this year are still unread. I am somewhere in the middle in each of them and I’ve forgotten what I’ve read so far. I make a list of the outstanding books to read and promptly misplace the list. I can’t resist the books I come across. I strategize that if I buy an interesting enough book and read it fully, that will give me the momentum to finish the rest of the books. I fall asleep on the 5th page.
  5. I’ve not acted as Vijay’s akka. I’ve not lost 10kilos yet. I am still paying EMIs.

Overall I’d say it’s been a good year. I hope you had a great 2018 too. What was just the same for you this year? I’d love to hear. Please feel free to share in the comments.

Aloo gobi roti

The recipe I am going to share with you today is a simple Aloo gobi roti, a kind of all-in-one dish. This Aloo Gobi roti is not a stuffed roti. In a stuffed roti, there is the possibility that your stuffing is not evenly distributed throughout the roti and not every bite yields a taste of that delicious stuffing. But that can’t happen with this roti. The Aloo and gobi are in the roti. The roti is the stuffing is the roti. It’s all in the roti. So every bite smacks of the delicious aloo gobi combination. Serve with a simple salted yogurt dip or pickle. If you’re looking for something more, a tomato thokku will be a perfect accompaniment to these Aloo gobi rotis. Enjoy!

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Aloo gobi roti
Every bite of this roti smacks of the delicious aloo gobi combination!
  1. Peel potato and roughly chop into big cubes. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Tip in the potato cubes and cauliflower florets. Boil for 10 minutes. Switch off. Drain the liquid and allow the potatoes and cauliflower florets to cool slightly. Transfer the boiled vegetables to a large bowl. Mash the potato and cauliflower till nearly smooth. Small chunks here and there are fine.
  2. Add wheat flour, salt, red chilli powder and cumin powder and chopped coriander leaves to the bowl containing the mashed potato and cauliflower. Mix everything together and knead to a soft dough. There’s a lot of moisture in the boiled vegetables. So you may not need to add water. Sprinkle a little water if the dough appears too dry. When the dough has come together, add 2 tbsp oil and knead again for 2-3 minutes. Rest the dough for 10 minutes.
  3. Pinch balls of dough, roll them smooth and set aside. Dust the rolling board liberally with flour. Roll out one ball of dough at a time into a disc, flipping and turning as necessary and dusting the board to make sure that the roti doesn’t stick to the rolling board.
  4. Heat a tawa. When the tawa is hot, place the rolled out roti on the tawa. Flip over after a minute. When brown spots appear on both sides, drizzle oil around the edges or brush the surface of the roti with some oil. When both sides are cooked through, remove the roti and place in a hot pack. Repeat with the rest of the rotis. Serve these Aloo gobi rotis with a simple salted yogurt dip or pickle. Enjoy!
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