Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mini Pita Bread with Hummus and Baba ganoush dip


It's time for some change...I have baked quite a few desserts in the past few weeks and wanted to cook something which is as interesting and which we don't eat very frequently and is not a dessert...Middle eastern food pops up...When I think middle eastern food, first things that comes to my mind is Pita, Hummus, Baba ganoush and Falafel....So why not a middle eastern treat for today's lunch...

Pita bread is an integral part of the Middle Eastern cuisine and can be stuffed with array of ingredients to make a Falafel or can be eaten as such with any kind of dip....The key to make a good Pita is to bake it at a very high temperature, so that it puffs up immediately leaving a pocket in between....As the bread cool and flattens, a pocket is left in the middle...

All you need for pita is

Whole Wheat flour- 1 cup
All purpose flour- 1 cup
Salt-1\2 tsp
Warm water-3\4 cup
Active dry yeast-1\4 tsp
Olive oil-1 tbsp
Method of preparation

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and knead to form a soft dough
Knead the dough for 5-6 mins
Cover and keep for 2 hours
Divide the dough into 15 equal sized balls and allow the balls to rest for 30 minutes
Pre heat the oven to 450 degrees
Dust and roll each ball to a 5 inch circle
Bake for 5 mins at 450 degree
I was first introduced to hummus by one of Mohit's Bua who lived in UAE for sometime....She got me a big container of the dip and I managed to finish it alone in a few hours of time...I was in instant love with the dip and always wanted to recreate it....She even gave me the recipe to make it but unfortunately I don't have it right now as we are travelling and it's very difficult to carry all my collection....So I surfed the net and decided on a recipe from http://www.sweetannas.com.....I did a few changes to the original recipe and made my own Tahini from scratch....Hummus came out very good...It was way better than the store bought one....Thnx Anita Bua for introducing me to this lovely dip....


All you need is

Garbanzo beans(chole)-1 can{you can use dry chole and soak them overnight}
Garlic cloves-8-10 {I love the flavor of garlic, if you want to use less feel free }
Extra virgin olive oil- 3tbsp
Tahini- 2tbsp {In a blender , blend 2 tbsp of sesame seed, add 1 tsp of sesame oil or olive oil, salt and little warm water , blend to make a smooth paste }
Juice of 2 lemons
Salt
Cumin powder-1\4 tsp
Chilli flakes-1\2 tsp
Warm water-approx 1\2 cup



Method of preparation

Blend all the ingredients in a blender till a smooth paste is formed
Do not add water all at once
First add a little and if you feel the dip is too thick then add more
The dip will thicken a bit after refrigerating , so make it a little thinner than you would like it
Refrigerate the Hummus for a few hours before serving so that the flavors blend well
Before serving drizzle with EVOO, chili flakes and fresh coriander




Baba Ganoush is a Lebanese dish of aubergine mashed and mixed with virgin olive oil and other seasnings....Whether you know it as Mutabbal, Moutabal, caviar'd aubergines or baba ganoush, the smoky aubergine puree is a classic....Like its cousin Hummus, baba ganoush is readily available at a lot of Grocery stores...But nothing can beat a home made stuff....It's basically hummus in which chickpeas are replaced with smoked aubergine....


All you need is

Aubergine-1
Tahini- 2tbsp (Recipe in Hummus)
Lemon juice- 2tbsp
Garlic-5-6 cloves
Greek or hung yogurt- 2tbsp
Salt
Olive oil- 2tsp
Chili flakes-1\2 tsp
Fresh coriander for garnishing



Method of preparation

Prick the aubergine at 5-6 places with a knife
Roast aubergine on stove top from all the sides till it is soft from inside
Insert a knife to check
If the knife gets no resistance while passing through , the aubergine is done
You can also roast the aubergine in a oven for an hour
Peel and chop the flesh
In a blender , add all the ingredients except fresh coriander and blend till smooth
Add little water if required
Drizzle with olive oil, chili flakes and fresh coriander

37 comments:

  1. delicious combination looks wonderful

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  2. Irresistible pics & yummy dishes...

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  3. Pita bread and the dips look finger licking good.

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  4. I am trying that pita bread.! Didn't know it was so easy.. They have a perfect pocket!

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  5. Never tried...definitely will gve a try...
    looks fab...
    thanks for sharing...

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  6. Very well written and well presented. I recently had Baba Ganoush (Mutabbal) in a Lebanese restaurant and I loved it absolutely. Thanks for the recipe. Will surely give it a try. Impressive clicks too!! :)

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  7. wow..ur pita looks so perfect and the dips are awesome

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  8. Pita and hummus had been in my to do list for a long time.. Time to get it into my done list.. bookmarked your page for tips!!
    Krithi's Kitchen
    Event: Serve It -
    Festival Potluck

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  9. Lovely bread, puffed so well and perfect clicks!!

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  10. looks fabulous.. bookmarking it..

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  11. looks delicious & pictures are perfect!! I am your new follower now...visit me @http://www.foodssrilanka.blogspot.com/

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  12. Beautiful clicks.. and those pita breads came out so perfect!

    Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog

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  13. Yum..both looks so wow..nice pics

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  14. Awesome pictures... I'm sure it tasted awesome too. Baba Ganoush has been on my list for a while now. I could try this recipe.

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  15. What a colourful dish! Love the presentation, dear!

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  16. I tried following you again,but it says I am already following....BTW just now I added my picture.Following you as Amy....(still I am catching features of blogspot)

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  17. Wow,lovely pics and great recipes.I live in the UAE and love the combinations...

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  18. ur pita breads look perfect...I love these dips n this combo a lot

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  19. Fantastic cliks!!!And this makes a delicious & memorable lebanese meal!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  20. Lovely and same pinch. I to tried pita bread last weekend. :-) but I prepared for orange and carrot salad. I love this hummus and will try next time for sure when I prepare pita.

    Cheers,
    Uma

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  21. Tasted this in restaurants but never tried on my own at home. nicely done

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  22. wow, lovely clicks and recipes dear..just awesome..

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  23. you really wowed me Neha...awesome cliks..:P
    wow...yummmy...yummmy..!
    Tasty Appetite

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  24. beautiful clicks!! i never new dat pita breads can be made so easily at home...wow glad to follow you!!!

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  25. Wow! You are a brilliant baker, your pittas are baked to perfection and the dips are amazing. Very well presented, I'm totally loving this.

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  26. Awesome Recipe dear.Luv this hummus with a variation.

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  27. First time here - loving the post. I love Middle Eastern food and your dips look delicious.

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  28. This is brilliant Neha, I am way impressed with how puffy the pittas turned out and your hoummous looks delicious! It's a favourite in our household, I will try your recipe next time, thanx for sharing:-)

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  29. Nice n fluffy pita..looks very tempting..mmmmm...wonderful pics with my fav dips...
    U seem to b a pro in whatever u post...thumps up...keep rocking girl...
    Hugs
    Sanyukta
    http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

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  30. hey.. bhabhi!!
    mumma saying thnx 4 mentioning her name..
    n giving her recipe a re creation :)

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  31. looks wonderful !! love the hummus. the bread looks great too. im yet to try making hummus

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  32. I do make the dips very often, but am surely going to try out the pita bread.
    My kids really the Khubz that they used to have with these dips when they were in U A E.
    I add a little yogurt and about half the quantity of Lemon to my dips.

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  33. love hummus..will try your recipe this week..hope it comes out well like yours :)

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