The girls left for their vacation yesterday early morning. Once they boarded the flight, I came to work directly. It was a normal day, till I reached back home in the evening. Every day there is a tussle between me and HD as to who will go and pick up the girls. I feel really tired after work and the laziness creeps in, so I always keep jostling HD to go bring them back home. Yesterday, we stared at each other. We weren’t coaxing each other any more. The house looked all neat without them, but didn’t feel like a home. Something just felt amiss. I couldn’t talk much to them since they seemed so excited about landing there and I didn’t want to spoil the excitement for them by sounding very sad. While lying down, I felt like my hands were cut off, not having them around to scream and push to sleep. I was wondering about mothers who have lost their children, who live under the fear of losing one any moment… Children are definitely our test in every way… At least, my children are at a safe place with their grandparents and the silver lining is I hardly have another five weeks to travel, so let me be a bit calm and take things as it comes… 🙂
Just like I mentioned yesterday about what all wide variety of food is prepared in Malabar, this is one of them. My first experience with Madakku Chapathi – “Madakku” means “folded” – was at my cousin’s in-law’s place. His MIL had made these when they had invited us all over for Iftar. Umma would make chapathi saying that it is healthy, since we don’t use oil at all for ours. But when she saw this, she gave a big stare. She did ask aunty, “Why are you giving it an unhealthy twist?” 😀 The extra dousing of oil and flour and the repeated layers gives you super soft chapathis, that can be had all by itself. This is not something I would make all the time – I am already super lazy to make chapathis itself and wouldn’t really love this extra work. 😉 But when you have guests, this is one delicious side bread you could definitely make for them. It is amazing with a good spicy curry and will definitely disappear off your tables! Off to the recipe…
- 2 cups wholewheat flour
- ½ tsp salt
- Lukewarm water as needed
- Oil and flour for layering, as needed
- Mix the flour and salt together. Add water little by little and knead into a smooth dough.
- Divide into 8 balls.
- On a dusted surface, flatten one ball till as thin as possible.
- Sprinkle some oil and dough on the flattened dough. Fold halfway through and then fold again.
- Dust the surface and flatten to a chapathi size. Not necessary it needs to be round.
- Heat a tawa and cook on both the sides till done. Serve hot with gravy of your choice.