Srivalli is hosting Roti Mela and it is a chance for me to try out making Indian roti. I was so obsessed with naan bread and was not happy because they turned out as hard as rocks and did not have any black blotches. So I seek advice from Peter how he made his naan bread, and I will surely try it again (thanks, mate!).
On the chilly weather like ours these days, it feels really warm eating a bowl of lentils curry or soup with home-made bread. Roti is an Indian flat bread which is eaten with dhal. I choose to make curry with a little bit thicker mixture and mop up the juice with roti.
I don't find it difficult to make this roti, but I am curious how to flatten it to make a coin-thickness bread, as flat as it should be. In the recipe Srivalli did not mention how to flatten the bread, so I browsed my own cookbook and found one recipe to make roti. It is said I have to pull the bread balls on the edge, rotating along it until all flattened. I still can find some thick corners on some rotis though, but hey I am learning!
To use up the heat of the fireplace, I cook the bread on the iron griddle pan on the iron cast-roof fireplace. It did not take so long to get the black blotches. And I am happy!
The thing that I need to take a note is I really need to leave the dough for 2 hours or more otherwise when it is going to be cooked, the dough will be too soft and the finished roti won't be making a thin layer like shown on the photo above. I noticed that soft dough will also wet the roti. I realized that my curiosity to cook the dough as soon as it was kneaded will give me a failure, so I left them and went outside, prune the rest of the roses I left in the garden, did some weeding, let the chooks out, and then came back again to cook the bread.
I also received music meme from a friend of mime, Barbara of Winos and Foodies last month. I grew up in a musical talents in my family. My mother used to be an art teacher, a band arranger, and a choreographer. My father is not as musical as my mother but he can play Javanese puppet as well as my grandfather was. My brothers are all into music and they play guitar, bass and drum. My youngest brother is a drummer and has a band and runs music studio as well as a talented photographer.
And I? What have I achieved in music? Well, I've been in a vocal group, a dancer, and a member of a school band. I did dance a lot when I was young and stopped as soon as I joined Karate and Tae Kwon Do clubs. I felt like my body was more 'muscular' to be a dancer, and I wasn't really confidence on stage. Looking back, I must have been very skinny that was chosen to dance the delicate Srimpi Dance (a Javanese fine dance--if you follow the link, you can imagine me in that costume) on one occasion the school held. Until today, I still dance with my children, doing the Hi-5 grooves, very different from the fine delicate dance, but it keeps me going!
Here's the list of music I love to listen:
- Degung: I do like traditional music and I grew up with gamelan, angklung, and other Indonesian traditional musics. To me, it is special and playing it requires special skill.
- The Four Seasons by Vivaldi: this is how you appreciate each season.
- Wishing You Were Here by Alison Moyet: Sentimental, lyrical, and great voice!
- Frisco Blues by John Lee Hooker: I can immerse myself in every note of this blues. My favourite music when I am a bit moody.
- Beachcombing by Mark Knoffler and Emmy Lou Harris: Sweet coffee baby!