Friday, 24 February 2006

The Butter Fruit: Avocado

The other day went to Asian Star, a Sri Lankan grocery shop in the town centre. Wanted to buy avocado to make salad. After picking the best fruit I could find, I headed towards the cash counter. As I was just on my way, found a new kind of fruit. The colour was very much similar to avocado but the skin texture was smoother and the shape was rather rounder compared to normal pear shaped of avocado. Then, picked a good fruit and returned previous avocado back to it´s place. Paid for the fruit and left. At back home, asked hubby what fruit is it. He said that it could be a different species of avocado or maybe a hybrid. When I was quite sure that it is an avocado, I just let it ripe.

Today, found that the fruit has ripened. Wanted to make something different out of it other than the normal salads. Crossed my mind was the Avocado Paratha made by Garam Masala of The Spice Is Right. So, decided to make them as well but with my basic paratha recipe. I made slight modifications on the seasonings to suit my taste.

Avocado Parathas

What do we need:

1 1/2 cups plain four
1/2 cup high protein flour (Bread flour)
1 ripe avocado, mashed
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 cumin powder
1 tsp salt
water, accordingly

How do we do it:

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the mashed avocado. Knead slowly while adding water little by little, if necessary, until it becomes soft & pliable dough.

Divide the dough into 8 equal sized balls. Roll it out into prefered shape. (round or triangle). Place the rolled dough on a medium heat griddle. Cook for 2 minutes. Flip it over and cook for another minute.

Avocado Parathas with Mung Bean & Carrot Curry and Date & Tomato Chutney

The texture of the dough was very soft and smooth due to the buttery avocado. I love the colour of the dough. Guess what....GREEN. Avocado parathas are best served hot with curries, chutney or sambal (red hot curry).


sailu said...

Those pics are looking great.Now with you vouching for it..I must try this one.

Kay said...

Wow! Looks delicious, Pushpa! :) Maybe I'll give it a try too, when I am able to cook again.

Puspha said...

Yeah, go on Sailu.

Kay, thanx & welcome to my blog.

Garam Masala said...

Pushpa -

The parathas look great! Thanks for the unexpected mention!

Puspha said...

GM: Welcome to my humble blog. Thanx to u too for an innovative recipe.

Kitchenmate said...

Looks yummy! Will give it a try soon!

Puspha said...

Great, go ahead Karthi :)

Kitchenmate said...

Pushpa: Wondering about the plain flour and high protein flour, what are they both?? Wheat/all purpose/ or any thing other than these....

Puspha said...

Karthi: High protein flour also know as strong flour or bread flour is milled from hard wheats. It contains high quantities of proteins (13 - 14%) & gluten which is necessary especially for bread making as it forms a network which traps gases produced by yeast. It is not suitable for making muffins, cakes and cookies.

All purpose flour or plain flour contains slightly lower protein content (10 - 12%)than bread flour. It is used for general baking.

The reason why I used bread flour for the roti is that it gives the roti a slightly heavier texture & it is filling.

Kitchenmate said...

Pushpa: Sound really healthy!
btw: are they available by name "high protien flour" in the grocery stores?

Puspha said...

Well, Karthi, unfortunately I have no idea of how it´s known in USA. Here in Switzerland it´s always written in German, French & Italian. Sorry, Karthi.

Kitchenmate said...

Pushpa: cool, that is alright buddy! Let me look around, if i find let you know:) So do you know any of these languages(curious, since i know german is tough. donno about other two)

Puspha said...

Karthi: Thanx bout the flour.

Since I live in the German part of Switzerland, like it or not, I have to speak the language in order to survive. French, just a dash. Italian, less than 10 words.

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Karthick M said...

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