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Won Ton Pastry/Wrap

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Ingredients

250 g/8 oz/2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup cold water
cornflour (cornstarch)

Directions

Roti with Coconut, Onion and Chili

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If not available, moisten desiccated coconut with a few tablespoons cold water, tossing until evenly moist. If preferred, the onion and chilli may be omitted from the recipe.

Makes 12 rotis.

Ingredients

Naan

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This yeast-risen bread should be cooked in a clay oven called a tandoor, which is why it is often called tandoori naan. However, it is still worth trying in a conventional griller or oven.

Makes 8.

Ingredients

Roti Stuffed with Spicy Potato (Aloo Roti)

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The potatoes for the filling retain a floury texture when cooked in the skins before peeling. You may prefer to use a cooked and mashed vegetable other than potato. The rotis are quite filling and make a good sandwich substitute for lunch served with a beetroot raita and one of the chutneys. Roti is a generic name for unleavened bread.

These quantities will make 8 rotis. Allow 1 hour or more resting time for the dough.

Ingredients

Mandarin Pancakes

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Serves 4-5.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
185 ml/6 fl oz/3/4 cup boiling water,
plus 1 tablespoon extra
1 tablespoon oriental sesame oil

Directions

Ensaymada (Ensaimada)

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In the Philippines, these sweet yeast rolls with the salty contrast of cheese, are a favorite with morning coffee or hot chocolate.

Makes 18.

Ingredients

120 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup warm water
7 g/1/4 oz sachet active dry yeast
185 g/6 oz/3/4 cup caster sugar
250 g/8 oz butter
3 eggs
570 g/1 1/8 lb/4 1/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup milk
125 g/4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated

Directions

Garlic Naan

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This simple variation is delicious when well done, but harsh and raw tasting when not handled with care.

Directions

Crush a small clove of garlic with 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix it into the yogurt which is brushed over the naan before baking or grilling. Many restaurants take the short cut of simply scattering soaked dried minced garlic heavily over the loaves, giving garlic naan a bad name and a reputation for losing you friends!

Lentil-Filled Paratha

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Makes 8-10.

Ingredients

1 quantity paratha dough
220 g/7 oz/1 cup red lentils
2 tablespoons oil or ghee
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice

Directions

Cornmeal Roti

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These discs of flat bread have a warm yellow color and slightly sweet flavor, and stay moist and pliable after cooking. The type of cornmeal to use is a very finely ground yellow cornmeal usually available in Indian grocers and not the coarser Italian type sold as polenta.

Makes 8-10.

Ingredients

Chinese Steamed Bread

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Ingredients

30 g/1 oz fresh yeast or 1 sachet dried yeast
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup warm water
3 tablespoons sugar
approx. 625 g/1 1/4 lb/5 cups plain
(all-purpose) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
sesame oil

Directions