This snack instantly reminded me of these small round boats that are used for short distances in canals and rivers in Andhra Pradesh, India. I have been in one of them for a short ride. Back home there must be a photograph somewhere of me, my brother and my mother on such a little boat –(that petrified look on my mother’s face – Priceless!!). I was looking for a good name for this snack. When I googled to find out what they are actually called, I learnt they are called ‘coracles’ in England and ‘basket boats’ in Vietnam.
Back to this recipe, these cute little round vegetable filled coracles are a perfect companion to a hot cup of tea on any given evening. A bit of tomato ketchup on the side certainly amplifies the taste. I made a filling using green peas. But, the options are truly endless.
For the filling:
- Green Peas (cooked): 1 cup
- Onions: ½ cup
- Oil: 1 tbsp
- Salt – to taste
- Dhaniya powder: ½ tsp
- Red chilli powder: ½ tsp
- Garam masala: ½ tsp
- Turmeric: pinch
- Jeera- ½ tsp (for tempering)
For the dough:
- Maida or APF: 1 cup
- Salt: 2 pinches
- Butter: 2 tbsp
- For the dough, mix maida, salt and butter first and then add water and make a smooth dough, just like normal chapati dough.
- For the filling, heat a pan, temper with jeera, add onions – sauté, then add the cooked peas.
- Add all the masalas and salt.
- Let the flavours combine and let it become a totally dry curry – Done!
- Now, take a large portion of the dough.
- Roll out a large fairly thin chapati (as large as you can) on a clean kitchen counter, dusting with some maida (as and when needed).
- Using a steel tumbler or any other device, make small discs.
- Carefully remove the discs and place them in a dry tray or paper.
- Pick up the remaining pieces from the kitchen counter. Knead and roll out again.
- Keep kneading, rolling and making discs till you get the needed number of discs.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Now place these discs, one in each hollow of the muffin tray.
- Spoon out the filling into each disc.
- Place the muffin tray in a preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or till the edges get mildly brown.
- Serve hot with ketchup!