Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Green Peas Coracles

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!

Since this dish is inspired by Arundati of My Food Blog, this goes to Nupur’s ‘BB6 – The Potluck Edition’


  1. So cute and tempting- thanks for the entry.

  2. These boaty-appetizers are just super-cute!!! Such a great idea! Cheers!



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