Recipe: Indian Chapati
*makes 10 chapatis
Flour: 2 cups
Salt: 1 tsp
Stir together flour and salt in a large bowl, slowly adding water until dough is soft but not sticky. Divide into 10 small balls and roll each in flour, covering the entire outside. Using a rolling pin, roll out each ball into a plat 6 inch disk, adding flour as needed.
Heat pan over medium heat, greasing lightly, and place one chapatti on its surface. Once chapatti begins to bubble, slip chapati over and cook for another 20 seconds,. Remove from heat and place over open flame for 5 seconds, or until chapati puffs up. Remove from pan and spread butter around its outside edges.
For traditional cooking, use an Indian kiln.
4 May 2013
Today is our last day in Srinagar before we begin our journey South on jeep and train. Our next stop is Amritsar, where the Golden Temple of the Jains is. Jainism and Sikhism have similar roots to Hinduism, yet they are each a bit different. We plan on going to many temples, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, etc… Each one tell so much about the people who worship inside its walls. At BYU I took a world religions class and now it is so fascinating to be able to meet people who follow the religions that I learned about. The majority of them (minus Christianity) make up the entire Eastern world. It is also interesting to see just how tightly knit society and religion are in each of these cultures. You realize that it does not matter what religion you are from or where you live, people are trying to be good and find happiness everywhere in the world. It is 6:30am and we just got back from the floating vegetable market. I love immersing myself in the local culture of these people and really try to understand what it would be like to live like them. Today we left our houseboat at 4:55am to take a boat out to the floating vegetable market near one of the floating villages. Every morning the farmers bring their vegetables to this certain part of the lake and sale them to the shopkeepers who can then sell them for a small profit. If not anything, I learned a lesson about supply chain in the simplest form. We just got back from the vegetable market and are now sitting in our little houseboat waiting for breakfast and then will set off to begin our day. I love where we are and what we have been doing, I am just not one to get pampered each and every day of my trip. In Srinagar we have been treated so well, with people taking care of us and taking us places left and right. After we went to the vegetable market we were able to visit a bread shop and see how they make bread. It was incredible, and I even got to help make some! The bread they make is very similar to nan, roti, or chapatti. It is just that every place around India calls it something different. They roll out the dough, then they stretch it across a canvas mold, and then through it in a giant kiln with a fire in the bottom. It is the most incredible thing to watch, and the bread comes out looking and tasting so good.
Today I also learned how to make a Kashmiri Omelette, Kashmiri Chapati, and Kashmiri fish curry. The people who are taking care of us while we stay in our houseboat are so friendly, I wish I would have asked to help in their kitchen much earlier. I have already learned so much in only one day.
I never imagined carrying a nice camera around would be such a blessing while traveling through a third world country. It is amazing how many people stop me to ask if they can take their picture with me or even if I can take a picture with them. Growing up, I always had a camera in my face and I became very used to always taking pictures of everywhere I went and with everyone that I met. I just realized that some of the pictures I have been taking of people are the first pictures that they have ever had taken of just them. They smile for the Camera and when they see me looking at the back of the camera to review the picture, they anxiously motion for me to show them the little screen so they can see themselves. We have been lucky to been placed in accommodations where there have been a few mirrors, but I am beginning to realize that mirrors are a rare commodity on this side of the world. People are not concerned about what they look like and could care less about gazing at themselves in a mirror. I wonder how much of my life has been spent looking at myself in a mirror? That test alone would show just how I spent my life.