Monday, September 26, 2011

Fresh Fenugreek Flat Bread {Methi paratha}

Apparently the President of Yemen is back.  After an attempted assassination and getting refuge and cure from the authorities in Saudi, he is back.  I think everyone deserves medical care irrespective of their social or financial standing.  But while 100s are killed in Yemen, medical staff included, on orders of the government, what entitles the President of the country to the best care available outside?  And mind you, the revolution is to oust him…so he is not a President loved by his people.

I have nothing against the President of Yemen or for that matter the Prime Minister or King of any country.  What does enrage me though is to see the common man suffering.  What angers me is to see the hospitals poorly equipped and the medical staff trying to save lives with what little is available at their disposal.  And then I wonder where the justice in all this is? Why should a teenage boy bleed to death in the hospital while the politicians get the best of treatments abroad?  Why should a mother loose her child to a stray bullet while those responsible for the chaos are safely tucked into their beds?

Some days back I came upon a text on Justice from the Baha’i Faith which I would like to share with you. 

"O OPPRESSORS ON EARTH! Withdraw your hands from tyranny, for I have pledged Myself not to forgive any man's injustice. This is My covenant which I have irrevocably decreed in the preserved tablet and sealed with My seal."

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 10 flat breads

2 cups fresh fenugreek leaves, roughly chopped
2 cups wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 red onion
1 green chili
½ teaspoon red chili powder
Warm water, as needed


  1. Sieve the flour and keep aside.  
  2. Finely chop the onions and the green chili.   
  3. Mix all the ingredients, except the water with the flour.   
  4. Gradually add the water and knead into a dough.  Keep aside for 10 minutes.  
  5. Divide the dough into 10 equal parts.   
  6. Flour a flat surface and with a rolling pin, roll out.  
  7. Heat a flat iron girdle, and when hot, put the rolled out bread on it.  
  8. Roast on both sides till brown and done.  
  9. Continue rolling the rest of the divided dough and cook at the same time.  Serve with yoghurt or pickle.

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