A big hello and a warm welcome from my kitchen in Mumbai!
Well it just seemed like yesterday that the dear husband accepted the offer to re locate to Mumbai. We’ve had a pretty nomadic or perhaps a gypsy like existence so to speak for many years now.I’ve been happily globe trotting along with him and making my home in Dubai, New Jersey and Toronto these past 23 years. So when a move was on the cards once again, it took me by no surprise and that to shifting to Mumbai got me feeling ecstatic and overjoyed!
Well lets put it this way, I’m quite the Mumbaikar at heart,grew up in the city and know every nook and cranny and could probably walk down many of its alleys with a blind fold. Of course the thrill of being reunited with both sides of the family and friends would just be amazing!So it seemed that the winds of change were blowing our way once again.It was time,yet once again to bid adieu to these golden sands of Arabia, a place that I’ve called home for over 15 years,leaving back wonderful memories and friendships that I will treasure for years to come..
The move happened early November last year and yes it’s already been four wonderful months in the city. With the first few months being chaos ridden, primarily awaiting our household effects to arrive, looking for an apartment to actually moving into one, my life now has returned to some semblance of order.
And my kitchen in Mumbai has been officially open for sometime. Oh yes and I’ve been baking away especially since I’ve managed to bring along my wonderful Samsung oven from Dubai. This blog post is a special recipe as an ode to city that I now live in and have come to love too. I’m sharing my recipe for a Mumbai Ladi Pav, which literally translates into a slab of bread. These soft pav’s are just delicious when they come out of the oven and can be eaten with butter or most often with a snack ie Pav Bhaji (Vegetable with Pav) Vada Pav (Potato balls with Pav) Kheema Pav (Mince with Pav)
Well I just baked a batch and I doubt they will last to go along with anything else. The dear husband can just eat plain ladi pav. My personal favorite is a warm, soft pav just out of the oven and slathered with butter!
Oh well here you go with this recipe. And now that the kitchen is up and about I hope to be baking and posting more often.I’m looking forward to this new journey in Mumbai and while I cannot change the direction of the winds,I can always adjust my sails in that direction for now.
Hello Amchi Mumbai!
Mumbai Style Ladi Pav
• 3 ½ cups All-purpose Flour
• 1 ½ cups Lukewarm water
• 1 teaspoon active dried yeast
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3 ½ teaspoon melted butter
1. Measure out the lukewarm water and add the active dried yeast and add the sugar to about 50 ml of this water and stir and keep aside.
2. The yeast should become frothy in about 15 minutes.
3. Now add the yeast to the flour and knead well for at least 10 minutes and add the salt.
4. Don’t panic if the dough seems very sticky. It should come together if you continue kneading it for about 10 minutes.
5. Once well combined add in the melted butter and knead further for 5 minutes.
6. Knock down the dough for about 5 minutes.
7. Cover this dough with a damp cloth and let this rise for at least 1 hour.
8. Lightly deflate the dough and form 8 equal parts.
9. Form each into round balls.
10. Grease and dust a baking tray with some flour and lay the balls on this tray.
11. Lay 4 dough balls in a row.
12. Keep these covered with a damp cloth again for an hour.
13. Pre heat the oven to 205 C.
14. Place the tray in the middle rack and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
15. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
16. You may wish to rub some butter on each of the rolls once they are out of the oven