For the last and final alphabet, Z, I went on to do a Zambian Meal. Can't believe a month has so swiftly passed away and we are on the last day, doing this International Food journey around the world in 30 days, doing an ABC cooking for each day. We have cooked up 26 countries, however, with each of my BM buddy, being so enthusiastic, have cooked many dishes over for each alphabet. Be sure to check them out.
If you knew about my love for thalis, you must know this one is very much a mini one. I had wanted to do a thali at least for one country, in terms of cooking up multiple dishes, being paired well. Thali is not just about cooking up multiple dishes right, it's more about pairing them all together and cooking up a balanced meal.
I have been so shorthanded in terms of being able to plan a more elaborate theme. However I must confess that all the dishes that I had prepared for this series were hit, my kids loved them all. So I am not unhappy I did this theme.
However just to make myself happy by doing a simple meal for the final country, I searched for dishes that I can make for a meal. When I checked out Zambia, I was elated to see dishes that had Indian flavour to them. This Zambian Chapati from celtnet org, was supposed to be a traditional recipe, introduced by the Indian traders and settlers many years ago. This is a flatbread fried in oil and common among the Swahili speaking people.
The Zambian Chapati is different from the ones we make, at least based on my knowledge of doing different Indian flatbreads. I promptly decided that I was going to make this flatbread as the main dish and add on sides for it.
The dishes that were part of this meal were the
Tomato and Peanut Relish
Beans with Tomatoes, Onions, and Green Bell Pepper
Zambian Peri Peri
Thank you for being part of this journey and I thank my BM buddies for all the encouragement they also give
Zambian Chapati | Zambian Meal ~ Z for Zambia
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour
- Salt to taste
- Warm Water to knead
- 2 medium Onions pounded
- 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
- Cooking Oil, Ghee for cooking
How to prepare Zambian Chapati
- Wash and peel the onions, dice them small. In a mortar, pound the onion until it is partly a paste then scrape into a bowl.
- In a wide bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together, then add the pounded onion.
- Mix everything together and then slowly add water and knead to a stiff dough.
- Continue kneading well till the dough is soft and well kneaded.
- Cover with a cloth and rest for half an hour.
- When ready to cook the chapatis, heat a tawa, grease with cooking oil, and simmer.
- Divide the dough into small orange sized balls. Dust well and using a rolling pin, roll out as discs.
- When the frying pan is hot, place these discs on the griddle and cook. After a couple of minutes, when you find the bubbles coming up, flip to the other side and cook again.
- Apply cooking oil / ghee on both sides and cook till golden brown on both sides.
- Serve with side dish hot.