When I was looking for a flat bread for the alphabet F, I cam across Farata a famous bread from Mauritius. When I read the recipes, it was similar to layered chapathi or parotta which we make often. Usually faratas are famous as street food and are served along with white bean curry and rougaille sauce (tomato based sauce) and pickles. Just like how we get frozen parathas, you can also get frozen faratas in Mauritius.
I have been making these flat breads for the past six months, so that I can feed it once in a while for Sruti. This one was made during her Summer holidays in the month of May. Preparing her lunch when she was on holidays needed so much planning. I wanted to keep her meal healthy and these types of food can be had once in a week. The main treat she got was so many drinks, which she thoroughly enjoyed as it was so hot during May. I made a small batch of farata and to go with it, I made a dry stir fry with potatoes. I don’t make gravies any more as only Sruti has to eat it and she never finishes off whatever small portion I make. So I stick to stir fries which she is so happy to finish. I used ghee for the dough and to cook, and for layering I used coconut oil. Feel free to use an oil of your choice. This one turned out amazing and my daughter had a nice filling meal that day.
Maida / All Purpose Flour – 1 cup
Salt – to tatse
Ghee – 1 tbs
Wter – As needed
Coconut Oil – For Layering
Ghee For Cooking
In a bowl mix together flour, salt and ghee.
Add water and make a soft dough.
Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
Divide the dough into 4 equal portions.
Rolleach into a thin disc. Dust with flour if you feel that it is sticky.
Apply oil on the disc and fold it twice bringing the opposite sides to the centre.
Now fold the remaining sides to the centre making it a square.
Dust with flour and roll it into a thin square.
Roast it on hot tawa with ghee until both sides are golden.
Serve it hot with a side dish of your choice.