Today's spice is : Ajwain Seeds!
I've got two nice little jars of ajwain seeds in my spice collection - one that I bought on a whim (what's new?) and one that someone gave me (yay!). And yet, I've never opened either of them until now. Ajwain seeds have some serious kick to them - spicy, but not really in a hot way - just a strong intensity. Sort of like the way mint clears your sinuses - it's strong, but not hot. They are similar to a super jacked-up cumin seed, and are (apparently) used pretty often in Indian cuisine. In a lot of Indian dishes, there are so many spices added that each flavor blends into the next. I wanted to really taste the Ajwain seeds in my maiden voyage... so I finally settled on a flat bread where they are one of the main spices.
I made these Stuffed Lentil Flat Breads (Ajwain Dal Paratha). Verdict? YUM FEST! Whenever I've been to India, I usually end up eating a lot of roti and paratha because they are very often vegan. And this recipe tasted so much like "the real thing" - they definitely fell into the "I can't believe *I* made this!" category. For me, the recipe made 8 breads with a whole lot extra filling, so I froze that and will probably make another batch soon. They make a really yummy and healthy little snack during the day.
then you pinch it shut...
Into a little dumpling! Next you take out your rolling pin and roll it flat! It totally worked and was not hard at all. I was stoked.