Low Cal – Pita Pockets with Herbed Mayonnaise and lots of Veggies

March 28, 2014



Pita bread is served at just about every meal in the Middle East. It can be used for dipping, or to make delicious sandwiches in the pocket. In the Middle East, pita is made in brick ovens, where very high heat can be achieved. It is very hard to duplicate in a home kitchen, but this recipe, combined with high heat, comes very close. The Syrian call Pita bread as Syrian bread in their country.



Pita bread can also be baked in oven but I baked in on the non stick tava. This bread baked on the tava taste much better than when baked in the oven. While baking the pita bread the aroma that fills your kitchen is awesome. The mayonnaise that is made a vegetarian , easy and tasty. This pita pocket was my lunch today.

Ingredients for Pita Bread ( Makes 4 )
¾ Cup Wheat Flour
½ Cup All Purpose Flour
2 Tablespoons Semolina (Rawa)
½ Teaspoon rapid rising yeast
1 Teaspoon sugar
¼ Teaspoon salt
½ Teaspoon oil
1 Cup Lukewarm water.

Method
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let sit for 10-15 minutes until water is frothy. Combine flour and salt in large bowl. Make a small depression in the middle of flour and pour yeast water in depression. Slowly add the warm water, and form it into a dough knead till the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth and elastic. Coat large bowl with vegetable oil and place dough in bowl. Turn dough upside down so all of the dough is coated. Allow to sit in a warm place until it has doubled in size.

Once doubled, roll out in a rope, and pinch off 4 equal pieces. Place balls on oiled floured surface. Let sit covered for 10 minutes. Roll out in oblong shape with your hand ¼ inch thick and keep it on a plastic sheet. Heat a nonstick pan on medium flame and cook the pita bread on each side for a minute until it puffs up or a cavity is created in the bread. When cooled cut the pita bread in 2 halves. Create a pocket with a bread knife carefully and lightly.
Note:  You can also bake these in the oven. Preheat oven to maximum temperature and make sure the rack is at the very bottom of oven. Be sure to also preheat your baking sheet. Bake each circle for 4 minutes until the bread puffs up. Turn over and bake for 2 minutes.
Remove each pita with a spatula from the baking sheet and add additional pitas for baking.


Storing Pita Bread
Pita bread can be stored for up to 3 days in a bread box, and up to a month in the freezer. Be sure to use freezer bags when storing in the freezer.


Ingredients for the Herbed Mayonnaise
Herbed Mayonnaise ( Makes ½ cup)
1 Whole Wheat bread slice ( I used white bread slice)
¼ Teaspoon sugar
¼ Teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/3 Cup low fat hung cup
¾ Teaspoon olive oil
½ Teaspoon mustard powder or mustard paste
2 Teaspoons chopped parsley/coriander
Salt to taste
Method
In a small mixer jar powder the bread slice, then add rest of the ingredients except the chopped parsley/coriander and blend well . transfer to a bowl add the parsley/coriander. Keep aside.


Other ingredients
1/4 cup finely chopped cabbage leaves
2 cucumber sliced finely
3 Tablespoon boiled corn
1 Capsicum finely chopped.
1 teaspoon lemon juice


Assembling the Pita Pockets
In the Pita pocket spread the herbed mayonnaise lightly, then put the corn, cabbage, capsicum, cucumber, sprinkle lemon juice on the veggies and on top a spoon of herbed mayonnaise. Serve immediately. This is a delicious pita pockets. I enjoyed every bit of it. To make it vegan use soy curds.


Look out for a post of Pita Bread with a different yummy and tasty filling.

Lables: Breads, Healthy, Vegan, Wraps, Chutneys & Dips, Low Cal, Continental Cuisine
sneha datar
sneha datar

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.

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