I first tasted koki – a Sindhi delicacy, when I had joined SDIPA‘s ‘Summer Funk’ a few years back – 2001 to be precise. There I met Viji and her husband – a fun loving Sindhi couple. During the ‘Summer Funk’ shows that lasted three days, I had a great time, on and off stage, and between the performances – sharing food and meeting new people.
On the last day Viji brought a stack of kokis for all of us and when she opened them – they disappeared in a matter of minutes! It was mouth-watering. I naturally asked for the recipe and tried it soon after. They didn’t turn out well as I just could not bring myself to pour more than a teaspoon of oil in the dough. In time, I forgot the kokis till Bina and I started having lunch together at work – another Sindhi friend whom I pester every now and then for kokis and she being the good person she is, Bina relents often – God bless her! I tried them again last month without compromising on the oil and telling myself that I would not have more than two – and they did turn out really well. I ended up having three – one in the morning and two in the evening.
If you are calorie conscious and cannot control your tongue don’t bother to read further. Just keep in mind that you are denying yourself a wonderful treat! Pure guilty pleasure.
Recipe : Koki – Thick spiced whole wheat flatbreads
Free from dairy, casein, lactose, eggs | Vegan
Serves 10 to 15 kokis
Whole wheat flour – 3 to 4 cups
Onions (Chopped really fine) – 1 big
Dried pomegranate seeds / anardana – 2tsp.
Cumin seeds / jeera – 2tsp.
Salt – to taste
Turmeric powder (Optional) – a pinch
Chilli powder – 1/2tsp (Increase if you like it spicy or replace with chopped green chillies)
Coriander (Cleaned, washed and chopped fine) – About 15 to 20 stems
Water – for kneading
Oil for kneading – 1/4 cup
1. Roast jeera and anardana separately till they turn dark. Cool and powder. Bina does not add these but her kokis taste great even without them.
2. Mix the flour, coriander, jeera-anardana powder, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder/green chillies in a large bowl.
3. Make a well in the center and pour the oil. Knead adding water as required. The dough should be smooth and firm. It will be easy to assemble and will not stick at all. The kneading should take about 5 minutes. Cover and set aside for another five minutes.
4. Heat a griddle. When heated brush with little oil. Make a paratha about 2mm thick using dry flour sparingly for easy rolling. Flip the paratha over the the griddle. Pour 1/2tsp oil around the paratha and roast well on slow fire, pressing with a pancake turner all over.
5. Flip and roast the other side also the same way.
6. Serve with tea. It does not require any accompaniments and is a tasty but heavy breakfast.
I took this on a train journey as it keeps well the next day also if stored in an airtight container. It remains tasty thanks to the oil and the anardana. My family likes it. I hope you do too!