Step by Step Kheema Chapati | Pika Chakula

Step by Step Kheema Chapati

2013-01-23

This East African snack—a cousin of the Indian snack mughlai paratha—calls for shaping dough into a spiral and flattening it before adding spicy beef and an egg and sealing the ingredients in a tidy packet.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. melted ghee
  • 2 tsp. dried mint, crushed
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds, cracked
  • 1 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds, cracked
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1  4” piece ginger, minced
  • 1 lb. ground beef chuck
  • 1 medium tomato, minced
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt
  • 3 sprigs cilantro, minced
  • 4 red or green Thai chiles, stemmed,
  •    seeded, and minced
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 eggs

Method:

1. In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, and 1⁄2 cup water until a dough forms. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, 4–6 minutes. Divide dough into 6 pieces, roll into balls, and transfer to a round 9” dish. Pour 1 cup ghee over dough balls and cover dish with plastic wrap; let rest for 2 hours.

2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp. ghee in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add mint, garam masala, coriander, chile flakes, cumin, garlic, and ginger and cook until fragrant, 1–2 minutes. Add beef, tomato, and yogurt and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro, chiles, red onion, salt, and pepper; set meat mixture aside to let cool.
3. Transfer dough balls to a work surface, reserving ghee in the baking dish. Working with one ball at a time, roll dough into a 10” circle. Brush 1 tsp. of the reserved ghee onto dough and dust with 1 tsp. flour. Starting from edge closest to you, begin making 1⁄2” accordion-like folds, laying one fold on top of the other until you have a single long, stacked strip of dough. Leaving dough strip on its side, so that the accordion pleats face you, twist the strip of dough into a spiral, tucking the loose end underneath. Using a rolling pin, flatten the spiral into an 8”–10” circle. Place one-sixth of the meat mixture in the center of the dough and form a well. Crack one egg into the center of the meat mixture. Fold edges of the dough over the egg so that the edges meet in the middle; pinch edges together to form a closed square packet. Transfer dough packet to a baking sheet, cover with a moist towel, and set aside; repeat with remaining dough circles, ghee, flour, meat mixture, and eggs; set dough packets aside.
4. Working in 3 batches and wiping out skillet between each batch, heat 2 tbsp. of remaining reserved ghee in a 12” nonstick skillet over medium heat; add two of the dough packets and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and the egg inside has just set, about 12 minutes. Repeat with remaining ghee and dough packets.
Step 1
Working on a lightly floured surface, roll one of the six balls of dough into a 10” circle.
Step 2
Brush surface of dough with 1 tsp. of ghee.
Step 3
Sprinkle dough with 1 tsp. of flour.
Step 4
Starting from the edge closest to you, begin making 1/2-inch accordion-like folds.
Step 5
Continue laying one fold on top of the other until you have a single long, stacked strip of dough.
Step 6
Leaving dough strip on its side, so that the accordion pleats face you, coil the strip of dough into a spiral, tucking the loose end underneath.
Step 7
Sprinkle the dough spiral and rolling pin with flour, and flatten spiral into an 8”- to 10”-inch circle.
Step 8
Place one-sixth of the meat mixture in the center of the dough and form a well. Crack one egg into the center of the meat mixture.
Step 9
Fold two edges of the dough over egg so that the edges overlap in the middle.
Step 10
Pinch remaining edges together to form a closed square packet. If the dough tears (as pictured here), pinch it together so that none of the egg or meat mixture leaks out.

Step 11

 
Transfer dough packet to a baking sheet, cover with a moist towel, and set aside. Repeat with remaining balls of dough.

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by floydian8717 on Feb 4, 2013

    I have some ground deer meat. Anytime I cook it, it comes out really chewy. I don’t like that. It also seems clumpy. I don’t know how else to describe it. Any ideas or tips for how to cook it so it comes out better?
    I don’t really want to use it as a chili.

    Would marinating it help, though? I was going to use it with like pasta dishes. I just want to get rid of the chewiness.

  2. posted by Jeanelle the Retard on Feb 4, 2013

    Mom used to make a squash casserole that had hamburger meat in it. Anyone have a recipe?

  3. posted by encyclopath on Feb 5, 2013

    The tortillas were homemade. You filled them and rolled up. Then Poured the meat mixture on top as well.

  4. posted by Patrick on Mar 16, 2013

    We just had lunch at an Indian buffet and my husband had a dessert that he keeps raving about. He said that it was some kind of fried dough ball with a crispy/crunchy coating and you could put a vanilla custard with fruit on it. I may not be describing it properly since I didn’t have any of it and just wrote down his description. And it was definitely not gulab jamun. Does anyone know what the name of the dish is?

  5. posted by Brody S on Mar 18, 2013

    I’m making pizzas for rather a lot of people, using my oven as a proover (to make the dough rise). If I take the dough balls out and roll it into pizza bases then top them, is it ok to leave them at room temperature for half an hour or so, or will they sink?

  6. posted by balinderk2000 on Mar 18, 2013

    I have been making mince n’ tatties for my husband and kids for years but just yesterday he said could you make it with ‘dough balls’ in it next time, like my mum made it. having never tasted his mums mince or a dough ball in my life i’m not quite sure how to make them?

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