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An everyday staple for more than a billion people, the essential, all-purpose roti is India’s favorite flatbread and a perfect introduction to the country’s famously rich and diverse bread-baking culture. Requiring no oven, no yeast, and no mixers, rotis are simple, round flatbreads made from whole wheat dough, and cooked on a dry, hot griddle. However, without the right technique and ingredients, the humble roti, like a good baguette, can be unforgiving and tricky to master.
In this class, you will learn how to make perfectly round whole wheat roti as well as its rich, chewy, flaky variation – the paratha. You will learn how to use traditional spices such as ajwain seeds and amchoor powder (unripe green mango), and how to venture outside the norm with other unexpected spices or your favorite Oaktown spice blend. You'll also learn the basic technique to make wheat-free flatbreads using nutritious, whole grain flours as well as a dessert flatbread stuffed with sweetened lentils.
In addition to sampling all of the breads made in class, participants will take home all of the recipes shared in the class and will receive a 10% discount on any in-store purchases made after the class! (Discount is valid the night of the workshop only.)
About the Instructor:
Pankaj is a bread baker and cook from India. He grew up in a family of Ayurvedic healers, in a culture that believed that food is sacred, and that the simple acts of cutting, chopping and stirring can bring one peace and calm. Pankaj has pursued his love for baking, cooking and serving good food in the kitchens of Cheese Board Pizza, Three Stone Hearth, and Arizmendi Bakery. In a previous life, he worked as an MIT-trained urban planner and environmental consultant. pankajcooks.com
When: Thursday, May 23rd 7:15pm-8:45pm
Where: Oaktown Spice Shop, 546 Grand Ave., Oakland
Cost: $60 on Eventbrite