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Buttermilk Tortilla Chapati Bread

Looking like a tortilla, Chapati za Maji is a crispy thin bread from Kenya cooked with creamy buttermilk. Chapati bread is usually eaten with breakfast, lunch and dinner and as a snack with soups, stews and curries. 

Pro-tip: make Chapati za Maji bread as you would thin tortilla's, pancakes or crepes.


Kenyan Chapati za Maji Bread filled with meat and cheeses.

Kenyan Chapati bread looks like a Spanish tortilla eaten in a similar way. Cook buttermilk flat crispy thin bread from Kenya and stuff with meat, cheeses and veggies.

Buttermilk Tortilla Chapati Bread Recipe.


Ingredients

2 cups wheat flour

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1 tablespoon white sugar

¾ cup vegetable oil or spray oil

Directions

Heat over medium-high heat grease 1 tablespoon of oil or spray fry pan with oil. Stir all ingredients until blended. Place 2 tablespoons of batter onto hot fry pan. Cook until edges are crispy, turn onto the other side cook until golden brown and cooked on the inside. Remove from fry pan and place on paper towels or kitchen towel to drain. Repeat until batter is finished.

Kenyan Chapati za Maji Bread.

Stir fried goat meat pairs well with Chapati za Maji bread.

Ingredients

½ pound goat fillets cut into 1-inch strips

½ ground turmeric

½ garlic powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ ground cumin

½ ground curry

½ cup fresh coriander leaves

Oil for sautéing


Directions

Placing your goat meat in the freezer for around 30 minutes makes it easier to slice. Fill the pan with oil 1/8-inch in a cast iron skillet or heavy frying pan over medium high heat. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Sauté goat meat and spices in oil for about 7 minutes.


Stir fried goat meat pairs well with Chapati za Maji bread


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Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.