K is for the Kitchen in South Asia

K is for the Kitchen in South Asia

I was extremely blessed to spend yesterday with my family and a dear friend. We had a “girls day” full of shopping, laughing, and eating. It was the first the four of us had enjoyed in a long time. And I ate a lot – far more than I needed to. But do you know what? When this morning came, I was hungry again. Despite having a full lunch and a far-more-than-adequate supper, I needed to eat again a few hours later.

It wasn’t a surprise; it’s part of being human. We eat, yet we grow hungry again; we drink yet we grow thirsty again (John 4:13). It’s the same everywhere, in the United States and in South Asia. There’s something else that is part of being human that is the same everywhere. It’s the need each one of us has for real life, for spiritual life, for Jesus Christ.

In John 6:35, Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (NIV). Jesus is the only one who can fill the hunger in our hearts for something “more,” something that will last and not fade away. Will you pray with me that families in South Asia and around the world will hear about and feast on the Bread of Life that gives life for all eternity?

Here is a recipe for chapati, an unleavened flat bread often served with every meal in North India. The bread is torn into smaller pieces and used to pick food from the plate. Try making a batch of chapati with your family and pray for the women in India who make these up to three times a day for their families. (Thanks to Gospel for Asia for the delicious recipe!)

Chapati Recipe:

This recipe makes 12 chapatis.

Items needed: Griddle, rolling pin

Ingredients:
3 cups white whole wheat flour or chapati flour (if you have an Indian supermarket near you)
1 1/2 cups milk or water (you might need more or less depending on how dry your flour is)
Salt (a few dashes)
1 Tbsp. Ghee (clarified butter), or vegetable oil. (You may need extra when rolling.)

To make ghee: melt butter on low heat, when it is all melted pour into a heat safe vessel. For example a glass canning jar works perfectly. Allow the melted butter to settle, skim off foam on top, and pour off the oil. Leave the white residue in the bottom of the jar.

Mix flour, salt, and liquid to form dough.

On a clean surface knead oil into dough till smooth.

Let dough rest for about 10-20 minutes, cover with damp towel.

Separate the dough into 12 balls approximately 1 inch across.

Add a few drops of oil to the rolling surface and flatten the ball, start rolling it out then fold it into a triangle and roll it out into a circle again. Repeat then roll it into a circle about the size of your hand.

Place on a medium high hot griddle and cook until the top is puffy and the bottom golden brown, then turnover and cook the other side.

Repeat until all your chapatis are cooked. Serve warm and enjoy!

 Ben and Me

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