Monday, January 28, 2008

Tea and roti

Making parathas and chai on the streets of Calcutta

Tea stall on the streets of Calcutta

Making rumali roti

Rumali rotis are very nice to eat. At Bademiya restaurant (a street stall on a small street between Colaba Causway and The Taj in South Bombay) they make Rumali rotis late night on the street to go with all the wonderful kebabs. There are two guys who are constantly pulling, stretching, and tossing dough next to the long grill on the side of the road. They have big trash cans filled with fire topped with upside down woks (kadais). They cook the giant thin flatbread on top of these burners for seconds, and fold them up then toss them into a basket whose supply is constantly being depleted by the waiters serving kebabs to people on the street and to the people in the dining room across the road. I asked the chefs at the Cidade de Goa kitchen to show me how to make the dough. It is just like tossing pizza dough. In the video below, you will see rumali rotis being prepared in the Cidade de Goa kitchen
then out on the streets of Bombay and Calcutta. The kebabs on the grill are from Bademiya. Then you will see the making of other Indian breads like tandoori naan in the kitchen of Cidade de Goa and Malabari parathas (flatbread from Kerala that is stretched super thin and then rolled up with oil before being flattened out and cooked).

Rumali Roti
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
warm water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup yogurt

Combine flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and add milk and yogurt. Mix together with enough warm water to make a soft dough. Knead for ten minutes. Allow to rest for 30 minutes in a warm place, covered with a damp towel. Cut into small balls and allow to rest for another 10 minutes. Heat a wok upsidown over medium heat. Roll out into thin disks and pull, stretch and toss to form a super thin sheet. Lay the sheet on top of the inverted wok and cook until it begins to bubble. Flip over and cook second side breifly. Fold like a handkerchief.

Tea snacks on the streets of Calcutta

Making kati rolls on the streets of Calcutta

Tune: Uptown Top Rankink by Althea and Donna from Lightning Records 7"

Tune: Calico Suit is the Version on the backside of the Up Town Ranking record.

Tune: I'm Still In Love with You by Hortense Ellis from the Conflict records 7"

Tune: Still in Love with You by U-Roy alongside Alton Ellis

Tune: Tupac Rockin Steady finds Tupac alongside Mr Ellis on his hit Rock Steady.

Tune: Bam Bam by Sister Nancy

Tune: Original Badman by Gorilla Black and Beenie Man on the Stalag Riddim with Sister Nancy in the background.

Tune: Fed Up is a missive tune by Bounty Killer over Dead Prez's Hip Hop Beat.

Tune: Hip Freak Hop Riddim Beatwalla Mix is a Soul Cocina Sound System Mix from a while back that features Bounty Killer and ends with the Fed Up cut. You'll also find M.I.A. up in the mix. And my favorite crazy Jamaican diva Macka Diamond chats a few lines.

Tune: Killer in Tunisia has Elephant Man singing over a version Dizzie Gilespies classic Night in Tunisia done by La Sonora Poncena Elephant man was born on 9-11 in the wonderful year of 1975.

Tune: Sonaremos El Tambo by Celia Cruz y La Sonora Poncena from the LP La Ceiba from Vaya records

Tune: Night in Tunisia by Dexter Gordon who is Lars Ulrich's Godfather. Lars (along with John Bonham) was of course a huge influence on the drum maestro James "Jimmy" Schanz.

Tune: What Am I to Do by Nigger Butler and Barber Brown from the Record City Label 7" is based on the Staple Singer classic I'll Take You There

Tune: What Am I to Do Version by R Butler


w&w said...

It's understandable to mistake Guerilla Black for Biggie. He's an uncanny carbon copy. But that tune with Beenie is called "Compton" and, believe it or not, it's not B.I.G. on the track. Check it --


Soul Cocina said...

Thanks for the correction Wayne.

Also, thanks for the links to Merengue de Calle stuff.


B2V said...

hi roger
do me favour ! check the recording of the Uptown Ranking version Calico suit, the needle jump on the second part of the song... saaaaad because the music smash !

thisistomorrow said...

hi there. just discovered your blog through vincent's fufu stew blog. nice selections and loads of info! i have also added your link on my blog, you can check it out if you have a minute or two!
keep up the good work!

Soul Cocina said...

Here is another recording of Calico Suit from the same record.

Thanks for dropping by. I look forward to visiting the This is Tomorrow Blog

One Luv

They say it's a cold world said...

I am loving your inspired combination of exotic food travels and fat beats. Thanks! One question: I was always under the impression that the Staple Singers had hooped the intro for 'I'll Take You There' from a Jamaican production, rather than the other way around. Have any idea?

Dubstrong said...

Great post!

Big up

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