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O God, give us not wheat but bread,
and give us not a vine but grapes.
Similar to puris
but unsweetened, luchis
are traditionally prepared on the fourteenth of Shaban for distribution, along with halvah
, to the poor in Pakistani communities.
Total time: 1-¼ hours
6 cups flour
1-½ tbsp. baking powder
1-½ tsp. salt
2-¼ cups milk
Vegetable oil for frying
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk. Stir until a soft dough is formed, then turn out onto a smooth surface and knead until it is smooth. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside for thirty minutes.
Shape the dough into two-inch balls, then flatten each one into a flat circle about five inches across. Pour the vegetable oil in a heavy frying pan to one inch depth. Heat the oil, then fry the dough patties on both sides until each side is golden brown. Remove to a towel to drain off the extra oil, then serve warm.
from Serving the Guest: A Sufi Cookbook
Copyright © 1999, 2000 by Kathleen Seidel
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