Hi there! Thank you for all your prompt responses and attempts at guessing what this dish is. I can see that only those who were definitely sure of what it was have posted it as a comment here, the others chose to ping me, mail me, tweet me – attempting to guess the dish or to be more precise to guess the ingredients. A lot of you came very close- this is indeed leftover roti/chapati refashioned into a yummy snack with the added nutrients of onion and coriander. In marathi households, this is known as ‘phodnichi poli’ (chapati with tadka) or ‘poli cha kuskara’ (crushed chapati). Some of you also called it ‘poli cha chiwra’, am sure there must be other names for the same stuff (the beauty of Indian food!).
I had made this fodnichi poli after a long time, when I had leftover rotis from the previous evening. You need to note that because we make fresh rotis for every meal, rotis eaten after 12-16 hours of making them cannot be really called stale now, can they? May be a little stale. But that comes in handy as when you crush the rotis they don’t clump together like what would happen if you use fresh rotis. We use the thin chapati/roti/fulka for this and not the thicker tandoori roti or naan. The resultant snack is crisp, slightly moist and deliciously seasoned.
You will need:
6 or more or less leftover chapatis, broken into small pieces by hand or just blitzed in a processor
1 large onion, chopped
1 green chilli, chopped or you can also use a teaspoon of red chilli powder
1/2 tsp whole mustard seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp sugar
Fresh chopped coriander to garnish
– Heat the oil, add the mustard seeds to it and let them crackle. Then add the turmeric, chillis and onions and saute till the onions sweat a bit.
– Now add the crushed chapati to the onions and season with salt and also add the sugar. Mix well and cover and simmer for a minute.
– The chapati should now appear soft and slightly crispy as shown in the picture.
– Garnish with coriander and serve hot.
Sometimes when I am craving to have something sweet and have a couple of chapatis I also make a sweet version of this crushed chapati. I warm 1 tsp of desi ghee in a non stick pan, add the crushed chapati to it and saute. Next I add about 3 tsp sugar and stir on low heat till the sugar melts and sticks onto the chapati pieces. This has to be consumed immediately as it tends to get very hard due to the sugar, on keeping.