Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Yupqa (Uzbek pancakes)
"Yupqa" is a truly Uzbek pancake:) I love it!!! It is a little messy to cook this dish, but I am sure that you will like it! If it is possible, try to cook it with some friend or a helper, to make thw work easier for yourself. One will be rolling the dough and the other will be frying and folding it. In my case, I work just by myself:) My husband mistakenly called me "Shiva" thinking that it was an Indian Goddess with six hands, but thanks to one of my Indian reader, we find out that the name of that Goddess is "Durga":)
You will get 12 "Yupqa"s from this recipe. In Uzbekistan we have many variety of recipes and ways of cooking this dish, I am posting you the easiest one. By the way, keep it under a towel or make sure that it is covered well, as it dries out quickly.
200 gr minced meat
200 gr peeled and grated carrot
80 gr of vegetable oil (in original recipe filling is cooked with lamb's tail fat, but I used corn oil)
1 tbsp of ground coriander
1 tsp of cumin seeds
Salt to taste
100 gr of water
Half a tbsp of salt
Plain flour as needed
40 gr of melted butter for greasing
Some vegetable oil for frying "Yupqa"s
First of all make the dough. Beat slightly together, egg, salt and water.
Gradually add in flour until you form a medium hard dough, don't make it hard, as it will be hard to roll it out thinly and the dough will quickly dry out. Cover the dough and let it stand for 30 min.
While your dough is resting prepare the filling. Heat up oil in thick bottomed pan.
Fry ground coriander and cumin on a high heat for a 2 min and then put in minced meat and fry on a low heat with a covered lid. Fry until meat is brown in color, then add in carrots, add in 30 ml of water, and cover the lid. Fry until carrots are soft and ready, then add in salt. Take from the heat. Set aside.
Now when your filling is ready, prepare your dough for rolling. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Heat up your frying pan. Roll pieces one by one, as thin as you can.
Try to work very fast, as if dough will dry out you will not be able to fold it.
If you are cooking it alone, then roll and fry your dough pieces one by one. When your pan is hot enough, put some oil in a pan and fry rolled piece just 10-12 seconds for each side. Don't over fry or it will dry out and then you won't be able to fold it!
Then take it, quickly brush the surface with melted butter, put 1 tbsp of filling and fold it. Cover with towel. Repeat with other pieces.
After you will finish all this routine, just prepare some hot tea or a coffee (I like eating "Yupqa"s with coffee+milk), relax and enjoy your Uzbek pancakes with your family, surely you will get an appreciation for your work:) Believe me it worth it!