A mamak(Indian Muslim) specialty, this delicious bread is a popular round the clock snack served in many 24hr coffeeshops. There are several variations, either served plain or with eggs/minced mutton and Onion(called murtabak) wrapped in. While some like it with just a sprinkle of Sugar. I like it served with a curry and a cup of Teh Tarik(strong Indian milk tea). Well made prata is light, crispy and not greasy.
- 3 cups flour
- 5 tbsp. melted ghee or margarine
- 1 tbsp. Sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup water or warm milk
- 3-6 tbsp. oil(or ghee) to coat and to cook
Mix flour, Sugar and salt with melted ghee, slowly add water and knead to form a smooth soft dough, divide into tennis ball size portion (8 pieces), rub with oil, cover and let it rest for a couple of hours.
oil the work top and work each ball into a very thin sheet - first flatten with your oiled palms, then thin further by pulling the edges(professionals do it by flipping the dough in the air in a circular motion), adding enough oil to prevent sticking. oil the surface and fold into a square (egg can be added before folding).
Fry in a oiled pan on both sides till brown spots appear and crispy. Crush by pressing it together with both hands and serve immediately.