Broccoli and Cheese Tikkis in Pita Pocket

Broccoli and Cheese Tikkis in Pita Pocket

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If you are familiar with world cuisine, you would surely have had a go at the Mediterranean favourite, Falafel. Here is an interesting variant of that delicious dish, created by stuffing homemade pita bread with scrumptious broccoli and cheese tikkis. The pita bread, although it sounds exotic, is quite similar to the preparation of other leavened Indian breads like kulchas and you just need basic ingredients and a tava to prepare it.

This fresh, aromatic bread is the perfect home for tasty tikkis that have an exotic feel, thanks to richly-textured broccoli and cheese. The application of garlic chutney gives the Broccoli and Cheese Tikkis in Pita Pockets a desi touch, similar to roadside favourites like Vada Pav .

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Broccoli and Cheese Tikkis in Pita Pocket recipe - How to make Broccoli and Cheese Tikkis in Pita Pocket

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     6Makes 6 servings
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For The Pita Pockets
3/4 cup plain flour (maida)
1/2 tsp dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp oil
salt to taste

For The Cheese and Broccoli Tikkis
1/2 cup grated processed cheese
1 cup finely chopped broccoli
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 tsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
salt to taste
3 tbsp cornflour
1/2 cup bread crumbs
oil for greasing and cooking

Other Ingredients
6 tsp fresh garlic chutney
1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
1/2 cup thinly sliced tomatoes

For the pita pockets

    For the pita pockets
  1. Combine the dry yeast with 2 tbsp of water in a bowl, cover and keep aside for 5 minutes or till the dry yeast completely dissolves in the water.
  2. Combine all the ingredients along with the yeast mixture in a deep bowl and knead into a soft dough using enough water.
  3. Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and allow it to prove for 30 minutes or till the dough doubles in volume.
  4. Press the dough lightly to remove the air.
  5. Divide the dough into 3 equal portions, roll out each portion into an oblong of 175 mm. (7”) length and 6 mm. (1/4”) thickness.
  6. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and cook the pita bread on a medium flame on for 1 minute on each side or till the pita bread puffs up and a cavity is created in the bread.
  7. Cook it on an open flame till it puffs up and brown spots appear on both the sides.
  8. Cut each pita bread into 2 halves and keep aside.

For the cheese and broccoli tikkis

    For the cheese and broccoli tikkis
  1. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the onions, garlic and green chillies and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the broccoli and salt and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the fire, cool slightly.
  4. Add the cornflour, cheese and breadcrumbs and mix well.
  5. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and roll each portion into an oblong shape tikki.
  6. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) , grease it with oil, place the tikkis on it and cook on a medium flame using a little oil till they turn golden brown in colour from both the sides. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Fill a pita halve with 1 broccoli and cheese tikki, put 1 tsp of fresh garlic chutney and finally little onion and tomato slices evenly over it.
  2. Repeat step 1 to make 5 more.
  3. Serve immediately.

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy176 cal
Protein5.3 g
Carbohydrates24.7 g
Fiber1.2 g
Fat6.4 g
Cholesterol6.7 mg
Sodium87.7 mg

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Broccoli and Cheese Tikkis in Pita Pocket
 on 20 Jan 21 06:30 AM

Forgot to mention in my earlier review. In step 4 of broccoli tikkis, water needs to be added to make tikkis.
Broccoli and Cheese Tikkis in Pita Pocket
 on 20 Jan 21 06:20 AM

The tikkis are good. I used ready made pita bread. The only thing which needs to be adjusted is the garlic chutney. I have spicy red chilli powder, so it turned out super spicy. Recommended measurements for red garlic chutney. 1/4 cup garlic, 1 - 1.5 tbsp water , 1tbsp, 1/2 tbsp chilli powder lemon juice and salt as needed.
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks so much for your valuable comment, it means a lot to us. Keep trying more recipes and sharing your feedback with us.
20 Jan 21 07:04 PM
Broccoli and Cheese Tikkis in Pita Pocket
 on 06 Aug 18 01:33 PM

Can I make pita bread using wheat flour instead of maida
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Dimple, Yes, you can make pita bread using whole wheat flour. Try this
06 Aug 18 03:56 PM
Pocket Chaat
 on 08 Oct 15 11:23 AM

The pockets came out so well. They are so soft and fluffy. The cheese and broccoli tikki is another amazing thing in this recipe. It is so yum that you can have the tikkis just like that also. The garlic chutney and veggies along with the tikki make a great recipe.