Saturday, April 30, 2011

Making Milawi

One of the best ideas my roommates and I had a couple months ago was to have Zahra, who comes once a week to help us clean the house, cook for us as well.  An even better idea was when I decided to take notes.  Here's how to make 'milawi', also called 'nsimin' in other parts of Morocco: a flat, layered bread that's eaten by itself or with my favorite, tomatoes and avocado.

The dough is made with equal parts flour and fine-grain semolina, water and shwiya (a little bit) levening powder.

The dough is divided into little fist-sized balls, then flattened out into a thin pancake.

The pancake is then folded on itself five times, each time with some oil and semolina sprinkled on top to keep the layers from sticking to each other when grilled.