Don't be surprised by the name friends, let me clarify that I am not into smoking cigars ! I was determined to make something very healthy for my family last weekend and this idea clicked. Instead of tobacco, the spinach is the filling inside the dough and another difference is that instead of lighting this cigar you need to chew this slowly and savor the taste. ;-)
Also being a baked preparation ensures it nutritional values to be intact and the crispiness remains. Hope you try out this recipe and post your pics with a cigar in your mouth. You would look like a powerful Boss used to giving orders to the henchmen :)!
For The Outer Dough-
2 cups All purpose flour
2 bunches of Spinach (Palak)
Salt to taste
For The Stuffing-
1 cup Mushrooms, finely shopped
1 Onion, finely shopped
1/4 cup Corn Kernels
2 Green chillies
2 Garlic pods, chopped
1/4 cup Amul Cheese, grated
2 tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tbsp Oil
To make the dough, first separate the palak leaves from the stem. Clean and wash palak leaves thoroughly and make sure that there is no dirt. Then blanch leaves in boiling water for 4-5 minutes, then dip them in ice water or cold water for sometime. This will ensure the green color is maintained. Now squeeze out the excess water and blend in a mixer to make puree.
Take a big bowl, add flour, salt and make a well in the center to pour spinach puree. Mix and knead until the dough is moist enough to be gathered into a soft ball. Cover and keep this aside for 20-25 minutes.
In between prepare the filling by heating 2 tbsp oil in a pan, add garlic, onion and saute. When the onion turns pink, add mushroom, salt and pepper. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes or until the moisture is gone.
Turn off the gas, sprinkle coriander leaves and cheese. Let this mixture cool down. Pre-heat Oven to 175 Degree Celsius.
Now roll out thin pooris and shape them in squares,collect the extra edges from the round puris to the dough.
Brush the edges of the square with a little water. Pour 2 tsp of mushroom filling, carefully roll to seal it properly. Now arrange the cigars in a single layer on a baking sheet and brush the cigars with little butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately with your choice of dip.