Sha Phaley

Sha Phaley Sikkim Tourism

Method_ Prepare the Filling_ Heat oil in a pan, add onion and sauté till it turns translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste, and stir it well till the raw smell goes away. Add minced chicken, saute it well (it will turn like scrambled egg) and allow it to cook (if needed sprinkle some water). Once it is almost cooked, add black pepper powder, salt, soy sauce and saute few minutes. Now add Coriander leaves, chopped green chillies, chopped spring onions and mix well. Dough Preparation_ Start two hours before cooking Mix flour and water, forming a ball Knead at least 5 minutes until dough is smooth and flexible Place dough in a dish with a lid, or cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 2 or more hours so that the dough will be softer when shaping the sha phaley Roll out Dough_ Take the dough, and knead it again. Cut it into small pieces and make them into small balls. Dust the small dough balls in all-purpose flour. Roll all dough balls in circle shape (diameter of the circles is approximately 3.5 inches, or 8 centimeters.) Set the circles of dough aside. Fill and Shape the Sha phaley Place a heaping 3 tablespoon filling on one circle of dough, then place a second circle of dough on top of the first one. Pinch the edges flat together very firmly — going all around the circle. This is important as you don’t want the filling to come out. Then, start anywhere on the circle, fold over a small piece of the edge, and pinch it down, repeating this all around the circle. This results in a crimped, pretty edge. Keep the sha phaley you have finished on a lightly oiled flat dish or surface, to avoid the dough sticking on to the surface. If the sha phaley are going to be sitting for a long time, you can place a damp cloth over them to keep them from drying out. Heat sufficient oil in a pan and deep fry phaley on medium heat. Cook until golden brown on both sides, turning frequently. Serve hot with your favourite Sauce or chutney

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