I try not to throw away stuff, especially when there are so many people around the world living in hunger and suffering . I usually chuck in left overs into the fridge to eat the next day or sometimes into the freezer. I have an aunt, who changes the flavour of her left over curry the next day, so her family thinks they are eating a new one.
This recipe uses up left over chicken, whether its from a roast , a piece of fried chicken , or even from a curry . Other left overs I used , some roshi (local flat bread), which was left uneaten the previous night for dinner, and a rather sad looking red bell pepper half which has been sitting inside my fridge for a while.
If you are using chicken ,which has been in the refrigerator or freezer, make sure you reheat it in the microwave before making the flautas.
Recipe : Mexican Flautas recipe inspired by the recipe Tortilla Fluatas in the book Around the World in 350 Recipes
about 6 roshi or chapatti or tortilla ( cooked ones)
1 cup left over cooked chicken( I used a breast piece of a roast , so its about 1 cup when shredded)
1/2 a red bell pepper
1 -2 green chillies, finely chopped or sliced ( optional)
2-3 spring onions ( green and whites )finely chopped or a small onion chopped.
about 50-75 g grated chedder cheese
Make a paste of plain flour and a little water ( edible glue), say about 2 tsp of flour with 1-2 tsp water, it should be thick not runny.
Place the pepper, skin side down on an open flame on the stove top, till black and charred. remove, and pop into plastic bag, tied loosely with lots of air inside. Once cooled, rinse under a running tap water rubbing the skin so blackened skin is removed. Chop finely.
Make the filling by adding shredded chicken,chopped bell pepper, chillies , onion/ spring onion, pinch salt and grated cheese, add a bit of ground black pepper as well.
Now take a flat bread, place a filling in the middle and wrap the flat bread around the filling , wrap tightly and make sure it doesnt spill from the sides even though its left open. Dab the flour paste at the end and secure it.
Heat a large frying pan add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the rolled up flat breads , glued side down first and fry . Turn it oven or rather roll it around so its nicely golden evenly.
Remove onto kitchen towels or paper to drain any excess oil and serve.
The boys enjoyed it and its a great recipe for kids to try at home as well.!! Get them to help around the kitchen during this Ramadhan month, once they get the hang of it your time in the kitchen would be less and a great way to spend time with the kids as well and they will learn a thing or two around the kitchen as well.