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[Video] How to Make Roti

Watch a step by step video at the bottom of the recipe. Enjoy!

Roti is very healthy and fulfilling. It is staple food all over India.

Roti is more popular today than it ever has been before. There are numerous types of roti that you can make and they all taste equally amazing.

Roti can be made from various different flours: sorghum, corn, whole wheat, all purpose, etc.

This recipe is an everyday healthy version and is traditionally eaten day after day.

I grew up eating roti as tortillas, and never had the bread that is found here.
It is healthy and after a few tries, one can master the art of rolling the roti into a round shape.

Cooking Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 12-14

Ingredients:

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour sifted
2 Tsp Oil optional
2 TBsp Butter or Ghee to spread
1/4-3/4 Cup Water warm
1/2 Cup Plain Flour to dust roti
Salt (optional)

How to Prepare:

  1. Mix flour, oil and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add water as needed to make the dough a smooth consistency.
  3. Let dough sit for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Knead dough for a few minutes, until it is very smooth and rollable.
  5. Divide dough equally into 12-14 pieces.
  6. Dust them with flour.
  7. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin.
  8. Heat the skillet.
  9. Gently place rolled out roti on the skillet on medium heat.
  10. In few seconds, bubbles will appear. Flip roti over. Let the other side cook for a few seconds and then remove from skillet.
  11. Broil it on an open flame. It will puff up.
  12. Apply ghee or butter and the roti is ready!

Roti can be eaten with Dahl and vegetables – this is what we do.

However, it is also great as a wrap for a burrito.

There are countless ways to eat Roti:

  • Chips: Cut the cooked roti into strips or wedges, and dip the roti chips into any type of dip! Check out some of the chutneys on our blog.
  • Quesadillas: Use two cooked roti’s to make a quesadilla! Lay one roti down, put your favourite toppings on top, layer the second roti on top, and press or grill the quesadilla until the inside is melted.
  • Burrito: Simply lay your cooked roti down, put any desired toppings on one half of the roti, and roll, until you end up with a burrito! Easy, quick and so delicious.
  • Roti Stir-Fry: Cut the cooked roti up into small wedges or squares. In a saucepan, eat up some oil and fry some of your favourite vegetables. Once the vegetables are almost done, add the roti pieces to the saucepan, and fry them with the vegetables. Add’s a delicious crunch to your typical stir-fry!
  • Roti Lasagna: Place a cooked roti in the bottom of a baking pan. Add your preferred vegetables and sauce, layer with another roti, and continue the layering for as many times as you desire (or can fit in your pan). Then, bake the lasagna in the oven at 190 Celsius, and serve once warm!

There are many other ways to eat and cook with roti, but those are just a few that I think are amazing and take little time and effort!

Watch this video and learn how to make delicious, soft Roti:

Tips: If you are a beginner, first watch someone else make this who is experienced. This video should help.

Also, check out these related posts:

http://www.thevegfusion.com/bhakri-thick-indian-bread/

http://www.thevegfusion.com/bajra-ki-roti-old-fashion-way/

How to Make Bajra Ki Roti (the old Fashion way)

Healthy Grains: Millet Roti

Bajka ki Roti - Final Finish

Recently when I was visiting Tampa, Florida I had a experience of watching hands on “How to Make Bajra – (Black millet) Roti old fashioned way.”

Healthy, Gluten Free, and Vegan!

Millet roti is healthy, gluten free, and vegan. Millet is easily digestible and contains many beneficial nutrients. It is packed with protein and high amounts of fiber.

I make all different kinds of rotis at my home. Usually I make whole wheat rotis (watch Video of How to Make Roti). Since all grains are healthy for you I thought this specialty Bajra Ki Roti will be interesting for my readers. It is also called pearl millet. It is naturally a gluten free grain making it more palatable for gluten intolerance.

Home maker Tarlika Patel is a great chef and has master the art of making Bajra Ki Roti. She use her hands to flatten each roti and her pan is not non-stick but a clay pan. Best part of her cooking is each roti puffs up – which is why she is so talented.

Here is a step by step recipe of how you can make Bajra Ki Roti like Tarlika.

Prep time: 5 minutes
cook time 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bajra/pearl millet flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour omit wheat flour for Gluten free
  • 1 cup warm water as needed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp clear butter or ghee or vegan spread

How to Make:

1. Take two cups of flour in a flat pan.

Mixing

2. Add wheat flour. Omit to make Gluten free.
3. Add salt.
4. Add warm water as needed to make a dough.
5. Divide dough into equal portions.

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Roti making with hands

6. She uses her hands to flatten the rotis  between her palms.
7. As you can see this is clay skillet she is using to cook the rotis.

8. Heat the clay skillet on high heat.

9. Gently place flatten roti on hot skillet or griddle.

Turn Bajka Ki Roti Upside down

Roti on a Clay Skillet

10. watch it carefully so it does not get burnt. Once coked flip it upside down.

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Roti upside down

11. Let it cook on other side.

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Puff up Millet Roti

12. Slowly it will puff up.
13. Apply clear butter or ghee or vegan spread of your choice

Serve it with onion subji and best it goes with garlic chutney.

Enjoy and Special Thanks to Tarlika  Patel for sharing this amazing healthy recipe with us!

Tips: Millet roti is easy to make for us too. All we have to do instead of hands only we can use Saran wrap to roll roti.

Non stick skillet can be used to cook roti on the stove top.

Guest Chef Mintu’s Zucchini Bread

This week we’ve got something special for you. Guest chef Mintu Shah passed on this great recipe for zucchini bread.

Zucchini Bread
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 60 minutes
Level: easy
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups flour, sifted (I used 2 cups wheat bread flour and 1 cup all purpose)
  • 2 cups zucchini ( shredded or tossed lightly through blender..chopped VERY small. I shredded mine)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt (I used a cup of Trader Joes Vanilla Greek yogurt)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon 
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease ONLY the bottoms of two loaf pans.
  2. Measure yogurt into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Add sugar and blend until creamy and slightly thick approx 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add oil and blend through.
  5. Add zucchini and vanilla and stir until mixed through. (I added chocolate chips to my batch at this step- about 1/2 bag)
  6. Sift flour in a medium bowl and add cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder & soda, and salt to it.
  7. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients a little at a time.
  8. Mix slowly with whisk.
  9. Fold ingredients into each other just until nicely combined.
  10. Pour’batter’ into loaf pans, and put into oven.
  11. Bake for 1 hour (60 minutes) and check to see if it is done (knife poked through center should come clean when done).
  12. If it is not done, continue to bake for additional time. 
  13. It could take between an hour and an hour and a half to bake completely. (Mine took about this long to bake)
  14. ENJOY
 Tips:

If you want to make this recipe vegan, substitute apple sauce for the yogurt. 

Gluten-Free Naan for Your Vegan Meal Plan

by Guest Blogger Carolyn Knight of BlogContentGuild.com 



Gluten-Free Naan for Your Vegan Meal Plan
Finding naan that is both gluten-free and vegan friendly at an Indian restaurant is like finding a winning lottery ticket on your front porch: unlikely. So, if you are craving some delicious naan to go with your favorite Indian dish, you’re going to have to make your own. Fear not! There’s no need to stray from your vegan meal plan. All you need is a little resourcefulness and the right recipe. Here’s how you make delicious vegan, gluten-free naan:
Ingredients:
1 cup millet flour
1 cup multi-blend gluten-free flour mix
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons guar gum
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar in the raw
½ cup of regular soymilk
½ cup soy yogurt
½ teaspoon olive oil
What to do with the ingredients:
1. Mix dry ingredients, and then create a well in the flour.
2. Mix wet ingredients and pour them into the well in the flour. Mix everything together until you have soft dough. 
3. Cover your dough with a wet cloth and leave it to sit for 2 and a half hours. 
4. Make eight balls of dough that are equal in size. Manipulate the balls of dough with your hands on a hard surface until they take the shape of flat rectangles. 
5. Put the dough rectangles in a large, extremely hot skillet. Let one side of the dough cook for around a minute. 
6. Flip the dough over on its other side. Wait until you see bubbles forming on the surface of the dough. Then, flip it over again and let it cook for another 30 seconds or so. 
7. Flip the dough over one more time and let it cook for around half a minute. Then take the naan out of the skillet, cool, and enjoy!  



Bhakri – Thick Indian Bread

This thick bread is a very popular item in Gujarat at supper time. It is eaten with different types of subji and various dals. It is also eaten with Aachar (Indian pickles) and a glass of warm milk.  A farmer’s ideal food  is bhakri and milk. I would like to share this  recipe of thick bread with you. You’ll need a flat surface, maybe a new cutting board without the cuts or scrapes, a rolling pin, a heavy skillet or frying pan and a grill to place on an open flame.

Cooking Difficulty Level: Medium
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Recipe Type: Jain, vegan use oil for butter
Ingredients:

2    Cups Whole Wheat Flour 
2    TBsp Oil
1/4 Tsp Salt
<1 Cup Water
Butter or Clear Butter to Garnish
2    TBsp Ground Flax Seeds

How to Prepare:
  1. Combine flour, salt, oil and ground flax seeds. Add just enough water to make a tight dough which will take some effort. Knead it very well.
  2. Divide the dough into equally portioned round balls, about 5 or 6. Roll each out until it is  3-4 inches in diameter. Pinch the edges.
  3. Heat a skillet or flat frying pan and place bhakri on it. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes on both sides.  The bread should change color.
  4. Place a grill on an open flame of a gas stove or an electric stove on a medium to low heat.  Place bhakri on the grill for about 1-2 minutes on both sides. It will puff up and a few brown spots may appear. Take care not to burn it. Spread butter on top.

Tips: 1/4 tsp of Ajwain seeds or cumin seeds will enhance the flavor.

Lemon Zest Banana Bread

Banana bread is simple to make and great to have around for a quick breakfast or a healthy snack.


Baking Difficulty Level: Medium
Preparation & Baking Time: 1 1/2 hours 
Serves: 8 Large Slices


Ingredients:

1 3/4 Cups Flour
2 1/4 Tsp Double Acting Baking Powder
1/3 Cup Butter or oil to make vegan
2/3 Cups Sugar
1-2 EnerG Egg Replacer (1 egg = 1 1/2 Tsp
Egg Replacer plus 2 TBsp Water)
1-1 1/4 Cups Banana
1 Tsp Lemon Zest
1/2 Tsp Salt



How To Prepare:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350º
  2. Sift Flour into a medium bowl.
  3. Sift flour again with Double Acting Baking Powder and Salt.
  4. Set Aside.
  5. In a separate medium bowl, blend butter, sugar and lemon zest.
  6. Then add Egg Replacer and Banana.
  7. Slowly add flour mixture and beat together.
  8. Pour batter into greased loaf pan.
  9. Bake for about one hour and cool before slicing.

Tips: 
Old Bananas can be frozen until you’re ready to make a loaf.

Easy Sugar-Top Muffins

Photo courtesy of Tasty Kitchen

These muffins are quick and easy to make for breakfast or a snack. Everyone will love them!

Cooking Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Baking Time: 18-20 Minutes
Cooking Difficulty Level: Easy
Serves: 12

Ingredients: 

1    Cup Flour
1    Cup Quick-Cooking Rolled Oat
 3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
 3/4 Tsp Baking Powder
 3/4 Tsp Baking Soda
1    EnerG Egg Replacer
(1 egg = 1 1/2 Tsp dry Egg Replacer
plus 2 TBsp Water)
 3/4 Cup Milk
 1/3 Cup Oil
 1/2 Cup Walnuts
Cinnamon Sugar/Sugar

How to Prepare: 
  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and backing soda.
  2. Make a well in the center of dry mixture and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, mix the egg replacer (1 egg = 1 1/2 Tsp dry Egg Replacer plus 2 TBsp Water), milk and oil. 
  4. Pour wet mixture into well of dry mixture and stir until just moistened.
  5. Stir in the walnuts.
  6. Lightly grease a muffin pan or line with baking cups.
  7. Fill each 2/3 full with batter.
  8. Sprinkle tops with cinnamon sugar.  
  9. Bake in 375º oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.  
  10. Remove from pan and serve warm.

Serving Size is 1 & 1/2 Muffins.
One Muffin is 242 Calories and 10.6g Fat.

Puri Puffed Bread: Enjoy it Anywhere

Puri Puffed Bread is a favorite in India and it’s healthier than traditional fried bread – it’s served at many meals and enjoyed by people of all ages. And now you can enjoy it too! All it takes is a little time and four ingredients!



Cooking Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1//4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp oil or butter
  • Water to knead dough
  • Oil for frying

How to Prepare:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and make a smooth dough.
  2. Set aside for couple of hours.
  3. Grease both hands and knead dough for a couple of minutes.
  4. Divide into equal parts.
  5. Roll it and flatten with hands.
  6. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
  7. Roll the dough into pieces, making them as round as possible.
  8. Fry them gently one after another.
  9. Drain the puris on a paper towel, removing the excess oil.

Tips:

  • The shape of puri does not matter.
  • Oil has to be a certain temperature so puri can puff up.
  • Be careful not to get the oil on your hands.
  • Puri goes with mango pulp and lots of veggies.
Enjoy my video on how to make puff puri!

And here’s what to do when it doesn’t puff up…..

Want something new? Try puri puffed bread. Ditch your regular rolls and eat this instead.