Friday, January 29, 2010

Indian flat bread Roti using Finger Millet(Ragi) flour


How I made these......I had some ragi(finger millet) flour in the pantry needed to be used so I was looking for some recipes other then dosa & idlis. While surfing the net last month I found the recipe for ragi bhakri here and very same day I made these flat breads/roti. You can call it roti, thepla, bhakri or prantha basic difference is how you roll it & cook. I must say these were really tasty, I was little doubtful that my daughter will like it or not, so I twisted the recipe little bit by adding some known flavors to it. Her first reaction was why you used brown flour again(she refer to Ragi flour as brown flour as sometime I use it in idlis or dosas)........I quickly answered her it's not brown flour it's made using your favourite brown dal(whole masoor).....immediate reaction Oh! can you do that....yes Honey! why not(situation under control.....sometime it's good not to tell all the truth to the kids). She took first bite & asked....... do you have more of these? Yes! Mission accomplished. She loves it for morning breakfast or as after school snack and it hardly took me 20-22 minutes in whole : which included kneading of the dough & 10 minute resting period of the dough also.

What U need :
  • 1 cup of finger millet (ragi) flour (available at Indian grocery stores)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour(atta)
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour(besan)
  • salt as per taste
  • black pepper as per taste
  • 1 tsp. carom seeds(ajwain)
  • half onion finely chopped
  • handful of fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies chopped(optional)
  • 1 Tblsp. of evoo
  • water to make the dough
What to do :
  1. Mix everything(except water) together using hands.
  2. Using just enough water knead it into soft dough. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into equal size balls(little bigger than ping pong balls).
  4. I have used whole wheat flour in this dough which makes it really easy to handle, so you can easily roll it using rolling pin like you would do making regular Indian roti or otherwise just pat the dough ball between your palms till you get around 5-6'' flat disc.
  5. Cook it on a hot iron griddle on medium heat. I takes around 1 minute on each side depending on the thickness and size of roti. Drizzle some oil on both sides, once cooked it'll be crispy and dark brown in color.
  6. If serving to kids top it with some ghee/butter as flours like corn, bajri, ragi make the bread/roti little dry kind, so it's always good to add some sort of fat like ghee/butter. I also served green chutney along with it.
This post was due from one month or so, the day Madhuram announced JFI-Ragi event, I wanted to post it but didn't had very good picture(my pic. is all glossy with the ghee as I specially made these for kids), now finally I'm posting it with the original pics only, didn't get the chance to click when I made these again. So here it goes to :
1)  JFI-Ragi event brainchild of Indira hosted by Madhuram of Eggless Cooking.
2) Sudeshna and RV's Food for 7 stages of life - Healthy Fast Food event
3) Srivalli's event Kid's Delight : Wholesome breakfast.

27 comments:

Chetana said...

New to me....never tried ragi.
Thx for sharing.

Sushma Mallya said...

A very healthy version of roti...recipe is nice,seems delicious...

sowmya.s said...

AM SURELY GOING TO TRY THIS..LOOKS YUMM

Asha said...

My fave rotti, yum with spicy chutney.

arunshanbhag said...

Awesome to hear that the girl loved it! Love your variations!
Best Best
arun

SE said...

hey..good to know that your daughter loved it..cheers to mom !!!
these are truly healthy breads !!

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow!!!! you are really innovative :) the roti's look delicious!

Sarah Naveen said...

Healthy and yummy!!!! SImply delicious..

Jaya said...

never tried ragi rotis, if I can call that..but sure looks so good...
you know i also like to have ginger/honey as a cold remedy..
thanks for coming to my world..
hugs and smiles

tasteofbeirut said...

Interesting roti recipe! I would love to try it one day!

PJ said...

very interesting recipe of ragi flour bhakri! I would love to try it sometimes. Ragi is not much in my diet either, something I definitely want to start using. Great post!

AshKuku said...

Looks good & healthy in all sense.... Truly a kids delight.....

Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Sage said...

Learning so much neat stuff here; love it. In french we call toasts rĂ´ties.
Rita

Siddhi S said...

Hey spice very nice n healthy roti...thnx for the recipe, i vl try it now as i am lots of ragi flour lying from many days and dint know what to do with it

Madhuram said...

Great recipe. Like many I too have not tried this roti. Thanks for sending it to the event.

RV said...

Amma makes this very often for my Dad... though I am not a Ragi eater, I have been considering to include them in my diet oflate :) We call it as Ragi bakiri's as mentioned by PJ . Amma says they are very healthy, filling and easy to make..

simplyfood said...

I have been seeing alot of recipes using ragi lately,I have never cooked with it but its time I tried it so I am going to research ragi and see if my indian grocery story supplies it.Your ragi rotis look very healthy.

Malar Gandhi said...

Thats a very fulfilling meal for sure, this is wonder millet...with lots of health benefits. Lovely rotis, dear:) Your post keeps me on the track, I was about to make some fried food for dinner, now just skipped the idea...will do something steaming:)

Red Chillies said...

I know the length we have to go to please kids. MassorDaal eh? I am glad she brought that idea. Good one Spice.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks delicious.

Spice said...

Thankx girls...do give it a try....tasty & easy...

Oraphan said...

Wow! Your roti looks and sounds so yummy and healthy, YUM!!!

Padhu said...

Healthy rotis!
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Sumathi said...

My Favourite roti.. Looks yummy..

Jagruti said...

lOVELY AND YUMMY ROTI..LOOKS DELICIOUS

Srivalli said...

Thank you for the lovely entry