Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Bajra na Rotla - Millet Flour Flatbreads ~Rajasthani Special



Pearl millet known as Bajra is commonly used in India to make flat breads. The millet has many health benefits as it contains folate, magnesium, copper, zinc, and vitamins E and B-complex. It also has a high energy content and is rich in calcium and unsaturated fats which are good for the body and it helps in reducing cholesterol, heart diseases and diabetes. The flour has a greyish colour, it  has a rich nutty flavour and can be used in cooking and baking.

Bajra na Rotla- Millet flour flat breads are a commonly served  in all Rajasthani homes but also in the state of Gujarat where they are served with a spicy aubergine curry.They are a staple part of the dietand are commonly they are served with dollops of Ghee, clarified butter and accompany most curries.

I have recreated the simple Bajra na Rotla below after sampling them on my recent trip to India. I served my Bajra na Rotla with Gatte ki Sabji which I shared in my previous post. Bajjra na Rotla are also eaten cold or packed for travelling as they keep for two to three days. They are eaten with a garlic chutney and pickle too.




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Bajra na Rotla (Millet flour Flatbreads)
Millet flour Flat breads with a nutty aromatic flavour served with a dollop of Ghee





Ingredients:
  • 150g Millet Flour
  • 30g whole wheat flour
  • 50 ml water
  • 1 tablespoon butter/ghee room temperature
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or butter for serving (optional)

Method:
1. Put the flour in a bowl and add the salt, rub in 1 tablespoon of ghee or butter into the flour until you get a bread crumb type of texture. 2. Slowly add a little water at a time to make a semi soft dough. Just add as much or as little water as required, this will depend on the brand of flour you use. 3. Cover and leave the dough to rest for 20 minutes.4.Place a tava or frying pan to heat. 5. Divide the dough into lime size balls and using a little bit of millet flour for dusting pat out the dough into a  3 inch disc approximately 5 mm thick.6. Using a spatula gently pick up the rolled flatbread and transfer it to the tava which should be on medium heat. Do this carefully as millet flour is gluten free and will break easily.7. After cooking for 1-2 minutes you will see the edges drying a little, gently flip the flatbread over and cook for  another 2-3 minutes. Press the flatbread gently with the spatula .8. Again flip the flatbread over to cook the top side, again cook for 1-2 minutes , gently pressing with the spatula .The Flatbread is ready when you have brown spots on both sides and this will ensure its cooked through in the inside. 9.Remove the flatbread from the tava and keep covered in a muslin cloth. Repeat for remaining dough. Once you are ready to serve smear a little ghee onto each flatbread and serve with curry and add an extra dollop of butter ghee on top of the flatbread if you desire. This is the traditional way to serve but its optional due to health reasons.
Details:
Prep time: Cooking time: Total time: Yield: 8 flatbreads




45 comments:

  1. Well this look super yummy, it's making my belly growl, haha :) Lovely post & lovely photos. Thank-you for sharing, Many Thanks, Cat Xx
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  2. Very interesting. Definitely going to have to try this recipe!

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  3. Oh my these flatbreads look absolutely delicious and I like the idea of pairing garlic chutney. I love Indian cuisine x

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  4. Wow this looks delicious and I do like authentic Indian cuisine. I like the idea of serving this with garlic chutney x

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  5. These look soo good! I've been looking for a healthy flatbread/wrap options.

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    1. These will not fold because of texture but never the less perfevt for breaking and dipping in curry.

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  6. My oh my, your photos make these flatbreads look absolutely delicious! I love indian cuisine but i've never made anything from scratch. Thankfully this looks pretty easy!

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    1. These are simple to make and taste delicious.

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  7. I've never had these before, are they similar to rotis? They look gorgeous and authentic. I could eat one now with a bowl of curry.

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    1. They are not flexible like rotis , but a little drier, but have a lovely nutty flavour.

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  8. Yum these look delicious I've never made my own before

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  9. These flatbreads look delicious! The breads are my favourite part of Indian food so I definitely need try these out for myself.

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  10. We love flatbreads at our house .. and this version with millet flour looks wonderful! I think I'll try them first as crusts for personal pizzas. After that .. probably as sandwich wraps. Thank-you (as always) for another great recipe!

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  11. Millet is a favorite and essential grain for this GF girl!

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  12. It looks very yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. It looks very yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. It looks very yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. It looks very yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I haven't heard of this flour, but am loving it already! Sounds super healthy! The flat breads look super delicious, and I love how you don't need so many ingredients for it! :)

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  17. Great recipe.
    Never tried.
    Will try now :)
    Thanks.

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  18. These look so tasty! I'm currently really eager to learn to cook authentic Indian recipes and this flatbread looks easy and tasty! x

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  19. This looks amazingly delicious, thank you so much for sharing these recipes. Great post.

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  20. These look fab!! I make chapatis every now and again and love them, will try these next!

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  21. I am such a sucker for flatbreads but I have to admit that I've never had any made with millet flour... not that I know of, anyway!

    These look really substantial and filling, moreso than chapatis made with maida (for example). If I come across millet flour, these are going to be top of my list to make!

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  22. Oh wow these look so amazing, It's not something I've ever thought of making myself but I may have to give this recipe ago! x

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  23. This looks yummy and delicious already. Thanks for sharing

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  24. I've never used millet or wheat flour before to be honest but these look yummy x

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  25. This looks fab and perfect to have with a curry! x

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  26. Looks great, I will try this recipe for sure.
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  27. i have been looking for a good recipe for so long, thanks for sharing!

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  28. These look truly scurmptious and I've yet to have dinner. nothing like smelling warm flat bread throughout the home. x

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  29. These look amazing delicious, thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  30. I think warm flatbread with ghee on its own is super delicious. Garlic chutney and pickle make it even better of course!

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  31. My college roommate was from Rajasthan. She used to get Bajra na Rotla from her home whenever she comes after college-break. This was my favorite. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

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  32. I've never tried anything made out of millet flour. I would love to taste those flatbreads! I don't know if I can find that flour where I live, but I will search for it! :) I love trying new recipes!

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  33. I love flatbreads and make them often but I haven't tried it with millet flour. Thank you for a new way to try them x

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  34. This is the first time that I heard this and looks Interesting for me.,

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  35. What a lovely flatbread alternative. We eat so many flatbreads, so I will have to try this.

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  36. aah! I miss my mum now! she makes the BEST Bajra na Rotla EVER! this recipe is so similar to my mums! Have to try this out now!

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  37. I love rotla but cannot make them so perfect. Tried everything everyone has suggested, rolling between plastic sheets, patting on a board, but they come out so like cardboard. However, no one ever suggested adding some butter or ghee to the dough and also some wheat flour... next on the list, to make perfect rotla !

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  38. I love these rotlas too ..but I make them thinner, they go so well with some curries.

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  39. You make bread making look so easy!

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  40. I need to try this recipe.. I miss my mom as I am in Australia with my hubby and toddler. Need to buy Bajri flour.
    Thankyou

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