"Padharo Mharo Des", Thats right!! It was a Rajasthani lunch for us today. The popular phrase of the land of the Desert means, Welcome to our land! And What a beautiful land it is...So rich in culture, heritage, FOOD of course. This West Indian State boasts some of the amazing touring spots. I have been travelling all over India with my dad, all my life but never got a chance to visit this wonderful place & I regret that. So now I always pester Arun to make a trip to Rajasthan during our Indian Holidays. If I was the Brand Ambassador of Rajasthan Tourism, I would be promoting the wonderful sight of Sand Dunes, the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer, The Palace on Wheels, The Ghoomar Dance, The Bandini (Tie & Dye) Salwars & Sarees, the Grand Palaces & obviously the yummy food (Lal Maas & Ghevar). So much to see & experience & just one life!! mmph!!
Anyway, so today I share a popular Rajasthani Roti (Indian Bread) recipe, which is called Missi Roti. When two or more types of flours are combined to make Rotis, it is called Missi. It can be Wheat flour & Millet, Wheat flour & Maize flour etc. This Roti is a combination of Wheat flour & Gram flour. Gram flour is used in almost every dish of West Indian cuisine & today I wanted to use my gram flour which was lying in the cupboard for quite a while. :) Here goes the simple recipe:-
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1 cup gram flour (besan/chickpea flour)
- 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
- 3 green chillies (finely chopped)
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 cup coriander leaves (finely chopped)
- 1/2 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
- salt to taste
- 1 tbsp oil
- flour for dusting
- ghee/clarified butter
- Mix the wheat flour & gram flour together in a bowl. Add the chopped onions, green chillies, red chilli powder, coriander leaves, carom seeds, salt & the oil to it. Make a smooth dough of it by adding required water.
- Cover & keep for few minutes. Meanwhile, heat a roti tawa. Divide the dough into equal lemon size balls. Roll each ball into a flat round thin roti with the help of some flour to dust.
- Put the roti on the tava and cook on both sides until they are perfectly done. Spread on some ghee on both sides and serve hot with Rajasthani "Gatte ki Sabzi" or just pickle.
Am yet to master the art of making a perfect "Gatte ki Sabzi" hence am not be putting the recipe of it on my blog. Need some time friends..... :)
I have sent this recipe to an event called "Flavours of Rajasthan" hosted by http://sonu-palatecorner.blogspot.com/2011/06/yay-my-200th-post-is-announcement-of.html & http://www.simplysensationalfood.com/p/simplyfood-events.html