Gluten-Free Indian Food: Jowar Masala Roti
Jowar masala roti is an Indian flatbread that is prepared with sorghum flour, a few veggies and some spices. It is gluten-free and vegan.
Have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner with plain dahi (yoghurt) and some pickles. Do try it and share your experience.
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For the dough:
- 1/2 cup jowar atta (sorghum flour)
- Fistful fresh palak (spinach leaves)
- 2 tbsp grated carrots
- 1 tbsp chopped hara dhania (cilantro)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 green chilli, chopped
- 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 cup/as needed hot water, to knead the flour
- Jowar flour, as needed
- Bull driven coconut oil, or any other unrefined oil
- Combine all of the chopped vegetables on a large kneading plate. Add all of the spices. Hand-mix until all of the ingredients combine well.
- Add the jowar flour and mix well again. Add hot water little by little to knead the mixture into a medium-soft dough. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, set a tawa (griddle) to heat up on low-medium heat. Then knead the dough again a few times.
- Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Take 1 portion, roll it into a ball, flatten it a bit and dust with dry flour. Sprinkle some dry flour on the rolling board/surface and place the flattened dough on it. Start tapping and simultaneously rotating the flattened dough to shape it into a medium-thick flatbread about 5 inches round.
- Spread 1 teaspoon of coconut oil on the tawa and carefully place the rolled-out roti on it. Lightly wet the surface of the roti with a little water and let the roti cook for about 30 seconds, or until the top wet surface of the roti starts to dry out.
- Flip the roti and apply a little coconut oil on top. Let this side cook for about 30 seconds, then flip it a second time. Spread a little oil over this side of the roti as well.
- Keep flipping the roti repeatedly until it is well cooked and crisp with brown areas on both sides. Transfer to a plate and prepare the other roti in the same way.
- Serve the jowar masala roti with dahi (yoghurt) and any type of pickle. We have served it with homemade green chilli pickle.
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