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Jowar Masala Roti Recipe: Gluten-Free Indian Flatbread

Jowar masala roti

Jowar masala roti

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.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

45 min

1 hour

2 rotis


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

For frying:

  • Jowar flour, as needed
  • Bull driven coconut oil, or any other unrefined oil


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. After 10 minutes, set a tawa (griddle) to heat up on low-medium heat. Then knead the dough again a few times.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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