Cooking is one of my passions. I like to make nutritious and tasty foods at home without using preservatives and artificial colors.
Bajra Roti: Gluten Free, Nutrient Dense, and Delicious
Bajra, also known as sajje or pearl millet, can be considered a miracle grain because of its health benefits. It is a gluten-free grain that has been underrated until recently. Now, its health benefits are acknowledged, and it has become a most sought-after food.
Bajra is rich in magnesium; hence it is a heart-friendly grain. It also contains potassium, which can help dilate the blood vessels and thereby lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the body. Rich in fiber, this grain also promotes healthy digestion.
This humble millet is not only a powerhouse of nutrients but it's also delicious. You can make various recipes using this grain. Bajra roti has an excellent flavor. I used plenty of vegetables, a few spices, and pearl millet to make this roti.
To make bajra roti, I soaked the pearl millet overnight. However, to reduce time, you can use pearl millet flour instead. This is an easy and quick recipe. These earthy-tasting pancakes make a wonderful breakfast or brunch.
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- 2 cups bajra (pearl millet), washed, soaked in water overnight or for 8 hours
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1/2 cup carrot, grated
- 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup capsicum, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup coconut, grated
- 1/2 cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
- 3 green chilies
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 inch ginger, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 2 teaspoons oil, 1 teaspoon for the dough and 1 teaspoon for making each roti
- In a mixer jar, add soaked pearl millet, 2 green chilies, and chopped ginger. While adding a small amount of water, grind to get a smooth paste.
- Collect the paste in a large mixing bowl. Add rice flour, chopped onions, grated carrot, chopped capsicum, coriander leaves, grated coconut, chopped green chilis, cumin seeds, oil, and salt. Mix well.
- Adding water little by little, make a smooth, firm, and pliable dough. Cover the dough and set aside for 15 minutes.
- Take a large lemon-sized portion of dough in your hand. Shape it like a ball. Grease a griddle or flat pan. Place the ball in the center. Wet your fingers and pat the dough ball to get an evenly thick disc of 4-5 inches diameter.
- Heat the pan. After 30 seconds of cooking, add some oil to the surface. Keep the heat at medium. Cover the pan for fast cooking. Flip the disc when the bottom becomes golden brown.
- Add a few drops of oil on the top side. Cook the bottom side until it gets golden brown spots. When both sides have golden spots, remove it with the help of a spatula and place it on a plate.
- Serve with tomato sauce or any chutney of your choice.
- For the next roti, run water on the hot pan to make it cold. Follow the same steps to make more roti from the dough.
- Alternatively, you can make roti on a greased butter paper or banana leaf. Next, transfer it to a greased hot pan. In this method, you need not cool the pan each time. Making roti in this method is faster.
- Cooking each roti takes about 2 or 3 minutes. Serve hot with chutney of your choice or tomato sauce. Enjoy the taste and reap the health benefits! This roti ensures a guilt-free breakfast.