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Sometimes, it feels like we are going back in time. Once again we are understanding the value of forgotten traditions which had become invisible to us because of westernisation. While there are many beautiful Indian traditions, one of the long-lost practices is cooking jowar roti to complement our meals. The Times of India published an article about how jowar rotis are making a ‘silent exit’ from our menus. Some of us might still know how to make jowar roti the traditional way but most of us don’t. Don’t worry, that’s what we are here for.
Also known as joladda roti or sorghum flatbread, jowar rotis need to make a comeback. They are popular in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The health-conscious have professed their love for these rotis. Curious yet? Read on to know more.
Serving size: 100g (1 piece)
|Calcium||14% of the recommended daily intake|
|Iron||2% of the recommended daily intake|
Let’s learn how to make jowar roti in no time, the authentic way. This step by step recipe is easy to follow, even for new cooks.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serving: 6 rotis
1 cup jowar flour (preferably organic)
3/4th cup hot water
2 tbsp ghee
2-3 pinches of salt
Take a deep breath, open this recipe and keep it next to you.
Add 1 cup of jowar flour to a large bowl or any container that you use to make dough.
Add 2-3 pinches of salt to the flour. Mix it well.
Add about 1/2 cup of hot water to this mix. Mix it well with hand.
Knead the dough and add the rest of the water. If you think you need more water, add only a little amount. The dough can’t be too watery. If it gets too watery, add a little more flour. If you find kneading to be tiresome, you can get dough-mixers online.
Cover the kneaded dough and let it cool for 10 minutes.
Make medium-sized dough balls.
Take a rolling board and place one of the dough balls on it. Sprinkle some flour.
Press the dough ball and using your palms only start flattening it further, rotating the roti in a circular motion so all sides are equally flattened. Do not use a rolling pin. Alternatively (this is for experienced cooks), place the ball on your palm and flatten it with your hands. Also, (for amateurs), you can place the dough ball between butter papers and press if you have trouble following the suggested method. However, this won’t be the traditional way of making it.
In the meanwhile, turn on the heat and place a flat pan on it.
Pick up the flattened dough with a spatula and place it on a tawa (flat pan). Over the surface of the roti facing you, spread some water.
Once the base is half-cooked, flip the jowar roti. Let the watered side cook for a longer period of time than the other side.
Using tongs pick up the roti, flip it and place it directly on the heat. This is the step where it puffs (and you feel proud of yourself).
Once you see blackish-brown spots, the roti is ready to eat. Spread 1 tsp (or as you desire) of ghee on it (optional).
That’s the answer to – how to make jowar roti? Don’t worry if you fail in the first few attempts or don’t get the perfect circle while making jowar rotis. You know what they say, try and try…
After learning how to make jowar roti, we are sure you want to try it. If you are not yet convinced, these health benefits will surely make you want to add jowar rotis to your diet.
It’s not easy to learn how to prepare jowar roti. With time, it will get easier. To make the most of its nutritional benefits, ensure that you prepare it the traditional way. Ditch the rolling pin, always use your hands. We get that jowar rotis take longer to prepare than wheat rotis, but giving a little more time for good health is worth it.
Gluten-free. Vegan. Packed with micronutrients. Battles diseases. Yummy to taste. How many more reasons do you need to try it?
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