Monday, October 29, 2012

Methi roti - fresh greens in soft rotis

As we get ready to welcome the Autumn and the subsequent Wintry weather, I am wrapping up on my kitchen garden for this year. It is always such a nice feeling to be able to look through my bed room window and plan the next day's meal based on what is available in the tiny patch in the backyard. I love the flavor and freshness the home grown veggies bring to the dishes. As we bid goodbye to a really beautiful Summer we had over the last few months, I harvested the last batch of methi (fenugreek) leaves this week. I love these slightly bitter tasting, extremely flavorful greens in any form. Since there wasn't much today, I decided to make some methi rotis with them for lunch.

DD keeps reminding me that I haven't posted many basic recipes here on the blog so she can make them on her own and surprise me :-), while the offer is really tempting I see myself backing out of really basic, every day kind of food unless I see myself adding some value to it. But here is a pretty basic recipe that can be made by anyone. Sometimes if I crave for methi rotis and do not have fresh leaves I use kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) instead but be forewarned that is not the same as the methi rotis made with fresh leaves.

The methi rotis are packed with all the flavor of fresh methi leaves, a little goes a long way here. You don't need a lot of methi leaves to enjoy the taste (although more is merrier and you can add as much as you want) so you can jazz up your every day roti with a handful of methi leaves. Roasting the methi leaves brings out their flavor and softens the leaves which makes it easier to roll the rotis.

Whole wheat flour + couple spoons of oil + roasted methi leaves rolled into soft, hot rotis, we had them with some dal and tomato pachadi.
What do you need to make methi rotis? 
Makes about 10 regular sized rotis
2 cups wheat flour + 1 Tsp for dusting
3/4 cup water
1 cup chopped fenugreek leaves
3/4 Tsp salt (adjust to taste)
1/2 Tsp red chili powder
2 Tsp oil (divided use)

How do you make methi rotis? 
  • Heat 1/2 Tsp oil in a small pan, add chopped methi leaves and saute for a minute or until it wilts.
  • Add salt, red chili powder to the leaves and cook for another minute until the leaves soften. 
  • Take the wheat flour in a wide bowl, add 1/2 Tsp oil, roasted methi leaves and mix it well. 
  • Add water slowly to get a soft, pliant dough, cover and set aside for 30 minutes. 
  • Remove the cover, knead the dough for a couple of minutes and pinch out lemon sized balls.
  • Roll the balls into thin discs using wheat flour to dust as required. 
  • Heat a flat griddle and roast the roti with a few drops of oil until it develops small brown spot on both surfaces. 
  • Serve it with any side dish of choice, I like to eat the hot off the griddle methi rotis just like that - bite by bite. 
  • Quantity of water given above is pretty close to what you would need to get a soft dough, different brands of wheat flour absorb water differently so watch out for it and adjust water. 
  • Keep the dough covered with a wet paper napkin or muslin cloth for about 30 minutes and also knead the dough for 3-4 minutes or until it is soft and elastic to touch. These make soft rotis. 
  • Don't roll these rotis very thin as they need to puff up and form layers when cooked. 
  • Be adventurous and add other spice powders such as amchoor powder or garam masala per your taste. You can use ground green chilies instead of the red chili powder for a different taste.


Prathibha said...

I love the flavor of methi in this...looks nice

NamsVeni Pothas said...

Methi roti is very soft and nice.
very nice roti in the rainy day .

LG said...

Methi Chapathi and poori are my favs.

Btw, the black glutinous rice can be checked at all asian stores if you reside in the US or UK.

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Love this healthy roti ever....

Priya said...

Methi leaves gives a wonderful flavour to anything they are added, rotis looks super soft and beautifully done.

Kannada Cuisine said...

delicious...Me on my last leg of kitchen garden too

Julie said...

Healthy n yummy:)
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