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Category: Indian Breads

The aroma that fills the air as you make Indian breads is sure to tempt the most passionate rice-eaters. Indian breads are unleavened flat-breads that come in different shapes and sizes. These are either made on a flat iron or nonstick griddle known as thava (roti/chapati), deep-fried (pooris), or baked in an oven (naan). Indian breads are made with a variety of flours, including wheat, rice, millet (bajra), corn (makka), sorghum (jowar), chickpea (besan), and ragi. This variety makes Indian meals very nutritious, as all these grains contribute a wide variety of nutrients.

Flat-breads are a staple in North and Central India and are consumed as part of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although rice is still the mainstay in South India, these days, those who are health-conscious try to include both rice and roti in their daily meals along with lentil and vegetable dishes as these make well-balanced meals and provide better nutrition.

Chapati, also known as roti, is like the Mexican tortilla in appearance but very different in taste, and is the most commonly consumed Indian flat-bread. Made with wheat flour, chapatis are served with vegetable curries, lentil soups, and yogurt-based salads (raitas).

You can find all these flours in Indian grocery stores. You can also find premixed chapati flour, which is a combination of bran, whole-wheat, and all-purpose flours.

Methi and Red Chori Stuffed Paratha

Methi and Red Chori Stuffed Paratha

| October 25, 2014 Comment

Tasty and nutritious, this Methi and Red Chori Stuffed Paratha is definitely worth the time it takes to make it. Red chori is a small, round bean, and can be soaked overnight or pressure-cooked without soaking. Servings: 4 Cooking Time: 40 minutes Ingredients For Filling 1 cup red chori beans (soaked overnight, if possible) 4 […]

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Thalipeeth

Thalipeeth

| March 19, 2013 Comment

Thalipeeth is an Indian flatbread made with mixed lentil and grain flours.┬áThis flatbread is very popular in Maharashtra, India. Thalipeeth is very healthy and flavorful, and can be served as breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a dollop of butter and yogurt. Servings: 2-4 Cooking Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1/4 cup jowar flour (sorghum, jonna) 1/2 […]

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Ragi Roti

Ragi Roti

| March 16, 2013 Comment

Ragi Roti is a tasty and healthy Indian flat bread that can be served as snack or meal. Ragi or red millet is rich in iron and protein and makes a great after-school snack for kids. Servings: 2 (makes 4 rotis) Cooking Time: 15 minutes Ingredients 1 cup ragi (red millet) flour 4 tbsp wheat […]

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Potato Paratha (Aloo Paratha)

Potato Paratha (Aloo Paratha)

| March 15, 2013 Comment

Potato Paratha (Aloo Paratha) is a delicious Indian flatbread stuffed with potato curry. This is an interesting variation on the usual recipe. Served with plain yogurt or raita, potato paratha (aloo paratha) makes a great meal. Servings: 4-5 (makes 8) Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes Ingredients 3 medium potatoes, boiled and peeled 1 tsp urad dal […]

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Plain Paratha

Plain Paratha

| March 14, 2013 Comment

Also known as chapathi, plain paratha is an unleavened bread that’s made with wheat flour. The dough is folded over a couple of times giving it a puffy, layered, and flaky texture. Parathas are a staple of Indian vegetarian meals. Servings: 4-5 (makes 10 parathas) Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes Ingredients 2 cups wheat flour (chapathi […]

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Phulka

Phulka

| March 14, 2013 Comment

Phulka is an Indian flatbread that puffs up as you make it on a heated tava (cast-iron or nonstick flat griddle). Phulka is made with wheat flour and is thin and flat and similar in appearance to the Mexican tortilla, but tastes very different. Roti is the generic name for different types of Indian flatbread. […]

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Methi Roti

Methi Roti

| March 13, 2013 Comment

Methi Roti is a delicious spicy Indian flatbread made with wheat flour and fenugreek leaves. Easy to make, methi roti (also known as methi thepla or paratha) is great as part of any meal, and also makes a healthy after-school snack for kids, and as a great tea-time snack for adults. This roti can be […]

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Methi Poori

Methi Poori

| March 13, 2013 Comment

Methi Poori is a tasty and lightly spiced puffed bread that makes a great tea-time and after-school snack. This vegetarian/vegan bread is easy to make. Servings: 4 Cooking Time: 25 minutes Ingredients 1 cup wheat flour (chapati flour) 1/4 cup besan (chickpea/bengal gram flour) 2 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) 3/4-1 tsp red chilli […]

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Cilantro Paratha

Cilantro Paratha

| March 10, 2013 Comment

Cilantro Paratha is a healthy flatbread with mixed flours and cilantro that can be served as breakfast, afternoon snack or as part of a healthy meal. The chickpea flour makes this a filling, nutritious, and tasty bread. Servings: 3 (makes 6) Cooking Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 cup wheat flour (atta, chapathi flour) 1/4 cup […]

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Besan Roti

Besan Roti

| March 8, 2013 Comment

Besan Roti is made with chickpea flour (bengal gram, yellow lentil) and onions and served with a dollop of butter or ghee (clarified butter), this Indian flatbread makes a filling and healthy breakfast. Servings: 4-8 (makes 8 rotis) Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes Ingredients 1 1/2 cups besan (chickpea flour) 2 cups wheat flour (durrum or […]

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Cabbage Paratha

Cabbage Paratha

| March 6, 2013 Comment

Cabbage Paratha is a delicious Indian flat-bread that’s stuffed with a cabbage curry. This paratha is a wonderful way to eat your vegetables, and kids are sure to like it. Cabbage parathas are very nutritious and filling and when served wih dal and yogurt make a very satisfying meal. Servings: 4-5 (makes 8) Cooking Time: […]

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