Bajra Aloo Roti ~ Indian Flatbread with Pearl Millet

>>  Monday, September 24, 2012

For the final week of BM # 20, I decided to do Low Cal/Low Fat Breakfast dishes. How far the recipes that I am going to share fall under Low cal, is to be seen, however those are low Fat for sure. Bajra, Jowar and Ragi flours frequently in our regular cooking at our home. Needless to say, Athamma rolls out some mean rotis that convert to an art on it's own.

I remember Amma making these rotis years back, it's kind of taken a back step offlate. Still with Athamma it's a regular one. So it wasn't a challenge when I said I had to do a Bajra Aloo ke Roti for Indian Cooking challenge. She made those in a breeze. Let me just say I made these very differently and can surely fall under the challenge tag.

Though Bajra rotis are famous in Andhra, the ingredients used are different and you can attribute those different spices to the unique taste these rotis had in the end. Trust me, these disappeared before I could even say click!

For the Indian Cooking Challenge last month I had given two Indian Breads. This one saved up for making for BM. Can you believe that I was clueless when I tried thinking what I should make for Low Fat/Low Cal recipes?

As such our breakfast is mostly Idli, Dosa or Ven pongal and poori featuring on a day. How I can make these any less Low Fat or Low Cal than these. Unless you think I should serve Oats to Hubby dear, who has this cynical look that says, what Oats??

Anyway looking at the Oats recipes I had, there wasn't much I could do differently.
Bajra Aloo Roti is adapted from Tarla Dalal

Bajra Aloo Roti

Ingredients Needed

Bajra Flour / Pearl Millet Flour - 2 cups
Potatoes - 3/4 medium, mashed
Onions - 1/4 cup chopped onions
Coconut, grated - 1/4 cup fresh
Coriander - 3 tbsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/4 tps
Green Chilli paste - 2 tsp
Dried Mango powder / Amchur - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking

How to make the roti

Microwave potatoes for 8 mins and soak in water before removing the outer skin.

Combine all the ingredients to make a soft dough, using warm water.

Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and pat down each portion into a round circle as thin as you can.

Cook the rotis on a hot tava (griddle) using a little ghee, until both sides are golden brown.

Serve hot.


These rotis were rolled out by Athamma with her expert skills in simply patting the dough between her hands. You can refer these Jonna Rotis to see the other method she can roll these.

For novice bread makers, you can gently roll out with greased hands to thin discs and take care in cooking them.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 20


divya September 24, 2012 at 11:26 PM droooling here!!looks amazing!

Rajani S September 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM  

Looks like a very healthy breakfast option!

Chef Mireille September 25, 2012 at 12:51 AM  

looks so healthy

Shobha September 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM  

Nice and crispy bajra rotis..

Sangeetha September 25, 2012 at 2:35 AM  

very interesting n healthy rotis...we used to make a similar roti with ragi flour but without potatoes...adding potatoes is a nice idea n gives softness to the rotis n nice taste too...will try it soon!

foodiliciousnan September 25, 2012 at 5:59 AM  

Oh this seems very interesting and healthy. I've never cooked with bajra before. But don't know if I. Be able to pat out the discs! The videos sure are handy

Nivedhanams Sowmya September 25, 2012 at 8:19 AM  

Looks perfect!!! and so homey!!


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The Pumpkin Farm September 25, 2012 at 9:55 AM  

excellent start for the day...i wish to have the patience to be able to sustain the efforts though...but i guess it is a give an take with health benefits....i liked the carved tomato sitting on the beautiful plate

Priya September 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM  

How healthy and nutritious this rotis na, unfortunately dont have bajra flour rite now,will make it soon.

DivyaGCP September 25, 2012 at 7:07 PM  

Healthy rotis. Am yet to try pearl millet.

preeti garg September 25, 2012 at 9:06 PM  

Awesome recipe

Archana Potdar September 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM  

wow this is healthy and delicious.

Prabha Mani September 26, 2012 at 7:59 PM  

Roti looks wonderful Valli..Such a healthy option.

Jayanthi September 28, 2012 at 5:35 AM  

I remember making it for ICC and it was awesome. They look so good Valli.

vaishali sabnani September 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM  

we make these regularly familiar with the taste..I did not use coconut..but will do so the next time i make these..look awsum..taste that tomato n chilly:)

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