Missi Roti | Rajastani Cuisine

From Delhi we are traveling towards Rajastan today. This is Day 2 , Week 2, and the theme is Indian States. After the 16 layered Chur chur parathas from Delhi, I have another flat bread today and it is from Rajastan.

The main geographic feature of Rajastan is the Thar Desert and the Aravalli Range. Most of the North western region of this state is dry and sandy.In spite of being a desert, this state is rich in fauna and flora.This state is known for its palaces, forts, intricately carved temples,

The Rajastani cooking is largely influenced by the war like life style of the people and the availability of the ingredients. Due to the lack of green vegetables [as the place is mostly a desert],dried lentils and besan / gram flour dumplings of various sorts are used instead of vegetables. In these arid regions, the cooks use less water for cooking and replace it with ghee.

Dishes that could stay well for a long time and those that did not require heating were preferred.

Rajasthan,as I mentioned earlier, was a place of Rajas or Kings.The cuisine is very flavorful and is predominantly vegetarian. It is also known for the abundant use of milk, buttermilk,ghee and lentils.

I have posted two Rajastani Thalis .Check it out here and here. As much as I wanted to do a thali once again, I was not able to do one.So its just a flatbread and a side..

Now on to the recipe...

I used:

Whole wheat flour-1/2 cup
Besan/ gram flour-1/2 cup
Ajwain-1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Chili powder- 1 teaspoon
Coriander leaves- chopped- a fistful
Asafoetida powder- a large pinch
Ghee- 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

Take all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add water little by little and knead to a smooth dough.Keep aside for a few minutes.

Divide the dough into equal sized balls.Dust the work surface with a little flour and roll out into roti.Cook on a heated griddle, drizzling oil / ghee if needed.Remove from heat and serve how with a side of your choice.

I served this with Jodhpuri Gulab Jamun ki Sabzi

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