Sep 152012

Indian breads otherwise known as roti is very commonly made of wheat or atta. But did you know many rotis are also made with other ingredients such as Bajra(black millet), Besan (Channa Dal Flour), Makki (Maze flour), etc. I generally don’t experiment rotis with different ingredients and was very much delighted to have tried making Besan Masala Roti and Bajra Aloo Roti for this month’s Indian Cooking Challenge.


Besan Masala Roti is basically roti made of channa dal flour and whole wheat flour mixed with other Indian spices. The amchur in the masala needs a special mention as it gives your tongue a unique tickle making you want more!

Bajra Aloo Roti is the healthy alternative. Each roti is very filling and has a unique taste. However I did find them very hard to be rolled, may be I added more water while mixing the dough. If you find it hard to be rolled, one trick did help me, try rolling the dough on top of a paper towel.

Both the rotis have their own unique taste but I liked besan masala roti and its purely a personal choice (I don’t know I tend to like any thing other than the “healthy” choice), but that’s just me. I served the rotis with stuffed small onion curry (recipe coming soon) and it was just perfect.  Do try both of them and be your own judge. But if you did try them, do let me know.


Besan Masala Roti

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 rotis

Recipe Source: Tarla Dalal


    For roti
  • Gram flour (besan) -- 1 cup
  • Whole wheat flour (atta) -- 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Pure ghee -- 2 tablespoons
  • For masala filling
  • Cumin powder -- 1 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder -- 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Dry mango powder (amchur) -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pure ghee -- 1 1/2 tablespoons


  1. In a bowl, combine the masala ingredients(cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, dry mango powder, red chilli powder, and ghee). Divide the masala filling in to 8 portions.
  2. In another bowl, combine all the ingredients for dough(besan, atta, ghee, and salt). Knead in to a soft dough using water as required.
  3. Divide the dough in to eight portions and make balls. Roll each part of the dough into a disc about 4 inch in diameter. Apply 1 portion of the masala filling in the center.
  4. Fold one edge and make a semi-circle, and fold again to make a triangle.
  5. Roll the triangle in to a thin flat disc.Repeat the above steps for the remaining dough.
  6. Heat a tawa and cook the roti on both sides. Apply ghee and fry them each side till they are golden brown. Serve hot. Enjoy!!!
Bajra Aloo Roti

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 rotis

Recipe Source: Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor


  • Bajra (black millet) flour -- 2 cups
  • Boiled and mashed potatoes -- 3/4 cup
  • Finely chopped onions -- 1/4 cup
  • Fresh coconut, grated (optional) -- 1/4 cup
  • Chopped coriander leaves (dhania) -- 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Ginger-green chilli paste -- 2 tsp
  • Dried mango powder (amchur) -- 1 tsp
  • Garam masala (optional) -- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee for cooking


  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except ghee which is for cooking to make a soft dough, using warm water.
  2. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and roll out each portion into a 6" diameter circle.
  3. Cook the rotis on a hot tava (griddle) using little ghee, until both sides are golden brown.Serve hot.


1. Do not let the dough sit for long time, as the onions in the dough tend to let water out making the dough tough to roll. 2. If you have very wet dough, press the dough in between two paper towels to remove excess water. As described before, roll the dough on top of a paper towel which helps in transferring the dough on to the tawa.
























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  5 Responses to “Besan Masala Roti and Bajra Aloo Roti”

  1. Wow you made both, they have come out so well..and also like that small onion dish, what went into it?..can’t see it in the post..

  2. Lovely that you have tried both rotis

  3. both the rotis look those onions as well…agree the besan roti is a better choice…guess anything with besan is tastier…n who says..besan is unhealthy:))))

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