How to make 26 Indian Flatbreads, come and check these Indian breads, some popular ones and some innovative.
Cuisines differ across India‘s diverse regions. India has a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisine which is mainly influenced by geographical conditions and religion .
An Indian everyday meal consists of daal , vegetable , rice , roti , salad and curd . Each state has its own special meal , and these meals vary with festivals . I have been cooking these traditional meals from different states from time to time.
While cooking these meals we realise that it is not the daal or the veggies that are different, even the bread differ. The staple and the most common is the Roti / Chapati / Fulka. Whole wheat flour is used to make these rotis. It definitely is very interesting to see different types of Rotis being made in different states.
The Gujrati ‘s mill the wheat into a very fine flour, roll them very thin and smear lots of ghee. They call these Rotis. The Sindhis on the other hand prefer a thick Fulko where ghee is smeared inside as well as outside. The texture, the appearance of roti is different in different states.
A flatbread is a bread made with flour, water and salt, and then thoroughly rolled into flattened dough. Some Indian bread is leavened while some are not. Some are made on Tawa, while some are baked. There is so much variation! The traditional roti varies in terms of the flour used. Millets, rice flour, pulses all are used to make flatbreads. Some bread is stuffed and then cooked with ghee/oil, these are famous as Parathas. The fried Flatbreads are called Pooris.
Well, I have tried to work on different Flatbreads from India and served these with their accompaniments, though some of the sweetbreads do not need any accompaniments. Here is a recap of the different rotis, Parathas that I have posted.
Amritsari Kulche is crisp flaky kulcha from Amritsar a city in Punjab. The flaky kulcha are made with a pastry dough and stuffed with various options . The kulchas are baked in tandoor finally finishing them off with a dollop of butter and a dash of chat masala.
Bajre ki Baati is a bread from Rajasthan which is a hard unleavened bread made with pearl millet . These are round balls of dough, baked to perfection and soaked in ghee. Ideally served with daal.
Chocolate Cake with Do Pad Ki Roti is a innovative Cake using the Gujrati Do pad ki Roti and fresh homemade cream cheese and Nutella. The cake is layered with 40 rotis, it is delicious with a topping of mangoes and resembles a Crepe Cake.
Dhapate is type of Maharashtrian roti /paratha made by using multi-grain flours, herbs and spices. The paratha can either be roasted on a griddle or can be deep fried .
Elimuccai Paratha is a lemon paratha .interesting, delicious and totally yummy paratha from Parathe wali Gali of Chandni Chowk. You could visit Babu Ram Parathe wale, Chandni Chowk to enjoy this.
Fulko Sindhi style is a typical melt in the mouth flatbread made with whole wheat flour. This bread is very soft ,smeared generously with ghee and you can enjoy it with any curry , daal or side dish .
Gulab Jamun Parathas are parathas stuffed with crumbled gulab jamuns which is a typical Indian sweet. Coarsely ground nuts, cardamom and saffron are mixed to enhance the flavours of this delicious sweet paratha.
Hariyali Saat Dhan ki Roti is a healthy roti made with seven grains . It is enriched with loads of greens like spinach, fenugreek and coriander.
Idli Chilly Paratha is a fusion paratha made with our regular everyday roti with a stuffing of Idli Chilly. Garnished with spring onion curls the paratha resembles a taco .
Jowar Mogri ki Roti is an Indian flatbread made with Sorghum flour as the star ingredient. Radish greens and radish pods give it a wonderful flavor .
Khoba Roti is nothing like our normal Tawa Roti, although it is made on a Tawa. The word ‘khoba’ means indentation or cavity and that is how these rotis are prepared yes with small cavities in it .
Litti is a Bihari bread in the form of a dough ball, stuffed with spicy sattu which is roasted gram flour. The Litti is roasted over coal and is a close cousin to Rajasthani Baati. The Potbelly Rooftop Cafe in Delhi’s posh Ladoo Sarai serves one of the best Litti Chokha.
Methi na Dhebra is a flatbread made with pearl millet / Bajra flour and fresh fenugreek leaves. The bread is a staple in Gujrati homes. Since the bread has a good shelf life it is an excellent food to carry while traveling .
Nariyal ki Meethi Roti is a sweet flatbread stuffed with coconut and nuts. It has the goodness of coconut , tastes amazing , looks pretty and above all has been made in an air fryer .
Onion and Mint Parathas are parathas made with a stuffing of finely chopped onions , mint and spices . This ghee roasted paratha has a awesome taste.
Pathiri is a flatbread from the Malabar region of Kerala, this unleavened flatbread is made from rice flour, salt , oil and water, where the flour is cooked and then kneaded to a smooth dough to make spotless white rice roti .
Qeema Paratha is a stuffed rectangular pocket paratha made with minced cauliflower and fresh green peas .This is a vegetarian version of the popular minced meat parathas.
Rajigiri Roti is a healthy gluten-free Indian flatbread made with Amarnath flour or rajigiri flour as called in Hindi. This is a roti which is normally made during the fasting days.
Sheermal is a saffron-flavored traditional flatbread, from Awadhi Cuisine. It is one of the Nawabi breads served with mostly meat delicacies in Lucknow and Hyderabad. The bread is also popular in Kashmir.
Tikar is a flat bread from the Marwari kitchen. The bread is made of equal portions of maize flour and wheat flour. It is seasoned with spices and can be served as it is or with some curry and side dish.
Ulte Tawe Ke Parathe is Lucknowi parathas made on an inverted griddle. These parathas are soft and melt in the mouth kinds and pair very well with any kebabs or curry .
Vedhmi is delicious ghee loaded Indian sweet flatbread from Gujrati Cuisine. It is also popular as Pooran Poli, Bobbatlu, Holige and Oligalu in the South.
Warqi Paratha is a layered paratha, a cousin of the lachcha paratha, an Indian flatbread , from the Punjab region. This flatbread is all about its enormous layers.
X Large Paratha as the name specifies is a deep fried paratha which is about 2 feet in diameter, this Paratha is served with Halwa during Ramzan.It is a special Iftar recipe.
Chopdas are another form of theplas from a Gujrati kitchen. These are simple parathas made with whole wheat flour , a bit of turmeric and carom seeds .
Zafrani Khoye ka Paratha is a sweet paratha made with khoya , nuts and saffron. It is a paratha which is dunked in saffron syrup , the juicy paratha can be served as a dessert.