Saturday, June 6, 2009

Namkeen Roti

It is an excellent way to use up leftover pulp from soup of vegetables like tomatoes, beans, carrots, spinach etc. Instead of throwing strained pulp in the trash, I knead it in wheat flour to make Namkeen Paratha.

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup besan (optional)
  • 1 cup pulp of strained vegetables
  • ½ tsp carom seeds
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Desi ghee

  • Put whole-wheat flour in a large bowl. Add all the ingredients except ghee. Add very little water to knead the flour. Knead softly until you get smooth, medium-soft dough. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky or too soft.
  • Add 2 tbsp of ghee now and continue to knead. Once the dough is done, put it in a closed container and keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into equal sized portions and roll each portion into a ball between your palms. Use dry flour or oil to make smooth balls.
  • Lightly flour a rolling board and roll out each ball into a 6-7” circle.
  • Place the roti on heated griddle or tawa.
  • When toasted on one side, turn it over and let the other side cook for few seconds, until tiny brown spots appear on the side facing the griddle.
  • Turn it over once again and press it with a muslin cloth all around the chapati. Flip the chapati and press gently around the other side too. When it is light brown on both sides, remove from heat.
  • Apply butter on the upper surface of the roti.
  • Serve with Dal (lentil) and Sabji (curry) of your choice.

Do You Know?
Dietary fiber or roughage is the indigestible portion of plant foods that pushes food through the digestive system, absorbing water and easing defecation.

Chemically, dietary fiber consists of non-starch polysaccharides such as cellulose and many other plant components such as dextrin, inuline etc.

Fiber-rich plants can be eaten directly or through supplements and fiber-rich processed foods.
Benefits of eating fiber are many: The consumption of soluble fiber has been shown to protect you from developing heart disease by reducing your cholesterol levels. The consumption of insoluble fiber reduces your risk of developing constipation, colitis, colon cancer, and hemorrhoids.

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