Kambu roti which is also known as Bajra Roti or Pearl Millet Roti dish is a healthy conventional North Indian roti dish made with bajra flour or pearl millet flour. It is particularly made in Rajasthani cuisines and generally served with dry curries or sabzi for lunch and dinner. It is popular at the dry or hot climate demographics because it is considered to cool off the body and supply required supplements.
Indian food mainly deals with flatbread recipes which are either made with grain flour or millet flours. Normally the kind of flour brought in depends upon the demographics and its functions. one such hugely popular healthy roti recipe is bajra roti or pearl millet roti known for its health benefits.
I do not have any preferences when it pertains to gluten-free roti’s, and I prepare both for my lunch and supper. But I have developed a unique interest to millet dishes and flatbread recipes from it. I am particularly interested in the health advantages of bajre ki roti has to offer as I do not like the taste of millet-based roti’s and I feel it very fade. But these recipes are preferred by a few, and they usually like it to have it with dry chutney powders or spice powders and thick yoghurt. Kambu roti can be eaten for breakfast as it keeps you full till lunch. However, many people prefer to have it with gravy-like baingan masala, chicken tikka masala or Bachali Kura Pachadi.
The recipe for Kambu roti is no brain surgery and can be made in no time with some tips and suggestions. First of all, in this recipe, I have shown 2 methods to roll the rotis, i.e. with rolling pin and through tapping it by hand. Novices can discover it difficult with bare hands, and I suggest to adopt a rolling pin. Second of all, the roti’s needs to be thick as compared to regular wheat-based roti or chapati. If you roll it thin, it might begin to have cracks and break down. Lastly, you might include carefully chopped veggies like onions or leafy veggies like coriander, pudina and dill delegates roti dough to make it more flavoured.
Note: Like other millets, this Pearl millet too has its distinct health advantages:
This millet too is gluten-free as you may know already and is an excellent food for gluten allergic individuals.
Bajra has lots of important nutrients like Vitamin-B and is abundant in other minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, copper, zinc, and chromium. Kambu has the highest folic acid among all the cereals that makes it the diet of option for pregnant females.
Additionally, this pearl millet is the very best Plant-Based Protein Source, Rich in Antioxidants, Treats Iron deficiency-Anemia, and lowers Blood glucose Levels, help in Weight-loss, avoids sleeping disorders, manages cholesterol and relieves irregularity.
As a preventative measure, over-consumption of this pearl millet may trigger indigestion during the summer season and might cause goiter( Thyroid illness) in some individuals. Thus, the bottom line is consuming this golden grain, but in moderation.
How To Make Kambu Roti
- 2 Cups Bajra flour
- 1 Cup wheat flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ¼ cup water
- 1 tbsp oil
For The Dough
- In a blending bowl, take bajra(Kambu) flour and whole wheat flour.
- Add salt and gradually add water.
- Knead the flour into a firm dough.
- Apply oil, knead again, cover tightly & keep aside for 15 minutes. You can avoid resting time in a hurry.
- Tip: To make things easier, you can also use wet grinder for kneading process. Kneading process will be very smooth in wet grinder as compared to manual kneading. If you are looking for wet grinders, November Culture has researched and rounded up a list of the best wet grinders for you to choose from.
For The Roti
- Take a huge lemon size ball from the dough.
- Dust with wheat flour, roll into chapati as thin as possible.
- Heat a roti tawa, position the rolled chapati on hot tawa.
- Cook the bottom for 2 minutes and flip it.
- Press with the spoon slightly, and roast both the sides up until golden spots appear.
- Now apply oil/ghee on both sides and roast for two more minutes.
- When dark brown spots appear, the roti is cooked.
- Remove from the pan and store in a hot box.
- Serve hot with any spicy veg or non-veg gravy-like Paneer lababdar or Kadai chicken gravy.