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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Methi Masala Roti(Fenugreek Spice Flatbread) with Lasun(Garlic) Chutney

"Families that cook and eat together healthy meals,stay together"[My motto for healthy family]

In my earlier post of Green Parathas with Tomato chutney I mentioned about how making Indian Flat bread(Roti\Parathas\Chapathi) was our family tradition,we never missed(and never bored) having them for breakfast throughout the year,except on Eid.Every member of the family were involved in making these parathas[Dad or Bro kneaded it then ,Mom and sis rolled and roasted it],back then lazy me, usually opted for just eating them.Better late than never ,I did get serious about learning how to make the parathas after tying nuptial knot with an ever so health conscious person, who prefers whole wheat over white rice.I'm glad to be continuing this healthy tradition ,although my tiny tots are too little to help me in the process of making parathas(I'm hopeful they'll join in as they grow) ,I do get an occasional help in kneading the dough from my dear spouse with a busy schedule of work and workouts.At the end of the day ,a healthy family meal prepared by working together ,not only keeps us fit but also adds lot more love and affection in our relationships.



My persistent craving for spices led me to this spicy version of the plain roti.In this meal I used just about every spice(in moderate quantities of course) I commonly cook with .Nupur's Lasun Chutney is a blend of flavorful spices ,nuts and most importantly one of my most adored nature's best food,Garlic.This dry Lasun(garlic) chutney along with some cooling whipped fat free yogurt was my choice on the side for these parathas,nevertheless you could served them with any of the curries or lentils\legumes.


Recipe Methi Masala Roti
Ingredients
2 cups Whole wheat flour
2 tablespoon flax seed meal(optional,for added nutrition)
2 Tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil(EVOO)
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 cup fenugreek(methi) leaves or spinach[fresh or frozen],chopped
1/2 teaspoon each of Cumin and coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon chilly powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Method
Step 1 Blanch the leaves
Blanch the methi leaves by simmering them in hot water for a minute. drain and keep aside.
Step 2 prepare the dough

Take a mixing bowl or round wide and deep platter ,combine all ingredients,make a well in the middle of mixture ,pour in the water and about tablespoon of oil. Mix until the dough is of right smooth consistency.

knead for couple of minutes and let rest for about 15-20minutes before rolling it.
Step 3 Rolling the Roti

Divide the dough in to about 12 portions and roll in to balls. Sprinkle a little flour(I prefer All purpose flour) on the rolling surface. Use a rolling pin to roll them in to round roti.
Step 4 Roast the roti

Preheat an iron pan(Tava) or non stick pan at medium high flame. Roast the roti,flip once and spread some oil and flip again after few seconds. For softer roti use a spatula or a kitchen towel to lightly press and roll them around the pan. Roti is ready to serve when slightly brown on both sides.


Recipe Lasun Chutney
Ingredients
6-8 big cloves of garlic
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
2 teaspoon sesame seeds
1/2 cup dry shredded coconut,unsweetened
3 dried red chillies
1 teaspoon tamarind,dry
1/2 teaspoon salt

Method
Roast all the ingredients except salt on store top on low heat or in oven at 250F.Stir occasionally and let roast until completely dry about 30-40 minutes.
Dry grind them to a coarse powder in a coffee grinder or a food processor,store in air tight container.Is best with bread or rice .


This healthy family meal is off to Meeta's Monthly Mingle : Healthy Family Dinners.Hosting this month's MM is Michelle of What's Cooking Blog, a blog dedicated to "cooking with kids for a better body, planet and community".

Spice up with Spices!
The Spices don't just add heat to your food but also protect our body in many ways.Think beyond salt and pepper,potent spices can help in boosting immunity,fighting cancers and heart disease,to name a few.Read my post about Nature's best spices and ingredients.
A peak in to a typical Indian spice box

1.Mustard seeds,usually used for tempering the lentils or vegetable stir fries.
2.Coriander Powder
3.Garam Masala ,ground cinnamon,cloves,cardamom and cumin
4.Fenugreek seeds,used for tempering the lentils or vegetable stir fries,also its sprouts are very nutritious
5.Cumin seeds
6.Hot Indian chili powder
7.Turmeric,the golden spice of Indian cuisine
8.Cinnamon sticks
9.Pepper corns
10.Cardamom
11.Cloves.
Its better to store the ground spices(2 and 3) in air tight container to preserve its potency.Just for illustration I placed them in my spice box.

42 comments:

ayesha said...

Wonderful! loved reading the post.We are regular on roti too,lasun chutney is new to me.I also have similar spice box,such a handy container.
sorry I accidentally deleted the earlier comment.

Preety said...

Hey i love the methi roti..never tried garlic chutney b4..combination sounds good..


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Cham said...

The chutney is tottaly different, sounds a great dinner with methi roti

Nick said...

I'm always fascinated by Indian spices and flat bread.

Priya said...

Loved reading the post, masala roti looks prefect..garlic chutney is totally different n looks delicious...

Sara said...

These flatbreads look great, thanks for the tutorial!

Joie de vivre said...

I like your new mantra!

Vibaas said...

Nice motto! I like it :) Methi masala rotis look perfect too.

Varsha Vipins said...

Roti's look great..The use of pics was a great idea..:)..I fell in love with ur pice box..I need one nowwwwww..:(
Busy gal..peep in my space once in a blue moon k??:D..there is something for u..:)

Sharmila said...

I love methi parathas .. of course the rotis are any day healthier. Lahsun chutney sounds good. :-)

Sweta said...

Good recipes and yummy photos.
You might want to reduce the quantity of oil being used(even extra virgin olive oil has the same calories as other oils).

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Great combo! Looks mouthwatering!!

Ann said...

Wonderful write up Yasmeen..Even we used to make parathas,but not a regular..am completely fallen for your spicy version..Its simply great.

n33ma said...

This is delicious looking.Methi is always a thumbs up for me...nice chutney too.

MamaFaMi said...

Yummy for the tummy!!!

Anjum said...

that was a great post yasmeen...u made me hungry

Ashwini said...

Wow lovely and mouthwatering..Love the methi masala roti..

Malar Gandhi said...

Amazing friend...I agree, its fun to cook togather and eat togatehr, right. My pappa used to help mommy to in kneading and rolling too...you brought bac my memories...

Parathas look great, as usual. Lasum ka chutney is different too.

Btn did you get to see that award I passed to u. A good chat blog award...I remember...I commented few days back.

aquadaze said...

Nice post yasmeen. Even I can't do without rotis, tho the husband is a confrimed rice eater!

Selba said...

I've never tried this kind of roti, looks yummy.

Your motto for healthy family is really good :)

sowmya said...

nice recipe for flat bread..now i am craving for those tatsy spicy rotis and lasun chutney..

SriLekha said...

recipe looks yum 'n' delicious!
join with us in the EFM -Microwave Oven Series!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

nice detailed pics.. rotis and chutney looks yummy..

Bharti said...

Mm..love methi roti. I haven't tried the lasun chutney..will give it a try soon.

Uj said...

Methi roti looks yummy.. Have never used olive oil for frying...

Happy cook said...

Wowo i have never made roties like these, they look so yummy healthy delicious.

Sweta said...

Thanks for checking it out.Just pass on the message to your relatives and other Asian friends.
Your blog is quite well-read,so it'll be a nice idea to mention it or to give the link.

Joie de vivre said...

Thanks for visiting Yasmeen!

Aparna said...

This is one way my family will eat methi leaves! And they love it.
I also add a banana and it softens and balances the slight bitterness of the methi.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love spices and collect them! These Roti look really good and extremely tasty!

Cheers,

Rosa

AnuSriram said...

Thats indeed healthy... Looks delicious!

Curry Leaf said...

Love the post,Yasmeen.I too had jsut posted my entry to the event.Methi roti is perfectly healthy.Love the step -by step pic.I fill my spice box almost same.

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

These look very tasty. I've had similar types of Indian flat breads and always enjoyed them. Never made them though.

Poornima Nair said...

Love the rotis Yasmeen...they are my favourite...looks yumm...

Vij said...

loved reading the post! yummy roti yas!

notyet100 said...

platter looks yum,.;-)lovely clicks,..before marraige i always thougt kneadin dough is toughest jobm..but now i luv to knead,..:-)

SriLekha said...

wow!garlic chutney is really a very unique recipe for me!
will give a try soon1

vidhas said...

Lovely recipe and great clicks. Garlci chutney is new to me, sounds great.

Swapna Pravin said...

Lasun chutney is new to me. Methi roti looks delicious.

MeetaK said...

what a meal. i love methi rotis and my mum used to amke brilliant ones. this is a lovely entry to the mm thanks!

bindiya said...

loved your blog yasmeen, the garlic chutney must be irresistible!

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