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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Haryana Cuisine ~ Besan Ki Masala Roti

My husband got in touch with a close friend through online search after a 17 years gap. And naturally both got real excited and emotional over the phone. This summer, when we planned to visit Delhi during our India trip, he insisted that we visit his home in Haryana. Mr. & Mrs. Kaushik are no strangers to me. They had traveled all the way from North to Bangalore along with their toddler daughter, just to attend our wedding. No way we were going to refuse their heart felt invitation.
And we indeed went to meet the family. Mrs.K acted a gracious, perfect hostess not letting us lift a finger while she cooked delicious dishes one after another during our whole stay. They made sure that we felt at home and were comfortable. Not only Mr. & Mrs. K had taken days off from their work, their kids also did not attend their colleges to give us company. They even accompanied us to Haridwar and Amritsar, along with one of their close family friend who happened to be a Sikh who gave a good tour of The Golden Temple and other attractions of Amritsar.
And as a food blogger, I had to talk about the food we got to taste though I would have been embarrassed to take pictures of the same. The food we ate at their home was simple, tasty and less spicy as we prefer. The food was kind of a typical Punjabi fare though they were Hariyanvis. Not a surprise considering the region's proximity. Dalmakhni, paneer dishes, chole - bhature, rotis loaded with pure desi ghee, buttery sandwiches and that kind. I also got to taste some kind of chutney with pink colored small tart berries that she got from Delhi. I have forgotten the name of those berries now, though I think the name started with K. The next day after we landed, we had a hearty breakfast of chole bhature. Along with those, they got 2 special Haryanvi sweets they wanted us to try. One turned out to be Andhra pheni kind and it had a similar sounding name. The other one I ate was for the first time and it was tasty and I don't remember the name now even after trying. Besides we had Agra's petha pedas and Mathura pedas that we carried. All those desserts were too much for us during the breakfast time and really I wished I had time to savor them leisurely so that I could remember the flavors better. 
My husband suggested that we will give them a call to get an authentic recipe for my Haryana post. The idea seemed ridiculous, disturbing them asking for recipes. I went to the trusted source instead - the online and found Besan ki masala rotis at Sanjeev Kapoor's. This is the first time I came across this recipe and had no idea that just a spice mixture can be used as a filling for parathas. It can be served along with a gravy curry. However plain yogurt and a pickle will also suffice the purpose since the rotis are spicy.

Ingredients for the roti dough: (Yield 5 - 6 rotis)
1 cup besan / chickpea flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
2 tbsp ghee / oil
Salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add enough water and make a firm dough. Don't skip the ghee / oil from the recipe as the dough contains more chickpea flour and dough would be more towards the sticky side without ghee / oil. Cover and keep it aside. I rested it for an hour though the recipe did not recommend it.
Ingredients for the filling:
1.5 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp dry mango powder / amchur powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1 green chili, finely chopped
2 tbsp melted ghee

Combine everything in small bowl. If the mixture seems hard, add a little water.
Ingredients to make rotis:
Flour for dusting
Oil / ghee to toast rotis

* Divide the dough mixture into 5 or 6 portions. Roll them into balls. Roll out a ball into a circle, dusting with flour if needed. Apply the spicy paste on it leaving the edges.
 * Fold it into half and again one more into half to get a triangle.
 * Again roll it out into a thin triangle, dusting with flour if needed.
* Heat a tawa / flat pan and toast the rotis using ghee until you see golden spots on both sides. Serve it with yogurt and a spicy pickle if preferred.



Kalyani said...

Nice flaky rotti there N lovely to read about ur India trip , Suma

Jayanthi Padmanabhan said...

masala rotis are perfect. I really like the idea. no need to bother about a side even..

Priya Suresh said...

Wow, seems u had a non stop North Indian trip,wonderful to meet a good friend na.. Masala roti looks fantastic, i dont even need any side to have this delicious roti.

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

another masala roti!! super yummy and delicious

Nupur UK-Rasoi said...

I think th ename you are looking for is "Jamun" or "Karonde" .. these are the two berries we get a lot in Delhi :)

Roti looks delicious !

Varadas Kitchen said...

The masala roti looks delicious. The step by step pictures are very well done. Enjoyed reading the story of your trip.

vaishali sabnani said...

Ok those berries are called Karonde..I have a saute with them..real yum. I love that stuffing in the besan roti..book marking.

The Pumpkin Farm said...

liked the way you have explained in detail, this is planned for tomorrow's lunch now..

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Another besan masal roti,sounds delicious and perfectly made...

Gayathri Kumar said...

I remember making this for one of our ICC challenges. They taste absolutely delicious. Yours has turned out superb...

Harini-Jaya R said...

From my experience too, the Punjabis/Haryanvis are very gracious hosts and very good cooks as well. These masala rotis sound very flavorful.

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

You gals are tempting me with this masala rotis...Bookmarking this..

Srivalli said...

So wonderful to read about your friends..such friends make everything so meaningful right..thanks for sharing with us..Coming to your rotis, they are so perfectly made..and we enjoyed when we had made for icc..

Archana Potdar said...

Suma please your pics are killing me. I want to grab them off th escreen and gobble them. Love them. as for ringing Mrs. K please so ring them I am sure it will be a treasure trove of delicious recipes.

Pavani N said...

Loved reading about your friends and the yummy food you had there. I too wish I could go back and get recipes for dishes that I've had years ago -- but our new best friend is google now.
That masala roti sounds spicy and delicious.

Chef Mireille said...

these spiced up roti must be so flavorful

Usha said...

Even I thought of calling up an old friend for a recipe for another state. I too felt silly and odd, calling her up after so many years, just for a recipe. I dropped the idea. Mr & Mrs. K sound like a perfect hosts.

Masala roti looks delicious and I did consider this but decided to do a simple subzi instead.

Padmajha PJ said...

Enjoyed reading your post Suma! I am sure your friend would have loved to share recipes with you :).