Diwali Oct - 29

Monday, November 10, 2014


Bajra also called as Pearl millet in English/ Kambu in Tamil, even available in USA in the name cattail millet. Millet recipes are getting very popular now a days. I have explored few recipes with millets and will be sharing here every week. Bajra, is a very old variety of millet used in Tamilnadu and Kambu khool is a popular one which is made with bajra. Rotis are made with bajra in the state of Gujarat, Rajasthan. I remember eating bajra roti, jowar roti when we visited Jaipur few years ago. I have tried both jowar roti and bajra roti at home. Will post jowar also soon.
   This has so many health benefits.As bajra is rich in fibre, it helps in weight loss. Best suitable for Diabetic people. I personally felt the rotis are too bland in taste, but when i tried for the second time i had with proper side dish. It tasted very nice. Never serve this with simple raita or salads. Since it is a gluten free flour, i can't make it without the addition of wheat flour. So over to the recipe of bajra ki roti.
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  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 2 Mins per roti | Yields: 6

     Bajra flour | Kambu maavu  1/2 cup
     Wheat flour     3 tblsp
      Salt     to taste
      Hot water   to knead
      Oil | Ghee  to drizzle on the roti (optional)


  • In a wide vessel add both the flours and add salt. 
bajra-flour flour
  • Add hot water little by little and make a soft dough. Do not add more water, it needs little only. I couldn’t give proper measurement for water as it varies from flour to flour.
  • Divide the dough into equal sized balls.
add-water dough-balls
  • Take one portion of the dough and roll it gently with rolling pin. Dust with flour while rolling.
dough-balls bajra-roti
  • Heat a tawa and cook the roti on one side and put it on the open flame as we do for phulkas. It won’t puff up too much like wheat rotis.
IMG_3467 open-flame
  • Repeat this for the rest of the dough.
bajra roti
  • Hot bajra rotis are ready to serve.
bajra roti
  1. Never make the dough too soft, else you can not roll it and too stiff also very difficult and rotis will end up very hard.
  2. You can add masala powders like red chili powder, jeera powder and garam masala, finely chopped coriander to the flour while making the dough.
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  1. I tried this once, but could not roll :P You have done successfully :)

  2. Hello mam....im a huge fan of urs frm gujarat.....pls try another bajra recipe called ' dhebra '......u will lov thm too......tc

  3. Tried this at home today with lauki dhal...taste was good... :) :)

  4. even i add some wheat four too bajra flour. yummy rotis..

  5. Hi, I live in Namibia, where we have a millet flour called mahangu. It always has a slightly gritty feel to me and I'm wondering if your bajra is the same? I didn't grow up here and I don't care for the porridge we usually make, but I do like roti and will try it. I'm very lazy to roll and will probably try my pasta maker.

  6. Nice rotis.. will def try them as alternatives for rice/wheat grain foods. Try the kollu dosai...
    Currently my most favorite alternative food....

  7. The dough should not be kept for long as it would turn bitter. So should roll rotis once you prepare the dough.


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