Besan Paratha Recipe

If there is one thing I would want to avoid in the kitchen, it is to make rotis…, don’t get me wrong….we have them every day for at least one meal….but the process of making the roti is always something that I ponder over…. Blame it on my rice eating / craving genes if you want! That being said…..i love eating rotis….scooped up with some spicy side dish or dipped into yummy dals…..stuffed paranthas never made frequent appearances at our table….but besan roti or atleast this is what we call it at home did…. i have no idea how or where my mother came upon this recipe, but she made it and we took to it big time…..what the recipe did in turn, was simplify many breakfast and dinner times….This is one of my favourite rotis….quick to rustle up, filling, nutritious and hits all the right taste buds….

Besan roti is very similar to an omelette smeared over a chappati but I guess this is the vegetarian version…..the besan and spice batter is more like a bhajjia / fritter batter…..the roti is cooked till 2/3 rd done and the batter smeared over one side and then cooked again…..i like to have it done crisp….it is best with some chilled yoghurt and spicy pickle on the side…..we had ours with avakkai.

This is off to valli’s roti mela…and also to my namesakes WBB: Express breakfasts.

To make Besan Roti to Serve 2

Chappati dough to make 5-6 rotis (1 ½ cups whole wheat flour kneaded with water to make a pliable dough)

For the besan batter

3-4 T besan (chickpea flour)

2 T finely chopped onion

1 t finely chopped green chilly

¼ t chilli powder

Salt to taste

1 T finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

Mix all the ingredients for the batter with 2/3 cup water. Mix till well blended and lump free. Add a little more water if required. The batter should be as thick as dosa / pancake batter

Roll out the rotis and cook on both sides till 2/3 done on a hot griddle on medium heat.

Smear about 2 T of the besan batter on one side of the roti and turn it over. Cook for about ½ a minute or till the batter is cooked through. Add few drops of oil at this stage on both sides of the roti.

Make sure to cook the rotis on a medium flame / heat, else the rotis will burn.

Serve piping hot with chilled yoghurt and pickle or sauce or chutney.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. pavani says:

    hey anu,
    never heard about this roti’s..will try it out sometime..

  2. Srivalli says:

    looks great!..thanks for the entry

  3. Sig says:

    I really thought it was made with eggs! This is a totally new dish to me… I too am a rice lover, too lazy to roll out rotis… 🙂

  4. Nupur says:

    What an unusual and delicious creation!

  5. Aparna says:

    This is new to me. It must taste wonderful. A chapathi and dosa in one!

  6. Mallika says:

    Yummy.I too end up making rice instead of rotis generally though!

  7. Alka says:

    This is what we call chilro phulko in sindhi,the only difference is that u had beautifully blended it in one,while we make chilra and roti individually and then enjoy it together
    In sindhi version ,we also use a pinch of soda bi carb(mithi soda) to make chilra crisp
    All said and done….this is a wonderful way to enjoy quick fixed breakfast/brunch

  8. lakshmi says:

    this is an eggless omelette chapathi – 😀

  9. rachel says:

    A novel recipe to me….

  10. Raaga says:

    Chhila 🙂 I make this about once every 6 months 🙂

    Looks great.

    is’nt chilla like a dosa made from besan?? this sort of marries it with roti!!

  11. Happy Cook says:

    Never had them. Well here i make rotis only twice a month i think. I do love them, but i think i eat too much of it when i make them

    i make rotis now thanks to the dough attachment of my table top wet grinder…..i used to loathe mixing the dough with my hands……

  12. bhags says:

    A new kind of roti to me….creative indeed

  13. Kalva says:

    my gujarathi freind makes it but never had these/..

  14. arundathi says:

    never heard of these – must try it someday! 🙂

  15. Cynthia says:

    I’ve heard of but never made this kind of roti.

    I too am a rice-loving gal 🙂

  16. skribles says:

    these besan rotis are new to me … but they sure sound yumm … this mite even liven up leftover rotis 😀 .. thanks for sharing

    oh yes!! they work well with leftover rotis too!!

  17. shubha says:

    This is very new to me.. Interesting recipe… will surely try it out…:)

    please do…..and let me know how it turned out!!

  18. Siri says:

    these rotis are new to me! they look so different and yumm..gotta give it a try for sure!


  19. Asha says:

    That is new and very creative A, looks delicious! We used to make veg Omelet with Besan n B’lore, this is even better on Chapatis. Great entry!:))

    thanks asha!! besan rotis do taste yumm!! yes i did hear of the veggie version of the omelet from a friend when she tasted this…..

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