“Koki” Roti?? This was my reaction when i first saw this roti posted by my friend… I had never heard of such a roti before.. She had given a Sanjeev Kapoor recipe link too.. I followed it and it seemed a very easy one.. Definitely was going to be my next try, I decided.. After that i google searched for this roti and was amazed to find many sites had this recipe including one of my very talented friend’s blog, Flavors and Colors.. I am a huge fan of her clicks and this one was no less..
All my recipes come with stories of their own and therefore i don’t have to think much about what to write as an intro to the recipe..(Lucky me..Right?) After days of not getting a chance to try this yummy flat bread, i finally tried it on a day when my hubby takes his lunchbox to work.. There was some dough left and was planning to have it for dinner.. Around 7 30 in the evening, there came my South African friend who had just come back from her vacation and had loads to catch up with me..We sat and had our stomachs content of gossip when suddenly my stomach decided it needed food to digest all that chatter and started grumbling.. lol..
So like a good girl, i asked her if she would like to join me for dinner… She was only too happy as shes a huge fan of Indian food (and even serials!) but had never got a chance to taste it.. We then had a fun time roti making(KOKI roti… Dont forget!) and i taught her how to roll and pan fry the flat bread.. She was so much interested and i was too excited to teach her.. I made two each for the two of us.. She took one initially to check if she would like it.. I just looked at her reactions and she said that it tasted really good.. I thought maybe she was just being polite.. After her first roti, i asked her for the second one for which she gave a big nod which made me realize that she had actually loved it… I was super happy.. After all how many get a chance to feed home made rotis (Koki rotis in fact!) to a South African who is only too happy about it?
Thus Koki Rotis are something which are etched in my memory forever and definitely a keeper of a recipe.. I now prefer them over plain rotis or even alu parathas as they are very tasty and quick to make too…I served them with a simple tomato curry though this roti requires just a tangy pickle and chilled yogurt for a heavenly meal..
I thank Asha Radhakrishna Shenoy for giving me this idea of Koki Rotis and Aparna Bhat of Flavors and Colors for the recipe..
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Substitute refined flour with whole wheat in your diet and see the positive health changes you will undergo…
Roti Recipe Adapted from: Flavors and Colors
For the Roti:
2 Cups Wheat Flour
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Fennel Seeds
1/2 tsp Carom seeds (Optional..I did not add as i did not have..)
2 Green Chillies
2 Sprigs of Cilantro/Coriander leaves
Salt to taste
* I did not add 2 Tbsp Melted ghee as per the original recipe.. It comes out soft though..
Oil for pan frying
For the Tomato Curry:
2 Green Chillies
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 Tbsp Red chilli Powder
1/2 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Coriander Leaves for garnish
1. Sift the flour with salt and add the cumin,fennel and carom seeds..
2. Add finely chopped onion, green chillies and cilantro..
3. Add required lukewarm water to knead a smooth, soft dough..Keep aside covered with a damp cloth for 15 mins to half an hour..
4. Meanwhile,for the Tomato curry, heat a pan with oil and splutter cumin seeds..
5. Add green chillies and fry..
6. Add finely chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent..
7. Add finely chopped tomatoes and fry till they are slightly mashed..
8. Add turmeric, red chilli powders and salt along with half a cup water and allow it to simmer..
9. Cook till the tomatoes turn soft..Remove from flame and garnish with coriander leaves..
10.Make equal sized round balls of the dough..
11. Roll it to a square or round flat bread..
Note: This roti is actually square in shape.. When i tried rolling it square, my rolling pin out of its tendency to roll circle was giving me a tough time..Lol! So Roll whichever shape you find easy..
12. Place it on the heated pan and make criss cross lines on the roti with a knife so that it cooks evenly.. (Looks Pretty too.. Right?)
13. Cook both sides using oil or butter till they are browned..
14. Remove from flame..
Serve Koki Rotis with Tomato Curry or with pickle and yogurt!!