Makki Di Roti (Griddle Cooked Corn Bread)

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A staple in Punjab, and often served with Sarso Da Saag, a popular curry made with mustard greens, these spicy flat breads go well with any Indian dal. These breads are also gluten free if you make sure your corn flour does not contain any wheat. I served them with a mixed lentil Indian dal for a nourishing and filling meal. The time spent in the kitchen is well worth the effort.

I adapted the method suggested by Raghavan Iyer. His 660 Curries cookbook is a treasure for sure. I've yet to try one of his recipes that did not impress me. Lots of traditional and unique ideas for legumes, breads, rice, vegetables, paneer, spice blends and condiments. Not strictly vegetarian, but no matter, as there are lots of tasty options for vegans and vegetarians alike. This book comes highly recommended from Lisa's Kitchen.

Makki Di Roti (Griddle Cooked Corn Bread)Makki Di Roti (Griddle Cooked Corn Bread)
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Adapted from 660 Curries
Cuisine: Indian
Published on April 11, 2011

Soft, spicy and delicious griddle-fried Indian corn pancakes — perfect for serving with spicy curries

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  • 2 cups yellow corn flour (fine ground cornmeal)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 8 green chilies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup warm water
  • a few tablespoons of ghee, melted butter,or oil for frying
  • In a medium bowl, combine the corn flour and salt. Stir in the ginger and chilies. Gradually add some of the warm water, stirring as you go. Add enough until the dough comes together. Knead the dough a few times on a floured board until you have a soft dough.

  • Divide the dough into 10 balls. Cover with plastic wrap to keep the dough moist.

  • To prepare for the cooking process, you will need a large sheet of aluminum foil folded in half. You will also need one large piece of waxed paper about 12 inches wide and another 11 sheets, about 8 inches wide.

  • Take a ball of the dough and transfer it to the large piece of waxed paper. Depending on how moist the dough is, you may wish to sprinkle a bit of flour on the sheet. Roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin or stretch the dough out with your hands until it is shaped into a 4-inch round. Gently peel the round off of the waxed paper and transfer to a small piece of waxed paper and cover it with a second sheet. You may want to use a flipper so as not to break up the round. Repeat this process with the rest of the dough.

  • Brush a small non-stick pan with some ghee, butter or oil and preheat over medium heat. When hot, transfer one of the rounds to the pan. Cook until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes, flip, and cook the other side for a few minutes. Flip again, brush with a bit more ghee, butter or oil, flip again and then transfer the cooked roti to the folded sheet of foil. Continue until all of the rotis are cooked, brushing the pan with more ghee, buter or oil as necessary. Keep warm in a 150° oven if desired, though they will keep warm in the foil for a good while.

Makes 10 rotis

More Indian flat breads from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Paratha with Sweet Potato and Potato Filling
Besan Roti
Savory Rice and Urad Dal Pancakes
Savoury Rice and Split Pea Pancakes with Buttery Green Beans and Tomato-Cilantro Sauce

Audio Accompaniment: Shutov Assembly by Brian Eno


Unknown said...

Good-looking makki ki rotis, Lisa :) Two thumbs up!

Priya Suresh said...

Am yet to try this roti,looks wonderful..

Ivy said...

These look so crispy and delicious.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

These would have been delciious with my forray into East Indian cooking over the weekend. My psy goes up tomorrow as a nod to you as an inspiration to the feast.

Sylvia said...

Love rotti, yours sound delicious

eatme_delicious said...

I've never seen roti like this but would love to try it!

NanAppetit said...

Are Indian ingredients hard to find at the grocery store?

Lisa Turner said...

If you were going to make this recipe, I don't think you would have any trouble finding what you needed at the grocery store. However, most staple spices and such can really only be found at Indian grocery stores.

Laura (The Spiced Life) said...

Loving all the Indian flatbread recipes you have--I've been bouncing around exploring. Ironically I own all the cookbooks, but while curries no longer intimidate me, Indian breads do. It is amazing how much more inspiring it is to find a fellow blogger who has made the recipes. I am definitely trying these!

Anonymous said...

Lisa, what is the US equivalent of "corn flour", do you know? I'm familiar with corn meal and corn starch, but not corn flour.

Lisa Turner said...

Hi Anonymous,

Corn flour is essentially a fine ground corn meal. You should be able to find corn flour in your local grocer, but it is also available online from Bob's Red Mill: You could also grind corn meal into a flour using a spice grinder or food processor. Another option is to buy masa harina (the flour that is used to make corn tortillas), although this is made from a different kind of corn, so I don't know exactly how the recipe would turn out using this ingredient.

Hope this helps.