Come winter and the only thing on my mind is to enjoy that tasty and delicious sarson ka saag with makki ki roti. In the Punjabi houses this is enjoyed with the homemade white butter.
Now you should be careful as to what is makki ka atta. In most of North India if you go to a local shop and ask for that you will get it . I have lived in Chennai for several years and can tell you how tough it is to get atta there. In English Makki ka atta is called maize flour. Just to be sure you do not confuse this with corn flour. Corn flour is used for a very different purpose and is not used for making rotis. In fact Corn flour is white in colour. Maize flour or makki ka atta is light yellow in colour.
This roti can be made with just plain atta and no other additions to it. However, I typically add some mooli ka patta (Radish leaves) and spinach to it . It is healthy plus it gives that added taste to the overall Roti. I also add green chillies to this. Again, this is your choice , I love green chillies and spicy stuff , so I am ok to add this. My poor husband does not like it though 🙂
The toughest part of making the roti is the toughness that atta has and how to roll it such that it does not break . Also, it is challenging to take the rolled dough and put it on the hot plate or the tava. As we proceed you will see that it is easy to keep a plastic sheet underneath when you are rolling the dough , so that it is easy to roll and pick it up. Also the plastic sheet helps as the atta will not stick and you can easily take it an put it in the tava.
Step by Step Instructions for makki di roti recipe
1) First step is to make the dough. Take two cups of maize flour , add some salt to it , add radish leaves and some grated radish and make it into a dough.
2) For making the dough , use warm water and add it slowly while you are kneading the dough.
3) If you notice that the dough is not holding up and is falling apart then add some warm water and knead again however do it little by little. Do not add a whole lot of water at once. So add little water, knead check if it is firm or not. If not then repeat the process.. add little warm water, knead check.
4)Knead the flour gently till it is firm. Now unlike the regular dough for chappti , this dough will have cracks and it will very rough. So do not worry about it.
5) Next make some medium sized ball from this dough.
6) we are ready to roll ..
7) On the rolling board or the chakla as they call in North India , keep a plastic sheet. I typically use the regular white transparent bag on the chakla and sprinkle some dry makki atta on it.
8) Keep the medium sized dough ball on rolling board and press it gently.
9) Now take the rolling pin or the belan and start rolling . Be very gentle as typically the rolled roti can break very easily. Be very slow and exert minimal pressure.
10) Now do not roll into very thin roti. It is very thick , so make it thick. Even thicker than your regular parantha.
11) Put some ghee onto the tawa or the hotplate.
12) Here comes the toughest part to transfer the rolled out roti onto the tawa. I typically take the plastic sheet on which the rolled out roti is , pick that sheet gently and slowly such that once it is off the rolling board, and slowly slide my hand underneath the plastic sheet. Essentially now i have the plastic sheet with the rolled out dough on my hand. Then with one quick move I transfer the rolled roti onto the tawa.
13) Now let bottom side of the roti be browned and heated.
14) take the spatula and flip the roti such the other side is also baked.
15) Typically you will see the sides getting a bit crunchier in this roti and that is how I like that. So once you see the center of the roti looks baked and is not very moist then you can take the roti off the tawa .
16) Enjoy this makki di roti with sarson kaa saag and white butter.
- Maize Flour - 2 cups
- Warm water - ½ cup
- Ghee - 2 tablespoons
- Green chillies - 3 chopped
- Radish leaves - Chopped
- Spinach - Small bunch and chopped
- Take Makki ka atta in abig plate or bowl for making the dough
- Add radish leaves, salt, spinach leaves and green chillies
- Knead and make it into a dough
- Take a plastic sheet pr bag and keep it on the rolling board
- Using your hand initially and then the rolling pin roll the dough into thick flat roti
- Now transfer the roti onto the tawa and let one side get roasted
- Flip and let the other side get roasted.
- Make sure both the sides are adequately browned and are roasted.
- The sides of the makki ki roti are a bit crunchier
- Serve hot with white butter and sarson ka saag