Sunday, February 15, 2009

Oat Barley Roti/ Indian Flat Bread

Consider this, every can of soda has 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine and artificial food colors and sulphites. And diet soda has a whole lot of artificial sweeteners that are not a whole lot better.Can you believe that?................ 10 teaspoons of sugar is about 1/4 cup, I know this.....because I measured :-).This is absolutely crazy, if I wanted to use 1/4 cup of sugar in one go, I would not be giving up on so many desserts that I like much more than I like soda :-)

Soda is one of the easiest things that can be removed from our diet because it provides zero nutrition (what I call empty calories).It is also something that can easily be substituted with something healthier like fruit juices,even though fruit juices may contain sugar, they provide some amount of vitamins that our body needs.A lot of people do not realize how truly bad soda can be for health or how quickly the (empty) calories can add up, especially if you have more than one can of soda in any day. If you are trying to lose weight or eat healthier this is the simplest first step you can make to improve your diet, just cut out soda whenever possible.

Talking about healthy diet, I always try to make my everyday food a little more healthier if possible. With this end in mind I made this oat barley roti as a way to include all three of these important grains in our diet effortlessly.This recipe is ideal for those who have family members who may balk at having something with barley flour or oat flour in it but will have it if it is sneaked into their food. The taste of the other flours is not discernible in this roti making this a very easy way to include these grains into our everyday diet.

Oat Barley roti 2


Ingredients and Method to make Oat Barley Wheat Roti (Indian Flat Bread)

2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
1/2 cup barley flour
1/2 cup oat flour (see notes)
1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp coriander powder (optional)
salt to taste
5 tsp olive oil (or any other oil)
a few drops of oil or ghee to shallow fry the roti

scant 1 cup water (approximately)

In a large bowl mix together the wheat flour, oat flour, barley flour, chilli powder , coriander powder and salt to taste. Keep aside.

In a spice grinder coarsely powder the cumin seeds and carom seeds and add to the dry powders and mix well. Add olive oil and mix it into the flours.

Add water a little at a time and mix the flours to form a dough. Knead until dough is soft and not sticky. Add additional one teaspoon of olive oil if required.Keep the dough covered for at least about 30 minutes or so.

Divide the dough into equal lemon sized balls and with the help of some flour roll it out into even circles (circles should be about the thickness of tortilla or slightly thicker).

Heat a flat pan/ griddle/ tawa and when hot place the rolled out flat bread on it and cook one side. Flip over, add a few drops of oil/ ghee and cook the other side. Flip over once again if required and cook till done. (when done pinkish spots will appear on surface of the roti)

Serve hot with curry of choice.

Yields approximately 12-13 medium sized roti's

Notes
For oat flour I processed Quaker 1 min oats in the spice grinder until it turned into fine powder.
Store bought oat flour should work fine too.

The dough should be a little softer than the regular roti dough for this one

41 comments :

Akal's Saappadu said...

nice post with explicite informations, one of the best nutritious Indian breads!!

Sumathi said...

Very informative .. The rotis looks so yummy and nutritious..

indosungod said...

That is a great idea, how do you think ragi flour would work with wheat flour?

simplyspices said...

wow..what a healthy roti!

Indhu said...

nice recipe Usha... I liked your oat-barley dosai and the oat-barley cutlets... I am sure this must have tasted good... :)

Mangala Bhat said...

wow ! i am going to try this tomorrow ..let u know soon ..Thanks for the recipe Usha :)

Deepa Hari said...

A very healthy roti Usha....Love the combination of oat-barley-wheat...good thought to include them.

sowmya said...

very healthy roti..and love the info you have given..very useful..

Nithya Praveen said...

Very informative one.Barley surely helps in weight loss.The rotis look amazing,a simple and a healthy one!

Varsha Vipins said...

Such a healthy Roti..wow..n Thanks for the info..:)

Trupti said...

roti looks very delicious & healthy Usha.

Cham said...

Barley,oats and w wheat what else , sure a healthy roti to stick for. U re absolutely right about soda.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This sounds to be so healthy. YUM! Never tried roti out of barley...

Belated Valentine's Day Wishes!!!!!

Vegetation said...

I love the idea of oats and barley in roti! Great recipe!

sriharivatsan said...

I have added Oats flour to rotis but never thought of adding barley flour..This is very wise idea..Tx for sharing Usha..

Ashwini said...

Oats and barley nice combination for roti..very informative..yumm

Laavanya said...

I can't stand soda (even before i knew how it's not good for health) and i'm so glad for it.

What a fabulous idea to add oats & barley flour to these rotis.. look soft & perfect.

Vaishali said...

Usha, I love the idea of adding barley flour and oat flour: oat flour especially gives breads a really tender crumb and freshness. I am sure these rotis tasted great.
Also, great advise on soda: I've never been a big fan of sodas, and thank goodness for that!

Happy cook said...

A lot of good information. Thankyou and the roti looks yumm.

Madhuram said...

I can't agree more about the info. on soda. It really hurts to see even very small children addicted to coke and pepsi, when it's not even good for adults.

I also use oats in my chapathi dough regularly. I don't powder it though, mix oats and flax seed powder directly. But yet to try the barley flour.

AnuSriram said...

Looks lovely Usha! Nice info!

Priya Sriram said...

Nice and healthy dish... Thanks for sharing Usha!

Soma said...

Thats one harlthy roti. i had seen the oats ones in DK's place.. this is even better.

Superchef said...

that looks packed with all the goodness!! (sounds like an ad punch line!!)

Suma Rajesh said...

healthy roti..wil hve to give it a try

Girl Japan said...

Oh goodness now I am craving curry! Nice and healthy dish! Thanks Usha

Priya said...

Wat a creative work n healthy roti..sure gonna try soon..looks great..

VBP said...

Hi Usha,

Great post. I haven't used Oat Flour before. In your ingredients list, next to Oat Flour, you said "(see notes)". I could not find the notes anywhere about Oat flour. Can you provide details?

Thanks!
VBP.

Akal's Saappadu said...

Usha,
I've got something for you in my blog dear!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow those rotis look sooooo soft. cant believe its made of mixed flours.

A_and_N said...

So healthy!

Vibaas said...

it's so healthy. i love this recipe :)

Daily Meals said...

Sounds healthy and nutritious...Will give it a try...

Red Chillies said...

Loved the idea of adding differnt flours while making the roti. Very nutritious. I add sesame seeds and also curry leaf powder while making the Atta.

Adlak's tiny world said...

nice post with good info... healthy and tasty recipe.. thanks for sharing.

Lore said...

Another healthy and flavourful recipe Usha, thanks for sharing. I will never be bored with roti, NEVER!

Usha said...

Thanks to all of you for taking the time to drop by and your sweet comments.

Indosungod, I think ragi flour would work well in this roti too if it is used in place of barley flour or oat flour, I think though too much ragi flour will overpower the spices and give this roti a different flavor.

Mangala do try it, hope you like it as much as we did..

Madhuram I liked your idea of adding oats and flax seed directly too the roti dough, will give that a try the next time I make oats roti...

Superchef, that really does sound like an ad punch line :-)

VBP, thanks for pointing out the error I had missed the notes part, have now added it.

Thanks for thinking of me for the award, Akal, that is so sweet of you!

Red chillies, the idea of adding sesame seeds appeals to me a great deal, I love sesame seeds am definitely going to try that too !

Lore, I never get bored of roti's too :-)

Archy said...

healthy roti.. hmm.. u have lots of healthy Bf yaar.. need to try one by one :) !!

Lisa said...

Not only is this healthy, it's no doubt incredibly tasty too!

Usha said...

Archy and Lisa, thanks for visiting and for your comments !

Paru ... said...

Tried this today and everybody enjoyed it..Thanks for this recipe :)

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