Saturday, August 29, 2009

Watermelon Rind Roti (Indian flat bread)

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Moving on, every since I made this watermelon rind curry. I have been devising different uses for this rind. Watermelon is my favorite summer fruit and using the rind makes me happy that no part of this delicious fruit gets wasted. Since I love Indian flat bread ( Roti) varieties so much, inevitably the rind found its way into a roti before long. The grated rind added an interesting texture and taste to the roti and the roti was much appreciated.


Watermelon Rind Roti photo 8b0c2266-1a68-42f5-8467-5ad0e2d08517_zps962c5b4b.jpg


Ingredients and Method to make watermelon rind roti
3 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
1 cup packed grated water melon rind (pith/ white part between the skin and red part)
1/2 cup grated carrot (about 1 large carrot)
1 1/2 tsp salt (or according to taste)
3/4 tsp chili powder (or according to taste)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp oil (optional)
water as required to knead dough (I used approx 1/2 cup )
a little oil/ ghee for cooking the roti (use oil for a vegan version)
a little extra flour for dusting

Cut the watermelon, remove the red part and enjoy the fruit or save for later :-)
Remove the skin and grate only the white part of the watermelon (the rind/ pith), keep aside.

In a large bowl add wheat flour, chilli powder, salt to taste, cumin & coriander powder and cumin seeds and mix well. Add to this grated watermelon rind and grated carrot and mix well into dough and knead. Add oil if using and knead into the dough.

Slowly add water as required a few spoons at a time and continue to knead until the dough is slightly stiff and non sticky. (the dough further softens when kept covered, so if it is very soft when you finish kneading it gets much more stickier in a little while. For this roti, it is better to keep the dough just a tad bit on the stiff side)

 Keep the dough covered for at least 30 mins. Knead a few times again, then divide into equal large lemon sized balls and keep aside

With the help of a little flour roll out each ball into a circle.(the thickness depends on personal choice for this roti I made it a little thick)

Heat tawa/ flat pan/ griddle and place one rolled out roti on it
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Cook it for a minute or so (it will start getting light pinkish/ brown spots), flip over and cook the other side (until the other side starts to get pinkish/brown spots).

Apply oil/ ghee to the side facing upwards, flip over and cook for another few seconds. Do the same for the other side.

Remove and serve hot with raita/ plain or spiced yogurt/ or curry of choice. Yielded approximately 15 (yield will depend on size and thickness of rotis)

31 comments :

Priya said...

Wow watermelon rind roti looks incredible..thats a prefect way to prepare dishes with the watermelon rinds..

lata raja said...

Interesting recipe. Bookmarked this.

Nandini said...

WOW! Innovative roti! Must be really tasty!

Red Chillies said...

very interesting and a good one too!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks great!

Chitra said...

hmm, innovative & looks really nice :)

Vegetation said...

You do so many interesting things with food (great things!) that would never cross my mind! These look wonderful!

Priti said...

Thats a delicious recipe and beautiful shot

Arch said...

Very good use of the rind. My mom makes rava dosas with it - you could try that - it tastes really good. grate/chop it fine and add to rava with chillies, jeera. The water from it is generally enough. Or you can add a little water/curd, keep aside for 15 mins, add salt and coriander leaves, little jaggery and then make thick rava dosas with it. We call it doddak in konkani.

Valarmathi said...

Looks nice and yummy.

indosungod said...

Usha, I feel a twinge everytime I throw away those perfect rinds. This a great way to use them and they look delicious.

Hari Chandana said...

Wow.. interisring recipe... very innovative.. thanks for the recipe.. :)

Indhu said...

using watermelon rind is completely new to me... lovely recipe and excellent pictures Usha :)

Ann said...

Absolutely brilliant roti there Usha..and both pictures look professional..!!

sowmya said...

very interesting recipe...next time, i buy watermelon..i know how to use it properly..

Vidhya said...

I have not used watermelon rind till now. This is very much new to me. Will try it soon Usha.. Nice clicks..

Babli said...

Watermelon rind roti recipe is very interesting and I have never heard about it before. Thanks for the wonderful recipe and I will try it out. You have presented beautifully with yummy pictures.

Ana Powell said...

Completely new to me but loved the results.
Excellent photos x

Parita said...

Different and healthy!

Gita said...

Very innovative rotis Usha...must be very flavorful too :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, very unique roti with watermelon ride, sounds delicious!

DiDo.. said...

extremely creative! but where do u get this packed rind??

anubhavati said...

Hi,

First time on your kitchen and really loved the novel concept. Looks soft and really wanna take a bite off the fork!!!

Shobha

Rachel said...

Watermelon rind..very very neat!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Very different and unique. Sure will melt in mouth...

rekhas kitchen said...

superb idea watermellon rind roti looks so soft and mouthwatering will try this for sure.Thanks for the recipe dear.

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jayasri said...

hey, that's a very good idea, next time i will also try this, mm.., very innovative, the photos are perfect, looks that they are quite soft made a mental note of this..

Roma said...

This is really new to me. Will try it next time I have a water melon at home.

Nagma said...

It must be very tasty! Never try something like this before. But now i want:)

Evelyn said...

A friend found your recipe for watermelon rind curry and sent it to me after I served her watermelon rind spring rolls. You grate the rind and season it with sesame oil, soy sauce, etc. and roll it up in rice paper. I've made it for potlucks and have always gotten compliments on it. The recipe is at the bottom of this post:

http://evel8yn.blogspot.com/2009/05/asian-inspired-watermelon-rind-slaw.html

Thanks for giving me a couple more ideas of what to do with watermelon rind.

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