Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Avocado Roti (Indian flat bread)

Avocados, as you may already be knowing are extremely healthy, they contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that helps in reducing cholesterol and also contain potassium, a mineral known to regulate blood pressure.

The best way to select a ready to eat avocado is one that is slightly soft but should not have any dark sunken spots or cracks.A firm avocado will ripen in a paper bag or fruit basket at room temperature within a few days. 

I have always wanted to use more of these healthy fruits but never seemed to get them into my regular day to day cooking. Recently my friend V had invited us over for dinner. She had made an awesome three course meal, and one of the items on her menu was avocado roti. I loved the roti and could not wait to try it myself.

The very next week, avocado went on top of my grocery list and I made rotis with it. Since then these soft flaky rotis appear regularly in my kitchen. The avocados really add a wonderful texture and softness to the rotis, so much so that any additional oil/ ghee, as is usually used for rotis, becomes unnecessary.  

Avocado Roti/Indian wheat flat bread with avocado

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Ingredients and method to make Avocado Roti
2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
1 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
2 Indian or Thai variety green chilies slit lengthwise and cut fine (optional)
1 large avocado peeled, deseeded and mashed well. (yielded approximately 3/4 cup mashed)
2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro (coriander leaves)
water as required (approximately 3/4 cup)

In a large bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, salt, red chili powder, cumin powder , green chilies, finely chopped cilantro and keep aside.

Peel an avocado, cut in half , remove the seed and mash the avocado into a pulp.

Mix the mashed avocado into the flour, add water as required and knead to form a soft and non sticky dough. It took me almost 3/4 of a cup of water, but you may need a little less or more depending on the size of your avocado and the type of flour you use.

Cover the dough and let sit for at least 30 minutes or so.

Divide dough into equal lemon sized balls.

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With the help of flour roll out the dough into a circle of desired thickness ( I make mine pretty thin but even a thicker roti would taste just as good)

Heat a flat pan/ griddle/ tawa on medium heat. Place the rolled out dough on the tawa and cook on one side. When small light bubbles appear on surface and the lower side starts to get light pinkish/ brownish spots turn over and cook the other side.

When the other side begins to get light brown spots, remove from heat and serve hot with curry or dhal of choice.

This quantity of dough yielded me about 12 to 14 fairly large rotis. Yield will depend on the thickness and size of each roti.

Notes
This avocado roti is so soft as it is, that there is no need to use any oil/ ghee on it at all.

This Avocado Roti is off to the Healing Foods Avocado event  being hosted by Siri

47 comments :

Asha said...

I made once, has great taste and beautiful color too. Looks good, great entry.

ARUNA said...

Never tried this roti but it looks very good Usha. Nice click!

Preeti Kashyap said...

this is new to me and a great click to tempt me to make it!

AnuSriram said...

Looks so delicious! Wonderful click too!

simply.food said...

Wow this roti sound healthy and yummy.

Rachana Kothari said...

This is such an interesting recipe...looks healthy and yummy!

Alka said...

Honestly speaking I find Avocado dip (Guacamole )bit bland despite of adding sufficient chillies, and it cost a bomb here..so just dont bother to purchase it frequently.I never knew it could be put to this use..Thanks for sharing this with me, now I can enjoy the health benefits of Avocado via these rotis :-)

Trendsetters said...

avacado roti deserves a creativity award

Madhu said...

Looks good, nice combo with chickpeas.. wholesome and complete meal.

Ruchikacooks said...

Very healthy, looks soft. I made a poori for the same event :D

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Lisa said...

What a unique recipe. I would love to try this.

Happy Cook said...

Love the idea and it looks so so yummy.

Cham said...

It is in my try list avocado roti! But I prefer my avocado as it is! Lovely presentation!

kitchen queen said...

wow! i haven't heard of this roti but it looks lovely and is healthy too.

Vaishali said...

I like the idea of adding avocados to rotis -- I use it in baked breads sometimes, but this would be a much quicker way to get this healthful veggie into your diet.
Thanks for sharing your recipe, Usha.

Priya said...

I do avocado rotis often, urs looks yummy and prefect..

Rajee said...

Great recipe Usha. Good way to include Avocado in Indian cuisine.

suvaiyaana suvai said...

I do same way like this. Tempting ur Avocado Roti!!

Gita said...

Nice way to incorporate avocado in diet...I too make this sometimes, I just mash them and add while mixing the dough...your version sounds good :)...nice clicks Usha!

Nandini said...

Healthy soft rotis! Nice click.

sowmya's creative saga said...

I make this too and love the taste..yours looks delicious..

Deepa G Joshi said...

what a great way to add such different ingredients to our Indian roti..too good.

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Suparna said...

avocado in roti is an interesting incorporation! nice presentation dear
TC

Uma said...

looks yum!! rotis are in perfect shapes unlike mine :)

kahliyalogue said...

Wow Usha,u just mad my day,seriously!I just love avocados,and this idea is brilliant!Ive been making a lot of rotis lately as I believe them to be one of the healthiest forms of bread,especially from wholewheat,though they tend to be not as soft..?Is that how they just are?I imagine the Avocados make them softer..bythway,do u not oil the pan? thanx,much love,Mia :)

mugunthan said...

Avocado is a great fruit ! For some of the Africans it is a staple food as it is very filling ! We will certainly try this as it is a NOVEL product.

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

This is such a interesting recipe..Gr8 idea! lovely click!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Lovely recipe Usha, the rotis are now double healthy!!! nice entry!!!

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Nisha said...

Thanks Usha for dropping by , avacado is going to go in my shopping list too after reading your recipe :)

Devasena Hariharan said...

Nice one Usha! Good Photo...

Sumathi said...

Never tried this.. Have added Avocado to my shopping list this week.. Looks really tempting..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

rotis look so soft and nice. very creative.

Soma said...

amazing what all you can do with this lovely green. So healthy.

Soma(www.ecurry.com)

GK said...

Wonder Recipe. This has become one of our favorite family recipes. Love your blog

Fareeda said...

I just made these rotis. They are soft and like you stated, no oil is needed.

Did you roll out the dough in thin discs, like chapattis, or thick like parathas? Mine turned out thick, but still delicious.

Also, how much salt did you use? It's difficult to know what amount to use for "salt to taste".

Next time I will add a bit more of the red chilli powder.

I will definitely make these again.

Jay Kanderi said...

I tried these rotis today. So tasty and they were super soft. This will be a regular for me going forward... Thanks!!!

Aarthi said...

Using avocado in roti is a brilliant idea!! I tried this and my family loved it :)Healthy and Tasty

Aarthi said...

Using avocado in roti is a brilliant idea!! I tried this and my family loved it :)Healthy and Tasty

Usha said...

Thanks all :)

@ Mia, glad you liked this so much. Whole wheat flour rotis or phulkas as we make them all the time are soft. If yours are turning out hard try kneading the dough to a more softer consistency. Also yes this one with avocados in it is especially soft and yum :) And no I do not oil the pan, just heat the pan and cook this on it.

Usha said...

@ Fareeda, glad you liked it. I rolled out the rotis thin like chapathis because I like it that way:) About the salt I usually do not measure, but I will try to remember to measure the next time I make this and will update the post with the approx amount of salt :)

Usha said...

@ Jay and Aarthi, glad you both tried and liked this roti.It is one of my favorites too :)

Veena Theagarajan said...

so yummy and healthy roti

APD said...

Lovely website, it has inspired me for cooking, just wanted to know if Avocado health benefits stays the same when it is heated for cooking

this-n-that said...

Sounds interesting! I have to increase my child's calorie intake and looking for ways to use avocado in Indian cooking. One question, can this dough be kept for a couple of days, or does it turn black?

barrywe said...

Easy and tasty! Love using avocado as the "fat". Going to try other flavor combos too. Thanks.

Usha R said...

Thanks Veena.

@ APD about the nutritional profile of avocados after cooking, I haven't been able to find any significant articles or research studies about this aspect. Most articles about avocados does not mention any loss of nutrition on cooking. I will keep looking for some information on this though, if you happen to find something, do share :)

Usha R said...

@thisnthat, usually I store any remaining roti dough rolled in a cling film. This way since there is not much discoloration, just a slight darkening that is not very noticeable.

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