Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fenugreek FlatBread "Methi Roti"

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Fenugreek leaves both fresh and dried are used aplenty in Indian cooking. They have a slight bitter taste and pungent odor.Comparatively, fresh leaves have milder taste than the dried ones. I remember eating plenty of dishes with this as a key ingredient post-delivery cause its believed to increase milk supply in lactating moms. Pharmacies sell fenugreek seed capsules for the very same reason. Can't find fresh fenugreek leaves in your local grocery store? Head over to an Indian store and look for "Methi Leaves"(Fresh)/"Kasuri Methi"(dried) or use watercress which is a reasonable substitute.There are numerous ways to cook these gorgeous greens/herb but if you ask me, the best way is to incorporate them in a flat bread called "Methi Roti".
Ingredients(Makes 10, 7" Round Flatbread):
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Fenugreek(Yields roughly 1 Cup Fenugreek Leaves, Packed)
  • 2 Hot Green Chili
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Hot Water(hot enough to handle by hands)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Pastry Board to roll out the dough
  • Tava (Indian Cast-Iron Griddle)
    • Pick the leaves of the fenugreek and discard the stalks.Clean and drain the water from the leaves.
    • Mince the Garlic and Green Chilies in a blender or using mortar/pestle.
    • Roughly chop the fenugreek leaves
    • Mix flour, chopped leaves, minced garlic-chili paste, cumin powder, turmeric powder and salt in a bowl.
    • Add the water to the mixture and make a firm dough. It is indeed important that the dough be firm so it can be rolled with sticking to the rolling pin. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
    • Divide the dough into 10 even balls and flatten them to disc/patties.
    • Roll the flattened patties on a flat surface or a pastry board(dredging periodically with wheat flour to avoid sticking) and stretch it into a smooth 7" disc. At the most, the discs can be 2-3mm thick.
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    1. Looks good. Made it last week for my pregnant friend. Your photos looks awesome.

    2. We used to shamelessly buy the frozen methi theplas and was very fond of tho, we are averse to it..wonder why!
      i like the 1st pic

    3. I have only seen the dried ones here never the fresh. Your photos look fantastic!

    4. Love methi roti's..yours looks delicious,beautiful click

    5. Beautiful looking methi roti..beautiful first click..healthy rotis to enjoy anytime..

    6. Those are irresistable...can have them any time...

    7. those methi paratha triangles look very kids would love it...and I will have it with the tomato chutney plzzz..:))

    8. I've been on the lookout for fenugreek for a while now! Now I want it even more! These look fantastic.

    9. Roti looks healthy n nice. I too make it occasionally. Thanks for reminding.

    10. This is my fav Lassie. yours have come out so with some pickle and yogurt...

    11. I have some fresh watercress in my fridge right now. I should really make this, it looks wonderful. I want some now! I'm bookmarking it for the weekend!

    12. love the colorful platter....yellow/green pranthas and tht red fiery chutney...bful combo..looks yum n wonderful presentaion dear

    13. These look really good. I have never tried fenugreek but I would love to. Thanks for the great pictures and instruction on preparing this dish:)

    14. love way to eat the fenugreek leaves,,

    15. Methi Rotis look absolutely perfect....they look very soft too.

      Pushpa @

    16. Hi,

      Looks amazing and must have tasted the same too!!Must try making them sometime..


    17. As it is I love methi parata & the way u have presented the prep is really commendable..... Well captured too..... :)


    18. i havent seen a better roti snap than this..this is cute and are very creative.. :)

    19. Methi rotis looks colorful n healthy as well .It is worth a try .

    20. looks delicious and one of my favorites!

    21. Rotis look amazingly tasty and prepared with heart. Thanks for sharing step by step process.

      Hamaree Rasoi

    22. I have never heard of Fenugreek but it sounds like something I should try. Thsi looks delicious.

    23. Love ur first pic..methi is my fav with anything i just love...delicious, thought i will more happily eat with one cup of fresh yogurt :)


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