Incorporating healthy foods into everyday diet is such a challenge – especially for me, since I am not very creative in the kitchen – so I was so thrilled when a friend told me that she adds avocados to rotis. Roti is an Indian flatbread made most commonly with wheat flour although other flours are also used to make rotis..they look like tortillas. Rotis made with sorghum flour are an integral part of my home town’s cuisine and my favorite. I already incorporated flaxseed meal into my rotis so I couldn’t wait to try avocado rotis. Since avocados have high fat content the rotis came out quite soft…and they were approved by the kids. I guess, this is a keeper!
- Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
- Avocado – 1/2
- Extra virgin olive oil – 1 tsp
- Flaxseed meal – 1/2 tbsp
- Salt – 1/8 tsp
- Water – as needed
- Oil – optional
- Sift together flour and salt
- Add 1/2 avocado and mash into the flour
- Add oil and mix into the flour
- Heat about 1/2 cup of water – not boiling hot just warm – and add to the flour a few tbsp at a time and knead.
- Continue kneading for at least 5 minutes…add water if needed. The dough should not be too hard nor too sticky. It should be soft.
- Cover the dough with a moist cloth or paper towel and let it rest a few mins. If you do not cover the dough it will get hard and cracked. Ideally it should rest at least 30 mins but 5-10 mins will do too
- Divide the dough into balls the size of lime
- Roll each roti out – sprinkle flour on the rolling surface and the dough as you roll so the roti will not stick to the rolling board/pin
- Heat a skillet and toss the roti onto the skillet
- Bubbles will form in a couple minutes. At this point if you are using oil brush oil onto the top surface of the roti and flip it
- Brush oil on the cooked side of roti and flip it after a few seconds
- Press down on the edges of roti with your spatula as you cook
- Continue flipping and cooking until the roti has a nice brown color
- Serve it immediately or if you saving for later store them in a air tight and preferably insulated container to keep them warm. Line the container with a paper towel to soak up the condensation from the steam that comes out of the warm rotis.
- Serve the rotis with dal or curries or a pickle