i use a lot of greens in the food that i make at home. some methi or spinach always gets added to pulaos, dal or rotis.
here’s a traditional punjabi recipe of missi roti in which i have added methi/fenugreek leaves. you can make the same without methi, but adding these fresh methi leaves, does make the rotis more packed with nutrition and they taste good too.
i am often asked what is the difference between missi roti and thepla. there is not much difference except for the proportion of wheat flour and besan used. thepla is also made with other flours like pearl millet flour (bajra flour) and jowar flour (sorghum flour).
if living outside india, you may not be able to find fresh fenugreek leaves. in this case, add spinach leaves or add dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi). proportion mentioned below in the recipe notes.
i made the whole dough in kitchenaid, hence did not take all the step by step pics.
if you have a kitchenaid, then trust me….. making roti dough is a breeze in kitchenaid. no messy hands, no flour flying here and there and a clean work surface.
after we got the kitchenaid, i make all the dough kneading in it be it roti, poori and breads.
methi missi roti can be even packed for a tiffin lunch or snack with some mango pickle or lime pickle. they also make a nice picnic food or travel lunch.
methi missi recipe details below:
- 1 cup fresh methi/fenugreek leaves tightly packed
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup besan/gram flour
- 1 green chili, finely chopped
- 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
- ½ tsp carom seeds/ajwain
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- ½ tsp garam masala powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp salt or as required
- ½ to ¾ cup water
- 2 tsp oil or ghee to be added to the dough
- some oil or ghee for frying the rotis
- rinse and chop the methi leaves finely.
- mix the flours,salt, spices and spice powders.
- now stir in the chopped onion, green chili and methi leaves.
- mix everything well.
- add little water and start to knead into a dough.
- since the methi leaves also release water, it helps if the dough is kneaded with less water first.
- if all the water is added at once, the dough may end up being sticky.
- add some more water if required.
- let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes.
- now take medium sized balls from the dough.
- dust the work surface lightly with flour and roll into a medium sized round like chapatis.
- place the rolled roti on a hot tava or griddle and cook one side.
- when one side is half cooked, flip and cook the other side.
- smear some oil or ghee on both sides and cook till browned and cooked.
- stack in a roti basket.
- serve hot or warm with mango pickle, yogurt or white butter