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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Bajrichi Bhakri / Bajra Roti / Pearl Millet Flat Bread / Gluten-free Recipe


 Bajrichi Bhakri or Bajra Roti is an Indian flat bread made from wholesome and healthy Pearl Millet (Bajra) flour. Bajrichichi Bhakri is the specialty of Maharashtra and it goes well with many of the curries and gravy dishes. Pearl Millet being a Gluten-free grain this flat bread is good option for those who are gluten intolerant. As Bajra produces heat in the body, it is best to consume this bhakri in winter season.

Pearl Millet ( Bajra) has rich composition of proteins and minerals and has several health benefits. It has the highest protein content for any grain. It contains several essential minerals like phosphorous, Zinc , magnesium etc. It contains essential vitamins and amino acids, which contribute to its therapeutic properties.
source: http://ourhealthyway.com/health-benefits-of-pearl-millet-bajra/

As this flour is gluten free, it is difficult to roll it like thin chapati. So knead the dough in warm water. Also ideally, in Maharashtra the dough ball is not rolled using a rolling pin, it is just patted and moved on flour using the palms of hands. This requires practice, so those who do not know the technique, can place the dough ball between 2 plastic sheet and roll delicately with a rolling pin. I happened to visit my Mums place few days back , have clicked the pics when she made the Bajri bhakri for me :)

Ingredients: Makes 2 Bhakris
  • 1 cup Bajra (Finger Millet) flour
  • Salt to taste
  • Warm water as per need
  • 2 tbsp Sesame seeds (optional)
Method:
  1. In a mixing bowl take the finger millet flour , add sesame seeds and salt and mix well. Now using warm water, knead into a soft dough. 


  2. Divide the dough into two parts. You may add some more sesame seeds if you wish. Now dust the working surface with some Bajra flour , take one portion of dough ball and flatten it using your palms. Now pat it using your palms to flatten it . This is the traditional way. Those who do not know this technique, apply some oil on 2 plastic sheets and place the dough ball between the two sheets and delicately roll with the help of a rolling pin.



   3. Now pick up the bhakri delicately and place it over the heated tava or pan. Apply little water all over the upper side of the bhakri with hand . Now cook the bhakri on medium heat from both the sides, until light brown spots appear on the bhakri.



   4. At the last roast the bhakri on the open flame for few seconds and take it off.  Apply butter over it. Serve the nutritious and tasty Bajri chi Bhakri with any gravy dish or dal of your choice. In Maharashtra it is generally served with Zunka ( a spicy dry gram flour preparation).



  Bajrichi Bhakri can be served with


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