Makki ki roti

Makki ki Roti is a traditional North Indian recipe which is made using makki ka atta also known as maize flour or corn meal.

makki ki roti with sarson ka saag

Northern Roots

Makki ki Roti holds a significant place in the culinary landscape, especially when paired with Sarson ka Saag and is popularly prepared during winter, due to its phenomenal nutritional benefits. Often associated with the rural heartlands of North India, particularly Punjab, this roti is emblematic of a rich agricultural heritage. It reflects the farming roots of the region, where makka is a staple crop.

makki ki roti Lohri Thali

A Dish of Patience

The preparation of makki ki roti requires patience, as the dough can be challenging to handle due to the absence of gluten. The art of rolling out the dough into a perfectly round, thin roti is often passed down through generations by watching and practicing with family. This process embodies a connection to tradition, with families sharing their unique techniques and tips for achieving the perfect makki ki roti. In this recipe we semi “cook” the flour in boiled water, which creates starch and elasticity. This method makes the dough easy to roll for beautiful, soft rotis.

kneading makki ka atta rolling makki ka atta rolling makki ka atta making makki ki roti

Makki Ki Roti & Sarson ka Saag

Makki Ki Roti & Sarson ka Saag is a match made heaven, served with gud, makkhan and a mooli salad it’s heaven on a plate. The soft and sweet flavors of the flatbread complement the robust and sharp notes of the saag, creating a harmony of flavors. This iconic duo is a winter favorite and often made during festivals like Lohri.

makki ki roti sarson ka saag makki ki roti sarson ka saag

Let’s Make it

Making Makki ki roti may seem like a daunting task because it’s made with gluten-free flour but if you follow my methods and tips shared in this post you can practically roll these out like traditional rotis.

makki ki roti

Makki ki roti
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Makki ki Roti is a traditional North Indian recipe which is made using makki ka atta also known as maize flour or corn meal. It pairs beautifully with Sarson ka Saag.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6-8 rotis
  • 2 cup makki ka atta; maize flour
  • 1½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon oil
  1. Boil the water and salt in a wide saucepan. Add flour into the salted water, mix it well, switch off the heat, cover it, and rest for 7-8 minutes.
  2. Remove the steamed dough in big plate or kitchen surface and knead for 3-4 minutes.
  3. The dough will go from a shaggy like consistency to a thicker, softer dough. Drizzle on the oil and knead again until the dough is completely smooth, for 3-4 more minutes.
  4. Cover with a tea towel and make golf ball sized rounds out of the prepared dough, one at a time .
  5. Dust the dough ball with some maize flour and place between two sheets of parchment paper.
  6. Roll the ball using a rolling pin or your hands to make a round roti
  7. Heat a tawa or flat pan and place the rolled roti over it, cook for few seconds, then turn upside down and cook it again until brown cooked spots appear.
  8. Remove from pan and finish cooking the roti directly on the flame, it will puff like balloon.
  9. Remove from heat and apply ghee or makkha on roti, make more roti following same instructions.
  10. Serve hot with Sarson Ka Saag





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