Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saunfili Roti / Fennel flavoured Indian Bread


Saunfili Roti is a delicious aromatic fennel flavoured Indian bread made using whole wheat flour and gram flour. The roti or bread is prefect to go with any of the Indian curries, Dal Makhani or paneer dishes. The name Saunfili Roti is derived from the hindi word "saunf", also called fennel in english.

In winters the most popular breads/roti/parathas of India are Missi Roti, Palak Methi Paratha, Makki Roti, Urad Dal Paratha etc. The Saunfili roti is good option to make especially in summers as it consists of cooling flavours of fennel and fresh coriander leaves. The gram flour or besan used in the dough gives it a lovely yellowish tinge and a rustic aroma or "sondhi khushboo" as we say in hindi.

The Saunfili roti recipe does not used maida or all purpose flour so it is quite healthy also. Along with fennel, coriander, green chillies other spices likes red chilli powder, asafoetida are also used. You can adjust the quantity of chilli as per your taste or can skip it entirely if making for kids' tiffin.

Hope you would like this delicious Saunfili Roti recipe!!

List Of Ingredients: (Makes 7-8 pieces)


  • Whole Wheat Flour (Aata)-1 cup
  • Gram Flour (Besan)-1 cup
  • Salt-2 tsp ( or to taste)
  • Asafoetida (Heena)- A pinch
  • Red Chilli powder- 1 tsp
  • Fennel (Saunf) powder-2 tsp
  • Sugar-1/4 tsp
  • Yoghurt- 2 tbsp
  • Chopped Coriander-1/4 cup
  • Finely chopped Green Chillies-1
  • Ghee- 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Water-For kneading

Steps To Prepare:


Step1:
Take whole wheat flour, gram flour, salt, asafoetida, red chilli powder, saunf powder, sugar, yoghurt, chopped coriander and green chillies in a mixing bowl. Mix well all the ingredients.


Step2:
Start adding water to the mixture to knead into a smooth dough. The dough should not be too hard or soft. It would take around 3/4 cup of water for kneading. Keep it covered in an air tight container for around 30 minutes.

Step3:
Make a ball out of this dough. Press it between your palms and apply some dry flour on it. Roll it into a 4-5" circle. 



Step4:
Dry roast this rolled roti on a flat pan or tawa till you get golden spots on both sides.



Step5:
Pierce the surface of roti randomly using a fork or knife as shown.



Step6:
Flip the roti once over flame on both sides to further crisp it.



Step7:
Apply a generous amount of ghee over the hot roti.



Enjoy this delicious hot Saunfili roti with your favourite paneer or Dal Makhani.

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