Saturday, 11 April 2015

Beetroot Bhakri/Beetroot Akki Rotti (with Cooked Rice)-Unleavened Flatbread With Cooked Rice

Bhakri is a the name for flatbread in Konkani/Marathi.This is an easy and tasty recipe that can be made with leftover rice.I just make this for breakfast whenever I have a small batch of cooked rice,just adding  soaked yellow lentil(chana daal) little grated beetroot  which makes the bhakri look colourful.I had heard about this bhakri from my mother- in- law but never got a chance to taste,and honestly I was wondering how it might taste as use of soaked chana daal and beets were new to me.I gave a try on my own and to my surprise I love it having for weekend breakfast when I have no plans as to what to prepare and have a little rice in the refrigerator.Bhakri  has to be served topped with butter and anything like pickle or chutney powder.

Cooked rice                                    1.5cups
Green chillies                                2
Fresh coconut                               1/2cup
Salt                                                    1tsp
Finely chopped onions              1cup
Grated beetroot                           2tbsp
Fresh chopped coriander         2tbsp
Chana daal
(split yellow lentil)                    2tbsp(to be soaked overnight)
Rice flour                                       1 1/3 cup
Oil                                                    to roast bhakris

  • In a blending jar add the rice,coconut,salt and green chillies(cut into pieces) and blend lightly adding little water,becomes like a paste.
  • Transfer the prepared paste into a bowl
  • Into the bowl add chopped onions,coriander leave,drained daal,grated beetroot and give a mix (using hands are preferred.
  • Add the rice flour and mix till everything gets well incorporated adding little water if needed.
  • This should be a wet dough.

Preparing Bhakris:
  • Heat a griddle,and smear with oil.
  • Take a handful of dough and press gently pat with your palms to get a circular shape as thin as possible,requires a little practice (keep a bowl of water for dipping hands in between).
  • Add little oil on sides,cover with a lid and cook on medium flame for a minute or two,(there should not be any spots of rawness
  • With the help of a spaltula flip on the other side and cook for another couple of minutes(Ikeep two griddles simultaneously which makes the process faster).
  • Serve topped with butter and pickle.
  • Repeat the procedure to make remaining bhakris,makes 4-5 bhakris and this is quite filling.

Those who do not like beets may either substitute it with grated carrots or just skip it.
Coconut may be skipped as well.
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