March 8, 2008

Corn flour roti with Sprouts kurma

I had a packet of corn flour lying in my pantry for some days, waiting to be used. I bought it with the idea of making roti. This is the first time I was going to lay my hands on corn flour. So I was not sure of the end result. Thats one of the reasons I kept postponing. Finally decided to take the plunge. Since corn flour is not elastic like our regular roti atta or maida, I decided to add some atta along with the corn flour for making rotis.

Corn flour roti /Makki ka atta ki roti
Corn flour - 1 cup
Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
salt to taste
Warm water to knead
Mix cornflour, wheat flour and salt in a bowl. Knead to a medium soft dough using warm water.
It is not elastic enough to be flattened with a rolling pin directly. Grease a plastic sheet with oil. Take a lemon sized dough and shape into a ball. Flatten it with your hand. Alternatively, you can roll out each ball between the folds of two greased plastic sheets.
Heat a tawa and place a roti on it.
Cook on medium heat till one side is half done. Turn over and spread some butter/oil. Again tuurn over and spread some butter/oil on the other side . Cook both sides till golden brown.
Serve hot with a dollop of butter on it.

I served with sprouted green gram kurma.

Green Gram Sprouts Kurma
This is adapted from a recipe of Mallika Badrinath.

Making Sprouts

Wash and soak 1 cup of whole green gram for 3 hours.
Drain the water and tie soaked grams in a muslin cloth and hang on a hook in your kitchen. Sprinkle water occassionaly, never leaving the gram dry. On the next you can see some shoots coming out. By the third day it must have fully sprouted. This is the general method.

I usually transfer the soaked gram to a casserole (hot pack). It starts sprouting the next day. This is the sprout on the third day.

Sprouted green gram - 2 cups
Onion - 2 nos
Tomatoes - 2 nos
Tamarind - marble sized
Grated coconut - 2 tblspn
Salt to taste
Jaggery - little (optional)
For roasting
Dried Red chillies- 4 nos
Coriander seeds (dhania)- 1 tblspn
Chana dal - 1 tblspn
Poppy seeds - 1 tspn
Steam cook the sprouts in a pressure cooker for 5 minutes or in a Microwave
Soak tamarind in hot water and take a thick extract. Alternatively can use tamarind paste.
Dry roast poppy seeds.
Roast red chillies,coriander seeds and chana dal in a tspn of oil
Dry frind the fried spices, poppy seeds and coconut. Add little water and grind it to a smooth paste.
Heat litle oil in a kadai. Add chopped onion and fry till golden.
Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they turn mushy and the moisture is fully absorbed.
Mix ground paste, salt and jaggery?(if you are adding).
Keep stirring till nice aroma comes.
Pour the tamarind extract and steam cooked sprouts. Cook till gravy thickens.

I have used ingredients from 3 out of the 4 groups mentioned by Mansi of Fun and Food, who is hosting the WBB for this month, which is started byNandita of SaffronTrail. Mansi has chosen 'Balanced Breakfast Meal' as the theme. She has made it easy by giving the groups to make the meal balanced.


  1. Very healthy side dish.Thanks for sharing.Will definitely try this.

  2. shalini, thanks dear. you never fail to encourage me.

  3. Its a very healthy dish . It looks simple and delicious.

  4. This looks great Jayshree! thank you so much for sending it my way:)

  5. wow!healthy and mouth watering dish

  6. Hi jayshree,
    Very nutritious one - sprout kurma sounds great :)

  7. Love the sprouted dal will surely try this one. Thank you for the recipe

  8. I like makkai/ corn roti, but haven't been able to find the flour in Kerala.
    Did you use the corn meal we get here for making "puttu" or is this corn/ Makkai ka atta? If it is the atta, can you tell me where Ican get it? Thanks.

  9. thank you all- jayasree
    Aparna, I have replied u by mail.

  10. looks so good! Thanks for introducing a healthy recipe. Nice entry!

  11. uma, thanks for ur encouraging comment.

  12. sagari, yes, both roti and sprouts are healthy.

  13. Jaya, are u interested in taking part in the arusuvai friendship chain??? Drop a comment on my blog and let me know if u are and I'll send you an ingredient.


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