Cook's Hideout: Multi Grain Rotis with Amma’s Tomato Soup

April 20, 2011

Multi Grain Rotis with Amma’s Tomato Soup

For day 3 of Blogging marathon, I made these simple rotis with a combination of different flours. I guess you can use any combination of flours to make these healthy rotis. I used atta (whole wheat flour), soy, besan (chickpea flour) and jowar flours.

Multi grain Roti

What did I learn: Sky is the limit for making Rotis

Atta (Chapathi flour) – 2cups
Besan – ½ cup
Soy flour – ¼ cup
Jowar flour – ¼ cup
Salt – ½ tsp
Oil/ Ghee – as needed

  • Sift flours and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Add warm water, little at a time, to the flour and mix and knead into smooth dough. Knead for about 5-8 minutes.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, damp paper towel or kitchen towel and rest for 20-30 minutes. Divide the dough into 8-10 equal parts.
  • Roll each dough ball into 5-6” disc.
  • Cook on pre-heated skillet (tawa) until brown spots are formed on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Spread oil or ghee while cooking for added flavor (optional).
Serve hot with my Mom’s tomato soup. This is not your typical tomato soup; I’m even not sure why my Mom calls this a soup. It is actually tomato curry thickened with rice flour, it tastes great with rotis or puri. Only change I made is to add some tomato paste to jazz up the bland tomatoes we get here and to give the curry some more tomatoey flavor.

Multi grain Roti2

Amma's Tomato Soup:
Tomatoes – 4 medium, chopped
Onion – 1 medium, chopped
Green chilies – 2, slit vertically
Tomato paste – 1tbsp
Red chili powder – ½ tsp (or to taste)
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Rice flour – 2tsp
Sugar – 1tsp
Salt – to taste

For tempering:
Chana dal – ½ tsp
Urad dal – ½ tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – 6-8

  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a sauté pan; add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start spluttering, add onions, green chilies and sauté until the onions are lightly browned.
  • Add tomato paste and chopped tomatoes, cover and cook on medium flame until the tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Next add turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala, sugar and salt. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Whisk rice flour with ¼ cup of water, making sure that there are no lumps.
  • Add the slurry to the tomatoes and cook until the curry starts to simmer and thicken, should take another 2-3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.
Tomato Curry

Lets see what my fellow marathoners BM#4 have been cooking up today.

Diabetes Diet/Management: Kamalika, Smitha, Suma
Kid Friendly Recipes: Anusha, Cool Lassi(e)
Seven Days of Soup: Priya Suresh
Seven Days of Indian Bread: Jayasree
Seven Days of Cakes:Priya Vasu
Seven Days of Preserves: Gayathri Kumar, Vaishali
30 Minutes Meals: Priya Mahadevan, Srivalli



  1. Roti looks very well done I love that picture of the tomato dish..looks great..

  2. I always prefer multigrain when it comes to bread- they look so soft perfectly rolled and the last pic with the chunky tomato soup is really nice! Liked the lachha paratha too- perfect layers you got.
    I am loving your bread making marathon:)

    US Masala

  3. nothing can be more healthier than multi grain roti!..they look wonderful! the simple tomato curry too!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  4. We too prepare your tomato dish sans rice flour and call it gojju. Infact, just now I made some for tomorrow's breakfast.
    I think you underestimated your roti making skills before this marathon. :)

  5. very healthy roti wid a simple n yummy side dish

  6. Very healthy rotis. Its good to make your own multigrain mix rather than the store bought one.

  7. Wat a wonderful looking healthy rotis, love multigrains in rotis, that chunky tomato soup looks terribly yummy..

  8. wonderful and delicious :)

  9. Thank you all.

    Suma, You might be right. Now that I'm almost half way through the challenge, I think I CAN make some decent rotis.

    Jayasree, sure making multi grain atta at home is convenient and also we can make as many combination of flours as we like instead of being stuck with the store brand mix.

  10. Umm so yummy! And healthy with the addition of soy flour, especially for women!

  11. Multigrain rotis looks so healthy and interesting... loving your line-up for the marathon...
    Breakfast Club - Pancakes

  12. What a heavenly combo! Looks perfect! I have been buying the multigrain atta from the Indian stores as well and simply love it!

  13. hi, the rotis look well prepared, and the tomato dish goes so very perfectly with the rotis. thanks for the tomato dish recipe.


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