Cook's Hideout: Uttarakhand -- Mandua ki Roti with Aloo-Tamatar ki Jhol

April 29, 2014

Uttarakhand -- Mandua ki Roti with Aloo-Tamatar ki Jhol

Blogging Marathon# 39 - Indian States: Day 29
State: Uttarakhand
Dish: Mandua ki Roti with Aloo-Tamatar ki Jhol
Today we are going to Uttarakhand, formerly known as Uttaranchal, that was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in November 2000. It is often referred to as the 'Land of the Gods (Dev-bhumi)' due to the many holy Hindu temples and prigrim centers throughout the state. Uttarakand is also known for its natural beauty.
The natives of the state are generally called either Garhwali or Kumaoni depending on their place of origin. A large portion of the population of Rajputs and Brahmins. Uttarakand is the only state in India that has Sanskrit as one of its official languages.
Cuisine: People in Uttarakand prefer vegetarian food with lots of vegetables and wheat & rice being the staples, but non-vegetarian food is also served. Coarse grain with high fiber content is very common in Uttarakand due to the harsh terrain. Cuisine from Kumouni region is interesting because they rarely use milk or milk related ingredients in cooking owing to the fact that the topological features of the area do not permit cows to produce fine quality milk.
Specialties: Gahath Soup (horsegram soup), Gahath ki dal, Jhangore ki kheer, Jholi, Phaanu, Chainsoo, Rus, Gulgula etc.
Uttarakhand -- Mandua ki Roti with Aloo-Tamatar ki Jhol

Today's Dish(es): This is one of the states that took me a while to finalize the dishes to make. I wanted to try one of the famous dishes using horsegram (kulthi/ kulaoth) and I even bought a packet of horsegram. Then I changed my mind to make two very simple dishes -- roti with finger millet flour and potato-tomato curry.
I wan't sure how the rotis would turn out with the ragi flour, but the addition of atta/ wholewheat flour gives the dough the required gluten to stick together and they were pretty soft for quite sometime.
As far as the curry goes, I was surprised how the use of simple spices and the manner of cooking them changes the taste of the dish. Yes, it is just potato-tomato curry, but the order of adding the ingredients is quite different from how I make my curry and this tasted very different from what I make. I can see myself making both of these dishes quite often now.
Uttarakhand -- Mandua ki Roti with Aloo-Tamatar ki Jhol
Recipe from Muse the Place.
Ragi flour - 1½cups
Wholewheat flour/ Atta - ½cup
Salt - to taste

  • Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Add enough water and knead the dough into a smooth pliable dough. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and set aside for 15~20 minutes.
  • Heat tawa/ griddle on medium heat.
  • Divide the dough into 8~10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into round discs, dusting with wholewheat flour as needed. Cook on the hot tawa until brown spots appear, flip and cook on the other side as well.
  • Serve hot with a curry of your choice.
Uttarakhand -- Mandua ki Roti
Recipe adapted from
Aloo-Tamatar ki Jhol:
Potato - 2 medium, peeled and chopped into big 1" pieces
Tomato - 2 medium, chopped
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Ginger - 1" piece, finely grated
Garlic - 3cloves, finely minced
Red chili powder - 1tsp
Turmeric - ½tsp
Garam Masala powder - ½tsp
Fenugreek seeds - ½tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Cilantro leaves - 1tbsp, finely chopped

  • Heat 2tbsp ghee in a pan; add cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds; once the seeds start to splutter, add the grated ginger and minced garlic. Cook till they start smelling fragrant. 
  • Next add the onions and cook till they get translucent. Add turmeric, red chili powder and chopped tomatoes. Cover and cook till tomatoes are soft and mushy.
  • Add the potatoes and 1cup of water, bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and cook covered for 10~12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Add more water if the curry seems too dry. Turn off the flame and garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve hot with roti.

Uttarakhand -- Aloo-Tamatar ki Jhol

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 39.



  1. I made the roti where ragi is used as stuffing. I have left over ragi flour, should try this variation. The aloo curry looks very appetizing with its thick gravy coating the potatoes. Nice combo.

  2. oh that is so healthy and delicious!!! beautiful clicks as usual!!

  3. Roti and aloo tamata jhol both makes me hungry, both looks prefect pair to enjoy without any guilt for a dinner or lunch..

  4. These look so tempting. I should try the roti. Very nutritious as well.

  5. both the dishes look lovely the Jhol is super tempting and the roti of course is healthy and delicious.

  6. I agree the simple aloo changes with different spices and methods..both the dishes are looking so good Pavani..

  7. Same pinch Pavani..both the dishes turned out very well..

  8. such a nice delicious combination. rotis look nice and soft. perfectly done

  9. I really like the ragi roti Pavani! I also had this in mind, but ended up doing something else. The jhol looks very simple and yummy.

  10. I too made rotis and they did taste yum.The jhol is so yum this I must make soon.

  11. The potato curry looks so good and a super combo with the ragi roti!

  12. Mandua roti and loo Jhal looks tempting , such a wonderful combo...

  13. Aloo tamatar jhol was the recipe I listed for this state and had til ki chutney as a backup. I ended up making either of these and did a different recipe for this state. I can second you on the jhol. It tastes so good with so few spices. This was a regular dish cooked at my garhwali friend's house. But they did not call it jhol though.. They just called it aloo tamatar or aloo tamatar subzi. Anyway, mandua ki roti and aloo tamatar jhol look delicious

  14. wow both the dishes looks fabulous pavani .. aloo tamatr jhol is just looking super inviting and well paired with mandua ki roti :) very tempting dishes !!

  15. Awesome combination. Love that mandua ki roti, the aloo jhol is so tempting and yes, i too agree after Indian food odyssey i believe that simple spice brings bursting flavors!!!

  16. kudos on the roti - yours have such a soft texture which is difficult to do with this grain

  17. Seems like my kind of meal :) I make ragi rottis regularly but didn't know that adding some wheat flour would make them rollable. Will try it soon.


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