Makkai roti – semi Paleo approach

Most makkai roti recipes call for the addition of wheat flour which gives the dough some elasticity.  We tried to make makkai roti’s (although corn is not strictly Paelo and frowned upon by some we have taken a more practical approach to our diet and try to adhere as much as we can to Robbs guide) a few times with little success.  We once tried it with a beaten egg and the dough felt soft but couldn’t be rolled out.  Finally we think we have cracked it with the addition of Xanthum gum.  Another tip – if you want perfectly round rotis use a large cookie cutter and voila!

What do I need to make it?

  • 1 cup of gluten free fine  corn/maize meal (get a makkai roti flour from Indian shops (yellow colour) – we used Dilsbury brand – not to be confused with the dough boy!)
  • 2 tsp Xanthum gum
  • 1 tbsp oil (vegetable or sunflower)
  • Salt to taste

How many will I make?

Makes around 10-12 rotis

How do I make it?

Mix ingredients in a bowl and knead with a bit of cold water till you get a firm dough like consistency.  Roll out, cut with cookie cutter (optional) and cook on hot tawa/pan.  Use a bit of ghee to coat either side again optional for the health conscious and Paleo purists.  Serve hot with the gravy dish of your choice.

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