Indian cuisine includes an immense variety of flatbreads (mostly unleavened) made from different kinds of flours. One of these is the Misi Roti from the Indian state of Rajasthan. This state is largely dry with a desert type of geography, and has a medieval history of several princely states and their armies who were at war most of the time.
Out of necessity, the cooks feeding these armies came up with extremely tasty food using whatever limited resources the desert provided. The chefs of the royal kitchens also excelled themselves in preparing dishes for the royal families, and many of the recipes were and still are closely guarded and handed down from generation to generation.
Misi roti is made mainly from chickpea flour with a little whole wheat and all purpose flours, onion and some spices. There are many different recipes for Misi roti and this particular one, which I make often, is from Tarla Dalal’s Rotis Subzis.
Misi rotis are traditionally served with home-made unsalted butter. There is nothing to compare with this taste. Unfortunately, this is not practical for us on a regular basis so I do not use the butter. I also substitute the ghee (for the dough) with oil and use very little oil while making the rotis as well. If they are eaten hot, this is fine. However, the reduced fat makes a big difference once they cool down as the rotis lose their softness.