Sajje Rotti / Bajra Roti / Pearl Millet Roti
Sajje Rotti Recipe | Pearl millet Roti | Bajra Roti
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Sajje Rotti / Pearl Millet Roti / Bajra Roti is a vegan and gluten-free, unleavened flat bread from South India. It is usually made crisp and served with different accompaniments. It is commonly prepared during Sankranti in South India. 

What is Makar Sankranti ?

Makar Sankranti is a popular festival celebrated according to the Hindu calendar. It is dedicated to Sun God, when the sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn and transcends towards the North or Uttarayan. Thus, this festival is also known as Uttarayan. It is also known as Magha, Pongal and Bhogi.  It officially marks the end of winter solstice and the beginning of longer days and autumn. It is also a harvest festival, it marks the beginning of harvest season when new crops are worshipped and relished. This festival is celebrated as per the solar cycle, it usually falls on the same date every year, Jan 14 / 15.

Celebrations in Karnataka

In Karnataka  this festival is celebrated over two days, the first day is Bhogi and the next day is Makar Sankranti.   As it is the festival of harvest, on the day of Bhogi, all married women donate fresh harvest as grains and pulses to an elderly married lady. It is a traditional custom passed through generations. The menu  prepared on this day bajra roti, brinjal stir fry or stuffed, green gram stir fry, raw tomato chutney,  spicy pongal and gojju. The food on this day is scrumptious.

The next day is Makar Sankranti. On this day, front yard of every house is decorated with beautiful kolam in breathtaking designs adorned vibrantly and painstakingly. The sesame plays a very important role during this festival. Sankranti Ellu is prepared and offered to the Lord. It is also exchanged with all friends and family members. Sweets such as til ladoos and chikkis are prepared. Even lamps made with sesame and jaggery are lit. The sweet dish prepared on this day is usually Sakkarai Pongal but one can prepare any other sweet.

Sajje Rotti / Pearl Millet Roti / Bajra Roti

Why is Sesame used during this festival ?

Sesame is considered as a seed par excellence and consumed and donated during Makar Sankranti. A story in our mythology says that God Yama blessed the sesame seed and they are epitome of immortality.

According to nutritionist Shruti Sharma, sesame is rich in nutrients. It consists of vitamins, oils, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, Vitamin B6 and folate. It helps to support a healthy digestive system.  The copper present in it helps to reduce swelling and pain due to arthritis.Magnesium gives relief to respiratory diseases and the zinc helps in maintaining the bone health. It is one of the essential foods for vegetarians. The season needs food that helps to keep the body warm and healthy, sesame does it in a good way.

Let us now get to the recipe of Sajje Rotti.

Equipments:

  • wide bowl or plate for mixing and kneading
  • a small bowl to boil water
  • skillet ( slightly curved and a different one is kept for roti)
  • spatula
  • a small piece of muslin cloth to smear the water
  • two  plate to stack them

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup bajra flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • a little salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup normal water (use as needed)

Other ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sesame
  • flour for dusting

Method:

  1. Put the flour in a wide bowl.
  2. Add salt and turmeric powder to it. Mix it thoroughly.
  3. Boil the water.
  4. Slowly, put the water and mix the flour thoroughly with the fingers.
  5. Now, use normal water to further mix the dough. Make it into a pliable dough by kneading it well with the palm.
  6. Take a small ball of the dough, dust with the flour and beat it a little. Smear a few sesame seeds and continue to make it to a thin circle. You may do it on the rolling board  or directly on the kitchen platform.
  7. Heat a skillet, slowly pick the roti and put it on the skillet. Smear a little water over it.
  8. Once it is done, turn it to the other side and roast it. Usually, this is done directly on the stove and put aside.
  9. Repeat for the rest of the dough.

Take a tip:

  • Use good quality  flour. Always use fresh flour while making rotis as it is easier to prepare, otherwise they  tear apart.
  • Making rotis needs a little practice, but one can easily do it with a little practice. Each time, knead the ball of dough and then begin to tap it.
  • Applying of water is usually done with a small piece of muslin cloth. The cloth is dipped in a small bowl of water and applied to the roti, this helps in proper cooking of the roti.
  • These rotis are usually made crisp by keeping near the flame or on the skillet for sometime in between while making them.
  • You cannot roll the rotis with a rolling pin in this method. This is to be beaten with the palm only. The method to roll with a rolling pin is different, I am yet to learn that method. After the roti is beaten, you may use the rolling pin to make it even and thinner.

Sajje Rotti / Bajra Roti / Pearl Millet Roti

Sajje Rotti / Bajra Roti / Pearl Millet Roti

Sajje Rotti is vegan, gluten-free flat bread made from pearl millet. It is usually made on the day before Makar Sankranti in South India.
Course lunch
Cuisine karnataka
Keyword bajra flour, how to make sajje rotti / bhakri, millets recipe, sajje rotti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bajra flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • a little salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Other ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon sesame
  • flour for dusting

Instructions

  1. Put the flour in a wide bowl.
  2. Add salt and turmeric powder to it. Mix it thoroughly.
  3. Boil the water.
  4. Slowly, put the water and mix the flour thoroughly with the fingers.
  5. Now, use normal water to further mix the dough. Make it into a pliable dough by kneading it well with the palm.
  6. Take a small ball of the dough, dust with the flour and beat it a little. Smear a few sesame seeds and continue to make it to a thin circle. You may do it on the rolling stone or directly on the kitchen platform.
  7. Heat a skillet, slowly pick the roti and put it on the skillet. Smear a little water over it.
  8. Once it is done, turn it to the other side and roast it. Usually, this is done directly on the stove and put aside.
  9. Repeat for the rest of the dough.

Recipe Notes

Use good quality of flour.
Making of rotis needs a little practice, but one can do it. Each time, knead the ball of dough and then begin to tap it.
Applying of water is usually done with a small piece of muslin cloth. The cloth is dipped in a small bowl of water and applied to the roti, this helps in proper cooking of the roti.
These rotis are usually made crisp by keeping near the flame or on the skillet for sometime in between while making them.

bajra roti / pearl millet roti / sajje rotti

What other side dishes can one use with Sajje Rotti ?

Many different kind of dishes such as dal with methi and cabbage stir fry may be prepared. Chutneys are ideal to serve with bajra roti. The   raw tomato chutney tastes awesome. Gongura chutney is also often served with it. Dal with green leaf is commonly  prepared in most south indian homes.

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12 Comments
  1. shobhakeshwani

    Interesting recipe. Loved the addition of sesame seeds. They must be giving the roti a very good favour

    Reply
  2. namscorner18

    I make bajra roti with little wheat flour to roll it easily. Will try your recipes next time. So healthy and delicious. Thanks for sharing how you celebrate Sankranti in Karnataka.

    Reply
    • Archana

      Sankramana subhashe galu. I always wait for bhogi hubba for these yum rotis I do not add turmeric to the dough that will give a lovely color. Your sajji roti have turned out great.

      Reply
  3. Linsy Patel

    nice information about Sankranti celebration in Karnataka. we gujjus make rotla thick one , thin one is new to me but still love it , will try for sure.

    Reply
  4. Priya vj

    A very unique recipe. A must try for savory lovers

    Reply
  5. Batter Up With Sujata

    So informative post. Loved reading different rituals and details about sankranti. Lamps made of jaggery and sesame is quite interesting. Heard about Bajra roti but always made bajra roti mixed with whole wheat flour. Thanks for the well explained method to make perfect bajra roti.

    Reply
  6. mayurisjikoni

    Jayashree, your pearl millet roti looks so different in colour. Adding turmeric powder makes all the difference. Nice to know about different traditions and rituals for Makar Sankranti for different parts of India.

    Reply
  7. priyavaasu

    I m hearing this recipe for the first time jayashree. looks interesting. sesame has so many health benefits, combining it with bajra, makes it more nutritious!

    Reply
  8. preethi76

    Pearl millet roti looks super tempting.This is so nutritious. Pearl millet and sesame seeds make an amazing combo.

    Reply
  9. FoodTrails

    Bajra roti has come out so perfect.. I am never able to get so perfect ones.. for me rolling these rotis is always a task.. shall follow your post to get the perfect rolled rotis

    Reply
  10. Azlin Bloor

    Such a wonderful tradition, giving food away to someone, You guys have so many festivals, it’s amazing. And this is definitely a recipe I would really enjoy.

    Reply
  11. Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    Sajje Rotti looks so delicious jaya.
    The use of pearl millet is a nice way. awesome vegan, gluten-free option for sure.

    Reply

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