Avacado in Indian recipe? Sure. Challenge accepted. Here’s avocado roti – whole wheat Indian flatbread made with avocados and spices. This recipe is specifically for those who do not like their avocados raw and plain. Enjoy your avocado with this Indian twist!

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Roti or chapati is an everyday Indian staple food. We make roti with whole wheat flour and water, and we need oil or ghee (optional) for roasting the roti. Some add salt too. This avocado roti is a jazzed-up version of the simple roti.

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We are adding some avocado and spices to make the roti more flavorful. The addition of avocado makes the roti very soft, and we don’t need any oil or ghee for this roti. It’s a complete vegan Indian flatbread.

Ingredients required

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We only need five ingredients for this roti, and as I mentioned before, we don’t need any oil for roasting the roti. 

We need whole wheat flour, salt, water, avocado, and sambar powder for this roti. I know the South Indian sambar powder might sound odd, but trust me, folks, it adds a nice flavor to the paratha. I have provided other spices and variations below, do check them out.

Please check the recipe card for detailed measures. 

Equipment needed

We need a rolling board and a rolling pin for rolling the roti. I don’t use a board but use my silicone pastry mat for rolling. 

Also, we need a tawa or a flat pan, preferably cast iron, to cook the roti. 

Without any further ado, let’s get straight into the procedure.

How to make avocado roti

Prepare the dough

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  • I prepared my dough in the Nutril mill artiste. You can also prepare it in any stand mixer or knead it by hand. 
  • Add the whole wheat flour, mashed avocado, sambar powder, and salt to a mixing bowl. First, mix it, slowly add water, and knead it into the soft and pliable dough. 
  • If you are using the stand mixer, follow the instructions accordingly. I first add all the ingredients in my artiste, including wheat flour, avocado, sambar podi, and salt. The mix it in pulse mode. I knead the dough at speed 3 or 4 for 5 to 7 minutes. I used about ½ cup of water. But adjust as required. For this avocado roti, we need a little less water when compared to the regular roti. 
  • After kneading, let the dough rest for 20 minutes. Make sure you cover the dough. 
  • Divide the prepared dough into equal parts and roll them into smooth balls. I divided my dough into thirteen small lime-sized balls. 

Roll and prepare the roti

Prep-work: Keep a bowl or plate of dry flour for dusting the roti. You can roll all the rotis and then start cooking them, or roll and cook the rotis parallelly. If you are rolling all the rotis first, cover the rolled rotis with a cloth so that it doesn’t dry out. 

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  • On a dusted surface, take one ball and roll it out into a small circle, 6 inches (approx) in diameter. While rolling, dust the roti as needed. Make sure to shake off excess flour. Roll the rotis evenly, not too thin or too thick. Apply the pressure evenly. 
  • Heat an iron tawa over medium heat. Place the rolled roti on the hot tawa. Let it cook for 20~30 seconds or until you see some air pockets and flip it. 
  • You can see some brown spots, as shown in this picture. Cook the roti on the other side until there are brown spots and air pockets. Press gently with a flat spatula or kitchen tissue, which will help the roti fluff up. 
  • Flip it one more time and cook for 5 to 10 seconds (you can flip the rotis a couple of times and cook for 2 to 3 seconds on each side); then remove it from the tawa and place it in a hot casserole or box lined with a paper towel or thin cloth. Similarly, make the other rotis. 

Recipe notes

  • Adjust the salt and spices to taste.
  • Make sure you mash and mix the avocado nicely with the dough, and there aren’t any big chunks. The big chunks of avocado make the rolling bit difficult. 
  • Don’t miss to check out the FAQ and variations section. 

Dietary specifications and serving suggestions

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This roti is naturally vegan and nut-free. Indian flatbreads are made with whole wheat flour, and you can try this roti with gluten-free flour like metta atta but make sure you follow the rolling instructions mentioned in the package.

You can relish this flavored avocado chapati with pickle or any curries like paneer butter masala, matar paneer, mushroom curry, or kurma

Frequently asked questions

Should I use firm or ripe avocados?

You can use soft and ripe avocados so that it’s easy to mash and incorporate well into the dough. But if you use a firm one, make sure you mash or blend it well before adding it to the dough. You can grate the firm avocado too. I won’t try using semi-ripe avocados. 

Can I make the dough ahead for this avocado chapati?

I have always made the dough when needed, and I haven’t tried making it ahead of time. So I am not able to answer this question. I will test it out and update it here. 

How long can I store these rotis?

I have stored these rotis for a day or two but not more than that. But I am sure you can refrigerate and store them for 3 to 4 days. Reheat them before serving. 

What other spices can I add to this roti?

You can use chili powder or a combination of chili and cumin powder or chili and coriander powder. You can also try adding some dried fenugreek leaves. I have seen paratha masalas in Indian groceries; you can also try that. 

What is the difference between avocado roti and avocado paratha

Paratha is a layered or stuffed Indian flatbread, and I didn’t roll this as a layered paratha. I rolled the dough into a single layer and made it like simple roti/chapati.
But you can use the same dough to make layered avocado paratha. It’s all about how to roll and fold. I have shared the video of making both square and triangle paratha on my Instagram, and you can check it out. 

Substitutions and variations

  • Instead of whole wheat flour, you can use half the measure of wheat flour and half the measure of millet flour like ragi flour, quinoa flour, or other gluten-free flour. Check out my ragi roti and masala roti for those variations. 
  • As mentioned in the FAQ, you can use other spices instead of sambar powder. 
  • You can also add finely chopped cilantro for enhanced flavor. 
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📖 Recipe

Avocado Roti | No Oil Avocado Chapati

Here’s avocado roti – whole wheat Indian flatbread made with avocados and spices. Enjoy your avocado with this Indian twist!

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Total Time45 mins

Course: Entree

Cuisine: Indian

Servings: 4 yields 13 to 15 rotis

Calories: 308kcal

Equipment

  • Rolling board and a rolling pin for rolling the roti

  • Tawa or a flat pan, preferably cast iron, to cook the roti

Ingredients

Measurement details: 1 cup = 240ml; 1 tbsp = 15ml; 1 tsp = 5ml;

Instructions

Prepare the dough

  • I prepared my dough in the Nutril mill artiste. You can also prepare it in any stand mixer or knead it by hand.

  • Add the whole wheat flour, mashed avocado, sambar powder, and salt to a mixing bowl. First, mix it, slowly add water, and knead it into the soft and pliable dough.

  • If you are using the stand mixer, follow the instructions accordingly. I first add all the ingredients in my artiste, including wheat flour, avocado, sambar podi, and salt. The mix it in pulse mode. I knead the dough at speed 3 or 4 for 5 to 7 minutes. I used about ½ cup of water. But adjust as required. For this avocado roti, we need a little less water when compared to the regular roti.

  • After kneading, let the dough rest for 20 minutes. Make sure you cover the dough.

  • Divide the prepared dough into equal parts and roll them into smooth balls. I divided my dough into thirteen small lime-sized balls.

Roll and prepare the roti

  • Prep-work: Keep a bowl or plate of dry flour for dusting the roti. You can roll all the rotis and then start cooking them, or roll and cook the rotis parallelly. If you are rolling all the rotis first, cover the rolled rotis with a cloth so that it doesn’t dry out.

  • On a dusted surface, take one ball and roll it out into a small circle, 6 inches (approx) in diameter. While rolling, dust the roti as needed. Make sure to shake off excess flour. Roll the rotis evenly, not too thin or too thick. Apply the pressure evenly.

  • Heat an iron tawa over medium heat. Place the rolled roti on the hot tawa. Let it cook for 20~30 seconds or until you see some air pockets and flip it.

  • You can see some brown spots, as shown in this picture. Cook the roti on the other side until there are brown spots and air pockets. Press gently with a flat spatula or kitchen tissue, which will help the roti fluff up.

  • Flip it one more time and cook for 5 to 10 seconds (you can flip the rotis a couple of times and cook for 2 to 3 seconds on each side); then remove it from the tawa and place it in a hot casserole or box lined with a paper towel or thin cloth. Similarly, make the other rotis.

Notes

  • Adjust the salt and spices to taste.
  • Make sure you mash and mix the avocado nicely with the dough, and there aren’t any big chunks. The big chunks of avocado make the rolling bit difficult. 
  • Don’t miss to check out the FAQ and variations section. 

Nutrition

Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 588mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 3mg

I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.

Update notes: Earlier posted on 2016. Now updated with new pics, FAQ section, recipe card with nutritional information.
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