Bhaat na Thepla – Flatbread with leftover rice

I am a South Indian. Anybody who knows South Indians knows that we love our rice. A lot. Which means a lot of leftover rice – which is also consumed, because we love rice, remember? So here’s one of my favourite ways to make use of leftover rice – make it into a thepla or flatbread.

Ingredients :

1 cup leftover rice
2 tbsps besan or chickpea flour
1/2 a red onion, finely chopped
1 inch ginger, grated
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 green chillies, finely chopped (you could use 1/2 tsp of red chili powder instead, or just skip it altogether)
1/2 tsp ajwain or carom seeds
Chopped cilantro
Salt to taste

Mix all the above ingredients by hand. Add water only if required. You don’t want a loose dough. Spread a damp cheesecloth on the kitchen counter. Dip your hand in water and pat out a blob of dough into a flatbread as thin as you can. Transfer the flatbread with the cheesecloth on to a nonstick pan and as soon as you do that, peel off the cheesecloth. Cook the flatbread till it is browned and cooked through. Serve hot with some homemade yogurt ( Click Here for my yogurt recipe). My picture also shows red chard saag (which unfortunately doesn’t photograph very well, but it is delicious). But that’s a recipe for another day. Enjoy!

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