Roti, or chapati, is a vital part of every Pakistani meal. It can be eaten with almost every meal and has many health benefits. Whether you are a roti lover or not there have probably been many times you’ve ended up with extra roti. If you’re trying to use up stale roti or if you’re just tired of your everyday sabzi and roti, you’re at the right place.
Here are 11 amazing recipes you can make with chapati:
1. Baked chapati chips
The easiest thing you can do with your leftover roti is to transform them into chips. To make roti chips, simply use a pizza cutter to slice the roti into small triangles. Place on a baking tray and sprinkle on salt and some olive oil. Bake at 170°C until crispy and golden brown. Serve with hummus.
2. Roti lasagna
To use roti in lasagna, follow your favorite lasagna recipe (or try this super easy one) and replace the lasagna noodles with cooked chapatis. Instead of making the lasagna in a rectangular dish, opt for a round cake pan or tray.
To make these easy quesadillas, melt one tablespoon of butter in a large skillet. Fry one side of one of the roti, then remove it from the pan. Put another tablespoon of butter in the pan, then put in another roti to fry. Immediately sprinkle 1/3 of a cup of cheese on top of the roti in the pan, along with any other meat or vegetables of your choice.
Then, top with the previously fried roti, browned side up. Press them together with a spatula and fry the quesadilla until the cheese is melted. Remove it from the pan and cut in wedges.
To make these burritos, take your leftover chapatis (the bigger, the better) and warm them on a skillet. Place the roti on a plate and top with cooked beef or chicken, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced capsicum, red beans, rice, and sour cream. Fold the roti into a burrito and enjoy.
To make one of the most delicious snacks ever, you’re going to need about four leftover rotis. Take a pizza cutter and slice each roti into small triangles. Heat a medium-sized skillet with vegetable oil and once hot, add each roti triangle and fry until golden brown. Sprinkle the chips with salt as soon as they are out of the pan. Place all the chips into a wide dish and top with guacamole, diced tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, and jalapenos.
If you’re looking for ways to use up extra rotis, try using them in meatballs. Make your favorite meatball recipe, (or try this sweet and spicy meatball recipe.) Instead of using breadcrumbs, use your food processor to pulse three rotis until they are of a fine consistency. Use this roti crumble instead of breadcrumbs.
7. Roti pizza
To make this easy dish, place a roti on a baking dish, brush with a little olive oil and bake for five minutes at 170°C. Take the tray out of the oven and spread an even layer of tomato sauce onto the roti. Top with olives, capers, mushrooms, or any of your favorite pizza toppings. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and bake at 170°C until cheese is melted.
8. Roti noodles
If you’re trying to get your kids to eat roti, try out this creative noodle recipe. To make these noodles, you’ll need to start with four leftover chapatis. Using scissors or a sharp knife, cut the chapati into long strips until they resemble fettuccine noodles.
In a medium-sized skillet, combine chopped cabbage, one sliced onion, 1/2 cup of sliced carrots, 1/3 cup of sliced capsicum, 1 green chili (split), and one teaspoon of minced garlic and saute until soft. Add two tablespoons of soy sauce, two tablespoons of chili sauce, one tablespoon vinegar, salt, and black pepper. Add the chapati strips and mix well. Saute for two-three minutes and serve.
To make these cutlets, start by adding four rotis into a food processor (cut the roti into small pieces to make the process easier) and pulse until the roti is a fine consistency. Add the roti crumbs into a large bowl and add three boiled and mashed potatoes, two finely chopped green chilis, one cup of finely chopped onions, 1/2 cup of mashed sweet corn, 1/2 cup of cilantro, one teaspoon red chili powder, one teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of cumin.
Mix well and make small round patties out of the mixture. In a small bowl, combine two tablespoons of cornflour and two tablespoons of water. In a separate bowl add one cup of breadcrumbs. Dip each cutlet into the cornflour mixture and then into the breadcrumbs and fry in oil until golden brown. Serve with chutney.
To make this traditional dessert, add four rotis into a food processor and pulse until they are a fine consistency. In a skillet, heat four tablespoons of ghee and add in your favorite mixed nuts or dry fruits (like almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and raisins) and cook for two minutes. Add the crumbled roti to the ghee and nuts. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and add two tablespoons of sugar or grated jaggery. Mix until incorporated. Serve warm.
11. Roti Khageena
To make this delicious breakfast dish, chop up two rotis into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Beat three eggs in a bowl with 1/3 cup of milk and some salt and pepper until fluffy. Add in one chopped tomato, one chopped green chili, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder, and 1/3 teaspoon garam masala.
Heat two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet. Add one finely chopped onion and saute until clear. Add in the chopped roti and saute for another two-three minutes. Add in the egg mixture and cook for two-three minutes, scrambling the eggs until cooked. Serve with toast.
Try out these delicious recipes and let us know how they turned out in the comments!
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