Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread

Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread, is one of the softest roti I have made on stove top. This is made with precooked dough and hence the soft texture and also makes it an easy bread to digest.

Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread

We are on to the Alphabet ‘J’ in my A to Z International Flatbread series and I can’t wait to talk all about this Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread. Janta Roti is by far the softest roti I have eaten and it is so simple to make. I talked briefly about a flatbread that I made over the stove top for being the really best one in my Emirati Khameer post.

My husband’s aunt always made this roti when we went to India. I never knew that this had a particular name and it was famous in one of the states in India. My husband’s grandfather who was in his 90’s then liked to eat rotis but the lack of strong teeth made it not very comfortable for him. My husband’s aunt made this roti specifically for him as it was comfortable for him to chew and eat. Also she mentioned that this is from a precooked dough and since it is double cooked, it makes it very easy on sensitive stomachs to digest.


My little one got really attached to this roti and last year when we went to India, he asked the aunt to make this roti for him and also name it after her. He called it the Patta Paati Chapathi and that is how we ever since call it. Now that it officially has a name, I am going to call it the Janta Roti from now on.

Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread

My Other recipes in the A-Z International Flatbread Series –

A for Aish Baladi
B for Boulanee Katchalu
C for Chickpea Flatbread / Socca
D for Dhal Puri
E for Emirati Khameer 
F for Fruit Focaccia
G for Gozleme
H for Himbasha
I for Indian Fry Bread

Preparation time – 10 minutes plus 30 minutes Resting time
Cooking time – 30 minutes
Difficulty level – Easy
Recipe adapted from – Cooking 4 All Seasons

Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread

Ingredients to make Janta Roti – Makes about 16

  • Whole wheat flour – 2 cups
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Milk – 1 cup (I used 2 % milk)
  • Sugar – 3 tsp
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp

Procedure to make Janta Roti –

  • In a wide pan, add the water, milk and the sugar and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the ghee and then the flour to the boiling water and mix well to combine.
  • Turn off the flame and cover the pan tightly.
  • Once the dough cools down to a comfortable temperature, knead the mixture into a soft dough. It does not take long at all and the dough has a beautiful texture when kneaded.

Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread

  • Divide the dough into 16 equal sized balls.
  • Roll the dough, dusting it with little flour. When rolling, the dough could tear a bit as we working with half cooked dough. The edges will not be too smooth, so don’t fret if the dough breaks apart. Just try to keep it together as much as possible and keep rolling.
  • Heat a pan / tawa. Place the rolled roti on the hot tawa and cook on both sides until it is light brown and fluffy. The roti fluffs up very well and it is incredibly soft. There is no need of any oil or ghee when cooking the roti.

Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread

  • If you prefer, brush the cooked roti with little ghee before serving. Keep the Janta roti warm until ready to serve.

Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread

Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread
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Janta Roti

Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread, is one of the softest roti I have made on stove top. This is made with precooked dough and hence the soft texture and also makes it an easy bread to digest.

Course Breakfast, Flatbread, Lunch Recipes
Cuisine Indian, Odisha
Keyword breakfast, chapathi, flatbread, Janta roti, Lunch Recipe, soft roti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 Rotis

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat flour - 2 cups
  • Water - cups
  • Milk - 1 cup I used 2 % milk
  • Sugar - 3 tsp
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp

Instructions

  1. In a wide pan, add the water, milk and the sugar and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add the ghee and then the flour to the boiling water and mix well to combine.
  3. Turn off the flame and cover the pan tightly.
  4. Once the dough cools down to a comfortable temperature, knead the mixture into a soft dough. It does not take long at all and the dough has a beautiful texture when kneaded.
  5. Divide the dough into 16 equal sized balls.
  6. Roll the dough, dusting it with little flour. When rolling, the dough could tear a bit as we working with half cooked dough. The edges will not be too smooth, so don't fret if the dough breaks apart. Just try to keep it together as much as possible and keep rolling.
  7. Heat a pan / tawa. Place the rolled roti on the hot tawa and cook on both sides until it is light brown and fluffy. The roti fluffs up very well and it is incredibly soft. There is no need of any oil or ghee when cooking the roti.
  8. If you prefer, brush the cooked roti with little ghee before serving. Keep the Janta roti warm until ready to serve.

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16 thoughts on “Janta Roti | Odisha Style Flatbread

  1. Wow! This is one of the softest rotis I have seen. Totally in love with the technique. And very interesting to read about your experiences, Sandhya.

  2. Sandhya your step by step method of making the janta roti makes it look so easy. My recipe had failed and so I had to look for another recipe for J. However, not giving up, will make it again till I get it right. The rotis are so soft.

  3. I started liking precooked dough rotis. though I am yet to make one. really janta roti looks so soft but yes making a dough seems a bit tricky, what of water is more by chance? definitely a must try recipe.

  4. I remember commenting on this post but not able to see my comments….Janta Roti was a real surprise in terms of texture and I so loved it. You have got it done excellently!..good pick.

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