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Gluten-Free Millet Flat Bread (Bajri no Rotlo)

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I remember the first time I tasted a rotlo. I was about 5. My family had just moved back to India and I was just getting used to life without breakfast cereals. One night my mom made these dense dark flat breads for the family. They looked different from the traditional wheat rotli I was used to eating. In fact, my mom assumed my brother and I wouldn’t eat them and made something else for us.

I saw the enthusiam with which my dad and grandpa ate them though and was inspired to try them. I was given half a freshly baked rotlo, a dollop of ghee and some jaggery on a little plate. (Jaggery is dried sugar cane juice that still contains molasses). I broke off a little piece, dipped it in ghee and jaggery. I was slightly unsure about how this fat, dark bread would taste. But the second I tasted it I was in love.

Gluten Free Millet Flat Bread (Bajri no Rotlo). With step by step video. Recipe at Indiaphile.info

Rotlo, known as a bajra roti in Hindi, has an earthy flavor that is so delicious with the caramel flavors of jaggery. And adding ghee to anything never hurts!

Gluten Free Millet Flat Bread (Bajri no Rotlo). With step by step video. Recipe at Indiaphile.info
Gluten Free Millet Flat Bread (Bajri no Rotlo). With step by step video. Recipe at Indiaphile.info
Gluten Free Millet Flat Bread (Bajri no Rotlo). With step by step video. Recipe at Indiaphile.info
Gluten Free Millet Flat Bread (Bajri no Rotlo). With step by step video. Recipe at Indiaphile.info
Bajri Na Rotla (Millet flatbread) with a pad of butter

Millet Flat Bread (Bajri no Rotlo)

Rotlo, known as a bajra roti in Hindi, has an earthy flavor that is so delicious with the caramel flavors of jaggery.
4.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 193 kcal


  • 2 cups millet flour bajri or bajra flour plus a little extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ghee use coconut oil to keep it vegan
  • cup water


  • In a medium bowl, mix together the bajri flour and salt.
  • Add the water and mix with your hands or a wooden spoon until it forms a smooth dough that looks a little like clay.
  • Divide the dough into six equal parts.
  • Roll each piece of dough between your palms forming a ball and then press the ball between your palms to flatten, creating a disc shape.
  • Line your rolling surface with a sheet of parchment or plastic. Skip this step if you are confident in your rolling abilities. Having the parchment helps to avoid sticking and makes it easy to transfer the rolled out flat bread to the pan.
  • Take one disc of dough, make sure to cover the rest so they don’t dry out, and press both sides into the extra bajri flour.
  • Place the disc onto the parchment or plastic sheet. Sprinkle some more dry bajri flour on top of the disc and roll it out into about a 6 inch disc. Add more dry flour as needed.
  • Heat a 12 inch cast iron skillet or a non-stick skillet (if using non-stick, heat with a tablespoon of oil and wipe the oil away when ready to cook the flat bread) over a medium heat.
  • Put a single rotlo on the pan. Brush the top with some water.
  • After about two minutes, when the rotlo has a few bubbles and starts to brown underneath, flip the rotlo over.
  • When the rotlo is evenly cooked on both sides, remove it from the pan and toast it directly over the flame for about 20 to 30 seconds. Make sure to move the rotlo around to avoid burning.
  • Transfer to a platter and brush with 2 teaspoons of ghee or coconut oil.



Along with jaggery, rotlo also goes great with eggplant. If you have a hard time finding jaggery, palm sugar or piloncillo make a great substitute.


Serving: 85gCalories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 196mgPotassium: 89mgFiber: 1gCalcium: 6mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword flatbread, gluten free, rotli
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Categorized as Bread


  1. Just made these and they were so easy and tasty, especially with the curried pumpkin I made to go with it…really like that it’s yeast free and egg free, very lovely recipe!

  2. Thank you so much for this gluten free recipe. For years I’ve missed out on making my own Indian breads. I will get some millet and try this.

    1. Hi Julie,
      It’s no problem if you don’t have a gas stove. You could put a wire rack over your electric stove and brown over the wire rack or you could just flip the flat bread on the pan one extra time and press on it with the back of a wooden spoon. Either method will work fine.

  3. love this, have just ground some millet in a spice grinder to get flour as not so easy to get here. can’t wait to make these!

  4. These look really good, I’m making them tonight to be apart of an eggplant sandwich. I really enjoyed the video, your mom seems really cool!

  5. Hello, thats a very nice recipe and movie. I was wondering how You can get rid of millet bitter aftertaste. When I make millet grain, not as flour, I usually roast or soak it for a few hours. After that usually bitter taste is gone.
    Or maybe it is not bitter when flour is made from roasted grains and my store-bought isn’t?

    1. I think the bitter taste goes away so long as all the flour is cooked through. On my first try only the outsides were cooked and they were delicious (I’m not used to cooking on my gas range yet), but the inside wasn’t fully cooked and was bitter. Hope that helps!

  6. Thank you for posting this recipe! Can you tell me what kind of millet flour you use? I tried Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Millet Flour, which is a yellow color. (I notice your seems to be more of a white color) My rotlis did not bubble at all and tended to fall apart.

    1. Hi ALexa. Sorry for the delayed response! I buy my millet flour at the Indian grocery store. Millet is usually labelled “bajri” at the Indian store. This recipe should work with the Bob’s Redmill flour too.
      A tip about the flat bread – they are quite fragile and can fall apart easily. You may need to add a little extra water and be super gentle as you are transferring the rotlis. Hope this helps!

  7. Millet flour is the worst I have ever worked with. Used a tortilla press and baking paper to flatten these but they still cracked. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Heidi. You’re right! It is tricky to work with millet flour. I’ve never had luck with a tortilla press. I would recommend using the plastic from gallon sized zip lock bags ( cut the sides off) and using the old fashioned rolling pin. Go gently!

  8. This is a good recipe and nearly exactly the way my Abuela from Zihuatanejo causes it to be I’m excited to try out some of the additional recipes Kristin! I really like your answers how everyone has gaps in their own kitchen and that you aren’t scared to step outside the box. Keep this up! For your”women” who bashed; pity you! What happened to others!

  9. I made these and loved them with peanut butter. Sprinkling some water on the bread while cooking is a very important step I found and helps them not fall apart. Cook on well seasoned cast iron.

  10. Thank you to your mother for showing us how to cook Millet Flatbread. It’s delicious! She’s lovely!

    1. Thanks, Rose! When you see a color change on the outside/when the outside turns opaque, is when you know the inside has begun to cook. When you do the final step, to puff up the rotlo, that will steam the inside and finish cooking the inside. As long as your temperature isn’t too high, you won’t have to worry about an uncooked inside.

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