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Purple Sweet Potato Flatbread / Roti

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Roti or paratha is a staple in any Indian household and this rotis made using purple sweet potatoes are unique, fluffy and super soft. I normally make rotis with all kinda vegetables, but this purple sweet potato roti or flatbread is so different. They are beautiful to look at with vibrant purple color and are so soft because of the sweet potato in it. They go well with any sweet or savory side. You can even use them as tortillas and make quesadillas with cheese filling.. Yum! 😋

Purple sweet potato roti with pickle.

Why Sweet potato roti?

I love adding vegetables to all my dishes because we need to eat our vegetables in some form, right? My kids are super picky and would not eat salads if their life depends on it. So, I do it this way. Hey, a mom’s gotta do what she gotta do! 😏

My little one loved sweet potatoes when she started finger food and I made different kinds of foods with that, so she gets different textures. Sweet potato pancakes and sweet potato roti were such creations. I was equally surprised when the rotis turned out great and stay soft for a long time. They stay soft all day, so you can pack in lunchboxes too.

Sweet potatoes in general are low in sodium, low in carbohydrates and cholesterol and are loaded with minerals, vitamins, fiber and phytonutrients. They are rich in Vitamin A and orange sweet potatoes have beta-carotene which promotes healthy vision. Purple Sweet potatoes, as an added bonus, are super rich in antioxidants and good for our brain health.

Purple sweet potato roti with pickle.

What can we make with purple Sweet potatoes?

Purple sweet potatoes can be roasted, fried, baked and cooked into stews. Anything you normally make with regular sweet potatoes can be made using Sweet potatoes. They are a bit more starchy than the orange ones though, So make sure you adjust the recipe according to that. Roasted or Baked purple sweet potatoes are amazing.. recipe coming soon!

Rolling out the sweet potato roti.

How to make the purple sweet potato roti or flatbread?

Its so easy, it has only few ingredients and gets done so quick. Your family will love the variety and colors, trust me! You can use any sweet potatoes you like in this recipe.

Boil the potatoes:
  • Wash and chop the potato in 3 parts. I am using a medium sized potato, about the size of my hand.
  • Place the sweet potato in a bowl that is safe to use in an Instant pot or a steamer basket.
  • In the instant pot insert, add 1 cup of water and place the trivet and the sweet potato bowl on it. Pressure cook/Manual mode for 15 minutes, let the pressure release naturally(NPR).
Boiling the purple sweet potatoes in Instant pot.
Making the dough:
  • Once the pressure is released, peel off the skin and mash the potatoes with a fork.
  • While the potato is still hot, add whole wheat flour, almond flour and flax meal. This trick was shared by a really good Facebook friend of mine. They add protein and fiber to your rotis. This is optional and you can add only whole wheat flour to your rotis.
  • Mix everything together until it forms a dough. Add a couple tablespoons water if needed and knead into a ball.
  • Apply a teaspoon of oil to the dough so it doesn’t get dry, cover the dough with a wet towel and Let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes.
Mashing the sweet potatoes and adding flour to make dough.
Making the rotis:
  • Knead the dough with your palms and fingers for five minutes. Divide the dough into equal sized balls, you will get about 7-8 portions for this amount of dough.
  • Dust a working surface and the dough ball with flour and roll the ball into thin circular roti with a rolling pin. Don’t worry if it cracks at the edges.
  • Heat the tawa or griddle on medium-high heat and when the tawa is hot, dust off excess flour off the rolled roti and place it on hot tawa. I use a lodge cast iron griddle to make my rotis. I don’t like using non stick pans and this iron pan lasts for years. If you are new to Cast iron Pans, check this post here: How to Maintain a Cast Iron Pan – Blissful Bites by Tay
  • Let the roti cook on each side for 15-20 seconds before flipping. You can apply oil and let it cook on both sides till brown spots appear. Serve it hot with your favorite curry or side.
Cooking the sweet potato roti on a cast iron griddle.

What do we eat these sweet potato roti with?

These roti are so mildly sweet that you can pass them as regular roti. We eat these roti with any kind of spicy curry we make. I also pack these roti in my kids lunchboxes with some almond butter or Nutella smeared on it. Another awesome idea is to use this roti as tortillas and stuff it with beans, rice, salsa, etc. You can also make quesadillas with them, just put cheese on one roti, top it with another roti and cook on the pan till the cheese melts.. So awesome!

Curries that work with this roti:

How to store them?

These rotis stay perfect at room temperature for a day. You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Wrap the stack of rotis in a kitchen towel and save it in a airtight box. You can also freeze these rotis by separating them with parchment paper and storing in a Ziploc bag. Thaw them overnight in refrigerator or 30 minutes at room temperature. Heat them on a hot tawa like a regular roti and serve it hot with your favorite curry.

Yield: 7 Roti

Purple Sweet Potato Roti

A stack of purple sweet potato rotis.

Soft and fluffy roti or flatbread made with purple sweet potato

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time in Instant pot 15 minutes
Cook time for rotis 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

    Boil the Sweet Potato:

    1. Wash and chop the potato in 3 parts. Place it in a bowl that is safe to use in an Instant pot or a steamer basket.
    2. In the instant pot insert, add 1 cup of water and place the trivet and the sweet potato bowl on the trivet. Pressure cook/Manual mode for 15 minutes, NPR.
    3. Once the pressure is released, peel off the skin and mash the potatoes with a fork.

    Making the dough:

    1. While the potato is still hot, add whole wheat flour, almond flour and flax meal.
    2. Mix everything together until it forms a dough. Add a couple tablespoons water if needed and knead into a ball.
    3. Apply a teaspoon of oil to the dough so it doesn't get dry, cover the dough with a wet towel and Let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes.

    Making rotis:

    1. Knead the dough with your palms and fingers for five minutes. Divide the dough into equal sized balls.
    2. Dust a working surface and the dough ball with flour and roll the ball into thin circular roti with a rolling pin.
    3. Heat the tawa or griddle on medium-high heat and when the tawa is hot, dust off excess flour off the rolled roti and place it on hot tawa.
    4. Let the roti cook on each side for 15-20 seconds before flipping. You can apply oil and let it cook on both sides till brown spots appear.

Notes

    • You can use any sweet potatoes you like in this recipe.
    • You can boil your sweet potatoes normally in a pot like you usually do.
    • Mixing the dough while the sweet potato is still hot yields the best and softest rotis.
    • Adding almond flour and flax meal is optional.
    • I dont add salt to my rotis because we eat our rotis with a curry. If you are using them as is or as a tortilla, please add salt.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

7

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 309mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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5 Comments

  1. If you make them with a gluten free flour do they still need to rest? I can’t use wheat due to Celiac but they look amazing!

    1. Thanks so much for liking my recipe! I haven’t experimented a lot with gluten-free flour but the few times I have tried, yes, I didn’t need to rest it as there is no need for the gluten to develop. So, you don’t need to rest the gluten-free dough. But please make sure your gluten-free flour has Xanthan Gum in it, as the dough will be super crumbly.

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