Farali Rotli/Gluten Free Roti

March 4, 2016mayurisjikoni
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Farali Rotli/Gluten Free Roti is unbelievably soft and easy to roll. Perfect for fasting days like Ekadashi or Navratri. Or include it in your daily diet especially if you cannot consume any gluten products.

Why Farali Rotli For Fasting Days?

Mainly because for Ekadashi Fasting one is not allowed any cereal, grains, beans, onions, garlic, etc. Some of us even follow the same rule for Navratri Fasting. So daily ingredients like wheat, rice, legumes, beans are not allowed.

Instead we can use amaranth, barnyard millet, buckwheat, tapioca pearls,water chestnut, etc. The flours of the products mentioned are very useful to make different dishes for fasting.

Usually when my family and I fast, I think we land up eating more than normal. I always find that the food we prepare for fasting is so much tastier even though we don’t use many spices. Most of what we prepare during fasting is full of carbohydrates.

To give the menu a change, I sometimes prepare farali rotli instead of samo khichdi or sabudana khichdi.

What is Farali Flour?

Farali flour usually is a mixture of barnyard millet, tapioca pearl and amaranth flours. In some brands you may find buckwheat and water chestnut flours are added. The proportions used will vary from brand to brand. While I have mostly been lucky to buy ready made farali flour, I know some people make it at home.

The proportion they usually use are:

  • 2 cups of barnyard millet (samo, moriyo, sama chawal)
  • ¼ cup of tapioca pearls (sabudana)
  • ¼ cup of amaranth flour (rajgira, rama dana)
  • Some replace the tapioca flour with arrowroot flour.

This is just a rough estimate. You can play around with the proportions to come with farali flour that you like. E.g. add water chestnut (singhada atta) flour and buckwheat (kuttu) flour.

As you’ve noticed all the ingredients used in the flour are gluten free. This makes it a perfect flour for those who suffer from celiac disease. Their digestive system cannot handle gluten products.

What Else Can I Make With Farali Flour

Use it to make Farali Paratha. Just make sure you make a slightly stiff dough. Or how about some Farali Thepla? Farali Thalipeeth with farali flour is so easy to put together.

Make pancakes, uttapams with the flour. Can also use it to make Farali Puris.

Farali Rotli/Gluten Free Roti Dough

If you add water and make the dough using farali flour, you will not be able to roll it out easily. As it is gluten free, there is no gluten structure to hold the dough together. Therefore, to allow the dough to be more pliable and easy to roll or handle I add boiled and mashed potato. It works wonders.

If you don’t want to use mashed potato then use boiled and mashed plantain. It will also help the rotis to turn out soft and not chewy.


Farali Rotli/Gluten Free Roti is unbelievably soft and easy to roll. Perfect for fasting days like Ekadashi or Navratri. Or include it in your daily diet especially if you cannot consume any gluten products.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course fasting food, Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 10 rotis


  • 1 cup farali flour
  • ½ cup mashed potato
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ cup water
  • extra farali flour for dusting
  • 4-6 tsp ghee optional


  • Put the flour in a bowl.
  • Add mashed potato and oil and mix it into the flour.
  • Add salt also if you are using any.
  • Add water gradually and make a soft pliable dough.
  • Cover the dough and let it rest at least for 30 minutes.
  • Heat tawa or frying pan over medium low heat.
  • Divide the dough into 10 parts.
  • Take one part of the dough. Roll it into a ball.
  • Coat it lightly with the extra flour.
  • Place on the rolling board or worktop and roll into a circle of 5-6 inch diameter.
  • In between if the dough sticks, just dust it with more flour.
  • Put the rolled roti on the tawa.
  • Roast it till bubbles appear.
  • Turn it over and roast for 20 -30 seconds.
  • Can let it puff up over naked flame if you like.
  • Repeat steps 7 to 14 with the remaining dough.
  • You can smear a bit of ghee over the rotis before serving.


  • Use normal tap water. The amount required will depend on how much water is absorbed by the flour.
  • Can add a bit of salt to the flour if you like.
  • Add ghee instead of oil.
  • Make sure the mashed potato is cold before you add it to the flour.
Keyword Ekadashi Roti, Farali Rotli, Gluten Free Roti

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  • Nayna Kanabar

    March 8, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I love your farali rotlis they have puffed up so very well.

  • Shobha

    March 9, 2016 at 3:02 am

    The farali rotis look so soft and nice.. now that I am in India I will try out during my fasting days.. In Brazil we couldn't get the flours we use for fasting.

  • Prerna Raghava

    June 24, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Hi friends,
    i am using farali atta of sri swaminarayan. they are not on net. but that flour is so easily made. that i started suspecting gluten in it or the presence of guar gum or xanthum gum. he say he has only three flours in it…..mordhan, rajgira and singhoda. its packet does not mention sago flour. nor he talked about it. what u say.

  • FoodTrails

    March 6, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    iBook at the texture of these rotis and puffed up so well!! So well shaped and look so inviting.. The recipes is very useful for those on gluten-free diets..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks Swaty.

      1. Kalpana

        July 7, 2022 at 9:05 am

        5 stars
        I tried aloo paratha from Swaminaryan farali atta it turned out awesome n never thought I am fasting. Thank you so much for farali flour.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        July 14, 2022 at 9:13 pm

        Kalpana I am so glad this post helped you to make a delicious farali aloo paratha.

  • Pervez

    March 26, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you.

    I have to make rotis with amaranth ,tapioca and water chestnut flours, can you please tell me the proportion of flours to use ?

    Cannot find ready made farali flour here.

    We are very sensitive to wheat.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 1, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Pervez, try out equal amounts of amaranth and water chestnut flours and add half quantity tapioca. If you like you can also use only barley flour and add a bit of boiled and mashed potato to make gluten free rotis.

  • Maryam omar

    June 4, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Hi My dear, I am in Nairobi Kenya, Kindly tell me where I can get the farali flour.. my little boy is very allergic to wheat. I will appreciate your help alot.. pleasee..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 4, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Maryam try some of the Indian stores where they sell grains and pulses. They usually have ready made farali flour. If you don’t get some then you can make roti from oat flour.

  • Jolly

    July 17, 2020 at 6:24 am

    I love farali roti! your farali roti puff so well, looks really soft & tempting! This is a great option for those who are allergic with wheat flour. Would love to have this with some sabji or curry.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 17, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly and yes its a wonderful option for those who cannot tolerate wheat.

    2. Seema Sriram

      February 23, 2022 at 11:16 pm

      5 stars
      Usually you imagine, dry rotlis with gluten free flour. But these are amazing. So soft and puffs up too. I love the combo of grains here.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        February 24, 2022 at 3:17 pm

        Thank you so much Seema, it is all because of the potato.

  • Jayashree T Rao

    February 18, 2022 at 7:26 am

    5 stars
    Farali Rotli looks good and ideal for those who want a gluten-free diet. I must try this one in my kitchen sometime, it will make a good breakfast option for us

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 19, 2022 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, for us it is perfect for Ekadashi fasting.

  • Archana

    February 18, 2022 at 9:53 am

    5 stars
    Wow! I love these farali rotis. I look like normal every day rotis. I love the combo of flours you have used here. Must definitely try.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 19, 2022 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you so much Archana.

  • Pavani

    February 20, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    5 stars
    Such soft and perfectly made farali rotli. Gluten free breads are quick challenging to make and you make it look so easy. Thank you for the recipe, will try some time.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 24, 2022 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks Pavani, it is much easier to roll because of the potato.

  • Neha

    February 23, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    5 stars
    I truly agree with you that during fasting we tend to eat more 🙂 These gluten free rotis are so common and essential during navratras. They are more delectable when potato is used or even sweet potato. I had almost forgotten about them. But your post has inspired me . Soon I shall make them.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 24, 2022 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you so much Neha. Using sweet potato, now that is a good idea. Actually any starchy root or veg can be used to bind the flour.

  • Priya Vj

    February 24, 2022 at 11:19 am

    5 stars
    I simply loved how perfectly shaped your rotis are even without gluten in any of the flours . It is just so difficult to get a proper shape when there is no binding ,I think the potato has done wonders and it must have added such a delicious taste to rotis as well

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 24, 2022 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Priya, you should have seen the shape of the rotis without the potato! It is the potato that binds the flour and also adds to the softness.

  • Vandana

    February 24, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    5 stars
    Great recipe. These rotis look so perfect just like gehun ki roti, can’t imagine they are farali roti. Bookmarking your post, will make them this Navratri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 24, 2022 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks Vandana, the potato does the trick. I’ve tried without the potato and it doesn’t bind at all.

  • Hayley Dhanecha

    February 25, 2022 at 3:47 am

    5 stars
    Here in UK, we get readymade Farali flour, mix of three gluten-free flours and to bind no potatoes or any other ingredient required. Maybe they add xanthium gum? Love these soft and fluffy rotlis they are suitable for those who follows GF diet.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 25, 2022 at 11:35 pm

      Hayley, that is what I hear from friends and family in UK that the flour needs nothing for binding. Not sure if they add xanthan gum.

  • Uma Raghupathi

    February 25, 2022 at 10:44 am

    5 stars
    This farali looks so delicious. I love the idea of using mashed potatoes in the roti. I will make this soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 25, 2022 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you Usha. Enjoy when you make the gluten free rotis.

  • Chandrika Parmar

    April 12, 2023 at 11:22 pm

    I got some farari atta from India by parcel and roti came out so nice and soft without Potatoes. I live in USA. I have a gluten allergies so this was amazing flour.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 14, 2023 at 3:38 pm

      I am glad to hear that. I hear nowadays the flour we get doesn’t require potatoes. But I haven’t tried it.

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