Zafrani Khasta Roti

September 30, 2018mayurisjikoni



What is Mega Blogging Marathon?

Well, its a group of bloggers who get together to post a dish for 26 days according to the chosen theme. For more details check out the initiator Srivalli’s page here. For this theme we had a choice of 3:

1. A-Z Indian Flatbreads that are not made using batter e.g. like rotis

2. A-Z Indian Flatbreads using batters e.g. dosa

3. A-Z International Flatbreads.

I decided to opt for option number 1. India has such a huge variety of flatbreads to offer that are made on the stove top, in the tandoor, in the oven, under the grill or fried. Its going to be a challenge to look for flatbreads beginning with all the letters of the alphabet as for this group cannot use batter based flatbreads. However, am up for this challenge.

Before I go into today’s last post for the Mega BM I have to share this with you.Yesterday was a very exciting day for me as I met up with 3 blogger friends. I’d met 2 of them, Vidya Narayan and Aruna Panangipally when I was last in Mumbai and met up with the third one, Shobha Keshwani for the first time. We were just too excited to meet each other, had a few bites and sampled masala tea and lemongrass tea but I think most of our time passed away what seemed like seconds in chatting. A few loud laughs got us some stares but who cares when you’re having fun with like minded people. Blogging has certainly opened up a whole new level of friendship with some bloggers. My hubby was joking that whichever part of the world I go to I will have bloggers who I’d want to meet and the answer to that was ‘definitely whenever possible.’ If I can’t then I like to chat with them over the phone or video call to get to know them better.

There, got all the excitement off my chest and now lets get into the last letter for this Mega BM which is Z. Zucchini, using the word zaikedar were some of the options. Then suddenly when I was thinking of some food related movies, the first word that came to my mind was zafrani… from Cheeni Kum came to my mind. Started browsing the net for some zafrani ideas and came to khasta roti recipe by Sanjeev Kapoor. From there an idea was born – Z for Zafrani Khasta Roti.

A slightly sweet and salty roti, I served it with some soup and had the leftover with some curry. Tasted good with both. I made it again and served it with masala tea. Whichever way you prefer, these rotis are quite different.

zafrani khasta roti 1

zafrani khasta roti 2

zafrani khasta roti 3


Makes 10-12

Recipe Idea : Sanjeev Kapoor

1 cup plain flour (all purpose flour)

½ cup fine semolina (sooji)

4 tbsp ghee or butter

½ tsp fennel seeds (valiyari, saunf)

½ tsp coarse black pepper powder

½ tsp cardamom powder (elachi)

2 tsp sugar

¼ tsp salt

a few strands of saffron

¼ – ⅓ cup hot water

some butter or ghee for serving

  1. Infuse the saffron strands in the hot water for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Mix plain flour, semolina, cardamom, black pepper powders, fennel seeds, sugar and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Add ghee or butter and rub it into the flour. It should resemble like breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the saffron water along with the strands and make a dough that is not too hard or soft.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball. Cover it with a lid or damp cloth for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Heat a tawa or frying pan over medium heat.
  7. Divide the dough into 10-12 parts. Roll each part into a ball.
  8. Press one ball between the palms.
  9. Place it on a rolling board and roll it into a 3-4 inch diameter circle.
  10. Place the roti on the hot tawa and let it roast for 2 minutes.
  11. Flip it over and let it roast for 2 minutes.
  12. Gently press it down with a clean cloth or a potato masher, till the roti is cooked properly.
  13. Smear it with butter or ghee and serve.
  14. Repeat steps 8 to 13 with the remaining dough.



  • I used a cookie cutter to make the rotis appear more attractive. You can roll them without cutting with a cookie cutter.
  • I served the roti with some tomato carrot soup and it was a tasty accompaniment.
  • You can opt to make a savory one.


A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962


You may want to check out what flatbreads I’ve made so far for this event:

A for Akki Roti

B for Bhakri

C for Chousela

D for Dalpuri

E for Ekadashi Thalipeeth

F for Fungawela Mag na Paratha/Sprouted Bean Parathas

G for Gulachi Poli

H for Hyderabadi Halwe ki puri

I for Indori Masala Roti

J for Juar Jo Dhodho

K for Kulcha

L for Luchi

M for Makki Roti

N for Nagori Puri

O for Onion and Carrot Ragi Roti

P for Padvari Rotli

Q for Qubani Naan

R for Rotla

S for Surati Paratha

T for Tikkar

U for Ubbu Roti

V for Vastad Roti

W for Wheat Khakhra

X for Xtra Flaky Farsi Puri

Y for Yogurt Roti


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  • Priya Suresh

    October 1, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Interesting khasta roti, and love the shape of this rotis.. Bookmarking to make this roti very soon.With all the ingredients went in it, am sure my family will definitely enjoy this flatbread thoroughly.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 3, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, please do try out the recipe.

  • harini

    October 2, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    OMG! What a stunning presentation to the already beautiful rotis. you have shaped them artistically with a cookie cutter. It has been a superb experience going through all your posts in this series. Each one of them was a masterpiece embellished with your experiences.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 3, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you so so much Harini for the kind words… my viral fever just got better 🙂

  • Simply Tadka

    October 5, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Wow… Zafrani and Zucchini two words are very common for Z,… Your version also looks so great and tasty with tea or coffee as snack

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 5, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks Preeti.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    October 7, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Zafrani Khasta roti is a wonderful option, I had made a sweet version and everybody loved it. Blogging has surely given us so many new friends and meeting them is the ultimate fun! I enjoyed reading all yours, wonderful choice for each alphabet!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 8, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you so much Srivalli. Though I would like to take part regularly in the monthly BM, I cannot because of other commitments but I just love doing the Mega BM, brings us all that much more closer though we’ve never met.

  • vaishalisabnani

    October 8, 2018 at 1:55 am

    It is a beautiful experience meeting blogger friends , my hubby too has the same line to say ! But what a lovely experience !
    It has been a absolutely pleasure doing this marathon with you and Zafrani khatta Roti is a perfect finale to it . The roti looks pretty ! And very crisp , perfectly khasta , so true to its name .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 8, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you so much Vaishali, I too enjoy these Mega BM as we learn so much from each other. The daily contact during the period brings us closer.

  • gayathriraani

    October 12, 2018 at 4:49 am

    It is always great joy to meet blogger friends. Hope you had a wonderful time. These rotis are the best to finish the month long marathon. They look so rich and love that cute shape you have given. They look fantastic Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 12, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you so much Gayathri and yes its a wonderful to meet blogger friends. We had a great time.

  • Padmajha PJ

    October 16, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    What a fitting way to end the mega marathon.The roti looks so cute and beautifully presented.And it is always a pleasure to meet fellow food bloggers and the time definitely flies when we meet them, right!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 16, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you so much and yes meeting fellow bloggers is a joy. Perhaps we all will meet one day, God willing.

  • Sowmya

    October 17, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Love the idea of using the cookie cutter….makes it look so much more appealing. Wonderful way to finish the mega BM in style! Kudos to you!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 18, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you so much Sowmya.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    October 18, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Zafrani ruled the day. Lovely shaped rotis and they look so flaky. Yum.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 18, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you so much Renu.

  • code2cook

    October 19, 2018 at 12:17 am

    I love flatbreads with cardamom. surely with saffron this flatbread will be more flavorful. Was thinking to make it for z but last moment changed it to something else. Love the style of presentation and the shape of zafrani khasta roti. Congrates finally mega BM over. It was a beautiful time spent.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 19, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much Bhawana, this zafrani khasta roti is different with both sweet and salty taste.

      1. code2cook

        October 19, 2018 at 6:11 pm

        I loved this, and already bookmarked to try. so tempeted to try once.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    October 23, 2018 at 5:15 am

    You have just nailed the last recipe and they look so beautiful. Love the cadamom and the saffron and this is a great roti to end the month long marathon!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 23, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya.

  • Annapurnaz

    November 29, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Oh My! This Zafrani khasta roti is true to its name….looks so beautiful and crisp. Though I don’t have that much patience of making small rotis by cutting with cookie cutter, yet would love to make it your way as this is looking stunningly beautiful

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much Ritu, I made them small as I served it with soup.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    April 1, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Zafrani khasta roti looks so beautiful. Loved the shape of the roti. Never tried this. Bookmaking it to try soon. Lovely share

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 1, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Sujata, try them, they are different and flavorful.

      1. Batter Up With Sujata

        April 1, 2019 at 8:58 pm


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