In the midst of choosing between white and brown breads
, somewhere we have lost out on traditional rotis, which were a staple diet of families in every Muslim neighbourhood of Old Delhi. One of them is Khamiri Roti, which is believed to have been a popular staple in the Mughal Age. Mostly found in the streets of Old Delhi, Khamiris make an exceptional combination with non-vegetarian dishes such as Korma. If you haven’t tried them yet, it’s time you gorge on these spongy and chewy rotis that are definitely going to leave you asking for more. Read on as we tell you more about Khamiri Rotis.
What is Khamiri Roti?
‘Khamir’ is an Urdu word meaning yeast. A leavened baked flatbread, Khamiri is believed to have originated in the Mughal era and was a staple amongst the people. Not just Khamiri, but breads like Naan and Bakarkhani among others were eaten during this era. According to Celebrity Chef Sadaf Hussain, Indian bread industry was run by Naan Baisand Bhatiyaras, who used to supply locals a range of traditional breads. Naan Bais used to supply bulk orders during festivals and other family events whereas Bhatiyaras used to supply breads on a daily basis to various households.
If you want to try this amazing roti anytime soon, you can drop in at Old Delhi’s legendary Nihari Wala or Kallu Mian, hidden behind Delite Cinema, near A-One Chicken corner shop in Old Delhi. While everyone swears on its Nihari, the gorgeous Khamiri Roti that is served right out of a clay oven helps enhance its taste. If you haven’t tasted this traditional Indian pita bread, you sure have missed out on one of the gems in the culinary world.