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Mustard Sprouts and Missi Roti April 28, 2007

Posted by live2cook in Flat and Fried Breads, Green Garden.

Yup! Mustard sprouts!

When you live in tiny apartment and have a window sill with few hours of sunshine, when you have a green thumb that will fade if you don’t grow anything green, sprouts are a good option.

Anything, from sprouted seed to the plant with few inches of growth is a sprout. These tiny plants are nothing but pack of nutrients. A Table spoon of seeds will give you greens enough to toss into a salad.

From start to finish everything will end in 2 weeks. No worries about mold or rot, summer or winter, sun or rain, pests or disease. With a shallow bowl or tray, soil, 1 or 2 table spoons of seeds and water, we will get greens to enjoy, year round.

Here’s what I did.

Took a table spoon of Brown mustard seeds in a cup . Soaked over night in water. Drained and covered the cup with a damp cloth. After 24 hours the seeds sprouted .

Took a shallow bowl. Drilled few holes for drainage. Filled the bowl with potting soil. Spread the sprouted seeds evenly over the soil and covered the seeds loosely with soil to 1/4 inch thickness.

Kept the soil moist but not damp. After two or three days the plants started to grow. Misted with water daily. When they reached 2 to 3 inches, cut the plants near the soil and used it in the missi roti recipe below.

We have to do this every 2 or 3 weeks to get constant supply. We can grow methi and pea shoots like this. After cutting the plants for cooking, I will pour hot boiling water over the soil in the bowl, wait till it drains and cools well and use it for next batch along with few handfuls of new soil. The leftover stems and roots from the previous batch will become manure to the next batch!

mustard sprouts

The Recipe for Missi Roti : (This is Tarla Dalal’s Recipe)

  • 1 Cup Besan (Gram flour)
  • 1 Cup atta (Whole wheat flour)
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1 tbsp Kasoori Methi (Dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp jeera (Cumin Seeds)
  • a pinch of hing (Asafetida)
  • a pinch of haldi (Turmeric Powder)

Mix all the ingredients. Add enough water to make a dough of rolling consistency. Cover it and keep aside for half an hour. Make small balls and roll them slightly thicker than the usual chapati (flat bread of India). Cook on hot griddle with or without oil or in a hot tandoor (clay oven).

I replaced the kasoori methi with 1/2 cup of fresh mustard sprouts and followed the recipe. The outcome looked like this…

missi_roti_before missi_roti_after


1. asha - April 29, 2007

Hi,what a smart idea to use mustard shoots!! Looks yummy.
Guess what I have in my blog right now!:))

2. live2cook - April 29, 2007

Hi Asha,

Birds of a feather flock together. 🙂

Thank you for visiting.

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