Methi Bhakari

Ingredients (serves 3):

  • Mixed flour (Jowar, ragi and bajra in equal measure), 1 ½ cups
  • Rice flour, 3 tbsp (optional)
  • Methi leaves, 1 cup (finely chopped)
  • Onion, 1 (finely chopped)
  • Green chilies, 2 (finely chopped)
  • Coriander leaves, handful (finely chopped)
  • White sesame seeds, 1 tbsp (roasted)
  • Flaxseeds, 2 tsp (roasted and powdered)
  • Cumin seeds, 1 tsp (roasted and powdered)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Warm water – as needed
Methi Bhakri


Mix all the flours and salt well by passing them together through the flour-sieve.

Mix onion, methi leaves, green chilies, coriander leaves, sesame seeds, cumin seeds and flaxseeds in a mixing bowl.

Add the onion-methi mixture to the flour and knead the flour using warm water as needed, till the dough is firm but smooth.

Make lemon-sized balls from the entire dough.

Heat the griddle.

Wet your hands before patting the dough.

On the chapatti rolling board, flatten a dough ball by constantly pressing with your palm till it expands to the size of a regular roti.

Remove the uncooked bhakri gently from the rolling board and place it on the hot griddle.

Flip it after brown patches appear on the bottom side and cook the other side.

Remove from griddle once the bhakri is crisp.

Repeat with all the dough balls.

Serve hot with Indian dry vegetables dishes or just with mint-coriander chutney.

Variations: Bhakri can be made with any flour or any combination of flours. Also, you could use spinach in place of methi leaves for a change of flavour.

Health Benefits of Methi Bhakri

This recipe is bursting with myriad nutrients. Here’s the scoop on them:

Bhakri is brimming with complex carbohydrates that help our body to generate the energy we need to undertake everyday activities.

Very high fibre content makes it an excellent food for digestion and it fights constipation.

This fibre-loaded recipe also keeps you feeling full by regulating blood sugar spikes.

Its protein content rejuvenates fatigued muscles by carrying out tissue repair.

Highs iron and copper content helps people recover from anaemia.

The B vitamins in the flours keep nerves and muscle tissue healthy, and thus help in brain development.

B vitamins and anti-oxidant rich selenium’s strong presence helps in acquiring healthy hair, eyes and skin.

This bhakri preparation is a very rich source of calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese and Omega-3 fatty acids that help to maintain bone health and prevent osteoporosis.

The presence of omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids, magnesium & zinc keeps the heart robust.

These flours are anti-diabetic as they lower blood sugar.

Bhakri is beneficial in weight loss as it contains an amino acid called Tryptophan that lowers appetite.

Potassium in this Indian bread is a very important electrolyte that regulates the fluid balance in the blood.

Magnesium and zinc boost body’s immune system.

Nutrient Profile of the Ingredients

Jowar (Sorghum): Fibre, protein, iron, complex carbs, phosphorous, B vitamins, gluten-free

Bajra (Pearl millet): Fibre, complex carbs, phosphorous, B vitamins, zinc, manganese, potassium, gluten-free

Ragi (Finger millet): Calcium, fibre, iron, tryptophan, gluten free

Methi leaves (Fenugreek leaves): Calcium, dietary fibre, B vitamins, Iron, potassium, phosphorous

Flaxseeds:Dietary fibre, protein, omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, iron, calcium, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper manganese, selenium

Sesame seeds (Til):Calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese