Herbs are running amok in my backyard, and I couldn't be happier. But there is something like too much of a good thing. The first year we moved into our home, I planted an innocent looking sprig of mint in a corner of one of my vegetable beds. Little did my green-behind-the-ears gardener self know that by the following year the mint would take over the entire bed and by this summer it was beginning to break out past a brick barrier to take over the rest of the yard.
As much as I love mint, it got to the point where I finally gave in to Desi and let him uproot all of the mint. I saved just a couple of sprigs that I have now planted in a pot, and they're already flourishing. I am sure I will have all the mint I need in no time, and my vegetable bed will be able to play host to more veggies. Live and learn.
In addition to the mint, I have some perennial herbs that spring back to life each year, thicker and faster than ever before, like some lemon thyme that's gorgeous in just about anything but particularly so with spuds and eggplant. The sage, a beautiful, hardy perennial gifted by my friend Bess just a couple of years ago. In addition to being super-delicious, it's also perhaps the most gorgeous herb around with ash-green leaves and purple flowers. Chives, with their mild, addictively onion-y flavor and feathery flowers.
I planted some rosemary in the vegetable garden last year hoping it would return-- it is a perennial-- but it didn't for some mysterious reason. So I've got some growing in a pot this year because I just long for its intoxicating flavor in a richly vegan "beef" stew. Come winter, I'll just move the pot indoors and hopefully my rosemary shall live.
Also this year I bought some French tarragon that I'm not sure what to do with, but will find out-- and let you know. If you know about good uses for this herb, do share.
As neck-deep in herbs as I am (and I mean it in the best possible way), I try to find new uses for them each time I cook. One recipe I cooked up this week and really loved-- and which is very versatile, really-- is my Herb Roti.
This Herb Roti is high in protein, because I mixed up garbanzo bean flour, or besan, and whole-wheat flour to make the roti dough. I also threw in handfuls of mint, sage, and thyme, all finely chopped, along with some spices.
I'm running out of time, and I gotta run. But here's the recipe for Herb Roti, and keep reading to learn a little bit more about me, if you want to.
- 1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup loosely packed herbs (I used thyme, mint and sage, but coriander, rosemary, chives, garlic greens would all be great in here, together, or by themselves). Chop the herbs really fine.
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne (use less or more based on tolerance to heat)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add enough water to make a smooth dough. Cover the dough and set aside for about half an hour.
- Shape the dough into 12 smooth balls. One by one, roll them out, dusting the surface with enough flour, into circles around 6 inches in diameter.
- Heat a cast-iron or nonstick griddle. Spritz with some oil spray and cook each roti on both sides until reddish-brown spots appear.
- Serve with a subzi or chutney. Don't leave these rotis standing too long because the garbanzo bean flour in them will cause them to stiffen up.
Love your recipes...especially the Dal Makhini.....I have made it three times....I have not tried your Indian bread recipes but I am sure they're delicious. I know what you mean about having a big heart for animals. I love the Sandhill Cranes in our area of Florida. They are such beautiful creatures, and when they choose a mate, it is for life, which is so sweet, and also sad when something happens to one of the birds.
I was looking for this recipe, and came upon your site. I will definitely be trying this soon!
Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life)
This looks soooo good! We had the same thing with our mint, but because we have enough room we let it stand there (we often use it for tea).
Loved reading those 7 random facts about you 🙂
Love parathas..best way to add veggies for kids and all.
you have a lovely blog. Happy to follow u..
I cannot imagine that.. I am just growing this teeny tiny wee bit of a mint from seeds
What a coincidence! My mother's methi leaves have sprung up all over the garden so we had methi parathas today. The recipe is very similar to yours, with the besan and atta. I had mine with a Moroccan pumpkin-lentil soup I invented recently. They went beautifully together!
Very healthy and yummy herb Roti,looks so inviting.
I love roti! I'll have to try using chickpea flour next time I make them.
Also, no shame in being a sappy person! At least that's what I tell myself. 🙂 And bumper stickers rock! I once saw a car with a bunch of pro-vegan bumper stickers and I just had to give them the thumbs up! It made my day. 🙂
I love herbs and i have to add them in most of my savory dish. They add such beautiful color and life to a dish! This is a great roti recipe you shared..
Vaishali - Coincidentally, I was eating methi-ka-paratha, cooked by my lovely wife, when I saw your post on Facebook. I will buy the other herbal ingredients that you have suggested during this weekend so that we can try them too. Thanks for the superb ideas.
I am using mint to take over an area of grass around our frog pond. The more it grows there the better!! So far, so good. Roti sounds delicious and thanks for sharing about yourself! Peace, Stephanie
Herb Roti is a great idea. I was looking at my herb garden today morning and wondering what do with them, and just happened to read this.
This is going to be dinner tonight. Thanks a ton !
These look like the "MISSI ROTIS" except that you have flavoured them with delicious and fresh herbs from your garden. A must try..........
Your roti looks divine! It was lovely to find out more about you in this post and I will check out the links to your previous facts as well. I'm a big sappy person too, particularly when animals are involved!
Tarragon is something I have only used in dried form. This soup from Appetite for Reduction is lovely and I'm sure that fresh tarragon would make it even nicer.
Very flavorful. Looks delicious 🙂
Wowwww... sounds delicious and tempting.. thanks for the awesome recipe.. 🙂
Natalie, It's been unbearably hot here in DC too, and I agree that being in the kitchen is absolute torture. Audrey sounds cute-- I would love it if my basil grew that fast. It's one of those herbs I never seem to have much luck with. Maybe this year will be different. 🙂
Richa, I feel your pain. Fostering has got to be the hardest but also the most rewarding thing to do. Kudos to you, and keep up the good work.
Herb rotis looks fabulous,healthy and my kind of rotis..
awesome.. i like the herb combos.. any kind of herb roti reminds me of all the theplas and parathas stacked and packed for the train rides as kids 🙂
great to know some things about u! i am not allowed to tear up(maybe a little is fine) at the sappy ads and other things, coz then hubbs wont let me read, watch, do or write about similar things:). i cried 3 straight days after my first foster went home. it still hurts some days coz i dont know where he is. but then sense prevailed and we could foster and save a couple more of them death row sweeties!.
I love making roti and paratha--if it wasn't in the mid-90's in NYC right now, and if I didn't have an un-airconditioned kitchen, I'd be all about these. Meanwhile, I'll keep it in the "to make" file. :)I'm jealous of your garden; the closest thing I have to a garden is a potted basil plant that I named Audrey II because if its penchant for becoming so big that it threatens to take over my apartment!