Oat Lolis / Oat Flatbread recipe…

by Khushboo on October 28, 2013

Have I mentioned that I am a huge list-maker? Writing them, ticking tasks off, I love lists!  Although some might kind it neurotic, writing things down is the only way I can ensure I won’t forget to do something later on.  One of my many ongoing lists is blog-related i.e. topics or recipes I want to discuss in future.  I keep this list in the Notes section of my iPhone, so that I jot down ideas as soon as they come to me. For the past 3 months a certain recipe keeps glaring at me every time I open up this list:

Oat Lolis / Oat Flatbread

Especially as I eat these almost every day, I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to put this post up.  I believe procrastination might be to blame 😉. Essentially a loli is a whole-wheat paratha (a.k.a. flatbread) infused with various ‘masalas’ (e.g. onions, coriander, mint, chilies, black pepper, tomatoes).  They’re usually served with yogurt and/or chutneys.  While most people play around with the spices & herbs, I prefer to change around the texture by replacing wholewheat flour with oats.  Maybe I’m just partial to the flavor and texture of oats in general, but this variation of lolis tastes miles better.

My "comfort" food

My “comfort” food

Although lolis are usually eaten in Sindhi homes as breakfast, I prefer to eat ‘em for lunch and/or dinner.   On the days I feel like Indian food, I usually serve Oat Lolis with a side of Greek yogurt & mixed vegetables cooked with mustard seeds & curry leaves (see picture above).   Although the recipe for lolis will vary in each household, here is my variation:

 Oat Lolis Serves 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats**
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onions (or regular onions)
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. In a bowl, combine the oats, spring onions, and salt.  Slowly add water until it forms a dough.
  2. Divide the dough into 2 small balls.  Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until each ball has flattened into a circle (4” diameter).
  3. Place tava (or griddle) over medium heat.  Once heated, add the loli and cook on both sides for 2-3 minutes or until each side has developed a golden-brown color.
  4. Repeat with remaining dough.

**If you aren’t using quick-cooking oats, grind the oats to a flour-like consistency before using them. 

Much of the time I swap out the masalas for salt & black pepper. In such circumstances, I think the term “Oat Flatbread” would be more fitting.  Especially as whole-wheat wraps aren’t freely available in Mumbai, these are ideal alternatives.

Oat flatbread with fajita chicken salad

Oat flatbread with fajita chicken stir fry & avocado

For those of you who are intolerant to wheat , these also work as great bread alternatives.  If you’re not entirely convinced, maybe this will do the trick?

Oat flatbread topped with avocado & eggs + a side of sauteed veggies

Oat flatbread topped with avocado & eggs + a side of sauteed veggies

Savory oats have never tasted so delicious!

What’s your favorite grain?

Sliced bread, wraps or rolls? Pick 1…

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Arman @ thebigmansworld October 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

THANK YOU! I had actually been waiting for this since you first mentioned it and now I cannot wait to give it a go 😉 Thanks buddy!

I love flatbreads- purely because you can stuff em 😉

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Ah you are so welcome- I hope you love it as much as I do 😀

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Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com October 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Oat lolis sound a lot like the “rotis” my mom makes – only she uses white flour and coconut with salt and water. I like your use of oats instead of the flour though.
Definitely prefer flatbreads overall – but with soup, nothing quite like a super crusty roll!
Thanks for sharing this – Happy Monday 🙂

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Oh I love the addition of coconut- I’ll have to try that out next time 😀

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Lucie@FitSwissChick October 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Aww, thanks for that recipe, I’ve been waiting for this!! I am such a wrap person, I love to wrap everything up and eat it Burrito style!
Oh, and I am a list person too! Otherwise, my brain is a desperate mess!

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I hope the recipe was worth the wait 🙂

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven October 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Such an awesome recipe! I love flatbread but it’s hard to find gluten-free flatbreads around me. I don’t know why I haven’t thought to make them myself! These are a must-try!

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Let me know what you think 🙂

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Miss Polkadot October 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Writing lists and then postponing that one [or those two or three in my case …] things? I totally hear you on that. I still remember you mentioned oat lolis and – okay, I looked that second one up now 🙂 – channa masala a while ago and said you’d post the recipes so yay for that! The idea of making flatbreads at home sounds great to me because the ones we can find in stores have lots of weird ingredients added to them. Thanks for sharing – and if you happen to know a simple recipe for channa masala I’d take that one, too ;).
My favourite grain? Tough question but just judging from how often I eat them I’d have to go with oats. Not discriminating any other grains here, though.

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Despite the lack of availability, another ‘problem’ with store-bought wraps is their ingredient list- ICK!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Love! Oats are, without a doubt, my absolute favourite grain… not only because I love the taste, but they’re just so versatile and easy to work with. I’ve made baked oats before, but never thought to make them into a flatbread. You better believe that I’m sticking that on the to-make list… and you better believe that my to-anything lists keep getting longer, and longer, and longer 😉

Happy Monday, m’dear!

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Haha your list sounds a lot like mine :)! As a fellow oat-lover, I know you will love this!

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Ksenija @ With An Open Mind October 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Sounds like an awesome side dish for a lot of things. I’ve been searching for a healthy bread alternative for a while and I love the idea of making flatbread out of oats. Bookmarked 🙂 !

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Yay! Hope you enjoy these 🙂

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Parita @ myinnershakti October 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Love the simplicity of your parathas! My rotis technique has yet to be perfected so this looks like the perfect goof-proof recipe for me. Definitely trying this out the next time I make Indian food!

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:54 pm

YAY! Let me know how they turn out 😀

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I’ve never tried to make my own flatbread before – I’m intrigued! It’s hard to say what my favourite grain is…oatmeal and rice are probably my most-utilized.
And definitely agree with the list thing – I used the ‘sticky note’ thing on my computer’s sidebar and I’ve got at least three or four different lists going right now 😉

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

You and me both my friend…my desktop is slowly turning a shade of yellow courtesy of those sticky notes 😉

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dixya| food, pleasure, and health October 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I would love to try this variation, savory oats yum. And talking about to-do list, I have one that is almost never ending 😛

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Glad I’m not the only one 🙂

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Angela @ Health's Angel October 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

These are so neat! And look pretty easy to make. That last picture…yum! I wish I had that for lunch today. 🙂

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

You can never go wrong with the egg & avocado combo 😀

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Ameena October 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I am all about lists…I have written lists, electronic lists…lists everywhere. Love them.

What a great recipe – always looking for ways to make bread easily. This looks delicious.

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Hope you give these a shot, Ameena 🙂

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I am sooo a list person too, so was nodding my head at your description in the beginning 🙂
YUM to this recipe! I like how versatile it is and that it can be adapted to all meals of the day, if you ask me. Thanks for the information Khushboo and the accompanying recipe of course!

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Khushboo October 28, 2013 at 10:59 pm

For sure- I bet it would taste great with some cinnamon and finely chopped apple or mashed banana mixed in 🙂

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Nikhita October 29, 2013 at 12:44 am

These are so easy to make and I have literally every ingredient at home right now! I feel like this with some spicy grilled chicken and avocado would make a stellar combo! Been using your recipes a lot Khushboo, so easy and less than half an hour most times 🙂 who knew I could cook?!

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Khushboo October 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

I’m so glad to hear that- which ones have you been making? 😀

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Nikhita October 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

soy maple salmon. overnight oats. ris-oat-o 😉 and bruschetta mushrooms 😀 can’t wait to try the bbq prawns recipe and soon a teriyaki chicken stirfy!

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Khushboo October 29, 2013 at 10:29 am

Ah this comment has made my morning- I’m so glad you are making (and enjoying) the recipes…sounds like you are on a roll 😀

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Meghan@Clean Eats Fast Feets October 29, 2013 at 7:06 am

Hooray for lists. They give me such satisfaction, especially when I cross items off any of my lists. Even though I’m a bread girl through and through, these flat breads sound really good. I love the idea of incorporating different seasonings too. Thanks for sharing and you can check that item off your list.

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Khushboo October 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

You bet I did ;)!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

I’m so glad you got around to writing this post! I’ve seen you mention this a few times and was excited to try it. AND I can have it on my pre-competition diet. 🙂

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Khushboo October 29, 2013 at 9:25 am

Woo I’m so relieved to hear that- let me know what you think 😀

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli October 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

Omg, WAAAAANT!! These flatbreads look delicious! And seriously, you can’t get any easier than this recipe! I’ll definitely be trying this out soon!

Favorite grain: OATS! I go through my phases, but I have to say sliced bread is the one I always come back to…as long as it’s good crusty/seedy bread!

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Khushboo October 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

Oats are my favorite too but nothing beats a crunchy/seedy bread (preferably in roll form) when there’s a bowl of soup involved!

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Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate October 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Wow this recipe is so simple but looks so good. Simple is often best, though!

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Khushboo October 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Couldn’t agree more 🙂

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Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness October 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm

oommggg this looks soo good! ive never made my own flatbread before but now that you mention it, its a GREAT idea!! it doesnt even look that hard! this is my kind of recipe 🙂

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Khushboo October 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Hope you give it a shot…and enjoy it 😀

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honeywhatscooking October 30, 2013 at 2:23 am

wow, did you just come up with a new recipe? this is huge… roti oats!!! Never heard of loli, in Punjabi culture we call it paratha… so yeah same difference. I can’t get myself to ever use the rolling pin, but I want to try this. Love the idea of oats.
Did you change your blog design? Looks fun and vibrant.

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Khushboo October 30, 2013 at 10:27 am

Definitely give it a go- I think you’ll love it :)! Thanks for your comment about my blog- I just changed the header!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien October 30, 2013 at 8:35 am

Girrrrrrrl you know how much I like savory oats!!! Love the new header by the way 🙂

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Khushboo October 30, 2013 at 10:27 am

Thanks Alexis- Morgan was great to work with so thanks for the recommendation 😀

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Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I had to check this recipe out since I’ve seen Arman make it so many times now and I now have to make it too, it looks delicious!!

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Khushboo November 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Hope you enjoy it :)!

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Gayatri November 7, 2013 at 8:17 am

OMG I have to try this. Never realized how versatile oats are until I started eating them. My 15 year-old self would’ve said “yeah right” if someone told her quinoa, oats, ragi & brown rice would be part of her diet a decade later.

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Khushboo November 7, 2013 at 10:17 am

Hahah our 15 year old selfs would have had a good laugh together! I guess we’re just making up for lost time :)! Let me know how you like ’em!

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peter January 25, 2015 at 4:33 am

Wow, these were delicious, thanks for sharing…

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Khushboo January 25, 2015 at 11:50 am

Glad you enjoyed them, Peter!

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