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Oct 15, 2006 01:00 AM

Frozen roti or other Asian flatbreads

Wondering where I can buy frozen roti or paratha or some other sort of Indian/Asian breads. I've heard that buying them frozen and heating them up in a pan of butter is much easier--and tastier--than trying to make them from scratch. I live in Ballston, so places around here would be best. Thanks!

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  1. Restaurant Depot (wholesale only) has a bunch of Kontos brand (makers of very good pocketless gyros pitas)in various varieties (naan, etc) but I don't know where they're sold retail.

    I know I've seen some (a few) Indian frozen breads on my last trip to the 7 Corners Grand Mart (in with the frozen onion pancakes and dumplings).

    1. If you can make it to Vienna, I know for sure All World Groceries on 123 has it.

      1. Go to Halalco on Hillwood Ave. in Falls Church. They have all the varieties you are looking for. Also Fresh Foods has Rotis too but no Parathas.

        1. Indian groceries will certainly have them. I only know the stores in Alexandria (Delhi bazaar -- now move to a new location in the strip mall on Van Dorn, opposite what used to be Thai Hut) and Annandale (Shivam Music & Spices). Grand mart & Super H Mart both also have frozen Paratha. Actually, so do the Thai groceries I've been to (Duangrat's and Bangkok 54).

          1. In addition to Indian grocery stores (look for Indian Spice and Appliance in the Clarendon area near you), you might check the freezer section at your local Trader Joes. They often have a small selection of their own brand.

            As to tastier than from scratch, I'm not sure I'd believe it. Nothing quite lives up to my memory of a few tastes of our next door neighbor's fresh from the pan Indian breads when I was a kid.