Tandoori Roti is a popular Indian dhaba style flatbread that can be made at home on tawa or skillet. Ghee smeared soft tandoori roti along with a curry/dal is just sheer bliss.
OK, I have to agree I have been missing dhaba food way too much since last few weeks. Hence after dhaba style chicken masala, paneer masala, I am sharing the recipe of one of the most loved “tandoori roti“.
No we do not need an oven or tandoor to make these soft homemade tandoori roti. It is made on stove top/ tawa. Yup!!!
Tandoori Roti is healthier than his cousin naan as it is made with whole wheat flour where as naan is made of all purpose flour/ maida. This homemade tandoori roti is super easy to prepare and the final result is soft textured roti and not chewy at all. Perfect with curries or dal fry.
Tandoori roti and dal fry is something we used to order without fail (especially my father, we on the other hand went straight for paneer or chicken) if eating out at a roadside dhaba while travelling or on a holiday. Back then my sister and I were more into non veg sides of course but now I miss the rustic Dal fry & tandoori roti combination way too much. S
How to make Tandoori Roti on Tawa?
The dough of tandoori roti is very similar to our regular roti. We just add a little bit of yogurt and baking soda in the dough and knead it to a smooth and firm dough and rest it for 30 minutes.
Next divide it into equal dough balls and roll it out into medium sized discs / roti. Heat a tawa on medium high heat until nice and hot. When hot lower the heat to medium low.
Next slather one side of the rolled roti with water (this will help the roti to stick to the hot tawa) and place it on the tawa. Cook for a minute, you will see bubbles appear on the top. Then turn the tawa upside down on the flame and cook. Slowly you will start seeing roti puffing up and the top of the tandoori roti charring on top. When it is cooked take it off the heat and remove the flatbread with a tong and brush it with ghee or butter (this is optional). Serve it hot with curry or dal of your choice.
Here are few Dhaba style recipes that you can try.
Dhaba style Tandoori Roti on Tawa
Tandoori Rori Recipe | How to make tandoori roti on tawa | Dhaa style Tandoori roti
- Large bowl
- rolling pin
- Cast Iron Skillet/ Cast Iron Tawa
- 1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/2 cup All purpose flour / Maida (basically for the colour, you can skip if you wish to and replace it with whole wheat flour)
- 3 tbsp Yogurt
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp Oil
- Water to make a soft but firm dough
- 3-4 tbsp Ghee /butter to brush on top of the rotis
Making the dough
- In a large mixing bowl add wheat flour, all purpose flour, all purpose flour, yogurt, salt and 1 tablespoon of oil.
- Mix it well with your finger tips.
- Make a well in the centre and gradually start adding little water at a time and keep kneading the dough. Make smooth and firm dough.
- Cover it with the damp kitchen towel and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Make Tandoori Roti on Tawa/ Stovetop
- After the resting time knead the dough again to make a smooth dough.
- Next divide the dough into 10-12 equal portions and make balls. Then flatten each ball between your palm and make disc.
- Roll them with rolling pin into a medium-size disc or roti shape.
- Mean while heat the cast iron tawa/skillet on a medium-high heat. It should be nice and hot.
- Pat a little water on one side of the roti and place the water patted side on the pan. Lower the heat now.
- Let the roti cook for a minute on medium low heat.
- When you see bubbles on top surface, turn the tawa upside down on flames. Roti will be facing the flame directly.The roti will start puffing up completely.
- Once the roti facing the flame is cooked, take off the pan from the flame.
- Remove the cooked tandoori roti with a help of a tong and smear it with some ghee or butter.Follow the above steps to cook all the roti.
- Serve hot with curry of choice.
I hope you enjoy this soft Tandoori Roti as much as we do.
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