Tandoori Roti on Tawa | Tandoori Roti on Stove Top
Tandoori Roti on Tawa | Tandoori Roti on Stove Top recipe. Here this roti is prepared without oven or tandoor.
Tandoori roti is a kind of Indian flatbread only. But the method it’s prepared makes it different. It’s different in texture-wise as well as in taste also.
Originally this roti is cooked in large tandoors and hence it has a smoky charred aroma in it.
This is very much loved in North India. If you travel on roadways especially in North part of our country there are street-side restaurants which are known as “Dhaba”. .
Well, you will get this in any restaurants also, but I just love the dhaba ones.
What is the difference between chapati & tandoori roti?
Chapati or flatbread is light and thin. Tandoori roti is thicker than that of the chapati.
Chapati is cooked on Tawa on the stovetop whereas tandoori roti is cooked in the tandoor (clay pot) or oven.
This tandoori roti is cooked on tawa or a skillet over stovetop giving this a burnt smoky flavor similar to authentic ones.
Is tandoori roti same as naan?
No. Though they may look similar as charred but both are completely different. Normally naan is made with refined flour and tandoori roti is with whole wheat flour just like other flatbread dough.
In case of naan, the dough is fermented and leavened with yeast or baking powder and curd. But here it’s normal dough with wheat flour and pinch of salt. No soda, no yeast and hence no leavening.
Naan is softer than these charred flatbreads. These rotis are stiff after cooked under direct fire.
How to make tandoori roti on tawa?
In a mixing bowl take wheat flour and salt. Mix well. Now add water little by little and knead this to a dough.
Take out a large ball-sized portion and roll it evenly with the help of a rolling pin and board. Keep it even and thick.
Now on the top-end brush it with water.
Heat tawa on medium-high heat. Once tawa is hot enough, place the wet side of roti on tawa so that it will stick to it.
Then you will see the bubbles on surface.
Now hold the tawa/ skillet with a tong or holder and invert the tawa so that the bread/ roti will come in direct contact with the flame.
It will puff up and be careful as it might catch fire. When it catches fire remove to side and again put in flame. Make sure all sides cooked nicely and evenly.
Remove from heat and tawa. You might need to scratch out the base little as it’s stuck to the tawa.
Now apply ghee/ butter on top and serve hot.
Tips For Best Tandoori Roti
The dough should be a little tighter than regular dough but not as tight as poori dough. Otherwise it will not stick to the tawa.
Don’t make bigger roti at home as it will be difficult to get cooked evenly. Also don’t make too thick or too thin. While rolling it make sure to roll it to a medium thick roti.
Don’t use non-stick tawa for making this tandoori roti at home. Best is to use cast iron tawa or regular iron tawa.
The tawa should be very hot while making roti so that roti will stick to the tawa nicely. Cook on medium high flame.
While cooking on direct flame, make sure to rotate at regular intervals ensuring even cooking at all sides. Be careful as it may burn the roti if flame is on high mode.
It goes well with any curries or dal fry. I love to make this tandoori roti with any curry or any curried dal recipes. I preferably serve them with Indian curries or curried lentils like mushroom tikka masala, cauliflower tikka masala, chickpea tikka masala, paneer tikka masala, veg korma, paneer green peas curry, dal tadka, curried urad dal, or any curried dal.
- In a mixing bowl, add wheat flour, salt and oil.
- Mix well.
- Add little water gradually and knead into a dough.
- Knead well for 3- 5 minutes.
- Keep aside for 10 minutes covering with a moist cloth.
- Then take out large ball sized dough and roll it with the help of a rolling pin and board.
- On top layer brush some water.
- Heat tawa.
- Place moist part on tawa.
- Cook for 2 minutes or till it puffs slightly.
- Now invert the tawa so that roti is placed above the direct fire.
- It will puff up completely.
- If roti catches some fire remove from direct fire and again cook all sides equally.
- Remove from tawa and apply melted butter or ghee on top.
- Serve hot with any curry of choice.
Here I would request you to read other curries to serve with this, like mushroom matar masala, gatte ki sabzi, palak paneer. Also read matar paneer curry, dum aloo, bagara baingan, lauki kofta curry, malai kofta curry, shaam savera curry.
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