tandoori roti recipe, how to make tandoori roti on tawa | butter roti recipe

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tandoori roti recipe  on tawa - soft, chewy and slightly charred rotis made on stove top or tava.

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tandoori roti recipe with step by step photos – sharing a no oven and no tandoor method of making tandoori rotis on stove top.

tandoori roti recipe

once in a while, when we go out to dine in restaurants, we always order tandoori rotis or naans. since we often opt for punjabi food, rotis or naan make an appearance on the table. tandoori rotis go very well with rich curry dishes like kadai mushroom, bhindi masala, dum aloo, rajma, veg kadai, mushroom gravy etc.

traditionally tandoori rotis are made in a tandoor (a pot shaped clay oven). at homes not all of us have tandoors. yet without a tandoor we can make a really good tandoori rotis on stove top.

the method of making the dough is same as the way we make our regular chapati dough. no secrets there. in fact i make tandoori rotis at times with the chapati dough too. what works here is the method or technique of preparing the rotis.

sharing 2 methods to make tandoori rotis:

1. making tandoori rotis on an iron tava or griddle:

  • in this method (the top pic) you get a soft as well as chewy texture. the taste is like that of tandoori rotis you get in restaurants. there is some charring with a a crisp texture in the rotis.
  • you have to use an iron tava/griddle or a steel one. please don’t use a non stick tava.
  • you need little experimentation to get the knack, like how hot should be the flame and rotating the tava evenly so that the corners of rotis are cooked well.
  • make small rotis so that the burner flame reaches out. keep flame low to medium or as needed. you need to experiment with the burner flame to get the perfect rotis. as it depends upon your tava thickness and burner capacity. for me it worked on medium flame.
  • you need to eat the rotis fresh and when they are hot. since as they cool, they become more chewy and dense after some time. given an option we prefer these rotis made on tava, provided they are served hot.

2. making tandoori rotis on rack:

  • easy and simple method. but taste is just a bit like tandoori rotis you get outside.
  • these rotis stay soft and can be eaten later also.
  • make the size of rotis depending on the size of the rack you are using. below is a pic of the tandoori roti made on rack.

tandoori roti recipe

tandoori rotis go well with any gravy or sauce based indian dishes. they go well rich curry dishes or with paneer curry recipes like paneer butter masala, kadai paneer, palak paneershahi paneer, paneer curry masala and matar paneer recipe.

tandoori roti recipe below:

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tandoori roti recipe | butter roti recipe

tandoori roti recipe  on tawa - soft, chewy and slightly charred rotis made on stove top or tava.

course main course
cuisine north indian, punjabi
prep time 35 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 1 hour 5 minutes
servings 12 to 14 tandoori rotis
rough calories per serving 108 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2.5 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
  • ½ tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt or add as required
  • ¾ to 1 cup water for kneading or as required
  • some butter or ghee or oil for spreading (optional)

how to make recipe

kneading dough for tandoori rotis:

  1. seive the atta or whole wheat flour along with 1 tsp salt in a bowl or a large plate. you can also mix the flour and salt together.
  2. add 1 tbsp oil.
  3. then add 3/4 cup to 1 cup water.
  4. mix everything and gather the mixture to begin kneading.
  5. knead to a smooth, soft and supple dough.
  6. make small to medium sized balls from the dough.
  7. now on a rolling board, flatten a dough ball and sprinkle some flour on it.
  8. roll it into a small to medium sized round.

rack method to make tandoori roti:

  1. take a fire proof wired rack and place it on a low to medium flame.
  2. place the roti on the rack.
  3. when you see bubbles appearing, flip the roti. you will see a few brown black spots on the roti. cook the other side now.
  4. flip again and you will the second side cooked well enough.
  5. flip once more for an even cooking.
  6. lastly flip again. the whole tandoori roti has to be cooked well.

  7. keep the tandoori roti in a roti basket or casserole. take some butter or ghee to spread on the roti.

  8. spread the butter or ghee evenly. if you want you can skip the butter or ghee.

tawa or griddle method to make tandoori roti:

  1. after you are done rolling the roti, spread water evenly all over the roti. you can use your fingers to spread water or use a pastry brush.
  2. place the roti, watered side down on a hot tava. use a cast iron tava. don't use non stick as the roti will fall off in the next steps. as soon the roti, gets heated up, you will see huge and sometimes even large bubbles on the roti.
  3. allow to cook for a minute on a low to medium flame.
  4. now carefully hold the tawa upside down on the flame. the flame has to be on low to medium or else the roti might bet burnt.
  5. rotate the tava for even roasting.
  6. this is our tandoori roti done and roasted very well.
  7. this is the watered side of the roti, which has been cooked.
  8. the tava will have a few bits of cooked roti, which you can scrape off.
  9. spread some butter or ghee on the tandoori roti.
  10. serve tandoori roti hot with any dal, vegetable or paneer curry.

stepwise tandoori roti recipe on tawa:

1. seive 2.5 cups atta or whole wheat flour along with 1 tsp salt in a bowl or a large plate. you can also mix the flour and salt together.

flour for tandoori roti recipe

2. add ½ tbsp oil. you can also skip the oil if you want.

oil for tandoori roti recipe

3. then add ¾ cup to 1 cup water.

water for tandoori roti recipe

4. mix everything and gather the mixture to begin kneading.

kneading dough for tandoori roti recipe

5. knead to a smooth, soft and supple dough. add water if required while kneading. cover and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.

dough for tandoori roti recipe

6. make small to medium sized balls from the dough.

dough balls for tandoori roti recipe

7. now on a rolling board, flatten a dough ball and sprinkle some flour on it.

dough balls for tandoori roti recipe

8. roll it into a small to medium sized round like that or a regular roti or chapati. don’t roll very thin, like we do for phulkas.

rolling tandoori roti

rack method to make tandoori rotis:

1. take a fire proof wired rack and place it on a low to medium flame.

rack for tandoori roti recipe

2. place the roti on the rack.

making tandoori roti on rack

3. when you see bubbles appearing, flip the roti.

making tandoori roti on rack

4. you will see a few brown black spots on the roti. cook the other side now.

making tandoori roti on rack

5. flip again and you will the second side cooked well enough.

making tandoori roti recipe on rack

6. flip once more for an even cooking.

making tandoori roti recipe on rack

7. lastly flip again. the whole roti has to be cooked well. you should not see any rawness in the tandoori roti.

making tandoori roti recipe on rack

8. keep the tandoori roti in a roti basket or casserole. take some butter or ghee to spread on the roti.

tandoori roti, tandoori roti recipe

9. spread the butter or ghee evenly. if you want you can skip the butter or ghee.

tandoori roti recipe

tava method to make tandoori rotis:

1. after you are done rolling the roti, spread water evenly all over the roti. you can use your fingers to spread water or use a pastry brush.

rolling roti - making tandoori roti recipe

2. place the roti, watered side down on a hot tava. use a cast iron tava. don’t use non stick as the roti will fall off in the next step. as soon the roti, gets heated up, you will see huge and sometimes even large bubbles on the roti.

making tandoori roti recipe

3. allow to cook for about minute on a low to medium flame. be patient and allow the roti to cook well. otherwise the roti gets stuck to the tava and you need some skills to remove it. the water has to dry up completely, so that the roti comes out easily.  i keep at least for a minute for the roti to cook well. but the cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the tava/griddle and the intensity of the flame source. you can also use this technique to cook naans on stove top.

making tandoori roti recipe

4. now carefully hold the tawa upside down on the flame. the flame has to be on low to medium or else the roti might bet burnt. rotate the tawa for even roasting. keep tongs near by, in case the roti falls off from the tawa, then you can just quickly lift it up with the tongs.

making tandoori roti recipe

5. bring back the tawa to it original position on the stove top. this is our tandoori roti done and roasted very well. remove the roti with a spatula or a tong. in case the roti sticks and not coming out, then cook the roti for some more seconds.

tandoori roti, tandoori roti recipe

6. this is the watered side of the roti, which has been cooked.

tandoori roti, tandoori roti recipe

7. the tawa will have a few particles of cooked atta, which you can scrape or wipe off.

clean tava for making tandoori roti recipe

8. spread some butter or ghee on the tandoori roti. you can also serve the tandoori roti plain without adding any butter or ghee.

ghee on tandoori roti, ghee on tandoori roti recipe

serve tandoori rotis hot with curry dishes like paneer makhani, paneer lababdarchole, paneer tikka masala, chana masala, dal makhani, kadai mushroom, paneer pasanda.

punjabi tandoori roti, tandoori roti recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Dear Dassana

    I follow your many recipes.i have a question.

    I have electric stove how can I make tandoori on this stove?

    o u reply to personal email? or can I write to yr email,if u let me know yr email?

    thanks,
    arusha

    • arusha, use a wired rack stand on top of the electric stove. when you turn the tawa the roti has to touch the rack. we usually reply to all comments in the website within 48 hours.

  2. Hi Dassana

    Hope you doing good!

    Can you please tell me of any method to make naan or tandoori roti on a coil like top, i actually live outside india and i hope you aware of kind of stove tops people use here made like a coil ( no fire ). so could you please.

    thank you

    • samrinder, you will need to use a rack on top of the coil. then keep the roti or naan or phulka on top of the rack. the roti will puff up this way and get cooked too. you can just lift the naan or roti when half done on both sides and keep on the rack.

  3. Hi, i love cooking n keep on searching different recepies online.. I happened to see this tandoori roti recepie n I tried it … it was awesome. My husband loved it a lot n was amazed that I made this . Thankyou for sharing this lovely recepie.

    • Welcome Kanchan. Glad to know this.

  4. How to get that smoky smell from chappati as we get from outside,do u have any tip for that?

    • sabita, thats due to the charcoal or wood being used in the tandoor. that aroma will be difficult to get while roasting or grilling rotis on stove top or in the oven.

  5. If you add fresh cream instead of oil while kneading the flour, it might make it even better.

    • thanks for this tip injila.

  6. I made tandoori roti today on the tava and it turned out absolutely amazing. My kidsloved it. Thank you very much. Your recipes are extremely easy to follow, especially in the pictorial format. Absolutely enjoy trying out your recipes. Thanks again 🙂

    • thanks rahila for sharing your experience. and also thanks for the positive feedback.

  7. Hey Dassana, I’m a big fan of your recipes. My daughter really enjoys the food that I cook with your help…. Thanks a lot!! I can see that you are great food lover yourself….. 🙂 I enjoy cooking more and more looking at your recipes…..thanks once again…. 🙂

    Radha.

    • pleased to know this radha 🙂 thankyou for your kind and encouraging words. have fun always while cooking and you are always welcome.

  8. Very Much Like all the receipes

    • Thanks Mrs Pushpa

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