Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tandoori Roti ~ Roti Mela!

Imagine I thought I had all the time in the world for me, to cook up as many rotis I can. Only to realize that time is flying and I haven't even attempted half of them. I just noticed the date today and I was really shocked. Yeah all my entries for the other lovely events are still pending. I did this Tandoori Roti during the weekend. And I have only this from the selected list of rotis. Hope all of you are well into making them as fast as you can!

The first time I had Tandoori Roti was in Tirumala, Tirupati. Imagine of all the places to have an authentic Roti, I choose that place to have. Whenever we travel, my dad and hubby dear warn me before entering into a restaurant, that I better not try to order Naan and Paneer Butter Masala. I know those statements would come anytime from them, still I always look very shocked and upset and ask them how they can think that of me. The thing is, left to me, I would try only that even in those remote places. Actually they taste great. More suited to our palate. Though I don't eat that real spicy stuff, I do like my curry to be little spicy and not so very bland.

So it was indeed a surprise for myself that hubby dear didn't' say much that evening, when I ordered Tandoori Roti. I was forced to order something as Naan was not available. But it ended up that I had a feast. It was one of those memorable dinners in our temple hill. That chill evening tucking into those hot rotis with spicy paneer curry, is not something I would forget so easily! When I came about this recipe, I was all for recreating the same feeling. Of course, you can't recreate a chill climate, give what may at this time in Madras. But I can still try right!

Ingredients Needed

Wheat Flour / Atta - 2 Cups
All purpose flour / Maida - 1/4 cup
Curds / Yoghurt - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Ghee or Cooking Oil - 2 tbsp

Method to prepare:

Take a bowl and mix the wheat flour, Maida and Salt. Add the curds and mix well. Add little water

and knead to a tight dough. The best way to get a stiff dough is to add water, little by little and knead well. Add more water only if its required. You got to knead well to get a smooth texture on it. Let it rest for 2 hrs

Divide into equal balls. Proceed with rolling out the rotis. On the rolling board, flatten the ball and roll it out into a size of abt 6-7 inches, it got to be little thick.

Heat a thick bottomed Tava, Griddle or a Fry Pan. I used a tawa. When the tawa is hot, Wet one side of the roti and put it on the Pan. Then wet the upper side of the roti as well with water, just sprinkle some water drops by hand or use a basting brush dipped in water.

Now reverse the pan over the flame and hold it in your hand and let the roti get roasted over the heat. The roti will be still on sticking to the pan. This takes about 1 min or so, to get cooked. You will see brown spots over it.

Once the Roti is done on one side, it will fall off. If its cooked all over, you can remove, else cook in the regular position evenly.

Smear the rotis with some Ghee on one side.

This normally comes out well in Tandoori Oven, but I didn't find much of a difference this way. So simpler and easier too!

I served it with Butter Beans Kurma. It did replace the void of parotta for me!

This is going for my Roti Mela!

This is off to Susan too, at The Well-Seasoned Cook for the Pancakes on Parade event. Thanks Susan for hosting the event!

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23 comments :

Asha said...

Post everything you have in one day and have fun! We will all faint, recover and leave as many as comments as we can manage! :D
Tandoori roti looks great, I prefer this than Naans, parathas, they take so much time to make. Good one!:)

Happy cook said...

Hey you know i thought you were from B'lore, maybe because i remember you mentioning latha came to visit you.
Roti looks good, and the explanation of how you enjoyed the food in temple is really good :-)

meeso said...

There's nothing like freshly made roti's... Looks so good!

Susan said...

Yes, Srivalli, I will accept this for my pancake event. While no one would mistake poori or naan for pancakes, roti (like a tortilla)is flatbread akin to pancakes.

Please add the event link to your post and send all the details over to me for the round-up. Thx!

kamala said...

I too make the same way valli..Looks delicious with kurma.

bhags said...

you do post every day, dont you....nice way of making tandoori rotis without the tandoor

Pearlsofeast said...

Nice to read ur article,The rotis sounds good.I will try using yogurt.

Laavanya said...

Wow that looks so good and that too with butter beans gravy :) I've heard of this technique for Naans too but never ventured to try.

Meera said...

Tandoori roti looks great!

Arundathi said...

that looks delicious...hmm I didnt quite understand the "reverse the tawa" and "it'll fall off" parts - hmm - will ask you when i see you! :)

Suma Rajesh said...

An award waiting for u on my blog..check it out..ur roti looks great...

jayasree said...

Tandoori roti looks good. Enjoyed your Tirumala narration.

Padmaja said...

Valli
I liked the idea of tandoori roti on a tawa, I should definitely try it.

Jayashree said...

Looks good Valli....I usually stay away from ordering Naan/parathas when I go to "authentic" South Indian restaurants.

Simran said...

I know your feeling about naan and paneer butter masala. I only realized that it can't be a universal order after a particularly terrible meal in Pondicherry

Sia said...

i have weakness to masala dosa and i end up ordering evrytime:) roti looks fab valli. i need to post another roti for ur mela soon :)

Sireesha said...

Tandoori roti looks Great and lovely!!!!!!!

Sharmila said...

What an easy way to make Tandoori rotis! I remember seeing this recipe being done in a tv show ... but the guy was using a pressure cooker ... and the very look of an upside down cooker on a gas stove has kept me away from even thinking of trying it out. :p Your version looks much more easier.:-)

Susan said...

Thank you, Srivalli! Looks like the addition of water when grilling creates a bit of steam that helps them blister. Clever method. Stack 'em up and serve me!

ranji said...

oooo roti looks so soft and nice..love this anytime...tempting photos :)..

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Looks soft tandoori roti...

Devi Priya said...

We all enjoy roti's at home! Tandoori roti's looks delcious!

Pearlsofeast said...

Srivalli,I made ur Tandoori roti today for dinner, I liked it very much.Thanks dear

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