Monday, 20 July 2009

Tandoori roti

Makes: 6 rotis
Wheat flour: 2 cups (or 1.5 wheat flour and 0.5 plain flour)
Plain yogurt: 2 table spoon
Salt to taste:
Ghee: 1 table spoon
Baking powder: 2 tea spoon
Black onion seeds / kalongi: 2 tea spoon (optional)
Oil: 1-2 table spoon.

Sieve wheat flour and baking powder. Add Plain yogurt, black onion seeds, ghee and salt to taste.
Mix everything together using your palm.
Slowly add water to make medium soft dough. Take one tea spoon of oil and knead dough till it is smooth. This might take up to 5 minutes depending on your dough size.
Take moist cloth or wet kitchen tissue and cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Again take little bit of oil if necessary and knead dough to give me smooth texture.
Preheat over on 220+ degree c for 10 minutes. Set the pizza stone in the oven. If you do not have pizza stone use normal tray upside down with a foil covering it. Apply little bit of ghee on the foil. Set this tray in the oven. When you place roti on it, the surface should be hot.

Divide dough into equal size balls up to 6. Roll it into a round ball.
Cover the ball with wheat flour
and roll it into round chapati.
Wet your palm with water and hold the rolled roti on it and rotate from all sides such that roti has a covering of water. Now place this roti into the hot oven. Do the same for number of rotis that can fit into your oven. Do not roll out all the rotis till you have space in oven otherwise it will dry out. Keep the dough ball under wet tissue to avoid their drying out.

Set over on 220 for 5 minutes now turn the rotis over once they are brownish in color and cook on other side. Cook on both sides till they are cooked. Flip over if required. This cooking might take up to 15 minutes. Keep checking every 5 minutes.

Tip: Do not set oven tray too close top. As you can see from the picture they are set in the middle. This will allow rotis to be cooked from inside without burning the top. Remove it from oven when rotis are cooked and slightly brown from both sides. Apply a layer of butter if you want to eat butter tandoori roti.
Enjoy hot rotis with sabzi, curry, dal, raita, pickle etc.

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