Monday, June 29, 2015

Tandoori Roti Recipe, How to make Tandoori Roti on Tawa

Tandoori Roti Recipe
Tandoori Roti Recipe with step by step pictures - Tandoori Roti is a very popular flatbread recipe traditionally made in tandoor( a round clay oven).The dough for tandoori roti is the regular chapathi dough , what matters is the method of making.So I usually make tandoori roti for me and hubby,  phulkas for mittu and amma.

Tandoori Roti or Naan is my staple order in restaurants when we dine out, As I always prefer north indian cuisine it would be either Roti or Naan with any gravy.As a big fan of tandoori roti, I tried quite a few methods to recreate the same texture of the roti as we get in restaurants and finally I got hold of making it since a year so thought to share it now.
Tandoori Roti Recipe

I kept postponing to try such types of flatbread as I didn't have a proper dosa tawa with handle and I did't want to use nonstick tawa.Finally I saw this iron dosa tawa in a small shop in townhall, but now I see this in many shops like Kanan and few other departmental stores too, this tawa got so popular that I got around 5 to distribute among relatives and cousins :)

Tandoori Roti Recipe

Tandoori Roti Recipe

Preparation Time:30 mins | Cooking Time : 5 mins/roti | Makes:10 rotis
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Atta(Chapathi Flour) - 2 cups
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - as required
Water - 3/4 to  1 cup(adjust)


  1. Measure and take chapathi flour(I used homemade), transfer to a wide mixing bowl.Add salt and oil.
    How to make Tandoori Roti Recipe - Step1
  2. First mix well with your fingers so that the distribution is even, then start adding water little by little, start kneading.
    How to make Tandoori Roti Recipe - Step2
  3. Knead it to a soft pliable dough.Let the dough rest for atleast 30mins.Then knead it again and Make medium lemon sized balls from the dough.Transfer one ball to the rolling board and sprinkle little flour on it.
    How to make Tandoori Roti Recipe - Step2
  4. Roll it to a slightly thick roti, You can either roll it as a circle or oval as I did.On the top side, brush with little water.Repeat the process for other rotis too.
    How to make Tandoori Roti Recipe - Step2
  5. Heat a dosa tawa, I used my iron dosa tawa.Once the tawa is hot,carefully transfer a roti so that the water surface touches the tawa.Allow it to cook for a minute, as bubbles start to come,carefully flip the dosa tawa upside down as keeping keep flame in high.Cook until the rotis are charred a bit.Rotate the tawa for even cooking.It will start to fall down, you can hold it with a tong.It is better if you have a handle for the dosa tawa.
    How to make Tandoori Roti Recipe - Step2
  6. If you don't have a dosa tawa with handle, then cook on one side in tawa then pull out the roti with a tong and place it directly on high flame as shown below.Brush it well with ghee / butter.
    How to make Tandoori Roti Recipe - Step2
Serve hot!
Tandoori Roti Recipe

My Notes:

  • Use iron tawa for best results.
  • I used homemade chapathi flour so it absorbs more water than the store bought flours so adjust according to your flour variety.
  • Make sure to rotate and cook else it will get cooked only in the middle.
  • It is recommended to use tawa with handle so that its easy for you to hold and flip over.Yes I have tried in nonstick and the texture was not that great so I am suggesting to use iron tawa.You can even use a kadai.
  • Do not use nonstick tawa as you might not get the right texture.
  • Make sure to roll the rotis a bit thick and not too thin like we do for phulkas.
  • Do not overcook while cooking in direct flame, I always use high flame, rotate and cook for just few seconds.
Tandoori Roti Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Wow.Tandoori roti in iron dosa tawa.Tempting to try this.Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Great . But can we use the iron tawa for making regular chapati or phulkas instead of non stick tawa

  3. It would be nice if u added the photo of the iron tawa..i mean the full tawa is not visible in the photos.

  4. Hi Sharmi, Can u please add an short video of this recipe -only the tawa portion? I tried but I am not getting the perfect one, I doing some mistake, but where couldn't spot it. Unable to cook after turning the tawa properly especially the circle... please try to add an video..

  5. Hi sharmi,
    Is it soft like the one in restaurant? Can we do it on a coil stove top?
    Thank you,

    1. Yes it is!
      What is coil top stove? Not sure about it

    2. There is no fire in coil tove..the coil becomes hot .its almost same as induction but we can use any type of USA most of the stoves are like that.thanks for the reply(lavanya--this phone is in sync with my husbands gmail.sorry for that)

  6. Rotis look perfect like the restaurant ones...wonderful clicks and presentation as ever..


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