Saturday, March 5, 2016

Chaptiwala Rotla / Jada Rotla/ Khoba Roti

For any family that enjoys a traditional Sunday meal, I highly recommend chaptiwala rotla. When I was growing up in India, we had this every Sunday not just at my house, but also at my relatives' too. My siblings and I especially love this meal. My friends and family in New York have also taken to eating rotla, which is essentially a thick flour flat bread inlaid with a pattern of pinchmarks made using your fingers. I hope you enjoy this recipe the same way I always have.

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 8 tablespoons ghee
  • 6 tablespoons ghee to smear the rotla
  • Salt to taste
  • Warm water as required

Final Product - Traditional rotla served with masala drumsticks, yellow moong dal, rotla dressing, chutney, fried chili, lemon and salad.

Directions with pictures:
Step 1: Add 8 tablespoons ghee and salt to the flour. Knead the flour with warm water and make a stiff dough (same as Bhakri dough)
Step 2: Make 4 balls with the dough
Step 3: Roll each dough ball out to 7 inches in diameter (1 to 1.5cm thick)
Step 4: Place one rotla piece on a hot tawa/griddle on low heat, make marks with a knife on upper side of the rotla, so the rotla surface doesn't bubble too much

Step 5: 
When the color changes on the top and tiny bubbles appear, turn the rotla over
Step 6: Pinch the rotla on upper side in a circular motion, working your way towards the center. Let the bottom side get crispy golden brown.
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Step 6: Top side, after you are done pinching
Step 7: Remove the rotla from the tawa/griddle and repeat the procedure with rest of the dough balls.

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Step 8: With a double metal grill/papad grill/chapati grill, roast the other side of the rotla. You can also roast the rotla on a tawa with low heat as another option. (Put the metal grill on stove, let it get hot and then roast the rotla)

Step 9: Smear the rotla with the ghee and it's ready to eat! You can also add the rotla dressing to add more flavor and taste.

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