Tandoori roti

Tandoori rotis made easily at home in a toaster!

Tandoori roti


Tandoori rotis made easily at home in a toaster!



  1. Mix together wheat flour and salt in a wide bowl. Make a well in the centre of the flour and curds and just combine once.

  2. Add enough warm water and knead to a medium stiff dough (not too stiff but must be easy enough to roll out).

  3. Cover and set aside for at least 1 hour.

  4. Divide the dough into golf sized balls (about 10). Dust with some flour and roll out into small rotis that can fit into your toaster. It should not be too thick nor too thin.

  5. Heat a pan/ griddle/ tava. Place a rolled out roti on it and cook till bubbles appear on top. Then flip and cook the other side till light brown spots appear. Remove from pan and keep covered in an insulated container.

  6. At serving time, pop rotis into a preheated toaster (as you would do to toast bread slices) and toast them on medium heat till they puff up. Few spots turn charred and this gives it that smoky flavour you get from rotis made in a tandoor.

  7. When they pop up, remove, brush with butter on one side and place on a paper towel and lightly crush it. Serve immediately with any spicy curry and a salad on the side.


After the rotis are cooked over the pan, do not keep them covered fully. It will make the rotis soft & can fold when you put it into the toaster.
I used heat level of no.3 for some and for more smoky flavour, no.4 out of max heat level no. 6. Adjust in your toaster as req. Remember, cook over medium heat.
To the melted butter you can add a clove of crushed garlic for ‘Garlic Rotis’.
To preheat toaster, simply switch an empty toaster on at the level of heat you chose to cook the rotis.
You may also cook the rotis on a griddle/ tava till done as you would for chapathis.
Another way is to cook over direct flame. Brush one side of rolled out roti with water and place on hot tava/ thick bottom pan wet side down. Cover immediately with lid and cook for about 30 seconds or until bubbles start to appear on top.
Then cook the other side over direct flame with the help of tongs. It is done when you see few charred spots. Brush with butter/ garlic butter.

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