Tandoori food has a long history in India’s traditional cuisines, and it goes well beyond thousands of years in the past.
Although it would be difficult to say who brought this technique in our food culture, Mughals did play a vital role in transforming Indian food. Kebabs, Tikkas and Rotis would have been very difficult to make without the proper use of Tandoor pots.
I could be wrong in these assumptions, but it’s quite fascinating to imagine the evolution of our cooking methods in past centuries.
In today’s era, we’re still innovating these methods with new tools like Airfryers, Electric Tandoors, Gas Tandoors, Ovens, etc. And I’m sure this food evolution will continue to take place even after next thousand years.
Talking about Electric Tandoors, these new-age gadgets are so effective that you get to enjoy same dhaba style food at your home. You can also make Tandoori roti, naan, kulcha and paratha in such machines.
If you’re not sure about making these Indian breads in your Electric Tandoor, do take a look at the following guide. I’ve posted all the steps that you’d need to successfully get through this task.
Steps to make Tandoori Roti in Electric Tandoor
You will have to replicate the same procedure that you might have seen on dhaba or local restaurant Tandoors.
- Whole Wheat Flour – 2 cups
- Curd – 3 tablespoon
- Milk – 2 tablespoon
- Water as needed
- Oil – 1 tablespoon
- Salt to taste
1. Get a mixing bowl and add the flour, curd, milk and salt in it.
2. Start kneading it into a dough and add some oil & water whenever required.
3. When the dough is ready, cover it with muslin cloth and keep aside for at least half an hour.
4. Once the dough has risen in size, prepare medium sized balls out of it.
5. Grab one ball and dust it with little flour. Use the rolling pin and make slightly thicker roti.
6. Preheat the Electric Tandoor on 180ºC for 3-4 minutes. In the meantime, you may prepare few more rotis to cook at the same time.
7. Now, get a damp cloth and turn it into a ball-like shape. Hold it tight in your hand and pick the roti carefully. Brush some water on the roti surface.
8. Gently, place it on your Tandoor’s tray. Follow the same process for remaining rotis.
9. Cook the Tandoori rotis for a minute or two on both the sides.
10. Finally, collect them in your chapati basket or casserole and quickly apply butter on the top surface.
Done! Enjoy your hot ń crispy Tandoori roti with your favorite Punjabi dishes.
Tips to make Soft Tandoori Roti
Have you ever wondered why restaurant style Tandoori roti or naan always feel so soft?
Well, there are some secrets behind the softness of these Indian breads. You will need to add certain ingredients and follow recommended preparation techniques to get the best results in your kitchen.
So, let’s learn about these secrets now.
Dough Kneading Technique –
When you want to make traditional Tandoori roti, use whole wheat atta (flour) to prepare the dough. The composition of wheat grains helps in getting the desired softness as compared to other gains’ atta.
For more improved results, I always like to use electric food processor. I’d also recommend you to use the same if possible. It does make things much easier for you.
When you’re done with kneading process, don’t forget to cover it with muslin cloth for few minutes (as explained in the above instructions).
The resting time will help bacteria do their job silently and efficiently. Later, you can start making roti balls with this fluffy dough.
Use Warm Milk along with Curd –
Milk gives the extra bit of volume to your roti. So, do add 2-3 tablespoons of warm milk while preparing the dough. You may also add curd in the same fashion. It will give excellent results in the end.
As you know, milk is often used in naans as an important ingredient along with curd. You can, however, avoid it in Tandoori roti preparation if you know how to knead the dough.
Serve as soon as it gets cooked –
Yes, don’t keep your rotis in the container for too long! Just serve as soon as you’re done with the cooking, and brush some good amount of butter or desi ghee on them.
This extra ghee will moisten the flat surface of bread, which makes it easier to enjoy with curries as well as dry kebabs.
There is no better joy than successfully replicating the best tasted restaurant dishes in your own kitchen. It’s just a different accomplishment altogether.
Earlier, Tandoori cuisine was considered as a restaurant-only cuisine, but things have changed for good in last decade. Now, you don’t have to rely on them for those wonderful dishes. You can make them in small kitchen if you’ve access to right kitchen gadgets.
So, if you’re tired of eating unhealthy Tandoori food dishes from dhabas or hotels, it’s time for you to invest in a good Electric Tandoor. Just get this cool gadget for yourself and experience the fun at home.