Tandoori Roti

Tandoori Roti is another type of Indian unleavened bread which is usually made in a clay oven called a tandoor and commonly enjoyed with chicken, lamb, mutton or other non-vegetarian dishes. Vegetarians out there, don’t worry. It tastes just as fabulous with vegetarian curry dishes as well! Try this easy to make at home recipe and method. You won’t need to run out and buy a tandoor!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Rest Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 5 to 6 Rotis


Chapati Flour – 1½ cups
Salt – ¼ tsp
Warm water – ½ cup + 1 Tbsp
Dry Chapati Flour – ½ cup, for rolling


1. In a medium bowl, mix together Flour and Salt.
2. Add Warm Water slowly and knead to form a medium firm dough.
3. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes, covered.
4. Divide the dough into golf ball size balls.
5. Dip the dough ball into dry flour and roll it out into an oval shape (approx 5 inches).
6. Tandoori Rotis are a little smaller and thicker than normal chapatis.
7. Place rolled out roti on a hot tava and cook until bubbles appear.
8. Flip the roti over and cook this side until light brown spots appear.
9. Remove roti from tava and keep in a covered (preferably insulated) container.
10. Repeat the process until all rotis are cooked on tava.
11. When ready to eat, pop rotis into a toaster and toast them on medium until they puff up.
12. You may need to re-toast the roti until darker brown spots appear.
13. Once the roti is done, remove from toaster and lightly butter it.
14. Place the roti in a paper towel and lightly crush it.
15. Serve hot.

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0 thoughts on “Tandoori Roti

  1. Hi Hetal n Anuja,
    You girls are great , I have become addicted to your site, have tried almost all the receipes!!!!!! Latest was the tandoori roti….how very novice !!! loved the results!

  2. can u please advice how to freeze cooked vegetables and which cooked vegetable will freeze well??can i freeze cooked baigan ka bharta, aloo gobi, mix vegetable, pao bhaji??pls reply

    1. Hi Neetu,

      Baingan ka bharta freezes well as does palak paneer and pav bhaji. Vegetables like potatoes (unless they are in samosa or tikki) and cauliflower do not freeze well because they loose their texture and become soggy. Basically, the texture of vegetable change in the freezer so pick things that do not need to hold their shape.

  3. This is the best recipe I have ever found on the internet, and I don’t just mean the best roti recipe! Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Can you show us how to make Kulcha? Its not so popular in the US (Naan has taken over completely) but I love it! Would be glad if you can bring out a video.

  5. Loved the use of the toaster; I have an electric stove and they don’t cook evenly and I can’t regulate heat correctly so using the toaster was a pleasant surprise. Thanks.

  6. I have been making rotis with this recipe for almost a year now and they are great! Its amazing to see what a normal bread toaster can do. It is a super easy recipe.
    P.S.: Hetal, I just love the way you talk (You must have got this 1000 times already!). Both you ladies rock 🙂

  7. Hello ladies.

    I happened upon one of instructables last week sometime. Discovered this recipe afterward. I didn’t have access to chapati flour so I improvised and used King Arthur Whole Wheat. Not ideal but I was quite pleased with the results.

    Admittedly, the results of the first couple weren’t so hot but after I got the heat in the iron skillet where I wanted it, it went pretty much the way you demonstrated in the video.

    I have a vegan-like diet (I choose not to eat meat, eggs and diary because of the hormones .. not for any philosophical reasons. I do eat seafood, after all.) and these are great. Tonight I ate them with a soup that had a bit of leftover quinoa, vegetable stock, sweet onion, celery, carrot, zucchini, summer squash, scotch bonnet peppers and mushrooms. The roti were splendid as a duller of the heat of the peppers and the combination of the outside crispiness and toasted flavor complimented the meal nicely.

    Thanks again, ladies. Keep up the good work.

  8. Hi,
    In Step #3, it is mentioned to keep the dough for 15 mins. Can I make raw roti till #5 without #3 step & keep it for 15 mins?
    If that is not possible, can I keep the rolled raw roti for say 4 hours before putting it in tandoor? What if I keep such roti outside? Will it change color & what will be the effect?


  9. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    Thanks for the recipe. I had a question. From where did you buy insulated container? I would appreciate if you can also give me price range for this.


  10. can i make tandoori roti in the oven, like grandma made in the clay oven, if yes what should be the temperature of the oven, how long, what level should be used.

    thanks for coming to my house every single day, hope to see you in person some day.

    i go on your website, everyday to find something new and exciting like everything else

    thanks again, you are the best


  11. great idea ! Can we put the dough in the fridge and make it late in the same way or it has toi be freshly made just before making rotis?

    1. Yes, the dough can me made ahead and frozen. You can also go a step further and semi-cook the rotis and then freeze them. Later when you are ready to serve/eat, thaw and pop them in the toaster and they are ready to go:)

    1. We’ve never tried to make this in a sandwich maker, but the benefit of a toaster is that the heat comes evenly from both sides. Don’t know if that will happen in a sandwich maker. If you decide to try it, we’d love to hear your results.

    1. The dough for naan is very soft and probably will not hold up in a toaster. You can use your oven, though.

  12. Hi Anuja And Hetel,
    I enjoy your recipes…they are simple and very delicious. I tried the KAJU KATLI…very tasty…Got excited to try “TANDOORI ROTI” but they didn’t fluff up like yours what i think my toaster is not same.Will you pls let me know what brand toaster you are using.I live in Singapore.Keep giving new interesting recipes…thanks Looking forward for the reply.

    1. It is a regular pop-up toaster that you get, nothing fancy. The one we have shown just toasts 4 at a time instead of the conventional 2 at a time.
      Hope that helps!

  13. Hi Hetal and Anusha,
    I discovered yr website recently and have been trying out things. Tandoori roti came out great and so did the puffs. The only thing I did different was apply oil/ghee after crushing the roti. Great job. Keep it up.


  14. how do we make eggless molten lava cake? pls show how to make kala jamun, bombay halwa, sohan halwa, eggless strawberry cake. thanks

  15. Hi Zarah,

    Curry powder is a misleading name since it has no curry leaves in it. Curry powder is just a generic name for a bunch of Indian spices mixed together. You should be able to find curry leaves in any Indian/South Asian grocery store.

  16. i’m pretty sure i’ve already asked this but i can’t find it anywhere–>can i substitute curry powder for curry leaves. I’m unable to find them anwhere. If I can’t substitute it; any idea on where i can find them?

  17. these came out beautifully! Thank you for the recipe. Can you show us how to make naan? Pretty please. I’ve tried to make them using some recipes and they’re not coming out well, but everything i make from your site usually comes out spectacular 🙂

  18. this is not tandoori roti it pulka’s wats wrong with u girls, the other thing is tandoori roti dough is different u cant use chapathi dough better get ur dought right

  19. Hi Salam,
    Sorry, somehow your question got overlooked. You can also use a toaster over or do it the conventional way, on the stove-top. They can also be made in the oven (broil) and you will have to flip them around half way thru. Hope that helps.

    Hi Gobin,
    Flour will not work for this recipe. But if you don’t have an Indian store, the next best (& closest) thing would be to use Whole Wheat Flour for regular grocery stores.

  20. wow, had totally given up on making roti.
    (rubber roti)is what it was.
    but this recipe came out wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!
    this made more than we could use in one meal so
    the extras (pre toaster stage) were cooled on a rack and frozen between wax paper in a sealed container. the next morning pop in toaster and walla… roti! one shunk to thaw and one to toast. and yes, anuja, i had it with left-over baingan bhurta. you two are the best. x0x

  21. hi hetal and anuja hope u both are doing good, today i tried tandoori roti of uur version and it came out awesome,thanks alot.


  22. Hi Amina,

    Chapati flour is the whole wheat atta that you find in the Indian stores. It is not all-purpose flour which is maida.

    1. hello. i tried to make rotis out of only chappati flour, but they were coming out very dark and dry, but after i mixed in some regular white flour, they were alright. why do you think it could have happened? and do you think i should always mix the two types of flour together?

  23. Hi Hetal and Anuja,
    I did try these in the toaster, they came out fabulously, thank you so much! I will post a photo sometime next week in my blog with a link to you, watch out for desi flood coming your way!:D
    Good job girls!:))

  24. GENIUS!!! Most of us make chapathis and have toasters at home. But never thought or heard about this. This is great!

    Could you also show how to bake wheat bread? I have eaten khara (spicy) bread, potato stuffed bun, etc in India and want to make the same with wheat flour at home.

  25. Generally we only toast what we need instead of storing them after toasting. A good idea is to keep the toaster on or near the dining table and make them fresh as you consume them.

        1. Thank you Hetal for the reply. Also can please let me know how long the tandoori roti or chapatis can be stored in the fridge/room temperature. Thanks.

          1. Hi Swati,

            Any roti or chapati can be kept at room temperature for a day or two. If you are keeping them for up to a week, you can store them in the fridge…anything longer, freeze them.

  26. Hi,

    Its a gr8 idea.I have a question…

    How to keep these rotis soft once they are out of toaster ??Because all may not be consumed at once.

  27. hi hetal and anuja
    omg that is a wonderful idea we can always make rotis ahead and them put them in toaster when guests arrive.wow cant wait to try it
    thanks alot

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