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BM# 63: Journey through the CuisinesĀ 

Week 2: Rajasthani CuisineĀ 

Day 11: K for Khoba Roti

Today’s Rajasthani dish showcases the artistic side of the desert state. Rajasthan is famous for all its handicrafts and colorful fabrics. This Khoba roti looks like a work of art and the good thing about it is that the technique is not too hard to do.

I saw this roti for the very first time on Valli’s blog for one of the previous BMs. It looked so appealing and sounded so interesting that it went into my to-make list. It took all this time (actually 2 years) for me make these. Khoba means deep indentation in Rajasthani, hence the name for the roti.

In its most basic form, the rotis are rolled out into about 1/2″ thick and then the top is pinched with fingers in a circular pattern. Or you can get fancy like here and make a very intrinsic and beautiful pattern on the roti. I made mine with tiny tweezers.

The roti is quite thick and needs to be cooked for a long time to cook evenly. The final roti is crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. It is usually served with a generous drizzle of ghee along with a curry or dal or any other spicy side dish.

Recipe adapted from Nisha Madhulika, Tarla Dalal & Carve your Craving:

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Khoba Roti Yum
Recipe to make beautiful Rajasthani Khoba roti. In its most basic form, the rotis are rolled out into about 1/2" thick and then the top is pinched with fingers in a circular pattern. Or you can get fancy like here and make a very intrinsic and beautiful pattern on the roti. It is usually served with a generous drizzle of ghee along with a curry or dal or any other spicy side dish.
Khoba Roti
Course breads
Cuisine rajasthani
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
rotis
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Atta (Wholewheat flour)
  • 2 tsps Ghee
  • To taste Salt
Course breads
Cuisine rajasthani
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
rotis
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Atta (Wholewheat flour)
  • 2 tsps Ghee
  • To taste Salt
Khoba Roti
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine atta, salt and ghee. Add enough water and make a firm, pliable dough. Cover and set aside for 15~20 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Roll out one piece into 6~7" round circle that is about 1/2" thick.
  3. At this stage, you can either pinch the surface or use a tiny forceps or tongs to pinch the top layer of the dough in circular fashion to create the design.
  4. Place the roti non-pinched side down on a hot tawa/ griddle and cook on medium flame till lightly golden. Gently flip and cook the pinch side until lightly golden and cooked through.
  5. At this stage to brown the top of the roti, it can be placed directly on the flame for a few seconds or under the broiler for less than a minute. Remove and serve hot with a curry and Enjoy!! I served with some capsicum lauji (substitute carrot with peppers in this recipe) and palak dal.
Recipe Notes

That's my daughter having fun with ghee (??!!).

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23 thoughts on “Khoba Roti (Rajasthani Moti Roti)”

  1. Khoba roti is new to me and I absolutely love the way you made them. I’m sure they tasted delicious too. Bookmarked the recipe:)

  2. Wow Pavani the design you have on the khoba roti looks awesome…very nicely done…I am reminded of my own experience with it and wonder where the time has passed off!..so nice reading about it again..

  3. Pavani, I know where to look when I make these rotis. They indeed look like a work of art. I am speechless.

  4. Wow the khoba roti looks so artistic.I am wondering how patiently you must have made the design.Would love to taste it with ghee.Love the way she is smearing the ghee on the roti.

  5. Pavani, this is most attractive and captivating dish of this BM thus far. When saw the picture in the linky, I was curious and could not wait to see what you made. Beautifully made and an awesome roti.

  6. patience and presentation both seem to be your virtues here…this looks like an amazing dish to make…on FB i thought you had a nice fancy coaster that took centre stage with the side dish

  7. This rotis artwork has always fascinated me , but some how havent indulged in making one..love your patience for pinching it..wow..simply gorgeous..and Dishu must have fun and enjoyed that ghee and roti.

  8. That is a fantastic piece of art work on the roti, Pavani. Your clicks have enhanced the beauty of the roti.

  9. Such a superb piece of artwork on a roti. I have heard and read a lot of the roti, but intimidated by how complex it looks! You have made it so beautifully!

  10. patience !! and a work of art. awesome awesome !! i thought at first it was a tablecloth… then realised it was a roti ….I made this too, but now too ashamed to share my pics in front of this…. I definitely got some ideas using the tweezer / pinch clip !! great job Pavani

  11. I made this for previous BM theme also but my design was nowhere as intricate as yours…great job oh artistic one!!!

  12. I made this for previous BM theme also but my design was nowhere as intricate as yours…great job oh artistic one!!!

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