Khoba Roti

Khoba Roti is nothing like our normal Tawa Roti, although it is made on a tawa. The word ‘khoba’ means indentation or cavity and that is how these rotis are prepared yes with small cavities in it .

Khoba roti originated from the villages of Jodhpur , Rajasthan and a is rustic , earthy flatbread from Marwari kitchen .After rolling the roti quite thick it is placed on a griddle on slow fire , and now is the time to make indents .These indents are normally made with a thumb , but with the modern concepts , the indents are made with tongs and tweezers too .Normally one starts making these intendts from the outer surface of thr roti , slowly finishing off inside It is a work of art and one needs to be patient while working on this flatbread .

This roti is generally used as a plate considering it has tiny bowl-like cavities to fill in .vegetables are placed on the tiny cavities and then eaten along with the roti. This is how Khoba Roti acts as a plate by itself.

I had been wanting to make this bread since long . Every time I saw this bread on social media , I would drool and decide to make , but for some or the other reason it was postponed . With the Flatbreads and More theme , this was the first bread that I made . A Rajasthani neighbor told me that they serve a mix daal , a dry seasonal vegetable and Doodh ka Halwa with Khoba Roti so I made this meal.Actually I would have loved to make some typical Rajasthani Sangri too , but I just couldn’t lay my hands on it .

Anyway I made the Khoba Roti with 1 cup flour and rolled it quite thick . I made the indents using tongs . The roti took a good 30 minutes to cook , I cooked it on the Tawa , and roasted it on open gas flame , it was finished with a couple of teaspoons of ghee . This one Roti was shared by two of us and I felt it was still heavy , perhaps we are not used to eating thick rotis so found it heavy , but definitely delicious and worth trying .

Khoba Roti

Khoba Roti

Ingredients

1 cup wheat flour
1 tbsp ghee + 2-3 tbsp ghee
Salt to taste

Method

Sift the flour in a big bowl
Add salt to the flour and mix well.
Add 1 tbsp melted ghee .
Rub the flour between your fingers so that entire flour is well coated with ghee .
Add water little at a time to knead a stiff dough.
After kneading it smooth coat the dough with some ghee .
Cover and let rest for 15 minutes .
Make a big fat ball with all the dough .
Press it and flatten it . In this process you might crack the edges , make sure you seal the edges before you begin to roll .
Roll into atleat a 1/2” thick disc of 6-8 “.
Warm a griddle and place the roti on it .
Using a thumb or a pair of kitchen tongs or a pair of tweezers pinch the roti in a circular pattern till the complete roti has been pinched .
Flip over and cook on medium flame till you see the roti has been cooked .
You can even roast the roti on an open flame or use an oven to bake .
Remove after the roti has been done , pour ghee generously over the cavities .
Serve with any curry or daal .

Khoba Roti

Here are some Rajasthani Flatbreads

Methi ki Roti

Aloo Bajra Roti

Baati

Besan Roti

Tikadiya

Khoba Roti

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Khoba Roti
Khoba Roti is nothing like our normal Tawa Roti, although it is made on a tawa. The word 'khoba' means indentation or cavity and that is how these rotis are prepared yes with small cavities in it .
Course Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 05 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 05 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Sift the flour in a big bowl
  2. Add salt to the flour and mix well.
  3. Add 1 tbsp melted ghee .
  4. Rub the flour between your fingers so that entire flour is well coated with ghee .
  5. Add water little at a time to knead a stiff dough.
  6. After kneading it smooth coat the dough with some ghee .
  7. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes .
  8. Make a big fat ball with all the dough .
  9. Press it and flatten it . In this process you might crack the edges , make sure you seal the edges before you begin to roll .
  10. Roll into atleat a 1/2” thick disc of 6-8 “.
  11. Warm a griddle and place the roti on it .
  12. Using a thumb or a pair of kitchen tongs or a pair of tweezers pinch the roti in a circular pattern till the complete roti has been pinched .
  13. Flip over and cook on medium flame till you see the roti has been cooked .
  14. You can even roast the roti on an open flame or use an oven to bake .
  15. Remove after the roti has been done , pour ghee generously over the cavities .
  16. Serve with any curry or daal .
Recipe Notes

12 thoughts on “Khoba Roti”

  1. How pretty and stunning those indentation looks, this is definitely an amazing roti to give a try without any fail. I have bookmarked this rotis and its still sitting in my bookmark list. Wish i get this much prefect khobz rotis as much as like yours.Droolworthy thali there.

  2. Another mind blowing thali there Vaishali! So gorgeous and delicious! And the khoba roti looks so beautiful with perfectly symmetrical indentations….hats off to you!

  3. What a cute bread. Every time I see this bread in our BM, I am tempted to try it. Today I can see so many cute breads. If I get a chance, I will make it for Sruti..

  4. khoba roti looks absolutely tempting and feel like just bite and dip and gulp. I thought to make khoba roti first as kerala parotta was refined flour based. But this is kind of thick roti, and I dont like thick roti or pratha or nan. so adjust jalf n half n went ahead with parota. But I love it when I see others making it… beautiful design on it steals my heart

  5. Wow looks like khoba roti has won for the day amount Indian flatbreads. One of my favourite roti, have many childhood memories attached to this. We do enjoy this in winter with some Gud and Chana Dal.

  6. Such a beautiful looking flatbread. You have made it so perfectly. I had initially jotted down this flatbread too but I wasn’t sure how the indented areas would cook. Now I have a tried and tested recipe to follow…yours. Thanks Vaishali for making it.

  7. Awesome design Vaishali and yes I was wondering how you have not done this yet. The whole plate with different Rajasthani dishes makes this even more fantastic. Now you must be having such a rich draft with all these thalis you have done this mega BM?..too good!

  8. I too am eyeing all those Khoba Rotis in the BM and want to make one! LEt’s see when I get to making it.And one cup flour for 1 roti must be really thick! Beautiful bread and awesome thali.Like Srivalli mentioned, you have a very rich draft now!

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