Cook's Hideout: Khamiri Roti with Shahi Mixed Vegetable and Paneer Curry

September 11, 2015

Khamiri Roti with Shahi Mixed Vegetable and Paneer Curry

Buffet on Table: Week 2 -- Indian States
Day 10: Uttar Pradesh -- Khamiri Roti
After yesterday's simple Karnataka meal, I've 2 delicious Mughalai dishes from Uttar Pradesh today. Uttar Pradesh cuisine is influenced greatly by Mughal cooking techniques. In the Mughal era, Uttar Pradesh became the heartland of the empire.
Mughlai cuisine is rich with the use of spices and different cooking techniques. I decided to make a simple flatbread and a creamy vegetable & paneer curry.
Mughlai Khamiri Roti
Khamiri roti is a Mughlai leavened bread. Khamir means 'yeast' and it is used in this roti to make it thick and spongy. I thought it is similar to naan, but these are made with wholewheat flour and are not made as thick as naans.
Mughlai Khamiri Roti
I baked a few in the oven and a few on the stove top. I found the ones made on the stove and charred directly on fire, puffed up much better than the ones made in the oven. So choice is yours to make these roti either in the oven or on the stove top. Serve with a gravy curry or dal makhani (another dish that I would love to try real soon) for a delicious meal.

Recipe from Tarla Dalal's site:
Wholewheat flour - 2cups
Instant Yeast - 1tsp
Sugar - ½tsp 
Carom Seeds/ Ajwain - ½tsp
Salt - to taste

  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and knead into a soft, pliable dough adding enough lukewarm water. Cover and set aside for 1½~2hours or until almost doubled in volume.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Divide the dough into 10~12 equal portions and roll each portion into 5~6" round circle. 
  • Place the rotis on a baking sheet and bake for 4~6 minutes until brown spots form on the roti. Flip and bake for another 4 minutes.
  • Alternately, cook the rotis on a pan/ tawa until cooked on both sides, then place the roti directly on flame and cook till lightly charred on both sides.
  • Brush the rotis with ghee/ butter. Keep the rotis covered until ready to serve. Serve with shahi vegetable & paneer curry or any other gravy curry.
Mughlai Khamiri Roti

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  1. Preparation is similar to regular roti, except for resting time. Will try it sometime.

  2. Khamiri roti is my mil's favorite.She used to leave the dough on counter to get fermented to make these rotis.Very nice setup .I like the butter topped on the rotis.

  3. Adding yeast to usual dough sounds interesting, now i dont have excuse for not trying this Khamiri rotis and that shahi curry looks irresistible.

  4. Yeast in a regular roti? Interesting.

  5. This roti is on my to do list, very inviting combo.

  6. Excellent choice Pavani, we enjoyed it so much when I had made it last year!

  7. Adding yeast in roti, new to me..Will try it for sometime..Well made..

  8. Lovely clicks.. love the roti

  9. Lovely pics and delicious rotis. I have been eyeing these roti for a long time but knowing my skills not tried them out yest. Your combo is tempting.

  10. Does the addition of yeast make the rotis any better?
    Love the presentation.

  11. Once I did this for BM and it has now taken regular place in y menu. Looks beautiful..

  12. wow the rotis are so inviting!!! excellent clicks!!

  13. like a healthier naan dish - looks great to accompany any meal


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