Rajasthani Khoba Roti or Khooba Roti is a thick flatbread made with whole wheat flour. Khoba roti may look a bit complicated to you from the appearance, but it is very simple to make. Traditional way to cook this roti is to cook it on a charcoal sigri. but since we do not have those now-a-days we have to make on a tawa and then finished on the flame directly.
Khoba Roti has a nice crisp outer layer and soft inside. It goes well with almost all the spicy curries, chutneys and pickles. Traditionally it is made simple with just the addition of salt, ghee and ajwain / cumin. But some people like to add few more ingredients like garlic, kasoori methi etc etc for variation.
Wheat flour .... 1 cup
Desi ghee ....... 1 tbsp (to add while kneading)
Salt ............... to taste
Ajwain seeds ... 1/8 tsp
Cumin seeds .... 1/8 tsp
Desi ghee ........ as needed to brush on top
Mix together all the ingredients in a large plate or a bowl.
Knead with sufficient water to make a soft dough. Cover it and set aside to rest for 15 minutes.
Now take the entire dough and roll out into a thick roti.
Heat a tawa and transfer the roti on to it.
Pierce with a knife and roast it on one side for half a minute. Piercing helps in cooking the inside part well.
Flip the side and close the gas. Pinch the roti with your fingers to make depressions on it all over.
Now light the gas and roast the other side carefully.
When it is 3/4 th done, roast it over the direct flame using tongs.