Khamiri Roti, Dal Makhani from Uttar Pradesh

>>  Monday, April 28, 2014

When it came to Uttar Pradesh, I was again debating what to choose from. I already seem to have made some that belong to this rich cuisine. This state has two very rich cuisines, Awadhi cuisine and Mughlai cuisine. Both as one can see, has such rich and popular dishes belonging to it. The dum style of cooking got famous from this cuisine. The cuisine has elaborate dishes like Kebabs, Kormas, and Biryanis. With main ingredients including Mutton and Paneer, with spices like cardamom and saffron. 

Since I was looking for bread, I had to select one again that was different and I landed in Tarla Dalal's recipe. Khamiri Roti is a leavened bread. In this bread, yeast is used in a wheat flour to prepare this thick and spongy bread. I made both baked and flame baked rotis. To serve with this, I selected a dal Makhni to go and the pair was so heavenly!
I made pomegranate raitha to complete this sinful combination. Dal Makhani has always been our favourite and I have a whole lot of different recipes falling under this name. This is apart from the versions I have already shared. 

and a much simpler version of Kali Dal Tadka

The rotis were amazing with dal Makhani. The yeast makes the bread very soft, cooking on the open flames, gives it a wonderful smoky aroma. The baked version was baked but without the upper crust being browned. So I again had to cook on the flame, to get the effect.

Khamiri Roti

Ingredients Needed

Wheat Flour - 2 cups
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Ajwain / Carom Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Saffron strands - 4 -5
Milk for brushing
Table Butter for brushing

For Yeast proofing

Active Dry Yeast - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Warm water - 1/2 cup

How to make the Khamiri Roti

Add the sugar, warm water to the yeast. Keep it closed for 10 mins or until yeast froths.

In a wide bowl, take the wheat flour, salt, ajwain and slowly add the yeast along with the water. Knead to a soft dough. Keep it covered for an hour or so. Once the dough has risen to double its size, punch it down again and knead well.

Keep it covered again fro 15 - 30 mins. Pinch out equal balls and roll out each into a oval shape with about 2-3" thickness.

If you are baking, grease a baking tray, pre heat the oven at 200 C and bake for 10 mins or till the rotis are done. You can check this by seeing the top getting spots.

Remove and brush with saffron mixed milk, butter and serve hot.

If you want to cook this directly over the flame, first cook this on the tawa on both the sides. Then put the rotis directly on the flame and cook on both sides.

Remove and brush with saffron mixed milk, butter and serve hot.

How to make Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani

Ingredients Needed

For pressure cooking along with Dal

Black Urad Dal - 3/4 cup
Rajma - handful
Masoor Dal - 1/4 cup
Bay Leaves - 2
Green Chilies - 3 nos
Grated Ginger - 1 tsp
Cinnamon, Cardamom - one each

Wash and soak the dals over night. Pressure cook them with other ingredients mentioned above till they are soft. Once the pressure is down, open the lid and extract the excess water and mash a little bit. (I did not extract the water, as I kept minimum)

For Tempering

Butter - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp

Onion - 1 big onion finely chopped
Ginger, grated - 1 tsp
Green chilis - 3 long
Tomatoes, 2 big, pureed

Spice powders

Chili powder -1 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Hing powder a pinch
Amchur powder - 1/2 tsp
Kasturi methi -1 tsp
Cream - 1/2 cup
Butter - 1 tsp

Few coriander leaves to garnish

In a non stick pan, add the butter, cumin seeds, saute the ginger, finely chopped onions, green chilies till onion turns brown.

Then add the tomato puree and cook till oil separates.

Now add the spice powders, salt and cook for some more time.
Add the mashed dal, and mix well. Bring to boil and add more water if required.

When the consistency is right, it takes about 5 - 7 mins, add the cream, kasturi methi and butter. Simmer again for few mins.

Serve with Khameri Rotis


Nivedhanams Sowmya April 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM  

the khamiri roti is so similar to Whole wheat naan!!! both the roti and the dal makhani are so wholesome and delicious!!

Priya Suresh April 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM  

Sounds almost like naan na, i would love to have that stove topped ones than the baked ones, dal makhani looks very rich, a prefect side dish to enjoy with Khamiri rotis.

vaishali sabnani April 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM  

the khamiri roti looks out of the world..and now on my to do list.the kali daal is full of cream and butter and the combo is actually a special one...i am tempted to the core..really amazing!

Varadas Kitchen April 29, 2014 at 7:49 AM  

The stove top khamini roti looks great. You need a broiler to get the charred effect on the baked one. Nice rich combo.

Harini-Jaya R May 1, 2014 at 1:39 AM  

The rotis look so well done. Very tempting. The dal looks good too. I bet the combo is heavenly.

rajani May 1, 2014 at 10:22 PM  

The Roti's look good. The picture where you are cooking in flame and the one with ghee being spread looks really good. The roti seems to be a cousin of naan ;)

Archana Potdar May 3, 2014 at 9:53 PM  

Amma this is so deliciously done. Valli I have had my dinner now my tummy is growling with hunger.

Pavani N May 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM  

Khamiri roti sounds rich and delicious -- love that charred look.. Dal makhani is everyone's favorite. Will have to try this combo.

Padmajha PJ May 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM  

The roti sounds nice and doable. And just yesterday picked up dals to make this dish.Will try your version...

Nalini's Kitchen May 5, 2014 at 7:09 PM  

Both roti and makhani sounds inviting and interesting..Dal makhani looks so creamy and delicious...

Jayanthi Padmanabhan May 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM  

the khamiri roti and dal are making me hungry.. delish max

Sapana Behl May 8, 2014 at 11:49 PM  

I love kahamiri ri and whenever I had old dough I love to make them. With Makhani dal it is a wonderful pairing...

Usha May 9, 2014 at 6:47 PM  

Kharmiri roti and dal makhani looks like nice combo.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan May 11, 2014 at 6:49 AM  

This roti is so similar to the naan but healthier since it is made with wheat flour. Love the combo...I am bookmarking this to make for the Bookmarked theme :)

Manjula Bharath May 28, 2014 at 1:14 AM  

wow khamiri roti is something to try very new :) paired with dal makhani is just die for , very tempting dishes from UP :)

Chef Mireille June 11, 2014 at 10:37 AM  

this bread is one I have never heard of before - would definitely like to try it

Suma Gandlur August 1, 2014 at 7:05 AM  

Wonderful parathas. I have to try it soon. I have bookmarked so many rotis from your site during this BM. :)

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