Rajasthani Khoba Roti with Sunanda Jain

by on April 23, 2018

This post is about my lovely childhood friend Sunanda Jain and her signature dish – Rajasthani Khoba Rotis.

 

Standing together in my kitchen this past Sunday, we counted the many blessings of our friendship. Sunanda skillfully prepared these Khoba Rotis while I put together the rest of the meal.

 

Sunanda and me go way back together. Our mothers studied together, we studied together, we both got married in the same year, our children studied in the same school, and…and…and. So we always had notes to compare with each other, the latest being our shared grandmother chronicles. Her serenity and simple wisdom, coupled with her creative zest, simply amazes me.

 

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Let me share an incident that captures why Sunanda is so easy to love and admire. Almost two decades ago, I shifted into a new flat and needed curtains, upholstery and some additional shelves. Sunanda, who had just completed her interiors course, was itching to experiment. Thus, she took over the work.

 

One day, as we stood in the verandah, she noticed my ancient sewing machine and asked if I still used it. By then, I had stopped sewing and was glad to lend it to her. She took it home, had it repaired, and undertook some tailoring work, the first order being a couple of bedspreads for me. As luck would have it, she started a tailoring and embroidery unit soon after, which steadily grew and expanded. She often gifted me her lovely creations, always expressing her gratitude for the sewing machine and that very first order.

 

A year had already passed when Sunanda’s bhabhi reminded her of my sewing machine and suggested either returning it to me or paying me for it. Sunanda simply said, “What I’d have to pay her for this old machine is only a small amount. If I pay for it, the financial debt will be cleared, but I won’t be able to repay her for the immense joy working has brought me. I simply want to remain forever indebted to her.”

 

That is Sunanda – a person who knows how to translate lofty principles into simple living.

 

Happy happy birthday, my sweet Sunu! Here’s to many more years of giggling away all our troubles and finding simple answers together!

 

Khoba Roti Recipe ~ A skilled roti enriched with the flavour of ghee

 

Khoba means indents; in this unbelievably thick roti, indents are created to soak in ghee and more ghee. This recipe is truly an art form. It is a recipe which brings back childhood memories of her father for Sunanda. She remembers his expertise as well as patience in teaching her to carve the perfect indents on the roti.

 

 

Rajasthani Khoba Rotis

 

 

Here is the Khoba Roti recipe for 4 rotis, one per person. Each roti takes around 15 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients for Khoba Rotis

  • Wheat flour – 600 gms
  • Ajwain (carom seeds) – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Melted ghee – 1.5 cups
  • Salt – to taste

To make the Khoba Rotis

  1. Mix the flour, ajwain, turmeric and melted ghee in a broad-rimmed plate and knead into a dough. Mix well for 2-3 minutes. Add enough warm water to knead into a very tight dough. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into 4 portions. Knead each portion well and roll into a ball.
  3. Roll the balls, one by one, into thick rotis, almost 6-7 inches in diameter. Use a fork to poke holes all over the top side of the roti.
  4. Heat tava and place the roti on it, fork-poked side facing down. Keep the flame low. After a couple of minutes, flip the roti. Now start pinching the roti, making indents as shown in the image. Do it patiently, deeply and skillfully. After 5-6 minutes, flip the roti directly on the flame, turning it bit by bit, allowing the entire roti to turn golden on both sides. The cooking time for each roti is around 12-15 minutes.
  5. Flip the roti onto a plate, with the khoba side facing up. Pour a ladle of warm ghee on top, allowing the indents to soak the ghee.
  6. Serve with chana-moong dal, onion salad, and green chilli pickle (athana ki mirchi).

 

(You can contact Sunanda for any design and tailoring requirements: sunanda.creations@gmail.com |  +91 98408 77473)

 

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