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Monday, February 23, 2009

Roti - Indian Flat Bread

Roti/Chapati/Indian flat bread is a traditional bread which can be called as carrier for curries or cooked vegetables or dals. There are amny types and many ways of preparing this roti's. We can prepare roti using wheat flour or maida or barley flour or soy bean flour, black chickpea flour, pearl millet (bajra), maize (makka/jowar) flour, etc. A lot of stuffing can also be used while kneading the dough and can give yummy twist to the normal roti. For example Aloo paratha, Gobi paratha, Mix vegetable paratha, Paneer paratha. etc. The first and major important thing to remember while making roti is dough. The softer the dough, the softer the roti's. Shaping of roti's comes by practice. It took two years for me to learn a good and even rolled roti/chapati. At my mom's place roti/chapati is must for breakfast. Sometimes my cute sis says if there is any competition in eating chapati, Iam gonna come first because I have that many years of practice in eating them. I usually make roti's for dinner. I love the aromatic smell when the roti is heated on tava or frying pan. Even with one simple side dish we can relsih roti's. I already posted this recipe here, but today Iam going to give you a pictorial view of 'How to make a simple roti/chapati.....?'
INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 cups Wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup Wheat flour, for dusting
  • Water, enough to make a soft dough
  • 2 tbsp.Oil for kneading
  • pinch of salt
  • Oil/Ghee

PREPARATION:
  • Combine wheat flour, salt and oil. Gently knead the dough by adding water slowly. 
  • Knead till you get soft and elastic dough. Leave the dough by covering with a kitchen towel for 15-20 minutes.
  • Knead again for 5-6 minutes before you start dividing the dough into equal small portions. Dust them with flour and set aside. 
  • Now take one small dough ball and roll into a small circle/triangle/square (whatever you are comfortable of). Brush a drop of oil and fold the corners into inside (as shown in the picture below). 
  • Repeat the same process to all the dough balls and set aside. Now dust the rolling pin and the surface with the flour and start rolling out roti's one by one.
  • Concentrate on the edges to get even rolled and flat roti. Keep applying plain flour in between to prevent it from sticking on to the roller pin. 
  • Heat pan or tava and wipe it clean with kitchen towel. Place the rolled chapati/roti on it and cook for a minute until the top looks dry then turn it over and cook on the other side till small bubbles appear and chapati starts to puff.
  • Use flat ladle/kitchen towel to press roti gently while cooking the other side, to get roti's puffed.
  • Brush the chapati/roti with oil/ghee on either side and take out on a clean kitchen towel and store in a hot casserole or serve hot with your choice of curry or dal.
  • Last but not least add your 'love' to make the dish 'YUMMY'.
I served hot roti's with simple aloo ki sabzi. You can check out various curries and dal recipes which you can serve along with roti's in the recipe list of kitchen flavours menu @ Curries/Gravies/Sidedishes. Now start rolling perfectly soft and thin roti's.....

72 comments:

Varunavi said...

Excellent presentation.Very helpful.I fold the rotis into triangles.

Madhumathi said...

A nice post on making roti..The step-by-step pics helps the amateur roti makers like me :)

VG said...

Great pictorial!

BTW, congrats to AR Rahman on his recent oscar wins. India must be very proud of him....and I knew Slumdog Millionaire would win the oscars....loved the movie...can't wait for the DVD!!!

veena said...

Yummy Roti dear...i love all kinds of rotis and parathas..

Asha said...

I used to have hard time making soft rotis and after I bought my KitchenAid with kneader attachment, there is no stopping! :D

Love the layered roti, there are so many ways to fold that roti, it's amazing!

Malar Gandhi said...

Nice step by step instructions(with pictures), kool!

Ashwini said...

love soft rotis..Nice step by step photos..

Lavi said...

I wish i could eat this now for dinner..

Sunshinemom said...

What a nice tutorial! Looks neat. I make phulkas and when I make parathas I like them in triangles or squares like yours:)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love roti! At a time a made these faltbreads a lot... Yours look delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

rekhas kitchen said...

roti looks so soft and perfect lubna yum yum

Deepa Hari said...

Nice presentation...step wise is always helpful...good job.

Preety said...

gr8 info..its good that you have given step by step pics..

mikky said...

thanks for sharing this, i just love roti... :)

welcome said...

Hi,
Nice step by step illustration of making roti,I really appreciate it..nice blog will keep visiting.Hey I also have my cooking blog,pls have a look and do leave a comment if u like it.
Thanks

Cham said...

Another different way of folding! Good with cabbage curry

simplyspices said...

colorful pictures and yummy roti!

Food Fanatic said...

oh yum! I love your pictorial rep, its better than mine. I think i should point to your post for details :D:D

The roti looks so inviting...love the close up.

AnuSriram said...

Delicious Rotis! Me...learnt a new way of folding the dough!

Uma said...

wow, mouth-watering roti! Perfectly made! Would love to have that plate of roti with curry and curd!

Soma said...

That really helps for people who do not know. I do not know my husband managed to eat my roti turned papads ater we got married. Am a pro now..having to do it every single day! after seeing this i feel i wish i had something to look at during that time:-)

Nithya Praveen said...

Good one Lubna,this one will surely help bachelors/new cooks.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

nice pics describing each step. roti looks so soft.

Smitha said...

So much of ghee on roti... makes it so much more goodie-good

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Very good presentation! Love this roti! Thanks for visiting my site!

pooja said...

Roti is looking perfect...

Nazarina A said...

Such delightful "how to" pictures! Those rotis look so flavorful, I am looking at the yummy spots where the heat cooked them so perfectly( the little brown spots I love those. I am sure everyone out there love your tutorial!! I appreciate it!

Suma Rajesh said...

good presentation..lovly click

Varsha Vipins said...

1st pic looks fab Lubna..thanks for the effort of step by step pics..:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Nice idea to make rotis... thanks for step-wise pictures!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Varunavi, Madhumathi, VG, Veena, Asha, Malar, Ashwini, Lavi, Sunshinemom, Rosa, Rekha, Deepa, Preety, Mikky, welcome, Cham, Simply Spices, Food Fanatic, Anu Sriram, Uma, Soma, Nithya, Mahimaa, Smitha, Madhu, Pooja, Nazarina and Suma.

Kitchen Flavours said...

India is always proud of its fellow citizens VG. Thank you for the wishes.

sowmya said...

beautiful presentation...I fold it twice to a triangle..this is different ..lovely picture..

Vidhya said...

perfect explanation... looks perfect too

Girl Japan said...

Gosh this looks amazing and you mapped it out for us readers.. all the more fabulous!

Bring on the Roti's!

Akal's Saappadu said...

looks yummy and beautiful step by step presentation!

Retno Prihadana said...

Wouw..I love your presentation with step by step to make roti. Btw, you know Lubna we have similar word for Roti means bread in Indonesien languange :))

notyet100 said...

lovely pictorial,..:)

Yasmeen said...

I love roti,thanks for the easy step-by-step demo:)

Jo said...

Heh it's my weekend breakfast dish! Love this with dhal and in Malaysia we call it roti canai whilst in Singapore we call it roti prata.

Paru ... said...

Luv the step by step instructions you have shown for folding..Roti looks very yummy..

Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister,

Wow..you have such a lovely blog, full of recipes I would like to try.

This one I'm well acquainted with.. :D

Thank you for sharing.. look forward to visiting often.

Love Farhana

Divya Vikram said...

Thanks for thinking about me. I am back to blogging again. Returned back from India only a week ago. that is the reason for my absence! Roti looks professional

Natashya said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I have made chapatis before but didn't know to do the fold before rolling - yours look delicious.

tigerfish said...

Is this the same kind of bread used in thosai/dosa? I love naan bread too!

n33ma said...

Neat rotis,when I first started making them I always made 'Maps' lol

mona said...

The Roti looks delicious. I love rotis than more than rice for meals.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Sowmya, Vidhya, Girl Japan, Akal, Retno, Priyanka, Ysmeen, Jo, Paru, Sketched Soul, Divya, Nataysha, Tigerfish, Neema and Mona.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh nice to see you back Divya.

Kitchen Flavours said...

No it is different Tigerfish.

Sushma said...

First time to your blog, you have very nice recipes & awesome pictures

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Sushma.

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice presentation..yummy roti

srikars kitchen said...

looks yummy & nice presentation..

homecooked said...

hey you make square chapathis! You know when I was a kid I would eat only square shaped or triangle shaped chapathis :)

Anjum said...

wow..that was nice post,.,step by step...it really helps the beginners..

Ashwini said...

Wow...Nice step by step explanation!!!!

Ivy said...

This is one of the Indian recipes I have been wanting to make for a long time now. Your roti looks beautiful.

Vani said...

I still can't make decent rotis after all these years! If you eat my rotis fresh off the stove, they're fine. But definitely not as soft after a few hours! :)
The cabbage bhaji with chana dal looks super

Andhra Flavors said...

excellent photo tutorial! Roti chala perfect gaa vachindi.

VG said...

My dear friend ~ a surprise awaits you at MY BLOG.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Shama, Srikar, Homecooked, Anjum, Ashwini, Ivy, Vani and Andhra flavors.

Iam on my way dear VG.

Ana Powell said...

Excellent step by step presentation.
Very helpful.
Have a nice weekend x

saranyas said...

Hey nice illustration of roti making! Very useful! Thanks for visiting my blog.ur blog is very nice!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Ana and Saranyas.

meeso said...

Bread makes me happy!

Sweetiepie said...

wow!the bread looks good.I will try this recipe.Thanks for the tips.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Meeso and sweetiepie.

Swapna Pravin said...

Wow! love the way u presented. Good job:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Swapna.

Yvonne said...

Wow, you went through a lot of trouble to write this post with all of its steps and directions! I always wondered how they made those roti wraps. It looks similar to Mexican burritos, but the taste is so much different.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you so much Yvonne.

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