Pranoti Nagarkar met Michelle Obama!
Pranoti Nagarkar met Michelle Obama!

Rotimatic’s pioneering design has made it an indispensable appliance that brings fresh, homemade food to children, curbing the need to consume easily-available junk food. 

The importance of bringing back the norm of growing up on a diet of healthy food is supreme in the present day. Because of the time crunch faced by parents, children bear the brunt of consuming fast-food or food items with a high content of preservatives in more than one meal a day. The result as we all can see is the increased incidence of obesity, diabetes, and other health conditions in our young. Luckily, the advent of high-tech machines in kitchens is helping turn things around, with pioneering inventions like Rotimatic catching the attention of leading social activists.

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Obama’s role in healthcare

Recently, the founder of Rotimatic, Pranoti Nagarkar had an opportunity to meet with the former First Lady of the USA and best-selling author and activist, Michelle Obama, with the pretext of discussing healthcare. Obama is undoubtedly one of the most prominent faces of the movement to improve access to organic and nutrition-rich meals to school children. She led a public health campaign, “Let’s Move!” to promote a healthy lifestyle in children, aiming to lower childhood obesity to 5% by 2030.

Michelle Obama announced the campaign in 2010, and together with the presidential memorandum signed by President Obama called the Task Force on Childhood Obesity, actively worked toward the following goals:

  • Providing healthy formative years for children, including access to nutritious food in school
  • Empowering parents and caregivers
  • Increasing physical activity

 

Rotimatic resonates Obama’s idea of healthcare

Rotimatic resonates with the ideologies promoted by Michelle, primarily by aiding to replace fast-food with enriching and wholesome homemade meals. The world’s first fully automated rotimaker has compressed a task that would traditionally take about an hour to just a few minutes. Consuming home-cooked flatbreads had become a luxury, and therefore, rare, for urban families who were habitually picking frozen flatbreads or takeaways from restaurants.   

Rotimatic relies on AI and IoT to produce fresh, soft, and delicious flour-and-water flatbreads with consistent quality. A 32-bit microprocessor controls and synergizes the functions of 10 motors, 15 sensors, and 200 moving parts within the robot’s 40 x 40-centimeter body. Ingredients are measured, dispense, kneaded into a dough, flattened, and roasted in under 90 seconds – all without human interference.  The user can set the number of rotis in a batch, their oil content, thickness, and level of roasting. 

Self-reliance – a common thread

In her best-seller, Becoming (2018), Michelle talks about how her mother ingrained the trait of being responsible for one’s own well-being. She stuck to the lesson and made an example of this principle by nurturing a garden at the white house during her tenure as the First Lady to encourage the consumption of organically grown produce.

Similarly, Rotimatic has empowered a demographic made of students, professionals, and those who are not very adept at kitchen duties to be able to make their own flatbreads – be it rotis, tortillas, puris, or pizza-base. Since the appliance can be connected to wifi, tracked using the Rotimatic app, and troubleshooting can be done directly from the cloud. 

Health benefits of consuming fresh, homemade rotis

Take a look at the menu of your favorite deli and you’re bound to find an array of bread-based bites and baked confectionaries. A majority of them will have white bread – our go-to sandwich bread – or be made of white flour. This staple of childhood lunches is low in fiber and has a lot of preservatives that are only useful for elongating their shelf life and texture. It contains just the white endosperm, which is primarily starch and is completely bereft of the bran and germ of the wheat grain. Its nutritional value is thus very poor.

Packaged tortillas and pitas are also mostly full of preservatives and texture modifiers that have zero nutritional value. Additionally, these have high gluten content which is detrimental to gut health. 

However, the whole-wheat versions of these can be made easily and in a fraction of the time using Rotimatic. Unleavened flatbread such as rotis, puris, tortillas, pizza bases, and pita made of whole wheat have the following health benefits:

  1. It has more fiber and is rich in protein, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and selenium.
  2. The lower starch content in whole wheat bread satisfies hunger pangs for longer.  
  3. Its low glycemic index helps control blood sugar.  

 

Rotimatic making healthy living a priority
Rotimatic making healthy living a priority
Rotimatic is in tune with the need to make healthy living a priority

The kitchen robot is an essential tool that is bringing in homemade food and therefore nutrition on our table without hassle and labor. Its necessity in this age of technology and grueling work culture is evident in its widespread acceptance across the globe, with the United States making up one of its biggest markets. The brand has already over 70 million units in the first couple of years since it hit the market and has a waiting list of customers keen on making it a part of their lifestyle. Since its inception, Rotimatic has stood for homemade goodness and nutrition, and its visibility has deservedly gotten a boost with being recognized by one of the best-known icons in the nutrition space. 

Conversation with Rotimatic Owner Rashmi Kulkarni
The Doha-based Rotimatic user has come under the limelight in the Rotimatic community with her culinary creative masterpieces – all made of rotis churned out by Zimplistic’s kitchen robot.

While grown-ups can write an essay on the health benefits of home-made rudimental flour-and-water rotis, the food staple of most cuisines struggles to impress the taste buds of children. Luckily, a mother of two delightful young daughters, Rashmi Kulkarni has mastered the art of holding the loyalty of her children toward the simple unleavened flatbread. How? With Zimplistic’s Rotimatic as her reliable kitchen assistant, she has gone all-out to express her creative side by putting together attention-grabbing, yummy yet healthy dishes. As for the rest of us, we are glad that the home chef has been sharing her innovations on our Facebook page. 

Rotimatic and Rashmi

Rashmi’s Rotimatic-story has quite an unconventional beginning. It was first introduced to her by her husband, who in turn has learned of the fully-automatic roti maker from a video shared with him on social media way back in 2014. Impressed by the technological innovation behind the futuristic appliance, he highlights how the automation of a process that goes back thousands of years can change family dynamics. “I’ve seen a lot of women in my family,” he remarks, “be it my mother or my sister, making rotis and serving it fresh off the tawa. Unfortunately, it requires a lot of effort and at times can be quite a thankless job. It was important to me to create a situation where my entire family could sit together and just enjoy the meal.”  

More quality time with family

His take on Rotimatic’s role to enable a family to spend more quality time as a unit resonates with the vision of the inventors of the appliance, Pranoti Nagarkar and Rishi Israni. After all, the driving force behind the machine was to reduce the time and labor one invested in kitchen duties, which includes cooking as well as cleaning up. But was taking the leap of faith in purchasing a comparatively expensive device come easily to Rashmi? Definitely not. “There were hardly any reviews so we didn’t know what to expect, but we were fascinated by the prospect of having a machine that could churn out rotis so quickly without any effort and needed minimal cleaning of its parts. Honestly, it seemed to be too good to be true, but we were curious enough to be on a one-and-a-half-year waiting list to try out the appliance ourselves.”  Now, after around two years of having Rotimatic as a significant part of her kitchen (since March 2017), Rashmi turns to it at least two times in a day for batches of puffed, mouth-watering rotis. 

Rashmi’s gets creative with rotis

Kulkarni, however, didn’t stop at that. Although she initially used it to exclusively make rotis because the updates for puri, pizza base, and bajra were introduced more recently, she recognized the scope it had opened up. Soon, the home-chef caught on to the excitement Rotimatic had sparked in its users and took to trying out wraps, sandwiches, parathas, and other variations by adding mouth-watering fillings.  “It is easy to diversify versions of rotis now because every roti rolled out by Rotimatic puffs which simplify the process of adding stuffing into it. We switch it to tempting toppings when we make pizza-bases from the device which our daughters absolutely love!”

Rotimatic has changed Rashmi’s life in the last two years

Similar to most of us dealing with a hectic schedule, Rashmi’s family were frequent consumers of restaurant food. “When we first started to use Rotimatic, we used to eat at restaurants at last twice a week. The quality of rotis from Rotimatic surprised us and incorporating it into our daily meals was a breeze. As a consequence, our diet has changed for the better. We noticed that we had completely stopped eating out in the past 3 months. The best part was that none of us, not even the kids, had any complaints about switching to home-made meals. Everything else that we made to go with the rotis was also home-made and healthy.” 

Rashmi’s husband, who by now had emerged as the surprise Rotimatic-fan in the conversation, is particularly content with the time the smart appliance has economized. He interjects, “Rotimatic has given Rashmi that much extra time to sleep in in the morning. Our kids’ school bus comes at around 6:30 am in the morning and Rashmi would have to wake up at around 5 am to prepare their lunch. Now that has become a matter of minutes. Throw in some mashed potatoes for alu paratha or sliced boiled eggs with spring onions and a little seasoning and you are good to go! The economizing of time is a huge bonus for us.”

The star of the show – Rotimatic Rose 

Rashmi comes up with new recipes every month that she posts on the Rotimatic Facebook page, but one seems to stand out among the rest. A feat of random culinary ideation, the Rotimatic-rose as it is called is a take on rotis that is as delicious as it is visually appealing. So what’s the story behind it? Rashmi opens up, “My children are always asking me what I’d be cooking for them. They always expect me to come up with something new. I already had the candied roses in my house. All I had to do was stuff that into the dough, fold them into the shape of the flowers and stain the petals with diluted beetroot juice. I was surprised that it all came together so quickly. It was just an idea in my mind but my kids loved it. They were long gone before I could take any pictures!” 

Rotimatic is now a part of Rashmi’s family

Once a resident of Singapore, Rashmi is now based in Qatar. Of the things she deemed she simply couldn’t do without in her new home is Rotimatic. “We wanted to take Rotimatic wherever we were because it is an integral part of our family. There was no way we could leave back in Singapore.”

The final verdict, however, came from her 4 yr old younger daughter. When asked if she liked stuffed-rotis, she promptly replied “No!” Normalcy was restored when her mother clarified with a laugh that the child didn’t even know what a “stuffed-roti” was. “Do you like paneer parathas and egg rotis?” proved to be a better question. “Yes!” replied she. Given Rashmi’s prowess, we’ll accept her review as an unbiased one.

Rotimatic users are taking to healthy eating in larger numbers and it is driving the Rotimatic team to work harder towards enhancing the user experience.

This is an age when life and its mounting responsibilities and expectations has bred a generation that sustains on fast food and take-aways. Bringing back a preference for home-made fresh food, which normally brings with it the dread of long hours of labor in the kitchen, would be a challenge most would shy away from. Keeping this in mind, the fact that Rotimatic has brought over 70 million rotis to the dinner table of its expanding customer-base is surely an achievement for Zimplistic to celebrate!

What makes Rotimatic such a crowd favourite?

Speak with the various users now more than just happy with their high-tech kitchen assistant and you’ll know Rotimatic has lived up to its promise of bringing families together. Be it the new-age working women, homemakers with managing not only their own chores but also that of their children and husband, or college students who had been too busy with academics to dedicate time to prepare fresh food – everyone is gushing about how the kitchen robot has freed up time in their daily lives. Spending time with those who we hold dear is more of a reality now, and this helps nurture our most important bonds we so value yet often neglect. 

Making rotis – Traditional method vs Rotimatic

Measuring out flour, water, and oil, kneading the mixture into dough of optimum consistency, and rolling them into discs of even thickness and size were all done manually. The task didn’t stop there, though. Next came roasting it on a skillet that was just hot enough to not burn through the thin discs, or directly over a flame. This step required one to stand near a heat source and flip the roti just at the right time to ensure it puffed. Given the number of rotis one had to make, the task could take about an hour. Of course, there was always scope of human error that would make it difficult to ensure that every roti turned out to be of the same quality.

Engineers Pranoti Nagarkar and Rishi Israni changed that with their high-tech innovation which has automated every step mentioned above. Incorporating a 32-bit microprocessor, AI, IoT, 10 motors, 15 sensors, and 300 moving parts, the sleek appliance compact enough to fit atop a counter gives fresh and delicious rotis, one per 90 seconds. A user can select the flour, oil content, number of rotis in a batch, its thickness and level of roasting. Each flatbread is invariable identical in its quality and serves the same goodness consistently.

Bringing automation to roti-making has been a long journey

Rotimatic obviously did not become a talking point overnight. Pranoti and Rishi took a leap of faith and dedicated their time and effort entirely to bringing their idea to shape. Its first prototype was introduced in 2009, and has gone through 37 patents and is backed by 8 years of research and development. It sold over 60,000 units in just two years after its launch and crossed USD 60 million in sales. The number has shot up even more after subsequent software upgrades enabled it to make high quality pizza-bases, tortillas, and puris. The choice of flour too has expanded with users now given the option of selecting gluten-free variety as well. Once available only in Singapore, Rotimatic now has happy customers in USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, UAE, and Qatar as well. 

Rotimatic and health go hand-in-hand

Rotimatic and health go hand-in-hand

Automation of traditional cooking methods has made consuming fresh and healthy food a reality for many who had almost nearly given it up for frozen alternatives. With the quick availability of flatbreads, users are experimenting with different flavors and diversifying our experience of relishing homemade food. Rotimatic users have successfully made Rotimatic rotis and other flatbread variants an integral part of their daily diet which has led to a whole new transformation in their lifestyle anchoring them to eat more healthy. Given the support it has received from the world over, Team Rotimatic is already gearing up to touch the 100 million milestone in the coming year and bring the dream of a fully intelligent kitchen that much closer.

Zimplistic’s bestselling product, Rotimatic, is a market success raking in massive revenue with an exponentially expanding user base.

The idea of having robots at home to help out with domestic chores is no longer a thing of science fiction. You can see variants of it already in use and rising. This year happens to be especially noteworthy for its marked rise in demand for domestic robots, and understandably so, give the ever-intensifying schedules of individuals. It is, therefore, no wonder that Rotimatic, being a high-performing appliance, is selling like hotcakes.

A Brief Background of Rotimatic

The fully automatic roti-maker is the product of years of research and several patents by innovator team Pranoti Nagarkar and Rishi Israni. The duo has the vision to be instrumental in the realization of intelligent kitchens and Rotimatic is a significant step towards that goal. The countertop robot has automated one of the most basic food items that are an indispensable part of most cuisines around the world – the flatbread. Call it roti, tortilla, pizza base, pita, flatbreads have a global presence.

However, unless one is extremely well-practiced in the art of making flatbread, cooking one from scratch is a tedious and time-consuming ordeal. In the age we are living in, taking time out from our busy schedules to hand-make rotis is something we opt out of, often choosing unhealthy alternatives such as frozen rotis or takeaways from restaurants. In such an environment, Rotimatic is a lifesaver. It economizes time and effort by automating the multi-layered process of making flatbreads and does not compromise with nutrition either.

Rotimatic makes rotis, pizzas, tortillas
Rotimatic Sold 40000 Units
Rotimatic is not the only Kitchen Robot out there

Domestic robots are proliferating at a rapid pace and The Boston Consulting Group expects expenditure on them to reach $87 billion by 2025. Rotimatic by Zimplistic, priced at $999, is catching up to popular players such as Miso Robotics’ Flippy in the kitchen robotics space. Julia, a work-in-progress by Nymble Labs, will be a machine intelligent enough to recreate a select list of recipes according to the personal taste preferences of the user.

Adding to the list of AI-based robot chefs that can mimic human behavior in assisting in cooking food is Mechanical Chef. It is proficient in preparing over 20 Indian dishes. Suzumo’s sushi robots have automated the process of putting together sushi and are very popular. The UK-based Moley’s robotic kitchen takes it a step further by boasting of the capability to recreate recipes from celebrity chefs such as Thomas Keller and Gordon Ramsay.

Rotimatic Stands Out among other Innovations in the Kitchens Robotics Space

The high Rotimatic sales can be attributed to its uniqueness. It is the only fully automated, AI and IoT-enabled roti-maker made for domestic use in existence. It can be paired with iOS or Android applications so that users may operate from synced devices as well through the Rotimatic app. The IoT feature also enables the automatic download of updated versions of the Rotimatic software. 

Rotimatic utilizes the 32-bit microprocessor-controlled 10 motors, 15 sensors, and 200 moving parts to give you fresh rotis in under two minutes. The robotic elements of the machine dispense measured quantities of flour, water, and oil in the dough mix. This dough is kneaded to an ideal consistency by the internal mechanism of the appliance to form perfect discs for roasting into puffed up golden brown rotis. Each stage is carried out in dedicated parts within the unit.

Users can choose the number of rotis that Rotimatic will prepare in a batch (the maximum being 20), the amount of oil to be added to the dough, the thickness of the roti, and the level of roasting. The creators of Rotimatic paid a lot of attention to the consistency of quality of the flatbreads made in the appliance, and each roti in a batch is satisfactorily is exactly the same.

Rotimatic Sales Testify its Demand – 40000 Units Sold

The promise to minimize user intervention when employed has struck a chord with homemakers and professionals accustomed to a convenience economy. Rotimatic, which is now available in the US, UK, the Gulf countries, Singapore, across Europe, and Australia, has sold over 40000 units, generating about $40 million. The company brought its total funding to $48.5 million by raising $30 million earlier this year.

Hot Rotis made in Rotimatic
Hot Rotis made in Rotimatic

Advanced technology is making its way into every sphere of our lives and domestic kitchens is an area to look out for interesting innovations in. Planning meals per our individual health needs and taste preferences with minimal labor are the ultimate goal of futuristic kitchens.

Werner Vogels’ reaches start-up hotbed Singapore and an intriguing conversation about future-tech with innovators Pranoti Nagarkar and Rishi Israni ensues. 

Tech-centric shows are a great way to stay up to date about what’s new in the tech world, the “Now Go Build with Werner Vogels” series on Amazon is one that has become a raging hit. In each episode, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels interviews innovators and gives an insight into the dynamic and rapidly evolving world of AI and cloud computing.

A recent episode of the show focused on Singapore-based husband and wife team of entrepreneur/tech expert and mechanical engineer, Rishi Israni and Pranoti Nagarkar – the inventors of Rotimatic. The kitchen robot is poised to change the way the world cooks one of its oldest recipes – the simple flour-and-water flatbread. 

The idea behind Rotimatic

It is no wonder that Vogels has chosen to explore the story of Rotimatic. The AI and IoT-enabled appliance are the only one of its kind and leagues ahead of its predecessors in the category of electronic flatbread or roti-makers. It is an antithesis to the notion that automation is eroding traditions since what it does is it implements technology to hold on to norms most dear to us.

What Pranoti and Rishi have come up with is an efficient system to replicate the process of making a roti (and other forms of flatbread such as tortillas and pizza base) in a completely self-governed machine. It aims to address issues that compromise our standard of living, be it is managing a work-life balance or health. As pointed out by Israni, “seventy percent of illnesses are lifestyle disease-related, and they are primarily related to the type of food you consume” and “one-third of the world’s food is wasted”. Rotimatic is the duo’s first step toward realizing their vision of a fully intelligent kitchen that will ensure a healthy diet for its users and minimize wastage of food at the same time.

Amazon CTO Visits Rotimatic Office
Amazon CTO Visits Rotimatic Office
The tech behind Rotimatic

Rotimatic is the amalgamation of the necessity to optimize time and expert knowledge in cutting-edge technology. Its prototype was first introduced in 2009 by Zimplistic. The home food robot has machine learning built into it, can connect with the wifi and sync with other smart devices, troubleshoot when needed, and update its software. The Rotimatic’s corresponding app will allow it to be operated from remote locations as well. 

Pranoti and Rishi Discussing about Rotimatic with Amazon CTO
Pranoti and Rishi Discussing Rotimatic with Amazon CTO
A quick overview of the benefits of having an intelligent roti-maker

The software makes it possible to track the number of rotis made using Rotimatic across the globe, customer satisfaction, and machine errors. This information helps the company prioritize issues that need to be addressed and fixed first.

Rotimatic collects relevant data from every roti it makes. This includes information concerning the content and quality of the food being prepared by the appliance. Users are also urged to rate the user experience on the display screen of the robot at the end of every cycle to help upgrade the system. Rotimatic gives a data-driven, data-backed understanding of the operations of the machine. 

A labor of love

However, its transition from a hardware-only device to incorporating a major software component was not an overnight one. Years of research following the realization of how complicated servicing the product would be led to implementing AWS and IoT into the Rotimatic design. The benefits of this upgrade have been evident from the first attempt to get the service right and it has facilitated collecting further data to improve the appliance model. The software is now crucial to extend the device into a platform that’s capable of making multiple varieties of flatbread. 

Is the world prepared to give their kitchen an AI and IoT makeover

Clearly, yes. Rotimatic is a device that instantly frees up about an hour from kitchen duty, especially for women who have been playing the part of homemakers. Making flatbreads of any sort is a cumbersome task and the kitchen robot takes the entire process into its stride and compresses it to a matter of minutes. The user decides the sort of bread they wish to prepare, which type and brand of flour to utilize, oil content, the thickness of the rotis, the number of rotis to be made in a batch, and the extent of roasting each roti should undergo.  

Compared to the traditional method of making rotis, using the Rotimatic is ridiculously simple, and helps keep pace with a world that is rapidly turning to automation. Rotimatic is available on the official website as well as on Amazon.

With the growing number of options of roti-making machines, it is crucial to do detailed research on the available contraptions before taking one home. 

Flatbreads, or rotis as they are commonly known in India and its neighboring countries, is a staple food for millions. Consequently, as youngsters migrate from their countries – be it to pursue academics or a career – they take a part of their culture with them. Pressed for time yet keen to enjoy the familiar taste from back home, they are quick to turn to automatic roti-makers to significantly cut down the effort put into making a traditional Indian flatbread.

Types of Roti Makers

Roti-making machines have been around for quite some time, and have evolved with the advancements in technology. Depending on the degree of automation they provide, the most popular ones in the market right now can be divided under the following categories: 

1. Manually Operated Roti Makers:
Manual Roti Maker
Manual Roti Maker

A random google search on Roti or Chapati makers would enlighten you on the number of manually operated Roti makers available for sale online as well as in the market. Reputable kitchen appliance brands, such as Prestige, Bajaj, and Panasonic to name a few, have launched at least one model of a manually operated roti maker. The process of making a roti using these involves kneading the dough to make extra soft dough balls. These are pressed into thin discs between the heated lid and pan of the appliance where it puffs on reaching the optimum temperature within minutes.

2. Semi-Automatic or Fully Automatic Roti Makers:
Semi-Automatic Roti Makers
Semi-Automatic Roti Makers

Semi-automatic or fully automatic variants of roti makers are popular as well. Some of them require human supervision and involvement which varies from minimal to average. However, these semi-automatic or automatic roti makers are huge in size and capacity. They are designed to operate in places where rotis need to be manufactured in large quantities as they dole out 600-900 rotis per hour, and are ideal for restaurants. Therefore, these roti makers would not fit into an average kitchen as they are massive and perhaps too expensive to suit the purpose.

3. Automated/Smart Roti Makers
Smart Roti Maker - Rotimatic
Rotimatic – Smart Roti Maker

The new addition in the smart world of smartphones, smartwatches, and smart gadgets is a smart roti maker. Unlike the other variants, this category has just one player in the market going by the name Rotimatic Roti maker. The device is enabled with Artificial Intelligence and IoT. It is designed to upgrade and autocorrect its functions as per requirements. 

Rotimatic is built to become a fundamental kitchen fixture for those who have busy schedules or just want to dedicate more time to leisure activities. It is the size of an average microwave and can easily fit into a household kitchen. 

The process of making a perfectly baked roti using this automatic roti maker is simple. All you have to do is pour the ingredients and press a few buttons. Rotimatic will dish out fresh rotis for you in less than 90 seconds.

A quick comparison of roti makers:

Take a simultaneous look at various features of roti makers currently available in the market in the data compiled underneath:

It is important to not hoard unnecessary gadgets. However, it is also equally important to wisely choose the ones that make our lives easy by cutting down on the effort, hassle, maintenance cost, cost of installation, and energy consumption. Since roti makers are an investment, it always pays to pick one after thorough research on it. 

The use of automatic roti makers crosses borders and cultures, and that’s because the Indian “roti” has culinary cousins that could all use a boost from automation!

If there is one thing that archaeology has taught us about the history of food, it is that flatbreads made an entry into the human diet way before the idea of agriculture even caught on. Remnants of a charred flatbread have been found at a Natufian site called Shubayqa 1 in Jordan dating 12,400 B.C. Flatbread, in general, has made a long and wide journey since, and are now consumed by a multitude of cultures, that too in a wide array of variations, and is prepared in just as many different ways. Keeping with the times, the newest and probably the most efficient and high-yielding process is the use of automatic roti-making machines.

Which cuisines use flatbreads the most?

Flatbreads are edible antiquity and tradition. These are consumed worldwide and is popularly found in cuisines originating in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and parts of South and Central America. Each cuisine has its unique ways of preparing flatbreads, and its unique flavors are achieved by incorporating different add-ons such as spices or mixing liquid among others. Its uniqueness is further determined by the dips, sauces, and curries it accompanies.

Popular varieties of flatbreads you should try!

Flatbreads can be plain or experimented with, stuffed or topped with vegetables or animal-based products of choice, unleavened or leavened, baked, cooked or grilled.            

But before you go ahead and decide to make one for yourself let us take a brief look at the miscellaneous range of flatbreads you can choose from. Fun fact, most of them can be prepared without any effort from you and using an automatic roti making machine!

1)  Roti:

Pronunciation: Row.tee

This unleavened flatbread is consumed widely in India and neighboring countries. It is used as a side bread with thick curries. Depending on the thickness and ingredients roti has its variants.

Process:

Essentially it is made of whole wheat flour bread kneaded with water and some oil. The kneaded dough is divided into dough balls which are then rolled into evenly circular rotis on a rolling board with a rolling pin. These rotis are then roasted on both sides on a pre-heated skillet. It is considered ready to be consumed on puffing up and reaching a golden brown color. All these steps can be achieved in a much shorter time through automation using roti-making machines.

Variations:

The Indian roti has several other variants, namely paranthas, the deep-fried puri, and the oven-baked naan. Others include rumali roti, akki roti, chikkolee, joladda roti and kulcha to name a few.

Nutritional Value:

Roti is low in calories and rich in protein and vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B6, and B9. While rotis made of wheat flour are healthy, those made from Bajra are even healthier. 

Type Of Roti
Type Of Roti

2)  Focaccia:

Pronunciation: fow.ka.chuh

This Italian flatbread is made with yeast and is similar to Pizza. It is eaten as a side bread, snack or sandwich wrap. Focaccia, believed to have originated in ancient Greece, was once cooked on heated stones and is now baked in an oven.

Making:

Yeast, water, and salt are mixed with the flour. Olive oil is added while kneading the dough to make it soft. The kneaded dough is coated with olive oil, covered, and left to ferment for a few hours till it rises to twice its size. The dough is then spread on a baking pan, holes are poked into its surface and sprinkled with olive oil, sea salt, and herbs. It is then baked in a preheated oven to a crisp golden brown.

Variations:

Variants of focaccia bread can be found in different parts of Italy depending on the additional ingredients and thickness of the bread. For instance, Venetian Focaccia is sweetened, Focaccia barese is topped with potatoes and tomatoes, and Rosemary is added to Tuscan Focaccia. France and Spain have their versions of this soft yet crispy flatbread.

Nutritional Value:

Focaccia bread is rich in selenium, thiamine, iron, Vitamin B1, B2, and B3. Rosemary is one of its key ingredients which is known to improve memory and reduce inflammation.

Focaccia Bread
Focaccia Bread

3)  Lavash:

Pronunciation: Laa.vuhsh

Lavash is a soft and thin variety of unleavened flatbread made in a cylindrical clay oven called ‘tonir’. It is said to have originated in Armenia and is popularly made in Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan. Lavash is an intrinsic part of Armenian heritage and was included in the UNESCO Heritage List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2014.

Making:

The key ingredients for making Lavash are flour, water, and yeast. Mix water and yeast and then pour the mixture into flour in a bowl. Mix the ingredients well to knead the dough. Cover the dough with a cloth and leave it to rise. Once the dough rises, punch it to release trapped air and then knead it again with some oil. Divide the dough into dough balls which can be then rolled into large rectangles or small flatbread. The rolled bread is supposed to be thin and its surface punctured with a fork. It can be then seasoned with sesame and poppy seeds before being baked in a clay oven which is dug into the soil.

Variations:

Lavash has fresh and dry variants. When fresh it is often served with Kebabs but when it turns cold and dry it can be stored for months and served after reheating as a cracker flatbread.

Nutritional Value:

Lavash is low in calories and rich in protein. They can make a healthy side bread or even a healthy mid-meal snack.

Lavash Flatbread
Lavash Flatbread

4)  Matzah:

Pronunciation: mat.suh

This Israeli unleavened flatbread is an essential part of the Jewish Cuisine. Traditionally, the Jews consume Matzah on their Passover festival that commemorates the exodus of Israelites from Egypt. It is said that they left in such a hurry that they couldn’t wait for their bread to rise. Therefore, Matzah, the unleavened flatbread, is eaten on this as a symbol of freedom.

Making:

The Dough for Matzah is prepared by mixing flour, olive oil, water and sea salt. The kneaded dough is divided into dough balls, flattened into matzahs, and kept on baking sheets. The baking sheet is sprinkled with dry flour before pacing flattened matzahs on it. Salt is sprinkled and holes are poked to puncture air pockets. Matzo bread is then baked in a pre-heated oven. Once they are baked, olive oil is applied with a brush.

Variations:

Matzah has hard cracker-like as well as a soft variety. Varied flavors, as well as additional ingredients such as eggs, are also added.

Nutritional Value:

Whole wheat Matzahs are nutritious. It is rich in vitamins, carbohydrates, and fiber.

Matzahs
Matzahs

5)  Pita

Pronunciation: pi.taa

This Mediterranean flatbread is a staple in the Middle East and the neighboring countries. The yeasted, soft, and puffy variety of flatbread is a delicacy which is said to be four thousand years old has recently become very popular in the West. It is usually accompanied with chicken, lamb, hummus or baba ganoush.

Making:

Key ingredients of Pita are flour, water, sugar, and yeast. Yeast, sugar, and water are mixed well in a bowl and kept aside for some time. Flour, water, olive oil, and a pinch of salt are mixed separately. The frothed yeast is added to the mixture after which the flour is kneaded. The kneaded dough has to be moist and smooth which is then placed in a well-oiled bowl. Olive oil is applied over the kneaded dough and it is covered and kept aside for an hour. The risen flour is divided into dough balls which are then flattened into round shapes. The flattened dough is baked in a preheated oven.

Variants:

Pita Bread has its variants based on the type of flour, thickness, and size of the bread.

Nutritional Value:

Whole wheat Pita bread is a healthy side bread that can go with many dishes. It is rich in vitamins, proteins, and high in Selenium and makes for a healthy daily bread.

Pita Bread
Pita Bread

6)  Tortillas

Pronunciation: taw.tee.uh

Tortillas are a thin unleavened variety of Mexican flatbread which means, “small cake” or “round cake” in Spanish. The Mexican flatbread has now become popular in America and is being used in wraps, sandwiches, hot dogs and as sides. They were initially made of Corn but it is the wheat tortilla which has taken America by storm.

Making:

Flour, water, salt, and oil are mixed to knead a smooth dough. The dough is divided and rolled into circles. The rolled tortillas are cooked on a skillet from both sides. The tortillas are then ready to be served.

Variations:

Tortillas vary based on the flour and added ingredients. Corn and Wheat Tortillas are the two popular types. “Mitad y mitad” (half corn and half wheat Tortillas), “Nopal Tortilla” (made of Nopales which is a cactus), and the red “Jamaican Tortillas” (made of Hibiscus) are some of its variants. Flavoured Tortillas, such as that of Chipotle, are also popular.

Nutritional Value:

Tortillas can be very healthy based on the type of flour and ingredients used in making them. They can be gluten-free and sans cholesterol. It has the requisite amount of calories and carbohydrates. They are also rich in calcium, protein, iron and other nutrients.

Corn Tortillas
Corn Tortillas

7)     Injera

Pronunciation: uhn.jeh.ruh

Injera is a porous, spongy and sour Ethiopian flatbread made with the flour of a grain called Teff on a clay plate over a fire. It is served with spicy stew, sauces and curry. It is fermented for days which gives it its sour flavor. Ethiopians practice community eating wherein a number of people eat from the same plate and injera bread is the key accompaniment of the platter.

Making:

Injera is ideally made with teff and water although barley, millet, and sorghum are used in case of unavailability of teff. To begin with, Teff flour is mixed with water and salt. The batter is then allowed to ferment up to three days and then cooked on a skillet in a thin layer until holes appear on its surface.

Variants:

Kisra wheat bread is a variant of Injera which popular in Sudan. Canjeelo or Canjeero is the everyday bread of Somalia and it is also a type of Injera.

Nutritional Values:

Teff, which is the key ingredient of traditional Injera, is a superfood rich in iron, calcium, vitamins and plenty of other nutrients. Consequently, Injera has all the health benefits that come with Teff and is rich in fibre and other minerals.

Injera
Injera

Final word-

Flatbreads are enmeshed in the daily routine and culture of almost every community. We took a look at some of them in this post, but there is a plethora of other flatbreads in the world to learn about and experiment with! These flatbreads can also be made using an automatic roti maker – Rotimatic.

The time-consuming and laborious task of preparing handmade rotis get a high-tech makeover with automatic roti-making machines

A major chunk of the world population is familiar with the concept of flattened carbs, and to them, nothing compares to the gastronomic satisfaction it brings! However, measuring out ingredients in the perfect proportion, hand-kneading the dough, and finally roasting it on a heat source makes it a daunting task. Given the popularity of the flatbread, it was only a matter of time till a self-sufficient roti making machine came into being. Before we delve into the revolutionary potential of such kitchen equipment, let’s take a look at what makes a typical flatbread.  

What are Flatbreads?

Flatbreads are a wholesome form of bread staple that is an integral part of different cuisines and consumed across geographies. These are generally accompanied by various preparations of curries, vegetables, and more, depending on the different cultures and traditions.

Consequently, there is no singular way of making flatbreads. It has several variants that are prepared suiting the taste of the demography it caters to. However, the key ingredients that remain constant to all the varieties of this wholesome bread are dry flour and water.  In certain cases, optional ingredients such as vegetables, spices, coconut, oil, and seeds are also added to spice things up.

The preparation time varies as well – while some need a resting time, others don’t. Although the common process requires the dough to be baked or cooked without oil on a flat pan, some are preferred fried to a crunch. Whether it is prepared manually or using a roti making machine, the process of making flatbreads essentially remains the same.

Origin of Flatbread

Numerous studies and excavations have proven the existence of flatbread and flatbread-making mechanisms in prehistoric times. These are deemed to be the ‘original bread’ since it was made on fire-heated rocks by people of nomadic tribes. Neither ovens had been devised by then, nor was yeast used.

Throughout the ages other processes were added in the making of a flatbread – refining of grains, a mixture of contents, and shaping the bread – while roasting and heating may have not altered.

A Type Of Flatbread
A Type Of Flatbread

Flatbread and its Global Consumption

Flatbread complements several dishes and is rich in fiber, vitamins, protein, and certain microelements. This explains why it has been part of the staple diet of people for eons.

Today, flatbread is the most commonly consumed bread as billions of people eat it regularly, and often in more than one meal a day. Be it rotis, other forms of flatbread such as puris, pizza bases, and tortillas, homemade meals frequently utilize them to fix a quick wrap, open sandwich, or wholesome tacos. Although the market is rife with factory-made flabreads, these are rarely as nutritious or fresh as the homemade variety. Additionally, readymade rotis are abundant in preservatives that are known to be detrimental to health. This has made the health conscious generation resort to high-tech automatic flatbread-makers that can provide freshly cooked flatbreads in their own kitchens, that too with minimal effort.

But what is a Roti?

The preparation of flatbread consumed in major parts of the Indian subcontinent is called roti, chapati, or phulka.

Roti is not just a flatbread but an essential part of meals across the Indian subcontinent and an integral component of the Indian culture and tradition. It is not only what Indians eat before they start their day, but in many ways is a representation of generations of family values passed down from mothers and grandmothers. Frequently one hears heart-touching stories of how they learned to roll out the perfectly circular roti following the example of the best cook in the house, and the first time they prepared the flatbread without burning a hole in it!

Roti/Chapati/Phulka
Roti/Chapati/Phulka

Making a Roti, or, Indian Flatbread

Making a roti out of dry flour, water, and other ingredients requires skill as well as practice and is no less than an art form. 

The ingredients have to be mixed and kneaded into the dough of appropriate consistency. Small balls pulled out of the kneaded dough are then flattened into the required shape which could be round, square or triangular.

The dough then has to be rolled evenly to the desired thickness before it is ready for roasting, ideally on a skillet. The roti is considered done when it attains a delightful golden brown hue and puffs up.

So why go against tradition to use an automatic roti maker?

Simply because preparing a roti is not easy! Unfortunately, the seemingly simplistic food requiring just two ingredients is quite a task to create. Considering the standard gender roles, on an average, an Indian woman spends an hour of her every day to prepare fresh rotis at home. It is not just a time-consuming process but also quite a painstaking and tedious chore. Add to that the discomfort of staying put in front of a heat source to ensure you don’t burn the bread altogether!

An automatic roti maker would revolutionize how much time a person spends time in the kitchen, the labor invested in the roti making process, and the overall energy saved in terms of fuel/electricity consumption. These roti making machines ensure hygiene, efficiency, and is in sync with the digitized world we are steadily moving toward inhabiting. Dig in a little more and you’ll be amazed by the tech behind a single roti maker – think Artificial Intelligence and IoT. 

The point remains, in a time when our schedules are getting tighter and every other task is being done through automation, preparing flatbreads such as rotis using manual labor is quite ridiculous. Kitchen robotics such as roti making machines are the future of traditional cooking.

Rotimatic Making Rotis
Rotimatic Making Rotis

Rotimatic is one such automatic roti maker which uses machine learning so each machine takes some time to make good bread; they are also connected to the internet for software upgrades. It takes about a minute to make one roti after the machine has been fully heated up which takes more than five minutes.

With your Rotimatic, roti making becomes such an easy task. Each roti will be perfectly round, perfectly puffed and perfectly soft! However, we’ve gotten many queries on how to make and store even softer Rotimatic rotis! Worry not, we’ve collected some are some easy tips just for this!

Flour Power!

When you use Rotimatic, it is very important to ensure that the flour that you use is consistent with the flour that you choose in the Rotimatic settings. Having the wrong flour type and the wrong flour settings will disrupt the roti making process and will hinder the machine from making soft rotis.

Select the Desired Flour
Select the desired flour from the Rotimatic

Flour consistency is an important factor in flour brands and though Rotimatic works well with many different flour brands, Aashirvaad Select and Pillsbury/Sujata Gold have been customer favorites.

Rotimatic Ingredient Tips

While Rotimatic rotis are already naturally soft, you can make them even softer! Try placing lukewarm water in the water container of Rotimatic when making rotis. This tried and true method is approved by our Rotimatic Owners, in particular, those living in cold climates!

Another interesting hack is adding 1-2 tablespoons of milk powder or almond powder to your flour container when making roti. This will add moisture to the dough ball formed making the rotis even softer when they puff.  It’s great for additional nutrients as well.

Almond powder makes the Rotis soft
Almond powder makes the rotis softer

If you’re keen to add more nutritious ingredients into your flour mixture, use oats or psyllium husk!  Doing so will not only get you will get you softer rotis but you’ll also have rotis rich in fibre! Yes, rotis help battle constipation too!

Roti Storage

In reality, Rotimatic rotis are not much different from regular chapatis. Hence hacks used in storing regular chapatis can also be implemented here. For instance, breaking a Rotimatic roti with a muslin cloth is extremely helpful in keeping your rotis soft.

Like other rotis, Rotimatic rotis if not kept properly, will harden over time and will become too chewy if left in out in the open! So, if you’d like to save your rotis for later, immediate storage in a casserole is crucial and will keep your rotis fresh for the next few hours!  If you don’t have a casserole, worry not, wrapping the rotis tightly in aluminium foil and storing it in a lunchbox will also work wonders!

Store the hot rotis in a casserole
Store the hot rotis in a casserole

In our fast-paced society, nothing beats having easy to make perfectly round, perfectly shaped and perfectly puffed rotis! Now that we’ve taught you how to keep them perfectly soft there’s nothing to lose! Get your own Rotimatic today!

With Diwali around the corner, the excitement has just begun! The prep for the festival of light is in the works. You have plenty of special ingredients on your shopping list, a stockpile of sweets at hand and new clothes hanging in your closet, ready to be worn! Yet there’s still so much to do and so little time! We know how the hustle and bustle of this season can catch you off guard but Rotimatic is here to help and we’ll tell you how!

Don't Stress Yourself this Festive Season
Don’t Stress Yourself this Festive Season

Though enjoyable, cooking for Diwali can be an intimidating annual experience for all party hosts. A feast is expected and only the best food can be served for your friends and family to enjoy. With everyone running extremely busy lives, it’s becoming difficult for people to find time to cook such lavish meals, especially if you live in a nuclear household. But worry not, with Rotimatic,  you’ll have an extra kitchen hand! If unexpected guests show up, know that you can whip up a fresh batch of samosas in a jiffy! If you run low on sweets, prepare some fresh puran poli and gujiya effortlessly. It’s so easy to do with Rotimatic and there’s so much to make! 

Gujiyas Made from Rotimatic
Gujiyas Made from Rotimatic

Diwali is all about family and friends. It’s about the conversation, laughter, and bonding.  Playing the perfect host can often hinder you from enjoying such experiences with your loved ones. Making rotis on demand over the tawa during your Diwali dinner can be quite a challenge. Don’t keep scrambling back and forth from the kitchen to cater to everyone’s roti whims! With Rotimatic, it only takes 90 seconds to make a roti, and it can make 20 in 1 go! You don’t need to leave your conversation every 5 minutes to ensure everyone is well fed. There will always be enough rotis and minimal wastage.

Cooking is only half of the hard work. Hosting a Diwali party also means plenty of planning, decorating, entertaining and cleaning and with all the colors, food and noise, it is a completely immersive sensory experience. A celebration of this scale can be as exhausting as it is exciting. It could take days or even a week to completely recover from all the exhilarating activities.

Post-Diwali recovery requires time to unwind and relax from all the planning and jarring external stimuli. What better to aid you than Rotimatic? You will be able to spend time at home alone, unfettered by the thoughts of prepping an effortless breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just press a button and know that your next meal will be taken care off! Click here to know about more such interesting recipes

For those at a loss on what to gift their loved ones, Rotimatic is an excellent and arguably the best option. Not only will it make Diwali a memorable occasion, but it is a cutting-edge gift that promises health, wealth and happiness!  

Spread the love and light this festive season!

From us to you, Happy Diwali.