Finding a balance between your busy work schedule and time spent to do chores in the kitchen is no longer an unattainable ideal with Zimplistic’s automatic flatbread-maker – Rotimatic.

Rotis are ubiquitous to most South Asian households, so much so that certain families refer to meals by just that single term. You can frequently hear mothers telling their children to have their “roti” before going to bed, or ask “roti khaya kya?” to know if someone had had their meal. The appeal of this simple flour-and-water flatbread lies in its simplicity and adaptability – it compliments almost every curry popularly consumed. Take the flatbread to a different cuisine and call it a tortilla or pizza base, you’ll have another diverse range of delicious dishes to enjoy. Zimplistic’s Rotimatic (priced at $999) has thus found favor among more than just one demography by revolutionizing how unleavened flatbreads are made.

Rotimatic solves the tedious process of making rotis 

Mechanical engineer Pranoti Nagarkar, along with her husband, software engineer Rishi Israni has introduced a pioneering automatic roti-maker, Rotimatic. The high-tech appliance whose prototype debuted in 2008 has been designed to economize time and effort put into making rotis and other flatbreads. It can make puris, pizza bases, and tortillas thus far, and is set to lengthen this list with future upgrades. 

The kitchen robot automates and replicates the traditional method in which rotis are made – manually. This involves measuring out the correct proportion of flour, water, and oil for the dough which is kneaded to the ideal consistency. Honestly, this is quite difficult to achieve. Inevitably, the quality of the rotis one makes varies every single time unless the person making it is a thoroughly practiced expert. Additionally, there are the steps of diving the dough into smaller, equal sections for rolling into discs of even thickness that are, in its simplest form, roasted in an unoiled skillet or directly over a flame.

Rotimatic compresses the entire process that would take about half-an-hour to an hour (depending on the size and appetite of the family) to a matter of a few minutes with minimal assistance from the user.

Design and other special features of Rotimatic: 

The appliance measuring 40 x 40 centimeters and weighing 20 kilograms has a sleek futuristic design that comfortably fits on any kitchen counter. Its front façade has flip-open doors, and it comes with three transparent containers for the ingredients which are visible on the top. Turn it around and you’ll find the connector for the power cable and a USB port for maintenance.

Reviews of Rotimatic highlight its sophisticated technological features that facilitate the efficient and unique functions of the robot. These are listed below:

  1. AI and IoT – Rotimatic is AI and IoT-enabled which gives it the capability to share data between connected smart devices. The appliance connects with Wi-Fi, automatically upgrades its software, and can be distantly diagnosed. 
  2. It can be operated using a smartphone – Users can send commands through the Rotimatic app reducing human interaction with the appliance even further. 
  3. Interactive settings screen – In the front of the Rotimatic is a 3.2-inch color LCD touch-sensitive screen. This feature allows for specifying exactly how the rotis should be made in each batch. 

 

How are rotis made from Rotimatic and their taste:

Rotimatic uses 10 motors, 15 sensors, and 200 moving parts which are controlled by a 32-bit microprocessor to make soft fresh rotis. The sensors are used to measure and dispense the correct proportion of dry and wet ingredients for the dough. A mechanical arm moves the dough ball to another compartment within the appliance to be flattened into discs of even thickness and then transferred on to heating plates to be roasted. Since a user can pre-set the oil content, the thickness of the rotis and the level of roasting, the quality of the rotis in each batch is consistent. One can even play around with the flavors of the roti and recreate some of the recipes provided in the Rotimatic app. 

Rotimatic review in a nutshell:

Zimplistic’s Rotimatic is aimed at the demography that faces a challenge in striking a balance between kitchen duties and professional life. The appliance is easy to operate and maintain and ensures its users nutritious and fresh flatbreads for every meal. The Rotimatic is poised to become a standard part of kitchens with its presence now in most of the economically advanced countries, including –the US, UK, the Gulf countries, Singapore, across Europe, and Australia. 

A kitchen robot to solve your roti-making woes, Rotimatic by Zimplistic is quite the appliance to revolutionize your cooking experience. 

I was two semesters smarter, and eight kilos heavier when I flew back to my parents’ in Mumbai for a break in 2014. More than me it was my mother who freaked out over the latter development, mainly because she is diabetic and well aware of the side effects of being overweight. I had to promise to swap pasta and bread with low-calorie whole-wheat rotis, knowing well I wouldn’t follow through because making rotis is a tedious job and I had a full-time management course, and a part-time job to balance. Four years later and with a schedule still as hectic, Rotimatic has brought back the goodness of fresh home-made rotis back into my regular diet. 

Let’s talk about what makes this amazing innovation one of the best of our time!

What makes Rotimatic one of its kind?

Electronic roti-makers have been around for a while, best recognized by its compact size and heating paddles. When using these, a user has to mix and knead the dough to the desired consistency, divide the dough into smaller portions and place it at the specified position on the paddle and press it down. The labor saved is thus just the part of rolling the dough and roasting it. Compared to this, Rotimatic is an all different ballgame.

Using 15 sensors, 10 motors, and 300 moving parts, Rotimatic replicates all the steps of making a roti in the traditional procedure – from measuring the amount of ingredients to be added, to kneading the dough, separating it into smaller parts, rolling them into perfectly circular discs, and roasting the dough till a puffed golden-brown. User intervention stops at pouring the three ingredients – flour, water, and oil – into their respective compartments in the machine, and pressing a few buttons.

Key Features of Rotimatic    

This automatic roti-maker is packed with sophisticated technological features, and thankfully we are familiar with most of them owing to our increasing dependence on cutting-edge gadgets. Let’s take a look at them in details below:

  1. AI and IoT-enabled – Although these terms sound like they belong in some sci-fi movies about genocidal robots, AI and IoT is already a big, and benign, part of our daily lives. It is what enables sharing data between connected devices to give better user experience of any application. Rotimatic can connect with Wi-Fi and sync with other smart devices, upgrade automatically, troubleshoot and undergo distance-diagnostics.
  2. Can be controlled using a remote device – This feature is an extension of the previous one. The Rotimatic app can be downloaded on your smartphone and you can control the appliance using it. The app also shares some of the best recipes that can be recreated using Rotimatic.
  3. Versatility of use – Rotimatic can make not only rotis, but puris, tortillas, and pizza base as well in under 90 seconds.
  4. Pretty, portable, and durable – Rotimatic measures 40 x 40 centimeter, which is about the size of a microwave, has a sleek futuristic design, and can fit on your kitchen counter with ease. Yes, it is heavy (weighing 20 kilograms) but it is extremely durable.
  5. Interactive settings screen – One can choose from the selection of different types and brands of flour, amount of oil that will go into the dough, and thickness of the flatbread. Additionally, settings are provided to choose the level of roasting and the number of rotis to be made in one batch.

 

What stands out for me in my experience as a Rotimatic user

Rotimatic has to be the most exciting and out of the box kitchen appliance I have ever used, all the more in the uniqueness of its concept. It is surprising that it took so long for someone to think up a device that could automate the preparation of a food as basic as a roti! Here are some of the observations I made of the performance of this automatic roti-maker. I’ll start with the pros:

  1. Super quick delivery – The device takes around 8 minutes to warm up before it makes the first roti. Subsequent ones are delivered in under two minutes.
  2. Good quality flatbread – The rotis it makes are soft, nutritious, and each one of them puffs right in front of your eyes.
  3. Consistent – Every roti in a batch is exactly the same in texture, thickness, level of roasting, and shape.
  4. Easy to maintain – Since it is IoT-enabled, malfunctions can be fixed remotely without having to haul it to a service station.
  5. Easy to clean – The removal parts are few and these can be washed or wiped cleaned, according to the sort of ingredients they come in contact with. Rotimatic comes with specialized brushes to make the process of cleaning hassle-free.
  6. The materials used are superior quality – To ensure the safety of each roti Rotimatic makes, all plastic materials in contact with food are safe and FDA compliant.
  7. Power-efficient – The power consumption of Rotimatic is about the same as a large microwave oven. Power consumption is 1.6kW – 1.8kW, the voltage for the USA, Canada model is 110V, and for the UK, Singapore model, 220V.
  8. Efficient customer care – I haven’t really faced any issue major enough for me to contact the customer care of the company, but I’ve heard from other users that their complaints were resolved in the soonest possible manner.

 

Cons would include:

  1. It’s a little noisy – Similar to that of a blender’s but goes on for a comparatively longer time.
  2. Pricier than other kitchen appliances – Well this isn’t a real surprise considering it’s a robot. In the long run, especially for daily users, $999 finds a good investment in Rotimatic.
  3. The app needs work – There is still some ground to cover before the app works as smoothly as it should.

 

A final look at Rotimatic

Rotimatic – now available in the US, Singapore, and Australia, among other countries – is a kitchen robot dedicated to giving you the best machine-made flatbreads. The method used is highly efficient and quick and does not compromise on the nutrition and freshness factors of the food made. Users can play around with flavors and colors of the rotis, recreate interesting recipes, and yet save enormous lengths of time while doing so.

The new age kitchen appliance, Rotimatic by Zimplistic, is a bevy of high-tech software and hardware that revolutionizes the age-old art of making flatbread.

If you’ve been to any Indian restaurant, you’ve surely noticed an entire section of the menu dedicated to rotis, which is what unleavened flatbread is called in India. It’s quite impossible, therefore, to imagine any curry or kebab, be it plant-based or meat-based, to be enjoyed without either phulkas, naans, tandoori rotis, or puris. This dietary staple, sadly, is one difficult task to get just right, especially by unpractised hands, and all the more in a time crunch. This is where Zimplistic’s Rotimatic has stepped in and stolen the show by automating the entire process of making rotis with almost zero margins of error. To the billion people in the world consuming rotis as a fundamental part of their daily meals, this is a massive help.

Rotimatic makes preparing rotis ridiculously easy

Traditionally, rotis are made by hand. It involves mixing the base ingredients (flour, water, and oil) in a specific ratio, kneading it to a particular consistency, allowing it to stand for some time before it is rolled and flattened into even discs. These raw discs of dough are then roasted directly on a flame/unoiled skillet or fried in oil. Either way, it is an inconvenience requiring an extensive investment of time, labor, and being exposed to a source of heat. 

Rotimatic self-operates to replicate the entire stated process by implementing state-of-the-art technological features such as AI and IoT. Once you’ve filled the three containers with flour, water, and oil, and pressed a few buttons in the settings display screen, you can sit back, relax, and let the robot do the hard work. In a matter of minutes, fluffy warm flatbreads are ready to be enjoyed, with the maximum number of rotis in a batch going up to twenty.

Breaking down the layout of the Rotimatic robot

Given that the appliance has been designed by a mechanical engineer and software engineer duo – Pranoti Nagarkar and Rishi Israni – it is rife with a lengthy catalog of hardware and software. The nearly 16×16 inches robot, small enough to fit on a countertop, houses 300 distinct parts. These include 10 motors that correspond to the data collected from 15 sensors. Together, these components modulate the proportion of ingredients that go into the dough, transfer food content from one part of the machine to the other for the various stages of preparation, the pressure applied to flatten the dough into discs, and the temperature at which it is cooked. 

The multiple aspects to making the perfect roti exist because Rotimatic gives its users the facility to choose certain parameters such as the brand of flour for use, oil content, the thickness of the rotis, and the heat at which they will be cooked. What results is a batch of delicious flatbreads that have consistent quality.

Here is an expert’s take on Rotimatic

Gizmodo – a design, technology, science and science fiction website with a massive following – recently reviewed Rotimatic and were more than impressed with it. Described as “one of the smartest kitchen appliances around” in the review, it points out how the popularity of Rotimatic’s popularity has continued to soar despite its $600 price tag. The reason behind this phenomenon is the years of development and eight new patents that went into the robot before it hit the market. The product sold out within the first of opening its pre-sale orders. 

And there’s more

Rotimatic does not cease to impress just at making perfect rotis but captivates with the variety of flatbreads one can make using it. Tortilla, pizza bases, and puris are some other flatbreads that can be made using it. Play around with flavors, as long as they come in a powdered form. Pick the gluten-free flour option if that is how you like your carb. The machine is just as easy to clean and maintain as well, given that the developers at Rotimatic can troubleshoot online by connecting to the robot via IoT and WiFi. The automatic roti-maker has immense appeal to the new generation and resonates with the tech-assisted lifestyle they are accustomed to. The Rotimatic is definitely first of a range of intelligent kitchen products we will soon see everywhere. 

Zimplistic’s kitchen robot is packed with high-tech features that make cooking unleavened flatbreads a breeze, and consumes surprisingly less power!

This is a story with a twist. Recently, my friend threw a quinceanera party for her daughter and I was asked to help organize it. The guest list had eighty names, and my friend was hell-bent on not hiring a caterer. Apart from rice and beans, green salad, guacamole, and tamales, a big part of the menu were tortillas and nachos. Now, making tortillas and nachos at home is tedious and therefore one can guess my surprise when a process that normally takes hours was completed in a small fraction of the time by Rotimatic – the first fully automatic robot designed to, well, make rotis.  

3A little more about Rotimatic

Honestly, this was the first time I used a kitchen appliance this futuristic and have been spellbound by it ever since. Zimplistic – the company that makes Rotimatic – came out with the prototype of the robot in 2009. After years of further research and several patents by founders Pranoti Nagarkar and Rishi Israni, Rotimatic is now recognized as the first fully-automatic roti maker created for use in the domestic kitchen available in international markets. The appliance is a massive hit with over 60,000 units already sold the world over and has crossed USD 60 million in sales in just two years after the Rotimatic’s launch. This can be attributed to its global appeal – not only does it make delicious and fresh rotis, but it also makes puris as well, and flatbreads such as pizza base ad tortilla, as seen in cuisines other than Indian. 

Rotimatic saves time and energy

The traditional method of making a roti takes about half an hour, and can stretch more depending on the number of rotis bring made. The process involves kneading dough from a mix of dry and wet ingredients which are added in a specific proportion. Paying attention to the proportion here is important because human error leaves open scope for the consistency of the dough to differ each time, affecting the quality of the flatbreads. The dough ball is divided into smaller segments, flattened into even discs and then roasted on an unoiled skillet or directly over a flame for a perfect cook time. 

Rotimatic takes less than ten minutes to warm up and then replicates the entire process in a matter of 90 seconds. But does this mean you’ll have zero control over how your roti turns? Absolutely not! A user can select from a provided range of flours, choose the number of rotis to be made in a batch, its oil content, thickness, flavors to add if any, and the level of roasting. Once these parameters are set, Rotimatic proceeds to make flatbreads of identical quality every time until the settings are changed. The amount of time it frees for the user, especially on a hectic day is remarkable!

Add to this its ease of maintenance. The kneader and the plate where Rotimatic rolls the dough balls can be taken out without any hassle and can be rinsed off or put in a dishwasher. The ingredient-holders are just as easy to clean. Rotimatic comes with cleaning accessories such as brushes as well. And since Rotimatic is IoT and AI-enabled, issues in its performance can be fixed from a remote location as well and won’t require to be carried to any service station. This is a relief considering the 39-pound weight of the robot.

Rotimatic’s technology saves power

One needs to consider the gamut of sophisticated technological features Rotimatic is equipped with and their range of functions to fully appreciate the comparatively small magnitude of electricity it consumes to run them. Rotimatic is AI and IoT-enabled can share data between synced smart devices through Wi-Fi, and upgrades automatically. 

A 32-bit microprocessor controls the 10 motors, 15 sensors, and 200 moving parts of Rotimatic to accurately measure and dispense flour, water, and oil for the dough, flatten it to the exact thickness specified, and roast it on heating plates till it puffs. The finished product slides out onto a tray attached to the front of the appliance. 

Surprisingly, the power consumption of Rotimatic is not much different from that of a high-volume microwave oven. It draws in the ~1500W range to warm up the required components and water to make 10 Rotis, with the least thickness and 3/4 roast level. The power consumption dips post this stage, rising again during the production of individual flatbreads. In any case, the power consumed is between 1.6kW – 1.8kW. The USA and Canada model has 110V voltage, and the UK, Singapore model, 220V.

Rotimatic is a must-buy gadget of the day

The automatic roti-maker is a blessing for times when you simply do not have the time or inclination to make fresh rotis, puris, tortillas, or pizza bases, but do not wish to each frozen or restaurant-bought alternatives either. Rotimatic is already a buzzword among the younger crowd of professionals and homemakers and is catching on in the older circles as well for the ease it brings to an essential kitchen chore. Domestic spaces are steadily infusing AI into its design, and the Rotimatic is just a glimpse of what an intelligent kitchen would comprise.

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.