Rotimatic has made whole wheat flatbread consumption much simpler, and its growing number shows that users are choosing rotis over its alternative – rice – more.

Rice and wheat are both superfoods that have fed the human civilization for generations and should be a part of a balanced diet to stay fit. However, it wouldn’t be fair to deny that one variety of staple food is not more nutritious than the other. As we have all heard from some source or the other, whole wheat bread ranks above rice in the healthy-food hierarchy. Unfortunately for most of us who struggle with striking a balance between our careers and domestic chores, consuming wheat (which the majority does in the form of handmade flatbreads) becomes somewhat of a chore. This is changing rapidly with Rotimatic by Zimplistic that has brought an hour-long process of making rotis down to a few minutes. 

Rotimatic - Fully Automatic Roti Maker‎!
Rotimatic – Fully Automatic Roti Maker‎!
How does Rotimatic simplify the process of making rotis and other wheat flour-based flatbread?

Be it rotis, tortillas, or pizza bases, the traditional method of making flatbread has always been a tedious one. It requires flour, water, and oil in the correct proportion which must then be kneaded to an optimum consistency. The next step of roasting or baking the flattened dough calls for constant attendance and attention to the temperature of the skillet or oven, a task that causes physical discomfort as well, given a person’s proximity to a heat source.

Rotimatic changes the game by drastically accelerating the journey of the flatbread from flour to your plate. It uses high-tech features – AI, IoT, and a 32-bit microprocessor – to control 10 motors, 15 sensors, and 200 moving parts within its 40 x 40-centimeter body. Together, these parts measure and dispense ingredients, knead the dough, flatten it into discs, and roasts them into fresh and warm golden brown rotis, all under 90 seconds. The only labor that a user puts into the process is adding the three ingredients into their compartments, and press a few buttons to set the number of rotis in a batch, their oil content, thickness, and level of roasting. 

Whole wheat rotis – a healthy alternative

Now that making rotis is no longer a hassle, here are a few reasons why you should opt for freshly made whole wheat unleavened bread over other forms of carbs –

  1. Whole wheat has more fiber – Although there are other varieties of rice that provide adequate fiber, polished or white rice remains the most commonly used option. White rice is derived by removing the outer husk or bran – the part of the grain packing in maximum fiber and micronutrients. Thus white rice is devoid of B complex vitamins, iron, calcium, etc. Whole wheat flour, on the contrary, is high in fiber, protein, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and selenium.
  2. Whole wheat roti/bread sates hunger for longer – The starch content in whole wheat is much less than in rice because of which it takes longer to digest. This keeps one full for an extended period of time.  
  3. Whole wheat helps control blood sugar – The high glycemic index of rice rapidly increases blood sugar, making whole wheat rotis a healthier alternative for diabetics.  

Although, rice or roti both have similar carbohydrate levels and calorific value, they differ in nutritional value

Rotis are a healthy alternative!
Rotis are a healthy alternative!
Why is eating roti a healthier choice?

A single serving of about 182.00 grams of cooked whole wheat, containing the bran and germ, is a rich source of nutrients. It provides manganese (48% DV), fiber (29% DV), copper (16% DV), magnesium (14% DV), and pantothenic acid (13% DV).

Types of Flour
Types of Flour
Some of the best flour to make rotis with using Rotimatic:
  1. Graminway Gluten-Free Rajgira Atta: Derived from Rajgira, amaranth seeds, this gluten-free atta is a good source of protein, especially for a vegetarian diet. It is produced in small batches and thus stays fresh for longer. It is better for health than the usual wheat flour.
  2. Sujata Atta – Multigrain Flour: The multigrain flour is completely made of vegetable matter of the best quality. Its ingredients provide the necessary nutrients for a healthy diet. Sujata atta is said to make rotis that are soft and taste good because of its unique blend of soy, wheat, oats, maize, ragi, and chana. 
  3. Nutty Yogi Gluten Free Atta: The nutritive gluten-free flour is organic and preservative-free. Sorghum, potato flakes, amaranth, corn starch, ajwain, and gum are found in this atta. Additionally, the atta has a shelf life of about four months. 
  4. Aashirvaad Whole Wheat Atta: The whole wheat atta by Aashirvaad is 100% whole wheat unprocessed flour. Its texture, color, and taste derives from the high-quality grains that are ground to make this flour. The atta soaks in water well, enabling the production of traditional rotis that stay soft longer. 
  5. Deep Whole Wheat Atta: This brand uses premium whole wheat atta, and is a good choice for making roti, paratha, puri and bhakari. Additionally, it is low-fat.
  6. Mother Organic Chakki Atta: The organic chakki atta cultivated in India is grown without pesticides, chemicals, and fertilizers. It is 100% certified organic and contains the roughage and material naturally found in wheat, which aids digestion a d enhances flavor. The rotis made using this flour are easy to chew since its gluten content is low.
Traditional Indian rotis are superior in nutritional value compared to rice, pasta, and bread preparations, and are not much easier to make with Rotimatic.

Rice, pasta and the multitude of bread has become a crowd favorite. All it’s consumers why, and you’ll get answers that point out flavor and health benefits over whole wheat rotis, puris, and paratha. But how accurate is this assumption? Let’s start by considering the case of bread.

Roti is healthier than even the supposed healthy variety of bread

There is a misconception that brown bread is better for health than rotis. This idea has been found to be based not on science but rather on myths. It does not require a great deal of intellectual hard work to understand this. Consider the base ingredients for rotis – whole wheat flour or multigrain (jowar, ragi, bajra, soya beans, chickpeas, etc) flour, oil or ghee, and water. These ingredients individually hold a bulk of nutrients as well. Bread (the store-bought variety) on the other hand are primarily made of refined or white flour, even in the case of the whole grain variety as of often mentioned on the pack itself. Bread also often contains added sugar and salt to enhance flavor, artificial coloring agents, yeast and preservatives to prolong its shelf life. 

The calorie count of roti is up to a healthy number

Many a time consumers are misled by claims of certain varieties of bread, such as brown bread to have lower calories as compared to rotis and it’s variants. Brown bread, vastly believed to be made purely of whole grains, invariably contains added oil to maintain its softness. Overall, the difference in calories between the two is barely by a few numbers. 

Rotis over pasta and rice

Coming to pasta and rice, it is once again obvious that there are variants of these that are nutritious. However, the options we are generally drawn to choose are the ones that are most readily available, can be stored for several weeks or even months, and are the easiest to cook. Add to that our tendency to not compromise with taste and to put in the least amount of time and effort to prepare this food, the pasta and rice we pick are highly processed and rife with preservatives. The advantage of consuming these is barely any better than consuming factory-manufactured white bread.

The nutritional content of rotis can be augmented

Another factor that should be considered when discussing why rotis are a better bet than bread, pasta, and rice, is the versatility of the base ingredients of the traditional Indian flatbread. Rice, bread, and pasta are normally always made of polish rice grains and refined flour respectively. The nutritional value, therefore, remains the same in every instance of its preparation. On the contrary, the base ingredient of a roti – whole wheat – can be mixed with flour of other grains such as soya, ragi, bajra, etc to enhance its nutritional value. 

Now opt for rotis over the rest

So what makes us choose rice, and ready-made pasta and bread over rotis despite its lower nutritional value? The primary reason to most consumers turned out to be the effort and time it requires to make homemade rotis. The process requires measuring out the perfect amount of ingredients, kneading the dough to an optimum consistency, rolling out evenly thin  accurate discs and then roasting them over a flame or a burning hot skillet. The entire process may take about an hour, and since rotis are made of pure ingredients, they must be consumed within a short time as they lose their quality very quickly. This means that for one who provides rotis for more than one meal a day which is the norm, the hour-long process has to be gone through multiple times a day. It actually is too much to ask of a person who has a career or other interests to balance as well. 

Is there an easier way to make fresh rotis

Thankfully, modern technology off finally catching up to address this issue. The best example would be rotimatic which has taken over the world by storm. The fully automatic roti maker by Zimplistic makes high-quality fresh rotis in a matter of minutes. It does so using high-tech features such as AI and IoT and has 200 moving parts including 10 motors and 15 sensors that are controlled by a 32-bit microprocessor. The sleek kitchen robot allows users to customize their rotis by selecting the thickness of the rotis, it’s oil content, level of roasting, and the number of rotis to be made in a batch. Rotimatic users can’t cease laud the consistency of the quality of the rotis the appliance makes, and the time and effort it has saved them on a regular basis. 

Rotimatic is widely available

Rotimatic has garnered a community of tens of thousands of happy customers all over the world. While its biggest market is in the United States, the company founded in Singapore has a presence in Australia, New Zealand, Middle Eastern countries, the United Kingdom, and several other countries in the European continent. Its popularity is attributed to the many options its frequently updated software gives in terms of the flour used to make the flatbreads, and the choice of flatbreads itself. Rotimatic also makes perfect tortillas, pizza bases, and puris as well. Counting over 70 million rotis made using Rotimatic, the ability to make the fresh and healthy alternative to other forms of staple carbohydrates in a breeze has clearly facilitated its greater consumption.

Rotimatic is designed to last for a long time! However, like any other electronic device, proper usage and maintenance are required to ensure that it functions without any hiccups. Taking care of your Rotimatic is easier than you think and we are here to show you how! We’ve listed three common mistakes that you can easily avoid when using Rotimatic.

Using butter, ghee or liquid milk with your Rotimatic.

The most common mistake when using a Rotimatic is adding melted butter or ghee in your oil container. Butter and ghee are solid in room temperature and will harden and get stuck in your Rotimatic pipes! This stops your Rotimatic from functioning well. Ghee and butter can be added on your rotis after they are cooked! If you are still keen on experimenting with oil, Rotimatic is compatible with most oils/fats that are liquid at room temperature. You can find the list here (http://bit.ly/RMrecommendedoil).

Avoid using Ghee or Butter
Avoid using Ghee or Butter

Using milk in your water container will have the same effect on the pipes. Milk may clump and dry in the tubes. Having milk residue will adversely affect roti quality.  Using water is the best option for your Rotimatic. If you’d like to have some milk in your rotis, you may add two teaspoons of milk powder into your flour container instead!

Adding chopped vegetables to your Rotimatic flour container.

Similar to the previous point, the flour container needs to have proper ingredients for it to make  a roti. Rotimatic requires different settings for different flours due to the variances in the protein and starch content between each brand. This affects the viscosity of the dough ball that Rotimatic will knead. Adding chopped vegetables to your flour container will wet your flour and disrupt the settings.  Large chunks of vegetables may also cause flour tunnel blockages!

This does not mean that you can’t be creative or experiment with your rotis! You can play around with your flour and add up to 10% of your flour level of dry, powdered ingredients. For instance, you can throw in powdered spinach or beetroot to your flour mix to make colorful and nutrition packed rotis! Herbs and spices that are dried also contribute well to the taste, texture and look of your rotis.   

Use Powdered Ingredients and not whole vegetables
Use Powdered Ingredients – Powdered Beetroot

Not cleaning your Rotimatic properly.

Like a food processor, it’s essential to clean Rotimatic after use! Cleaning is the most crucial part of Rotimatic maintenance. Many issues can be avoided if you clean your Rotimatic thoroughly! For instance, having crumbs in your pans will cause your Rotimatic to stall with issues like folded rotis or undercooked rotis. Not cleaning your dough cup and stirrer will affect the quality of your roti. Cleaning the container slots are also crucial as having protein or sugar residue may lead to bugs and mold!

Clean the Kneeding Area Properly
Clean the Kneading Area Properly

Cleaning is easy with the right tools! We’ve even created tutorials for you to check out here (http://bit.ly/YoutubeHowToRM)!

Keen for more Rotimatic hacks?  Get your questions answered! Write them in the comments below, and we will address them in our future blog posts!

Bajra roti is a dish from Rajasthan. It is made from bajra (otherwise known as pearl millet) and has a rustic flavor. It is challenging to make but worth the effort! Though not commonly seen on restaurant menus, it is a staple that is both healthy and delicious!

Bajra roti is the ideal carbohydrate to consume for the management of diabetes. It is not only rich in nutrients, but it has a low glycemic index (GI) too!  Low GI foods are foods that release energy slowly when digested. They protect your kidneys from over-exertion and reduce insulin spikes. Thus bajra roti is an excellent option for those who are watching their sugar and weight!

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People love this update!

But that’s not all, bajra roti is also high in iron and zinc and has been speculated to be useful for anemics. Its anti-inflammatory properties are essential in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It also has a high amount of antioxidants and polyphenols making it rich in anti-cancer properties!  To top it off, its high fiber content makes it a great grain to battle constipation!

Despite all the health benefits, many still find bajra roti taxing to cook! The whole preparation and cooking process takes 30 – 45 minutes for even the most experienced chefs. Flattening bajra can be a nightmare as it has very little gluten and will not clump and roll in the same way as wheat flour will. Wrestling the dough with your fingers in an attempt to flatten it will often lead to lumps.  Using a rolling pin may prove to be a challenge as the dough tends to stick to it. The final product is hardly ever a perfect circle, and if flattened unevenly bajra roti will not cook uniformly!

Perfect round bajra rotis from Rotimatic
Perfect round bajra rotis from Rotimatic

Rotimatic’s new setting will solve all your bajra woes. With this update, each bajra roti will come out perfectly cooked and perfectly shaped! The best part is, you don’t even need to wait half an hour to make a roti. It only takes 90 seconds! Feed your family bajra roti anytime, at your convenience! It just takes the push of a button. Click to order your Rotimatic here.

It’s Monday morning, “today is the day,” you pep yourself, and then begins your healthy diet. Fruits for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and then a chicken salad to end the night. Tuesday? Pasta for lunch with mozzarella sticks on the side, and burgers for dinner with dessert to end the night. We’ve all been there, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Adopting a “healthy diet” right away isn’t as easy as it sounds, and there are ways, simple and realistic ways, you can improve your diet, without necessarily making shocking changes to your eating habits! Let us tell you of some!
Plan ahead!
Before each week starts, create a strategy. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, with healthy snacks to munch on. This helps you shop smarter at the grocery store in an aim to either gain, maintain, or lose your weight. Remember how that one night you couldn’t think of what you’d like for dinner so resorted to a fast food option? And that one night became three nights and more? Plan ahead!

Plan your meal in advance with rotimatic
Plan your meal in advance

Don’t be salty!
On a good day, we should be limiting our sodium intake to 1,500mg a day, but the best of us always go for well more. Reducing sodium, however little by little, not only lowers your high blood pressure risk but also tames your sugar cravings. Two birds, one stone!
Keep it to 80%!
“Hara Hachi Bu,” a principle practiced by the people of Southern Japanese Okinawa islands, means to only eat until you’re 80% full. It’s proven that their people eat lesser than most cultures, and live longer! The less bloated you feel, the longer you live – must be true!
Peel Good!
We’ve been guilty of just tossing the peels of fruits and vegetables right into the trash, missing out on an abundance of nutrients. More often than not, the skin of a fruit contains more nutrients than the inside – like citrus peels containing more fiber and Vitamin C than the flesh.
Add color!
Be it the yellow of lemon, the red of berries, the purple of grapes, or the green of lettuce – colors contain vitamins! Don’t shy away from adding color to your meals. You could even have fun with it! Challenge yourself to add one more color to your dinner table with every meal.
Add color to your meal with Rotimatic
Add color to your meal

Munching bowls!
What if we told you about saving the planet could get delicious? Swap your plastic bowls for bell peppers – halved and deseeded. Go crazy with your favorite fillings, and add a new dimension to your appetizers! There’s a long list of fruits and veggies that could take the shape of bowls.
Please cheat!
We can’t stress this enough! Your drive and motivation are serving you well, but you’re definitely entitled to a hall pass and enjoy a pizza or some cake every now and again. Some have a cheat day in a week, some had a cheat meal in a day – whichever keeps you going!


And there you have it – some simple, cheap, and let’s face it, realistic ways to keep our diet in check whilst still making the most out of fun and vitamins in your meals! Think you could do better and would like to share tips of your own? Share with us on the Rotimatic Owners community here!

Mummy wasn’t kidding when she’d tell you the secret to a healthy physique laid in her rotis! That endearing aroma of a flattened dough ball taking shape and color on a tawa is one every Indian household must be familiar with, and for good reason too.
Unlike conventional sliced white bread, you’ll find at supermarkets, rotis are rich in nutritional value. A small chapati counts for a mere 70 calories, of which you get 3 grams worth of protein, just 0.4 grams of fat, and 15 grams of energy-giving carbohydrates.
A slice of white bread, on the other hand, clocks in at 94 calories, 4 grams of protein, 0.8 grams of fat and 18 grams of carbohydrates. It’s no surprise that nutritionists favour rotis to bread – nutritionally speaking, you just get more bang for your buck!
Not convinced? Let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits of rotis below:

Packed with Nutrients

While modern bread-making techniques use refined flour, rotis are prepared with unleavened flour and therefore packed to the brim with nutrients. A humble roti contains Vitamins B, E, and minerals like copper, zinc, iodine, manganese, silicon, potassium, calcium and other mineral salts.
Whole wheat in rotis is also an excellent source of whole grain, and research has shown that 3 servings a day can help reduce the risk of heart disease, so you can lead a healthier, happier life.

High in Fiber

Rotis are simple in terms of ingredients, but complex when it comes to its benefits. Whole wheat flour is an excellent source of soluble fibre, which helps lower blood cholesterol levels and helps keep our digestive systems in tip-top shape.

Eat Healthy Rotis, Stay Healthy
Eat Healthy Rotis, Stay Healthy

Packed with Power

Contrary to popular belief, carbs are not the enemy! Carbohydrates are in fact our bodies main source of energy and help fuel our muscles and organs for the day ahead.
Rotis are chock full of complex carbohydrates, keeping you energized and satisfied for longer stretches of time.
Indulgence can be healthy too, and these are just a few reasons to incorporate the roti into your daily diet. From dals and curries to fish or meat, no respectable Indian meal is complete without the humble roti.
Relish the spread with a tangy yogurt and a bright salad for a delicious and nutritionally balanced meal. Bon appetit!

Rotimatic is one such machine that is loved by so many families who make healthy rotis every day in their kitchen. Read on our blog to find out more about it. Also, Click here to become a Rotimatic Owner today!

 

Flatbread remains a family favorite for just about every culture in the world, and a complement to every meal imaginable. There are delicacies where flatbread take centerstage, like wraps and pizzas, and then there are practices where flatbread is dipped into soups and stews for enhanced taste and textures. Craving flatbread but unsure as to which direction to follow for a different taste? Here are some of the varieties of flatbread from cultures around the world to inspire you.


Roti
Roti is a whole wheat flatbread native to South Asia and parts of Africa, and over the years gained popularity with the South Asian diaspora now scattered all over the world. Rotis are typically and traditionally used to sop up soups, stews, and curries, but that is only the start. Wraps and desserts are almost as easy to make, especially with your Rotimatic sorting out the most tedious bits of roti-making for you.

Don’t believe us? Find dozens of roti possibilities in the form of recipes over here.

Puri
Puris, or pooris, are unleavened breads also which are traditionally fried in oil. A native to Northern India and Pakistan, you should serve them right after they’re cooked – they’re meant to be enjoyed piping hot and crispy! Favorite pairings will have to be puri and chole – combining the puri’s crisp exterior and chewy interior with chole’s spice gives a symphonic burst of flavors and textures in your mouth.

For added flavor, have fun with various spices to flavor your puris. Ajwan seeds, cayenne pepper, and cumin will all be a good start!

Make Puris using Rotimatic
Make Puris using Rotimatic

Tortilla
Tortilla is a general term used to describe a variety of flatbreads native to the Central Americas and Spain. They are made with precision – maize flour that has been dehulled and treated with an alkaline solution, probably explaining why they’re referred to as “corn tortillas” in the United States.

Hot dogs, casserole, or even peanut butter – tortillas go with just about anything. A frequent favorite is the addition of fillings to prepare enchiladas or taking it a step further on the fryer for some melt-in-your-mouth quesadillas!

Focaccia
Going continental, we’ve got focaccia, a leavened bread from Italy that holds its charm with a variety of toppings of your choice. Olive oil, herbs, cheese, meat, or even fruit – you’re able to give the flatbread your very own personality, right down to its dimples that are made by your fingers pressing into the dough before baking.

Focaccia is cooked on a stone hearth, and could be used to make delicious sandwiches, or soak up soups and stews.

Make Tortillas with Rotimatic
Make Tortillas with Rotimatic

Pizza
And then there was pizza. We pay so much attention to its toppings that we forget that this marvel of culinary delight is a result of a masterclass in flatbread preparing. Those videos you’ve caught of pizzeria chefs tossing their dough into the air isn’t just a charade, but it’s done so the dough retains its moisture, and it’s also the best way to extend the dough without putting your fingers through it. Handy!


Over a quarter of the world enjoy flatbread in whichever manner, texture, or flavor it is served in. The Rotimatic, whilst still improving with many more software upgrades in the pipeline, already allows rotis, puris, tortillas, and pizza bases to be ready at the push of a button so you get to have your own fun in the kitchen.

What are you cooking next?

This year Rotimatic’s charity of choice is Akshaya Patra, a NGO that strives to better a child’s opportunities by fighting hunger and malnutrition one student at a time.

Akshaya Patra currently supports 1,675,008 children in need. It has 34 kitchens across 12 states of India and provides students with a freshly cooked meal on all school days. These children will not only be able to study more but enjoy healthy and nutritious meals that aid their growth and development.

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Rotimatic rotis are nutritious, fresh, homemade and costs just 5c. With this amount and with hundreds of rotis made a week, we can raise enough money not just to feed one child but a school… and we will do it!
For the first 2 weeks of February, we will be raising funds by donating 5c for every roti made with the Rotimatic. We will also sponsoring one child’s meal for an entire year for every Rotimatic sold. The more rotis you make, the more we feed.
So spend Valentine’s Day a little differently this year. Spread the love and keep cooking!