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!
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!
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.
Some rice, some chicken, a side of veggies, and you have yourself a plate of dinner. Not that there’s much wrong with it, but we’ve all pondered how different our dinner would taste if bothered to be a little more organized or color-coordinated. And of course, it’s a handy skill to have when friends and family visit for a meal.
What if we told you, you don’t actually need a fancy art degree to figure out the perfect plating for the perfect meal? Let us sort you out with our favorite tips and picks:
The White Backdrop
To get your plating right, your plate obviously is where you start – and this is when you get your white plates out of your cabinets. The bright white plate props up the colors of your food get them more vibrant and add that much appeal to your meal. Simple, we know, but definitely true!
The Odder The Better
Sure, there’s beauty in symmetry, but when it comes to presenting food, odd numbers are key! Arrange your plate with all different elements in groups of 3 or 5 (or 7!). Odd numbers are meant to be more aesthetically pleasing – more so with food!
Play to the Senses
Please your eyes, tempt your smell and tease your tactile senses with texture, touch, and mouth-feel. But you have to be careful, and not tinker with the elements of your dish just for the sake of your senses. For example, garnishing your plated meal with red capsicums simply for the pop of red might sound like a good idea, but messes up the other senses. Does the crunch of your capsicum fit well into your dish, or does it just worsen your mouth-feel?
Having height in the center of your dish evens out the overall presentation of your meal. By layering or stacking ingredients, you give the dish more depth and a beautiful symphony of flavours. On top of all that, it’ll get you a delicious Instagram-worthy picture as well!
Be One With The Nature
The dish you’ve prepared has involved a lot of your love, passion, thought, and technique. When it comes to playing, however, be sure to use a lighter hand, and let nature guide you. Your colors should reflect the seasons and the environment, with contrasting shades in your dish that evoke emotion. Keep it simple, sure, but always let the ingredients be the stars.
Like we’ve told you! In science there’s truth, and in art there’s honor. Food plating is a perfect symphony of the two, and we hope our tips have found you well! Send us your food plating photos on the reviews page of our website or post them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag us.
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!
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.
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!
With the food all laid out to perfection on your dinner table, you see a flash in your eye, and right then it hits you – this needs a photo. Half of your table gets excited and thanks you for reminding them, the other sigh and wait on before they can sink their teeth into the dinner.
We don’t blame you, and you’re not wrong either – a joyous moment like delicious food bringing together your friends and family definitely deserves a photo, and sometimes, nothing but the perfect shot would do.
Whether you’ll be flaunting your pictures on social media, or just to smile back on days and weeks later to recall that moment, there are some food photography tips and tricks that could make your meal more salivating than we’re sure it already is.
Let us help you out:
Getting the Right Angle
“Obviously…,” you’re thinking in your head, angles are going to be important in how your food looks, but where you place the camera will alter the type of story you’re looking to tell.
The type of food you’re trying to take a picture of comes into play; its size, shape, height, and unique features (like garnish). Some dishes look great when you shoot from right in front of the food, and others are best suited when you are looking down from directly above the table. Imagine a table of cupcakes with delicate icing and toppings sprinkled. Would you take an angular shot of the cupcakes showing the precision of the icing and sprinkles, or an aerial shot that neglects the beauty and architecture of your cupcakes?
It’s the same for a stack of rotis; an angular shot showing the stack’s height would prove more useful, compared to an aerial shot from the top where it’d just look like one roti for a table full of hungry people!
Setting the Stage
One thing that’d stand out more than a mess in a photo, is an empty space, or many of them! Imagine those to be plot-holes in a movie or story you’re trying to tell or read.
Think of the supporting cast that could fill these spaces and make your hero look all the better. Surround your main dish with ingredients and probs you’ve used to prepare that dish. Sauces, oils, even cooking utensils to drop little hints to what really made that dish – make them ponder and drool even more!
Go further with tins, jars, fabrics, and linens to perhaps dip into the origin of the dish, or how it should be served – it elevates your picture and certainly gives it dept.
A Little Light
Lighting’s tricky – too little of it makes your photo more ominous than intended, and too much of it could blind your audience to the finer details of your dish.
The most important tip for photography would be to shoot against the light, not with it. That means, if you’re taking a shot of your pizzas, be sure that the light isn’t behind the dish, but in front of it – so you’ll be using sunlight to literally light your food up, instead of your dish becoming silhouettes.
The other tips are going to depend on how you want your shots. You could either move away from the lighting or manipulate it with black and white cards that you could make easily with foam. Size them to fit your needs, using white cards to bounce light into shadow areas, revealing important details, or black cards to make shadows stronger for more contrast.
Color Code It
Now you’ve got your angles, you’ve got your props, and also worked out your own lighting. You’re almost good to go, except for one detail that many let slip just before posting their pictures – color.
Now, your dish is the star of the gathering and the picture. You’ve pampered her with props and flattering lighting, but now it’s time to give her her finishing touches. Think color, and which color does your dish radiate? The red of strawberries and rhubarb? Or the green of your palak paneer?
Pairing the red of your strawberries with a red baking tray, for example, takes the limelight away from the dish, and attention is given to your baking tray instead. The same with the green of your palak paneer – would it look equally delicious in a bright yellow bowl? Probably not! When placing items into your food images, try selecting neutral tones, something that makes the food really pop against it, like black or white props, or glass bowls, so your dish gets all the Likes it deserves.
There’s lots of fun to be had with a camera and your food, and if you’ve got more tips and tricks for us, throw them our way! To know about Rotimatic click here and to order yours click here.
After 40,000 families relished the magic of Rotimatic, making over 25 million rotis since, across 12 countries, we’re ready to bring the #RotiRevolution to Europe! Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands – you’re this much closer to your own Rotimatic! We’ll detail all there is to know about getting your Rotimatic, outlined below as follows:
What is Rotimatic, and how does it work?
Is it easy to clean?
What more can I make with my Rotimatic?
What is 30-day Money back guarantee and how does it work?
What are people saying about Rotimatic?
What about Rotimatic’s warranty and after-sales support?
How can I contact Rotimatic Support?
What is Rotimatic, and how does it work?
Rotimatic is the world’s first fully automatic flatbread making robot. It is an unprecedented amalgamation of precision engineering, robotics and design to make the tedious and time-consuming process of roti-making fully automated. You just load fresh ingredients, press play and get ready to enjoy hot, fresh, homemade rotis within 90secs! Now you can wave goodbye to an hour’s prep of kneading dough balls each day, and the worries of having a messy island to take care of even after a meal. Roti quality is the biggest thing we obsessed about when designing Rotimatic, to ensure rotis from Rotimatic to meet the 5 criteria: 1. Fully puffed; 2. Fully cooked both outside and inside; 3. Perfectly round ; 4. Feel fresh, soft and homemade; 5. Remain soft when packed for lunch. Here’s how Rotimatic works :
Is it easy to clean?
Absolutely! Rotimatic is designed to keep cleaning as easy as possible. There are only 2 small parts which come in contact with the wet dough and need cleaning after each use. They are dishwasher-safe and easily accessible via the side door, and our video tutorial shows you just how easy it is!
What more can I do with my Rotimatic?
With Rotimatic, the possibilities are endless. Rotis, Masala rotis, Puri base, Pizzas base & more – all at just a touch of a button. With Rotimatic, get ready to enjoy the delicious flatbreads within seconds! Checkout out our recipes page here and get ready to be inspired. Getting creative in the kitchen shouldn’t be daunting. With Rotimatic doing most of the messy work for you (like mixing and kneading), you’re allowed to flex your creativity in the kitchen and create some delicious and out-of-this-world creative recipes! Thousands of current Rotimatic owners are using their Rotimatic to create hundreds of new recipes everyday! Visit our Rotimatic Owners community on Facebook to get a sneak peek into the endless possibilities of Rotimatic. No two menu will be the same again :).
What’s more? Your Rotimatic gets smarter with time.
The piece de resistance that makes Rotimatic a smarter gadget than most is that it’s WiFi-enabled! That means your Rotimatic will keep getting smarter with time. How? It will auto-upgrade itself when we send any new software upgrades via the cloud. This means you will never miss on any new features or recipe upgrades in the future! Since we’ve launched Rotimatic, we’ve introduced puri and pizza bases with lots more in store for just one hardware!
What is Rotimatic’s 30-day money back guarantee and how does it work?
Rotimatic comes with a 30-day full refund guarantee. During this trial period, if you feel that the Rotimatic doesn’t live up to your expectations, you can return it & we will refund you the full retail price. Moreover, we will pick up your Rotimatic from your house so you won’t be charged for any return shipping and handling fee.
What are people saying about Rotimatic?
More than 40,000 families across 12 countries around the world are now enjoying hot, puffed rotis at home and absolutely love their Rotimatic! They have collectively made more than 25million rotis so far. Don’t take our words for it, hear it from the current Rotimatic owners –
What about Rotimatic’s warranty and after-sales support?
Your Rotimatic comes equipped with 1-year International Warranty. You can extend your base warranty coverage with RotimaticCare+ for up to 2 more years and continue enjoying your Rotimatic worry-free. What that means is that along with international coverage in countries we currently serve, we want you resting easy with service at your doorstep for any hardware woes. And for any software worries, you’ll get 24 X 7 access to our tech experts via the Rotimatic app. Rotimatic International Warranty gives you complete hardware and software coverage and enables you to enjoy –
Our support team is literally just a touch away! Chat support will be available 24/7 via the Rotimatic App. Our technicians can remotely connect to your machine to troubleshoot and send software fixes via the cloud. Within the warranty period, if you face any hardware problems, we shall either repair or replace your unit free of charge, to ensure you don’t miss out on hot fresh rotis! For any more questions on Rotimatic, you can visit our FAQspage or chat with the support team here. You can also check out our blog for more tips and information.
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.
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!
Remember all those years ago when we would imagine robots preparing our meals? “The future,” we labeled it. Well, the future is here.
Be it to ease the burden on our parents to get dinner ready, or to optimize our food prep processes so ingredients are cooked to perfection without any wastage – whatever we once visualized, technology has now materialized.
Where the only other form of food innovation involves improved delivery and more frozen food options, we’ve compromised our health for convenience, and people are increasingly distancing themselves from the enchantment of preparing a meal in the kitchen.
Get on with the times and pick from our list of handy kitchen devices so you enjoy home cooked food without losing out on all nutrient goodness!
We just had to start with this one. Rotis are a staple for South Asians across the world, and while time has become tighter and schedules get busier, they just can’t afford the time and effort it takes to prepare rotis daily.
Moreover, roti-making is a craft – from measuring to mixing, and from kneading to puffing, it’s a skill acquired over years of practice.
Therein lies the purpose of the Rotimatic – a robot operating on dozens of motors and patents, with A.I. and IoT capabilities to mimic the pride and craft that makes every roti.
Where mom would have to get up an hour earlier each day and be the last to arrive at the dinner table, the Rotimatic churns flour into a hot and puffed roti in 90 seconds.
There’s a little something for everyone too – tortillas, puris, and pizzas are also options to go for with your rotis, with many more free recipe upgrades in the pipeline.
Truly a case of one Rotimatic, with endless possibilities.
Sous vide Cooking
A new and healthy obsession has been sous vide cooking; to get your meats and meals to the perfect temperature.
The obvious benefit is doing away with diseases that could come with undercooked food, but sous vide cooking is a novelty that is also meant to prepare your ingredients and meals with the optimum temperature, bringing out flavors and textures that could easily be lost with lazy cooking.
Its smart features allow you to monitor and cook from a distance.
Take the meat, put it in a sealed bag, immerse it in a water bath, and your sous vide device does the rest. The sealing process ensures that no moisture is lost, and the water temperature ensures the food can’t overcook.
The result? Tender and perfectly cooked food that you could sear on a pan for that elusive crisp outer texture.
Perfect Drink PRO Smart Scale
Now anyone can be a bartender!
Make your favorite cocktails at home, or get inspired to learn a few more to impress your guests at the next get together.
The gadget comes compatible with iOS and Android devices, giving you access to over 400 cocktail recipes while the scale measures and weighs each of your ingredients and alerting you when it’s ready to be poured into a cocktail glass.
What a glass-clinking delight!
If you don’t enjoy watching what you eat, let SmartPlate do it for you.
This 10-inch plate is, get this, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled, with 3 mini-cameras and weight sensors. The motive is to make your life of calorie counting all the easier. It’ll alert you if you’ve got too much on your plate, and keeps track of every meal you have on it.
Going one step further, you’re able to connect to MyFitnessPal and Fitbit apps to enjoy a whole new idea of organized food-tracking.
The Tefal Actifry Smart XL is expertly combining convenience with health.
Its Bluetooth capability lets you fire over recipes directly from your smartphone – over 200 of them.
Its premise is simple – to do your hard work for you so you don’t need to stay close and worried about temperatures to use, or when to give it a stir. Health-wise, this fryer prides itself on the least amount of oil used, and it goes a long way!
Healthy French fries anyone?
It’s a great time to be around. We may find ourselves increasingly obsessed with gadgets and gizmos, but the time has come for them to help us our in our kitchens become modern so we can spend more of that freed up time with friends, families, and ourselves with hobbies.
And if these appliances help us eat healthier and feel lighter in the process, why not!
70,000,000 Rotis made by 60,000 families with smarter kitchens across 20 countries. Join the Roti Revolution today! Click below to become a Rotimatic Owner today!
We cannot allow years of innovation to be dumbed down into acronyms and gimmicks. It’s time we talked about what really made a smart kitchen.
Artificial intelligence, or A.I. as it is universally and affectionately known, is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. Robots, essentially, and the belief that they could one day perform tasks like and for humans, is the crux of artificial intelligence.
The Internet of Things, or IoT, is pretty much as it sounds. It’s the marvel of your things, or appliances, being embedded with electronics, software, sensors, or even connectivity, to enable these things to connect and exchange data. This creates opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world, into computer-based systems. In layman, the connectivity of your Rotimatic allows for cutting-edge features like remote troubleshooting, and software upgrades sent straight to your unit. Cool, huh?
Remember the times mummy would get up an hour earlier to prepare your breakfast, or join up with the rest of the family on the dinner table much after everyone else is well fed? It gets labeled a “responsibility” for mummies to feed others before they are fed themselves. As noble and heartwarming as that is, don’t you think it’s time we offered her an alternative that freed her of such demanding expectations?
Measuring, mixing, kneading, flattening, puffing, and then delighting – it’s a tough job description. And to do it daily, and more than once a day, it gets tiring. Us as humans, with access to new and perpetually innovative technology, could make this task easier, surely?
Here’s where A.I. and IoT charm and surprise – to take over the task previously only you (or mummy) could perform, and to perform better. From measuring to puffing, it’s all distilled down to a push of a button – emphasizing on the “automated” definition of the Rotimatic.
“Automation” is a term birthed from “automatic” which perfectly encapsulates the A.I. and IoT capabilities. The right amount of flour and water? Automated. The resulting dough ball? Perfect, and automated. Flattening the dough ball, heating the roti inside and out so as to achieve a perfect puff? 90 seconds, perfect, and automated.
Perhaps it’s not being celebrated quite like the first washing machine was, or the first coffee-maker, because the concept of a roti-make has existed for a while now. The idea to simplify roti-making has been toyed with, but never quite automated. There is no appliance in the world that learns your preferred roti settings and performs real-time dough ball correction. And more than that, it’s an appliance that gets better with time – with every new recipe software upgrade sent straight to your hardware through Internet connectivity.
The Rotimatic has been a sensation amongst the South Asian diaspora in the UK. If not just making their days easier by pressing a button as compared to ancient traditions of mixing the dough and cooking it on a rock, it gives them the taste of home.
We understand the hesitancy and reluctance to leave something as pure as the taste of mom’s rotis to a modern-day robot, but it is important we keep up with the times. Socializing has become effortless with social media, transportation has reached new heights with the likes of Uber and Tesla.
You could argue food has gotten more convenient, but at the cost of health. Packed and frozen food from supermarkets, or a variety of delivery options for dinner – they’re both meant to provide an easier mean of consuming food and completely takes away the fun and inspiration that comes from cooking a meal in the first place. Isn’t that what a kitchen is for?
Along with the UK, the Rotimatic is available in 11 other countries including USA, Canada, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai.
If you’re looking to be swayed by words of Rotimatic Owners, we’ve got a real-time collection of their thoughts and memories made with their Rotimatic over here.
Or if you may need more reasons and inspiration to get back into the kitchen and make your own dinner, check out our Rotimatic recipes over here, and get creating!
Residing in Princeton, New Jersey, one Rotimatic user has seen her roti-making experience swap the rolling pin for just the push of a button. Divya Swami Attri, a visual art educator, an artist, a writer, and a mother, spoke with us about her Rotimatic experience, along with the significance of Rotimatic in USA. Grab a cup of tea and sit back – this one’s a lovely read.
What was your life like before Rotimatic? What was it like growing up and having to make rotis with the family?
Ans: Up until a year ago, making rotis was a long process, a perpetuation of the traditional style of kneading the dough and churning out the round flat disks with a ‘Belan’. (Rolling Pin: somewhat still standing as a symbol of power for the traditional Indian mothers!)
My mother made sure that I was well trained in the art of making rotis and gifted me with a slender handcrafted belan made of walnut wood. From the first move we made out of India to the subsequent changes of countries and houses, the first thing that I would always pack with a sense of urgency was the indispensable “Chakla-Belan”. Everything else could be substituted for or had an alternative, but where could I find a walnut wood belan in the village of Stotfold (our first hometown in the UK)! This worried me and so the chakla-belan duo went on traveling with me, packed and boxed to the 12 houses and 4 countries that we lived in in the last 20 years!
Was a home-cooked meal more of a duty, or a creative outlet back then?
Ans: Home cooked meals have always been an integral part of the Attri lifestyle. Back then doing chores definitely felt like a duty, since one had no choice but to do it. Yet sometimes being a part of elaborate meals preps was fun.
Sometimes my sister and I would take turns to make the meals independently and show our creativity through trying out different cuisines and recipes. Of course, the preparations would sometimes go awry or the recipes fall short in taste. So, we had to face the brunt of one of the sharpest critique, our mom, but it all went along in the spirit of learning and enjoying the food.
Even today, we all live in different parts of the world, but the one common thread of discussion between us is home cooked food! Our WhatsApp group is flooded with pictures of our dinner party spreads, Sunday lunches, healthy breakfast recipes and such. You can imagine when I got the Rotimatic the excitement was palpable to my family, sitting thousands of miles away!
How do you feel about things being different for your daughter, and other children, with a smart and automated kitchen?
Ans: Things have changed drastically for my kids growing up here in US and having the presence of automated devices in the kitchen to work with. Certainly, it has made cooking more gender-neutral. My teenage daughter has taken a back seat from the kitchen these days as my college-going son has taken over the kitchen with a bang! He is learning how to cook these days as he will move into his own apartment soon. Both of them fully realize the benefits of home cooked meals and are gaining independence trying out various things.
My mantra to them is, “Keep it simple but fresh!” I see the delight in my son’s eyes when he whips and tosses the food onto the plate before us and when my daughter’s fancy platter makes it onto her Insta story we know that she is genuinely happy about her newly acquired skills!
How have rotis remained a big part of your household’s diet in the USA?
Ans: As I mentioned before the “Chakla Belan” never left us and moved with every new house and country we move into! My husband travels around the world for work and gets to eat at some of the most exotic and exorbitant restaurants, but the one thing he looks forward to coming home is freshly cooked Rotis; soft on the edges, crispy in the center with a dollop of ‘Desi Ghee’ pooled in!
It is his comfort food and I find it equally satisfying to serve him hot Rotis fluffed up and served with love. With the launch of Rotimatic in USA, it was a huge relief for me.
How does Rotimatic succeed in reminding you of the taste of home?
Ans: When I first used my Rotimatic I was a bit skeptical, wondering how a smart machine would replace the touch of a human hand and how will my family react to it. But all of my fears dissipated as soon as the warm whiffs of organic and earthy flavors started filling up my kitchen. The fresh smell of cooking dough brought an immediate sense of well being and comfort to me, filling me with thoughts of thankfulness and gratitude! That powerful moment remains etched in my mind as it was then that I understood myself to be one of the few privileged enough to use such a machine.
Have your friends, not of the South Asian diaspora expressed interest in the Rotimatic or at least the idea of a smart and automated kitchen after witnessing your Rotimatic?
Ans: Absolutely! My colleagues at work have often found me talking about the convenience of using Rotimatic and find it very interesting to see how much time and importance home cooked food takes for people of the South Asian diaspora. I had invited a few of my non-Indian colleagues for lunch a few years back and had actually given them a demonstration on how to make a roti. They found it very interesting to see the demo but probably never gave it a try. I guess it’s time to set up a lunch date soon and this time they can probably see the automated version of making a roti!
This one’s trivial! What’s the next kitchen chore you’d like to see automated?
Ans: Any chore that machine takes over is very exciting to me. It brings comfort and time-saving value, in the very busy lifestyle we lead. I think that the dishwashers should become more customized and automated enough to load and unload by itself!
This is the first-hand experience of a user of Rotimatic in USA, where the smart kitchen appliance has changed the lifestyle of many households. We’re inviting more Rotimatic reviews in USA to be featured on our blog here, so if you’d like a chat, get in touch with us!
The Rotimatic price in USA is at $999, and is currently available in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, while we are looking to bring the innovation into more countries in the future. Get yours here today.
This June will mark 10 years of hard work and passion that has gone into Rotimatic. The product itself only entered the market in 2016, sure, but like most success stories, it’s the journey to our destination that has defined us at Zimplistic.
Rotimatic – the automated, A.I. and IoT-enabled flatbread maker does away with the tedious endeavors of measuring, mixing, kneading, flattening, cooking, and then the puffing of a roti. It’s no wonder that this marvel of a kitchen appliance is widely sought after, and 10 years on, we have just signed the Series C round of funding to finish what we’ve started.
Just In Time
Series C is the third round of funding for startups on the basis of excellent performance and potential in its industry, and the $30 million dollar injection will propel Zimplistic and Rotimatic into more markets, and consequently, into more homes.
The funding is led by Credence Partners, South East Asia’s leading private equity fund that specializes in investments in manufacturing, logistics, information-communication technology, mobile devices, services companies, and consumer sectors. They’re joined by EDBI, a premier Asian investor firm that is the investing arm of Singapore’s Economic Development Board. The two powerhouse investors come together as Rotimatic partners at a time when we are rapidly evolving and innovating to make Rotimatic a gadget of the smarter kitchen.
Lost and Founders
Co-founders and Co-CEOs Pranoti Nagarkar and Rishi Israni hatched an idea after sharing their frustrations in the kitchen as a working couple. A wholesome home-cooked meal always felt like a far-fetched dream with most of the hours spent at work and on the commute, leaving very little time and energy to settle down and prepare rotis.
And that’s the thing about rotis, isn’t it? A staple to the Indian subcontinent in the world, well over a million households spend painstaking hours mixing, kneading, flattening, and then cooking rotis – and the perfect puff of a roti remains elusive if they aren’t cooked precisely and expertly.
So two engineers – one with expertise in mechanical, and the other in software, sat down to first conceptualize an integrated solution, before materializing it. 10 years later, Pranoti had this to say:
“We at Zimplistic are gearing up for Rotimatic’s next great leap. This new round of funding will empower us to focus on cutting-edge R&D efforts in an endeavour to have Rotimatic in every kitchen across the world.”
Rishi himself couldn’t hide his pride and determination and added:
“Raising series C, for such a futuristic kitchen robotic product signals the coming of age of this invention. With support from our existing investors such as Robert Bosch Venture Capital and NSI Ventures and with new partners such as Credence and EDBI, we are poised to take the kitchen industry by storm. To date, we have more than 30,000 customers who have made more than 15 million flatbreads and are using Rotimatic on a daily basis.”
The timely Series C funding has presented us with exciting opportunities, but where there are opportunities, there will be expectations. Along with immediate plans to expand and better our customer support experience for a more seamless Rotimatic customer journey, we’re thinking of reaching out to bigger crowds.
To date, you can find the Indian diaspora relying on their Rotimatic in the UK, showing off their Rotimatic in USA, having fun with creative recipes made from their Rotimatic in Canada, reminding people of the taste of home with their Rotimatic in UAE, and even spreading the love of rotis with their Rotimatic in Australia.
In the near future, the Rotimatic’s coming home. We aim to introduce the Rotimatic into the Indian market, a milestone that will get us closer to converting flatbread consumers, amounting to 25% of the world, to Rotimatic users.
The future is well and truly ours to knead. Won’t you join us?