The kitchen is where robotics will flourish next, and Zimplistic founders – Rishi Israni and Pranoti Nagarkar – have laid down the path with Rotimatic for further tech evolution in this space.
We have all heard of the more or less ubiquitous rice cooker. Most South Asians have now become accustomed to using the numerous variants of the kitchen appliance for cooking one of the most popular stables of their diet – rice. The other favorite food staple of South Asians, roti, however, is still largely made by hand. And although the process of making this flour-water-oil flatbread may seem simple, it is quite the task. For someone who is not an expert in the art of making rotis, the traditional method of doing it is complex enough for them to choose quickly choose ready-made alternatives. Zimplistic’s Rotimatic – a fully-automatic roti maker perfect for domestic use – has emerged as a game-changer for how we are accustomed to preparing the age-old recipe.
Rotimatic simplifies daily life:
Pranoti Nagarkar, Founder and Co-CEO of Zimplistic, recalls her earliest memories of rotis being that of her mother laboring away in the kitchen to bring fresh rotis right off the pan to the table. Similar to most people who shoulder the responsibility of cooking chapatis, phulkas, or rotis, Pranoti recollects her mother too compromised on the time she could have spent with her family at the dinner table. Sadly, without investing adequate time and attention, the effort put into yielding soft and fluffy rotis goes to naught.
To understand this better, one has to consider the actions that go into making a roti. The dry and wet ingredients are carefully measured out in the correct proportion of the mix. The water added should preferably be of a certain temperature (warm) to facilitate kneading of the dough to the ideal consistency. After a period of rest, this dough is then evenly flattened into thin discs which are then roasted in a pan or directly over a flame. When cooking for an average of four people, the time taken for rotis could be well over half an hour. Rotimatic notably compresses this time down to a few minutes using automation.
The Inception of Rotimatic:
Pranoti experienced the struggle of making rotis daily first-hand and decided it was about time the roti-making process got a technological update. Thus, the combined efforts of Pranoti and Rishi came about Zimplistic’s Rotimatic that recreates all the steps. Beyond the act of pouring flour, water, and oil into their designated compartments in the machine and pushing a few buttons, Rotimatic does not require any further user intervention.
At Zimplistic, we are working towards making healthy eating easier by enabling users to cook healthy roti with Rotimatic with convenience via technology for their families.
With heartfelt appreciation and encouragement from our users, our motivation enhances three folds.
Despite living in a technology-driven world, a lot of us still depend on the conventional ways of cooking.
We thank our user Naeem Qureshi for his touching message and speaking aloud about the age-old chore of making rotis and recognizing our efforts, as an organization to challenge gender stereotypes and simplify lives.
It is true that for generations, it has been the women of the house who have been performing kitchen duties including roti-making without any complaints.
Roti-making is a time-consuming and tedious task, yet this laborious process is often undermined and not much talked about.
We applaud the women who juggle between home and work and balance it out on every front be it professional or personal.
60,000 homes have already adopted a healthy lifestyle with a healthy choice of Rotimatic.
Our vision, as Zimplistic is to bring about this change in every household by bringing Rotimatic to every kitchen, one family at a time to change the roti making technique for everyone.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Rotimatic has upped its game by adding tortilla making and gluten-free functionality to its roster of capabilities.
Very few foods have the universality and versatility of the elemental flour and water flatbread. It is found in innumerable cuisines, is made in methods unique to its geography, and goes by various names. To bring the ease of making such flatbreads to diverse demography, our engineers have upgraded the software of Rotimatic to now prepare the perfect tortillas as well.
What is Rotimatic?
Rotimatic is the first step AI and robotics has taken to make its way into the household kitchen. This fully automatic flatbread or roti-maker enabled with AI and IoT was conceptualized and created by visionary mechanical engineer Pranoti Nagarkar, and tech-expert and entrepreneur, Rishi Israni. According to Pranoti, “The idea behind Rotimatic is to revive home-cooking and nutritious meals while not compromising on convenience.” The prototype of the Rotimatic appeared first in 2009 and was way ahead of its time. Its current version can connect with wifi and sync with other smart devices, and the team at Zimplistic is constantly upgrading the corresponding app to ensure this be a smooth process.
Since Rotimatic is a robot, it can update its software, troubleshoot when needed, adapt to new cooking styles, and require no further human interference once the ingredients are added in the provided chambers. Flour, water, and oil are poured into their respective compartments by the user, and the subsequent process of measuring and dispensing ingredients, kneading, dividing, flattening, and roasting the dough is executed by Rotimatic. The settings screen allows one to choose the oil content, the thickness of the rotis, to what extent the rotis would be roasted, and the number of rotis to be made in one batch, the maximum being twenty. Almost forgot to mention, Rotimatic also provides a selection of flours to choose from, and has recently added a gluten-free option as well.
Now make tortillas using Rotimatic because…
It saves time, effort, and energy. Whether it be Indian, Italian, or Mexican cuisine – certain dishes rely majorly on the accompanying flatbreads making which is not an easy task. The incorrect proportion of dry and liquid components of the dough mix could result in tortillas that are too dense, too tough, or too dry. The technique and duration of kneading the dough impact its consistency and needs years of practice to ensure that the flatbread turns out exactly as intended every single time. The temperature at which the flatbread is roasted is yet another factor that decides its quality. Making flatbreads manually, therefore, leaves plenty of scope of error.
Rotimatic changes the entire game of making tortillas. On average, an individual consumes about four tortillas a day, and in a family of four, that amounts to sixteen tortillas. Unless one is eager to compromise their gut health to an irreversible extent, choosing to make fresh homemade tortillas over buying frozen ones would be the wiser decision. Rotimatic tortillas are made in 90 seconds, drastically reducing a long-drawn and laborious manual process with high-tech automation. And since Rotimatic is a smart device, a user can be ensured that each Rotimatic tortilla of a batch will have the exact same consistency.
Rotimatic tortillas are a favorite of those people who do not consume Mexican food regularly as well. Walk into any informal party and chances are that you’ll come across people balancing tacos in one hand and a beer in the other. Tortillas are an extremely popular food that enables the creation of diverse dishes and are made in most households. Automating the entire process would free up a sizeable amount of time that a Rotimatic user can invest into some other task without worrying about the tortillas coming out to be substandard or unhealthy.
How popular is Rotimatic?
More than 50,000 families across 20 countries are now using Rotimatic. If we assume that 50,000 families indicate 50,000 units purchased, it would testify a solid increase of 10,000 units since the company reported a sale of 40,000 units in October 2018. And given that Rotimatic can make a range of flatbreads excluding tortillas (flavored rotis, pizza bases, puris, and pearl millet flour flatbread) its customer base is constantly expanding. Currently, Rotimatic is a big hit in the USA, Singapore, Australia, UK, and most other European countries. Clearly, the market is rife with takers who see investing 999 dollars in a high-tech kitchen robot with multiple functionalities worth it. For those in whom Zimplistic’s pet philosophy “happiness is homemade” resonates, Rotimatic is just the thing that can ensure freshly made flatbreads every day.
The advent of automation into the domestic sphere has introduced a new genre of self-sufficient kitchen appliance – automatic roti makers. Machines like Rotimatic keep the authentic taste of traditional cuisines alive.
Automation is not just about our future but also our present. While we are yet to realize our complete potential in robotics and automation, we have come a long way. We have entrusted automated machines with the most crucial of tasks such as bank transactions, health care, and even national defense and security.
The ingress of automation can be understood even more clearly from a prediction made by Professor Henrik Christensen, from the University of California San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute. He says that children born this year would never drive cars as self-driving cars would become commonplace by the time they grow up.
Robotics and Automation have also entered our domestic spheres and into the kitchen setting ground for a smart kitchen revolution. One of such machines gaining popularity is the range of automatic roti making machines that keep traditional food alive among the generation pressed for time.
Automation in Your Home
The prototypes of domestic automated machinery, or, domotics, entered homes in the early 1900s. They were powered by gas or electricity. These include washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, sewing machines, and water heaters. Initially, these could only be afforded by the rich and elite. As electricity became available more widely and prices of electrical appliances decreased, they made their way into the homes of the middle-class families. Today, these have become essential household appliances.
The present generation of appliances includes smart gadgets that are equipped with sensors, AI-enabled to upgrade and autocorrect themselves. Their other defining features has them IOT enabled, connecting them to a web interface, operable via smartphones or voice control devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
You will find a machine available in the market for almost every task you do in the kitchen, there are mixers, grinders, coffee makers, and dishwashers to name a few.
In comparison, there aren’t automatic roti making appliances available as widely in the market. Roti or chapati is the key ingredient in the meals for about five billion people, and the demand for equipment to make these flatbreads quicker and easier is gradually rising.
One of the major reasons for this could be the fact that roti making isn’t a generic and mechanical process as chopping, grinding or wiping. It is a highly complex task and requires significant human labor. It requires estimating the correct quantity of ingredients for mixing and kneading the dough, and skill to roll it into a perfectly round shape. It continues to know the optimum temperature to roast the rolled out dough to get puffed steaming golden brown rotis.
Making rotis is a skill that is acquired with practice and patience. This makes designing an efficient roti-making machine that is able to perform all of the above processes quite a challenge. There has been some manually operable and semi-automatic roti making devices in the market but that has been sufficiently successful. Recently there have been some attempts at making commercially available automatic roti makers for a household kitchen let us take a look at them:
Priced at a whopping $4000, this one is suited for making chapatis on a large scale such as in a restaurant. Also, it makes semi-cooked chapatis at the speed of about 800 chapatis or rotis per hour. All you are required to do is make dough balls and put them into the hopper machine. It requires a warm-up time of about twenty minutes.
2. Doughbot by Mukunda Foods:
This one is also suitable for making rotis on a large scale. It is designed to knead the dough, make dough balls, and flatten them into evenly round rotis. However, it doesn’t bake the rotis. That essential and final step in the strenuous roti making process in left out in doughbot.
This automatic roti maker is designed for a domestic household kitchen. It performs all the steps in the process of roti making from kneading the dough to making dough balls, rolling them into round discs, and baking them under a record time of 90 seconds. Moreover, it allows you to customize your roti as it lets you choose the levels of thickness, the degree of roasting your roti, flour type, and oil content. Branded as a roti making robot, Rotimatic is AI and IoT-enabled.
Advantages of an Automatic Roti Making Machine
Preparing roti in an average household requires about an hour every day. An automatic roti making machine saves you time, and since time is money, it saves you both
Making rotis implies standing in front of a heat source which can be harrowing, especially during summers. An automatic chapati maker saves you from that ordeal
All the rotis made would be of consistent quality, from the first to the last one. Unlike a human, a roti making machine is not influenced by fatigue, irritation or boredom
If you are not skilled enough to make perfect round rotis, or living away from home and do not like to store-bought food, an automatic roti maker can make you fresh healthy wholesome rotis
It is easy and safe to operate and can be operated by children above a certain age bracket
A smart roti maker which is IOT enabled, such as Rotimatic, enabled can be operated via your smartphones. They can follow received instructions to make rotis when you are nowhere in its proximity. This automatic roti maker can upgrade and autocorrect itself. In fact, the rotimatic smartphone application makes rectifying software-related errors possible with the click of a few buttons. The appliance is the size of a microwave and can easily fit into one’s kitchen
Disadvantages of an Automatic Roti Making Machine:
Although the advantages of these machines greatly outnumber its disadvantages, here are a couple of them that can’t be ignored:
They are expensive with prices above $900
The rotis prepared using these could feel slightly different from individuals who are accustomed to eating hand-made rotis regularly
To Buy or Not to Buy?
Automatic roti makers are expensive but they are an investment for a better lifestyle, similar to investments that we make in other electric appliances in the house. Moreover, a smart roti maker such as Rotimatic is enabled with sensors, software, AI, and IoT which enhance its performance manifold and makes it worth your money.
The rotis made by automatic roti makers are not the exact replicas of handmade rotis but are just as healthy and fresh. The difference in taste is not as much of a disadvantage and is just a matter of getting used to.
For women who are always grappling with domestic responsibilities as well as career-related pressures, these automatic roti makers can prove to be empowering assistants. For people living away from home or who do not know how to make rotis, these roti makers can bring them a taste of home. For future generations, who will not have to learn to make rotis this could mean a revolution. So is it wise to invest in the new generation of smart automatic roti makers? If you depend on rotis for a good meal, the answer is a definite yes. You can purchase yours from Amazon or the official website.
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:
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 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
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:
Level of Automation
Prestige Stainless Steel Roti Maker
Low: Manually operated
*Non -stick plate
*Stainless Steel Body
*Non -stick Plate
*Can be easily cleaned
*Not easy to use
*Only rolls and bakes roti
Bajaj Roti/Chapati Maker
Low: Manually operated
*Heat resistant handles
*Automatic cut off feature with an indicator
*Risky to operate with chances of getting your hand burnt
*No arrangement for kneading the dough
BY-MRM180 Automatic Roti Maker
High: Fully Automatic
*Stainless Steel body
*CE ISO certified
*Thickness of roti can be customized
*Can make 30-60 rotis per minute
*Suitable for large scale roti making for instance in a restaurant
*Its parts are exposed hence more susceptible to wear and tear
*No mechanism in place to select the level of roasting
$850.00 – $1,220.00
Fortune Engineering Fully Automatic Roti Making Machine
*Soft Silicone protector
*Self-balancing Scooter case cover
*Can make 800 chapati per hour
*For commercial usage
*Takes twenty minutes to warm up
*Is too big to fit into a regular kitchen
*does not knead the dough
Chapati Magic Automatic Chapati Making Machine
*non -stick plates
*is also available with grilling equipment
*Has a thermostat for temperature control
*Has a mechanism to knead the dough
*It is humungous in size
*not suitable for a domestic set up
Rotimatic Robotic Roti Maker
*Is enabled with AI and IOT
*Has its own smart app for users to stay connected and seek help
*Is a smart kitchen appliance
*Is compatible to flour from different brands
* Performs all functions: kneading to rolling and baking Rotis
*Is designed to create other kinds of flatbread as well
*It is expensive
Greatcity Automatic chapatti flat bread maker
*Works on low energy but is high speed
*Made of Stainless Steel
* It can manufacture 900 pieces per hour
*Pressing mechanism is non- stick
*Does not knead the dough or make dough balls
*Too large in size
*Not suitable for a regular kitchen
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 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.
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!
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 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.