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.
Taking Rotimatic from just a concept to a best-selling fully automatic roti-maker has been no child’s play for entrepreneur and innovator, but Nagarkar feels the results have been worth the hardships.

As a society, we are prone to associate kitchen duties with women, but somehow lack this tendency in associating high-tech kitchenware with the fairer gender. Singapore-based innovator and Founder of the first of its kind kitchen robot, Rotimatic, Pranoti Nagarkar has done her share to change the perception of women in the tech sector. Her company – Zimplistic – has crossed USD 60 million in sales in just two years after the Rotimatic’s launch, and is set to announce a new fundraising round. Although exciting and fulfilling, Pranoti’s passage to break into an unproven market to then become a name to reckon with was not an easy one. 

Pranoti Nagarkar
Pranoti Nagarkar
Pranoti Nagarkar – the brain behind Rotimatic 

Pranoti’s drive to pursue a career in engineering stemmed from her love for exploring her creative side to invent contraptions. Today, Nagarkar is the founder, co-CEO, and lead designer at Zimplistic. The tech innovator is also a hands-on mother of two. 

She is a Mechanical Engineer and considers the prototype for an ironing machine she built in her junior year at college as a warm-up to the 8-years-long challenge to launch Rotimatic that she would commence after graduation. Currently, her professional responsibilities include managing the scaling efforts in the 20 markets Zimplistic operates in. 

The inspiration behind Rotimatic

Pranoti and her husband, Rishi Israni, realized the need for an effective automated flatbread-maker in their initial days in entrepreneurship. According to Pranoti, this stage is one where new business owners need to be careful with budgeting, given that entrepreneurs do not receive a set salary in the early days of running a company. Therefore, eating home-cooked meals not only ensure better health by steering clear of readymade meals, but it is also a great way to save money on restaurants. 

The task of making rotis is complex and demands labor
The task of making rotis is complex and demands labor

However, the task of making rotis is complex and demands labor. It involves mixing the base ingredients – flour, water, and oil – in the correct proportion to knead into a dough of ideal consistency. This dough is then separated into smaller sections and rolled into evenly flattened discs. The last step is to roast these uncooked dough discs on heated pans or directly over a flame. The fact that a food as basic as a roti required so much effort, and despite all the technological advancements made in today’s world the only way to make rotis was by hand seemed unbelievable. 

To Pranoti and Rishi, this presented a real-world problem that could be simplified with automation. Thus, they collaborated to bring about Rotimatic, the first kitchen robot to fully automate the process of making a roti, and spent eight years bringing the product to market. The intelligent appliance has numerous moving parts, motors, and electronics, and incorporates sophisticated software, artificial intelligence, and IoT in it as well.  

Initial challenges faced by the entrepreneur

The primary obstacle Pranoti had to overcome was to convince market players of the potential of her product, which proved to a big challenge especially in an unproven market. The technology risks were significant, and skepticism regarding the plausibility of manufacturing a complex machine such as the Rotimatic on a large scale had to be logically quelled without compromising the quality of the product itself.

As a new mother, the responsibilities only piled up for Pranoti who was now balancing her role as an attentive parent as well as a budding businesswoman. Five years later, Pranoti believes balancing work and personal life has become easier given that she now works with a larger team and her products are already out in the market. In 2013, the biggest hurdle to overcome as a founder of a start-up was getting the Rotimatic ready for launch, and overseeing every aspect – from design to manufacturing.

Team Zimplistic
Team Zimplistic
Future for Zimplistic 

Pranoti Nagarkar has come a long way as an entrepreneur, and she considers her first big achievement in this role to be the successful building of the product itself. The Herculean task took eight years and the results have been worth it for the makers as well as the consumers both. As of now, Rotimatic by Zimplistic is a part of 60,000 homes in 20 countries, the units purchased exclusively through their website. The appliance has been updated to make pizza bases, tortillas, and puris as well to make the product more relevant to broader demography. It is a popular kitchen assistant in the US where the company makes about 60–70% of sales. Other markets where Rotimatic is doing well are in including Australia, the Middle East, Canada, and the United Kingdom. These are the markets that have many Indian expats

Zimplistic is now all set to raise more funds. The aim is to implement the capital to improve the unit economics of the appliance, marketing, as well as to boost sales and distribution. 

Pranoti’s mantra for giving her career her best every day of her life

The tech innovator has her hands full but remains motivated through meditation and sheer grit to keep going even when the going gets tough. It helps her make some of the most crucial decisions to scale her company, and the most important one till now, she maintains, has been to onboard her software engineer husband.

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.

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.

Rotimatic is equipped with AI and IoT

Rotimatic is a high-tech robot with its 10 motors, 15 sensors, and 200 moving parts controlled by a 32-bit microprocessor. Its highlights though are the AI and IoT features that allow it to be paired with iOS or Android applications. Synced devices such as smartphones enable users to operate it through the installed Rotimatic app from afar. The automatic roti maker also automatically downloads updates for its software as and when those are released in the cloud. Rotimatic thus evolves and expands its gamut of functions and ability to troubleshoot. 

Rotimatic is a hit with the masses

Time is money, and any means that affords us more of it has a thick chance of winning the hearts of people. Rotimatic does exactly this and more. The device shrinks the time taken to make rotis by the traditional method which is rarely less than 30 minutes at least to a matter of a few minutes. It takes about eight minutes to warm up and then continues to give warm, fluffy, fresh flatbread in less than two minutes a unit. 

Rotimatic uses its sensors to measure and dispense the exact amount of ingredients required in the dough mix and kneads it to the ideal consistency. The dough is then moved by a mechanical arm to another part of the appliance where it is evenly flattened into a disc and then roasted on heating plates. A steaming golden-brown roti is slid out on a tray at the front bottom of the Rotimatic at the end of the process. One can specify the oil content, thickness of the flatbread, level of roasting, and the number of rotis to be made in a batch. Every roti made in a batch has consistent quality.

The other factor that is a hit with users is the ease of maintenance of the appliance. It is very simple to clean, and given its IoT feature, it does not have to be carried to a service station any time there is an issue with its performance.

Rotimatic is here to stay

As our lives continue to get more hectic we will continue to look for ways to economize the time we spend on each task. An appliance like Rotimatic is a boon for professionals and those who wish to do more with their time and explore their interests. Kitchen robotics is the next big thing and Zimplistic’s Rotimatic has strengthened the foundation for new-age innovations to build on.

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

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

Rotimatic makes preparing rotis ridiculously easy

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

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

Breaking down the layout of the Rotimatic robot

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

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

Here is an expert’s take on Rotimatic

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

And there’s more

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

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

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

A Brief Background of Rotimatic

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

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

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

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

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

Rotimatic Stands Out among other Innovations in the Kitchens Robotics Space

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

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

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

Rotimatic Sales Testify its Demand – 40000 Units Sold

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

Hot Rotis made in Rotimatic
Hot Rotis made in Rotimatic

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

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

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

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

The idea behind Rotimatic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A labor of love

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

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

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

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

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

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

Types of Roti Makers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A quick comparison of roti makers:

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

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