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.

Technology has made its way into our kitchens giving us handy robots to make exploring culinary skills like never before!

Appliances are the heart of any kitchen and having smart appliances work together to form a very efficient ecosystem. Modern kitchen machines take up little space, but some are real all-rounders. What had to be done with a lot of effort in Grandma’s day is done in no time by today’s kitchen machines.

They knead, stir, mix and can do much more with their extensive range of accessories. And some of the kitchen machines can even cook. We would like to show you some of the coolest of these, how they work, what the effective household helpers can do, and what advantages they offer to users.

Rotimatic
Rotimatic
1. Rotimatic

This countertop kitchen robot by Zimplistic is a fully automatic rotimaker that uses Artificial Intelligence to give you fresh and nutritious unleavened flatbread. It automates the multi-layered process of mixing dry and wet ingredients, kneading dough to optimum consistency, rolling it into flat discs, and then roasting it till puffs and attains a lovely golden brown color – all under 90 seconds. Inside its 40 x 40 centimeter body, a 32-bit microprocessor controls 10 motors, 15 sensors, and 200 moving parts. Users can set the number of rotis in a batch, its oil content, thickness, and level of roasting. Its possibly the easiest way existing to make rotis, puris, tortillas, and pizza base. 

Cookeo
Cookeo
2. The Cookeo, the intelligent multicooker

Admittedly, it is not a robot, but rather a culinary assistant which helps you to prepare daily meals – from starters to dessert – quickly and well, in just a few clicks. The Moulinex Cookeo adapts to the number of guests, guides you step by step, and cooks without supervision. Its application offers more than 200 recipes, image support, cooking tips and videos, and the shopping list. It is also available in red!

Cooking Chef Gourmet
Cooking Chef Gourmet
3. The Cooking Chef Gourmet

Its induction cooking goes up to 180 ° C. This high temperature allows you to sear meat, fish or vegetables while preserving their taste. You can also make tempuras, caramel, and even popcorn! It is accompanied by 13 accessories including a multifunction bowl with knives, a 1.8-litre blender, 6 discs for grating, slicing, a complete pastry kit, a kitchen scale, a stainless steel steam basket.

Bosch MUM
Bosch MUM
4. The Bosch MUM kitchen machine with all sorts of accessories

The Bosch MUM4880 kitchen machine is a real asset for a homemaker. Its large stainless steel mixing bowl has a capacity of 3.9 litres, which corresponds to a maximum amount of dough of 2 kg. The dynamic 3-D stirring system MultiMotion Drive ensures that all ingredients in the dough bowl are thoroughly mixed. 

The scope of delivery of the kitchen machine from Bosch includes additionally includes a citrus juicer, a continuous shredder, a cutting disc, a medium-fine friction disc, a whisk, a metal dough hook, a meat grinder attachment, and a recipe DVD. The kitchen machine can be expanded with high-quality accessories, such as the ice maker, the grain mill, the multimixer, and the shortbread attachment. With 600 watts, the Bosch Mum kitchen machine does a lot and makes it easier for you to mix, grate, cut, squeeze and stir. 

Krups Prep & Cook HP5031 Food Processor
Krups Prep & Cook HP5031 Food Processor
5. The multi-functional food processor from Krups Prep & Cook HP5031

The machine is available in different versions, some of which differ massively in price. Krups Prep & Cook can be controlled with a dedicated app that can be installed on your smartphone or tablet. There are already over 500 recipes in the Krups multifunction food processor app that you can track while cooking.  

The Krups Prep & Cook kitchen machine combines different kitchen appliances in one device and thus saves space in your kitchen. It can cut, mix, chop, beat, grind, crack open, stir, stew, steam, knead, and emulsify. There are 14-speed levels available, 2 of them with interval speeds. The temperature of the multifunction food processor can be individually adjusted from 30 degrees to 130 degrees in 5-degree steps. 

With 6 automatic programs and 14 different functions, many users can no longer imagine everyday life without this machine.

Robots become human

Robotics is steadily making its way into the domestic realm, and smart kitchens are one of its most obvious manifestations. Given that cooking is a fun hobby for many people and helps them relax, most users will not let the robots take their cooking completely out of their hands. And in community with others, cooking becomes an experience that, according to trend studies, people will even more value in the future. But robotics can do is make that experience a lot more fun, easy, and accessible, so one can concentrate on expanding their skills rather than toiling over tasks that can be delegated to these high-tech kitchen assistants. 

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.

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

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

Rotimatic solves the tedious process of making rotis 

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

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

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

Design and other special features of Rotimatic: 

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

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

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

 

How are rotis made from Rotimatic and their taste:

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

Rotimatic review in a nutshell:

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

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

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

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

What makes Rotimatic one of its kind?

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

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

Key Features of Rotimatic    

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Cons would include:

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

 

A final look at Rotimatic

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

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

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

Rotimatic makes preparing rotis ridiculously easy

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

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

Breaking down the layout of the Rotimatic robot

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

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

Here is an expert’s take on Rotimatic

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

And there’s more

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

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

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

3A little more about Rotimatic

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

Rotimatic saves time and energy

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

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

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

Rotimatic’s technology saves power

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

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

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

Rotimatic is a must-buy gadget of the day

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

Domestic work has been the responsibility shouldered by women for centuries without pay, but things could change with greater participation of men in this area.

Memories from childhood, for most of us, are often built around the wholesome meals our families would come together to enjoy. Be it special occasions or the daily breakfast, these delectable dishes were primarily prepared by our mothers or grandmothers. Certain recipes are even passed down through generations and are identifiable by the label “grandma’s special casserole” or something similar. Although we relish the spread, given a closer look the biased woven into this allocation of responsibility is clear – kitchen duties are traditionally feminized. This labour, however, goes unrecognized, and, therefore, unpaid. We agree that change is coming, albeit at snail pace through government policies and technological innovations such as the advent of smart kitchens, a discussion on the current state of affairs is important.

Let’s start with the idea of unpaid care work…

That fundamental characteristic of unpaid care work is that it is not directly remunerated. Ideally, any work of this nature should be included in the calculation of GDP. For instance, calculations that were done but feminist economists and statisticians in Argentina give is a figure of 7% of GDP, and in a less developed country like Tanzania, it was seen to be an even higher figure, about 63%. If the unpaid care work done in Switzerland were to be valued and added to the GDP, it would be almost as big as the banking and insurance industry of the wealthy European nation. The problem peaks in India, a country of 1.3 billion people, where the work contributed by 49% of the population goes unaccounted for, giving a hard blow to the GDP. Women here dedicate about 352 minutes into domestic work every day – a number comparatively massive to the 51.8 put in by men

Why doesn’t this labor make it to the GDP?

From a utilitarian point of view, domestic work doesn’t generate products and services for market consumption. Citing this logic, economists sideline a large chunk of the service done by women and exclude it from the GDP and employment metrics in general. Despite this, the significance of unpaid care, which can be described as the work done to create an environment conducive to building up a person’s capabilities, is immense remains unaltered.

“While much of this imbalance is explained by the discrepancy in care-giving and unpaid work, institutional and policy inertia, outdated organizational structures and discrimination, one additional explanatory factor is the skills differentials in the types of degrees women and men seek out in their education,” says the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Accepting domestic chores as formal work has more than one benefit:

First of all, such a move would boost the GDP of a country. Let’s take the case of India for example. According to a report released by the International Monetary Fund, the GDP of the country could grow by 27% if women’s participation in the economy were to be raised to that of men. 

Secondly, it would redefine how we currently understand labor. The exchange rate of any service on the market would not be the only determinant of the value of labor which should ideally include the effort invested in maintaining unity and functionality of families and communities.  

Lastly, viewing domestic work such as kitchen duties as accountable labor will entitle women to at least some extent of parity where time and energy are concerned. Empowerment would be the final goal.

Consequences of not rewarding care work

Data shows that almost 75% of all unpaid care work is carried out by women and girls. This unequal distribution between men and women penalizes women by taking away opportunities of pursuing a full-time job from them. A decent wage, being able to accumulate a pension and access to the benefits that come with formal sector employment is thus out of their reach. 

Policies and technological innovations could lessen this disparity

Redistributing care is critical and it involves rethinking and redoing our social relationships. States can make progress by ensuring good quality public services, and child care services. Also, you have to change your expectations and social norms so that women and men can share those responsibilities more equally. 

Just like dedicated policies introduced by governments, the private sector is also doing its bit to increase the participation of men in executing household chores such as cooking. The concept of intelligent kitchens that incorporate automated appliances is catching on with the promise of making kitchen work less cumbersome. Robots are simplifying cooking methods down to the fundamental food stable. Zimplistic, for example, has introduced Rotimatic, a compact robot that saves time and effort taken to make simple flour and water flatbreads, an accompaniment consumed by millions regularly. It market success speaks a lot about the demand for electronics that can make life easier and render free time more accessible to pursue other interests. 

So with more laws and high-tech solutions, we can increase the social expectation that more can be done to redistribute the work and not just say this is a private matter for families to deal with.