Pranoti Nagarkar met Michelle Obama!
Pranoti Nagarkar met Michelle Obama!

Rotimatic’s pioneering design has made it an indispensable appliance that brings fresh, homemade food to children, curbing the need to consume easily-available junk food. 

The importance of bringing back the norm of growing up on a diet of healthy food is supreme in the present day. Because of the time crunch faced by parents, children bear the brunt of consuming fast-food or food items with a high content of preservatives in more than one meal a day. The result as we all can see is the increased incidence of obesity, diabetes, and other health conditions in our young. Luckily, the advent of high-tech machines in kitchens is helping turn things around, with pioneering inventions like Rotimatic catching the attention of leading social activists.

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Obama’s role in healthcare

Recently, the founder of Rotimatic, Pranoti Nagarkar had an opportunity to meet with the former First Lady of the USA and best-selling author and activist, Michelle Obama, with the pretext of discussing healthcare. Obama is undoubtedly one of the most prominent faces of the movement to improve access to organic and nutrition-rich meals to school children. She led a public health campaign, “Let’s Move!” to promote a healthy lifestyle in children, aiming to lower childhood obesity to 5% by 2030.

Michelle Obama announced the campaign in 2010, and together with the presidential memorandum signed by President Obama called the Task Force on Childhood Obesity, actively worked toward the following goals:

  • Providing healthy formative years for children, including access to nutritious food in school
  • Empowering parents and caregivers
  • Increasing physical activity

 

Rotimatic resonates Obama’s idea of healthcare

Rotimatic resonates with the ideologies promoted by Michelle, primarily by aiding to replace fast-food with enriching and wholesome homemade meals. The world’s first fully automated rotimaker has compressed a task that would traditionally take about an hour to just a few minutes. Consuming home-cooked flatbreads had become a luxury, and therefore, rare, for urban families who were habitually picking frozen flatbreads or takeaways from restaurants.   

Rotimatic relies on AI and IoT to produce fresh, soft, and delicious flour-and-water flatbreads with consistent quality. A 32-bit microprocessor controls and synergizes the functions of 10 motors, 15 sensors, and 200 moving parts within the robot’s 40 x 40-centimeter body. Ingredients are measured, dispense, kneaded into a dough, flattened, and roasted in under 90 seconds – all without human interference.  The user can set the number of rotis in a batch, their oil content, thickness, and level of roasting. 

Self-reliance – a common thread

In her best-seller, Becoming (2018), Michelle talks about how her mother ingrained the trait of being responsible for one’s own well-being. She stuck to the lesson and made an example of this principle by nurturing a garden at the white house during her tenure as the First Lady to encourage the consumption of organically grown produce.

Similarly, Rotimatic has empowered a demographic made of students, professionals, and those who are not very adept at kitchen duties to be able to make their own flatbreads – be it rotis, tortillas, puris, or pizza-base. Since the appliance can be connected to wifi, tracked using the Rotimatic app, and troubleshooting can be done directly from the cloud. 

Health benefits of consuming fresh, homemade rotis

Take a look at the menu of your favorite deli and you’re bound to find an array of bread-based bites and baked confectionaries. A majority of them will have white bread – our go-to sandwich bread – or be made of white flour. This staple of childhood lunches is low in fiber and has a lot of preservatives that are only useful for elongating their shelf life and texture. It contains just the white endosperm, which is primarily starch and is completely bereft of the bran and germ of the wheat grain. Its nutritional value is thus very poor.

Packaged tortillas and pitas are also mostly full of preservatives and texture modifiers that have zero nutritional value. Additionally, these have high gluten content which is detrimental to gut health. 

However, the whole-wheat versions of these can be made easily and in a fraction of the time using Rotimatic. Unleavened flatbread such as rotis, puris, tortillas, pizza bases, and pita made of whole wheat have the following health benefits:

  1. It has more fiber and is rich in protein, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and selenium.
  2. The lower starch content in whole wheat bread satisfies hunger pangs for longer.  
  3. Its low glycemic index helps control blood sugar.  

 

Rotimatic making healthy living a priority
Rotimatic making healthy living a priority
Rotimatic is in tune with the need to make healthy living a priority

The kitchen robot is an essential tool that is bringing in homemade food and therefore nutrition on our table without hassle and labor. Its necessity in this age of technology and grueling work culture is evident in its widespread acceptance across the globe, with the United States making up one of its biggest markets. The brand has already over 70 million units in the first couple of years since it hit the market and has a waiting list of customers keen on making it a part of their lifestyle. Since its inception, Rotimatic has stood for homemade goodness and nutrition, and its visibility has deservedly gotten a boost with being recognized by one of the best-known icons in the nutrition space. 

Conversation with Rotimatic Owner Rashmi Kulkarni
The Doha-based Rotimatic user has come under the limelight in the Rotimatic community with her culinary creative masterpieces – all made of rotis churned out by Zimplistic’s kitchen robot.

While grown-ups can write an essay on the health benefits of home-made rudimental flour-and-water rotis, the food staple of most cuisines struggles to impress the taste buds of children. Luckily, a mother of two delightful young daughters, Rashmi Kulkarni has mastered the art of holding the loyalty of her children toward the simple unleavened flatbread. How? With Zimplistic’s Rotimatic as her reliable kitchen assistant, she has gone all-out to express her creative side by putting together attention-grabbing, yummy yet healthy dishes. As for the rest of us, we are glad that the home chef has been sharing her innovations on our Facebook page. 

Rotimatic and Rashmi

Rashmi’s Rotimatic-story has quite an unconventional beginning. It was first introduced to her by her husband, who in turn has learned of the fully-automatic roti maker from a video shared with him on social media way back in 2014. Impressed by the technological innovation behind the futuristic appliance, he highlights how the automation of a process that goes back thousands of years can change family dynamics. “I’ve seen a lot of women in my family,” he remarks, “be it my mother or my sister, making rotis and serving it fresh off the tawa. Unfortunately, it requires a lot of effort and at times can be quite a thankless job. It was important to me to create a situation where my entire family could sit together and just enjoy the meal.”  

More quality time with family

His take on Rotimatic’s role to enable a family to spend more quality time as a unit resonates with the vision of the inventors of the appliance, Pranoti Nagarkar and Rishi Israni. After all, the driving force behind the machine was to reduce the time and labor one invested in kitchen duties, which includes cooking as well as cleaning up. But was taking the leap of faith in purchasing a comparatively expensive device come easily to Rashmi? Definitely not. “There were hardly any reviews so we didn’t know what to expect, but we were fascinated by the prospect of having a machine that could churn out rotis so quickly without any effort and needed minimal cleaning of its parts. Honestly, it seemed to be too good to be true, but we were curious enough to be on a one-and-a-half-year waiting list to try out the appliance ourselves.”  Now, after around two years of having Rotimatic as a significant part of her kitchen (since March 2017), Rashmi turns to it at least two times in a day for batches of puffed, mouth-watering rotis. 

Rashmi’s gets creative with rotis

Kulkarni, however, didn’t stop at that. Although she initially used it to exclusively make rotis because the updates for puri, pizza base, and bajra were introduced more recently, she recognized the scope it had opened up. Soon, the home-chef caught on to the excitement Rotimatic had sparked in its users and took to trying out wraps, sandwiches, parathas, and other variations by adding mouth-watering fillings.  “It is easy to diversify versions of rotis now because every roti rolled out by Rotimatic puffs which simplify the process of adding stuffing into it. We switch it to tempting toppings when we make pizza-bases from the device which our daughters absolutely love!”

Rotimatic has changed Rashmi’s life in the last two years

Similar to most of us dealing with a hectic schedule, Rashmi’s family were frequent consumers of restaurant food. “When we first started to use Rotimatic, we used to eat at restaurants at last twice a week. The quality of rotis from Rotimatic surprised us and incorporating it into our daily meals was a breeze. As a consequence, our diet has changed for the better. We noticed that we had completely stopped eating out in the past 3 months. The best part was that none of us, not even the kids, had any complaints about switching to home-made meals. Everything else that we made to go with the rotis was also home-made and healthy.” 

Rashmi’s husband, who by now had emerged as the surprise Rotimatic-fan in the conversation, is particularly content with the time the smart appliance has economized. He interjects, “Rotimatic has given Rashmi that much extra time to sleep in in the morning. Our kids’ school bus comes at around 6:30 am in the morning and Rashmi would have to wake up at around 5 am to prepare their lunch. Now that has become a matter of minutes. Throw in some mashed potatoes for alu paratha or sliced boiled eggs with spring onions and a little seasoning and you are good to go! The economizing of time is a huge bonus for us.”

The star of the show – Rotimatic Rose 

Rashmi comes up with new recipes every month that she posts on the Rotimatic Facebook page, but one seems to stand out among the rest. A feat of random culinary ideation, the Rotimatic-rose as it is called is a take on rotis that is as delicious as it is visually appealing. So what’s the story behind it? Rashmi opens up, “My children are always asking me what I’d be cooking for them. They always expect me to come up with something new. I already had the candied roses in my house. All I had to do was stuff that into the dough, fold them into the shape of the flowers and stain the petals with diluted beetroot juice. I was surprised that it all came together so quickly. It was just an idea in my mind but my kids loved it. They were long gone before I could take any pictures!” 

Rotimatic is now a part of Rashmi’s family

Once a resident of Singapore, Rashmi is now based in Qatar. Of the things she deemed she simply couldn’t do without in her new home is Rotimatic. “We wanted to take Rotimatic wherever we were because it is an integral part of our family. There was no way we could leave back in Singapore.”

The final verdict, however, came from her 4 yr old younger daughter. When asked if she liked stuffed-rotis, she promptly replied “No!” Normalcy was restored when her mother clarified with a laugh that the child didn’t even know what a “stuffed-roti” was. “Do you like paneer parathas and egg rotis?” proved to be a better question. “Yes!” replied she. Given Rashmi’s prowess, we’ll accept her review as an unbiased one.

Rotimatic users are taking to healthy eating in larger numbers and it is driving the Rotimatic team to work harder towards enhancing the user experience.

This is an age when life and its mounting responsibilities and expectations has bred a generation that sustains on fast food and take-aways. Bringing back a preference for home-made fresh food, which normally brings with it the dread of long hours of labor in the kitchen, would be a challenge most would shy away from. Keeping this in mind, the fact that Rotimatic has brought over 70 million rotis to the dinner table of its expanding customer-base is surely an achievement for Zimplistic to celebrate!

What makes Rotimatic such a crowd favourite?

Speak with the various users now more than just happy with their high-tech kitchen assistant and you’ll know Rotimatic has lived up to its promise of bringing families together. Be it the new-age working women, homemakers with managing not only their own chores but also that of their children and husband, or college students who had been too busy with academics to dedicate time to prepare fresh food – everyone is gushing about how the kitchen robot has freed up time in their daily lives. Spending time with those who we hold dear is more of a reality now, and this helps nurture our most important bonds we so value yet often neglect. 

Making rotis – Traditional method vs Rotimatic

Measuring out flour, water, and oil, kneading the mixture into dough of optimum consistency, and rolling them into discs of even thickness and size were all done manually. The task didn’t stop there, though. Next came roasting it on a skillet that was just hot enough to not burn through the thin discs, or directly over a flame. This step required one to stand near a heat source and flip the roti just at the right time to ensure it puffed. Given the number of rotis one had to make, the task could take about an hour. Of course, there was always scope of human error that would make it difficult to ensure that every roti turned out to be of the same quality.

Engineers Pranoti Nagarkar and Rishi Israni changed that with their high-tech innovation which has automated every step mentioned above. Incorporating a 32-bit microprocessor, AI, IoT, 10 motors, 15 sensors, and 300 moving parts, the sleek appliance compact enough to fit atop a counter gives fresh and delicious rotis, one per 90 seconds. A user can select the flour, oil content, number of rotis in a batch, its thickness and level of roasting. Each flatbread is invariable identical in its quality and serves the same goodness consistently.

Bringing automation to roti-making has been a long journey

Rotimatic obviously did not become a talking point overnight. Pranoti and Rishi took a leap of faith and dedicated their time and effort entirely to bringing their idea to shape. Its first prototype was introduced in 2009, and has gone through 37 patents and is backed by 8 years of research and development. It sold over 60,000 units in just two years after its launch and crossed USD 60 million in sales. The number has shot up even more after subsequent software upgrades enabled it to make high quality pizza-bases, tortillas, and puris. The choice of flour too has expanded with users now given the option of selecting gluten-free variety as well. Once available only in Singapore, Rotimatic now has happy customers in USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, UAE, and Qatar as well. 

Rotimatic and health go hand-in-hand

Rotimatic and health go hand-in-hand

Automation of traditional cooking methods has made consuming fresh and healthy food a reality for many who had almost nearly given it up for frozen alternatives. With the quick availability of flatbreads, users are experimenting with different flavors and diversifying our experience of relishing homemade food. Rotimatic users have successfully made Rotimatic rotis and other flatbread variants an integral part of their daily diet which has led to a whole new transformation in their lifestyle anchoring them to eat more healthy. Given the support it has received from the world over, Team Rotimatic is already gearing up to touch the 100 million milestone in the coming year and bring the dream of a fully intelligent kitchen that much closer.

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. 

Pranoti - Rotimatic
Pranoti, Founder of Rotimatic

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. 

Rotimatic Reviews - Thoughts like this from our community are so motivating! Thank you Naeem
Thoughts like this from our community are so motivating! Thank you Naeem
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.

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.

One of the generation appliances, Rotimatic is an automatic roti-maker that’s AI and IoT enabled. There are quite a few automatic roti-makers available in the market but Rotimatic is the first of its kind. You can know more about Rotimatic here.

Rotimatic has IoT and AI
Rotimatic is AI and IoT enabled machine

The Lack of roti making machines

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:

1. Fortune Engineering Fully Automatic Roti-Making Machine:

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.

3. Rotimatic:

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.

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Rotimatic Automatic Roti Maker Machine

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:

  1.   They are expensive with prices above $900
  2.   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.

Changing gender-roles and priorities is making the use of automatic roti-maker machines, in commercial as well as domestic space, a necessity.

Ask any resident of South Asia what their staple food of choice is, chances are the answer will be either rice or, the inevitable roti. The simplest form of Indian flatbreads, roti, has a long history that intertwines it with the culture, traditional practices, and the very fabric of a large segment of the society. So much so that Indians (and inhabitants of its neighboring countries) who have immigrated to foreign nations have passed down the dependence on rotis in meals to their children. Keeping up with changing trends and evolving with the needs of the newer generation, rotis that were once exclusively made manually, are being produced using automatic roti-maker machines.

Rotis and its significance in evolving gender-roles:

The fact that a category of food can be integral to deciding gender roles may sound absurd, but it stands as a well-proven fact. For generations, it has been the women of the house who have been expected to perform kitchen duties, regardless of how time-consuming and mundane it can be. Unlike other dishes, making a roti requires manual labor and constant focus at every step of the process. Needless to say this left women with very little scope to explore their own interests or even have a laid back of relaxation. 

The rigid gender roles are not that rigid anymore, and women have started taking out time for establishing their careers. Meanwhile, men have also begun to enter the kitchen and share their long due responsibility of contributing to the household chores. However, even today in homes where couples share the household tasks, the man in the house while contributing to cooking any sort of dish, still shirks from making rotis. 

The current dynamics still sees women overburdened with the responsibilities of work as well as home. Since men at large are not trained in the grueling process of roti-making, families often end up ordering food from restaurants or consuming frozen food which has a serious negative impact on one’s health. Given the mounting problems in this regard, the invention of automatic roti-making machines was only natural.

How tedious is the process of making rotis?

Making rotis is an art, an acquired skill rather, and a tedious process.

It does take practice to master it and even after you master it you require patience to make them every single time. Add to it the grind of making rotis daily for a meal, and in many cases, two or more meals. The time involved in making a roti varied from 30 – 45 minutes or more, depending on the size and appetite of the family. 

The process begins with mixing dry flour and water to knead the dough to a perfect consistency. The kneaded dough is divided into dough balls of the right size. These dough balls are then rolled into evenly shaped rotis. The rolled rotis are then cooked in a skillet to a golden brown.

To cook them from the inside, they have to be puffed properly which requires practice and skill. 

Bearing the heat of the cooking source while making rotis is another challenge in the process.

THE NEED FOR AN AUTOMATIC ROTI-MAKER:

It is a blessing to live in an era where all the domestic chores that would once occupy a person’s time and restrict one’s time to be spent mostly in the house can be performed automatically by machines. We are all familiar with gadgets such as washing machines, mixers, grinders, refrigerators, and sewing machines that have simplified daily living.

The dependence on machines to make life easier is making its way to the kitchen as well with the tedious and time-consuming task of roti-making being taken up by automatic roti-makers. Investing in an automatic roti-maker in such a scenario would soon become a necessity.

Let us make a rough estimate of the required number of rotis in an average household in a week. If a family of four eats rotis once every day and each member eats three rotis then they require approximately 12 rotis at a time. If they eat roti only once every day they require about 84 rotis and roughly seven hours of labor in a week.

An automatic roti-maker will ensure that a family eats fresh and healthy food every day. Moreover, it won’t come at the cost of a person’s sacrifice of time, labor, sleep and at times even a career. 

Fundamentals of choosing the best automatic roti-makers: 

To choose the right roti-maker you must consider the following pointers: 

1. BUDGET:

First and foremost is your budget.

It is said, everything good comes at a price, and so do automated devices.

There is a new market of smart home-products or domotics which are now available for sale. From automated switchboards, temperature controls to smart land mowers and security system – you can get an automated version of any electric home appliances.

Available automatic roti makers are expensive, to say the least. The price-range of automated roti makers isn’t very wide but none of them is priced below 900$.

If that is beyond your budget, you can opt for a hand-operated roti maker which could cost around $25 to $30.

Saving up money to invest in an automatic roti-maker is a smart move that would yield results in the long run. It will improve the quality of your life by saving you time, money and the much-neglected sleep.

2. QUANTITY OF ROTIS REQUIRED:

You must choose a roti-maker based on the number of rotis you require per day.

An average household requires 15 to 20 rotis per day. For that purpose the automatic roti-maker, Rotimatic would make a perfect choice. Other than letting you choose the type of flour, level of thickness, oil content, and roasting, it can dispense 20 rotis at a time with each taking 90 seconds.

 

However, it is useful to remember that Rotimatic is designed to suit the needs of a domestic kitchen. If you are looking for an automatic roti-maker which can produce rotis on a large scale then you can consider buying Chapati Magic Automatic Chapati Making Machine, Greatcity Automatic Chapati flatbread maker, or Doughbot. These large scale automatic roti-making machines can prepare from 800 to 900 rotis in an hour and are ideal for restaurants where rotis are made in large quantities.

Rotimatic - The Automatic Roti-Maker
Rotimatic – The Automatic Roti-Maker

While Rotimatic is the size of an average microwave the other automatic roti makers are quite huge. Rotimatic can easily fit into a household kitchen, the other roti-makers cannot.

3. REQUIREMENTS IN THE ROTI-MAKING PROCESS:

The automatic roti-makers manufactured by different companies perform the task of making rotis differently. For instance, Chapati Magic Automatic Chapati Making Machine has the mechanism to knead the dough, divide the dough into balls, roll them further into rotis and eventually bake them. On the other hand, Greatcity Automatic Chapati flatbread maker does not knead the dough or make dough balls but flattens handmade dough balls into round rotis and bakes them. The Doughbot is enabled with the mechanism to knead the dough, make dough balls and roll them, but it leaves the task of baking them for the users to perform on their own.

Rotimatic just requires you to put the measured ingredients into the equipment and choose the type of roti you require. It is designed to perform every step necessary for roti making, from kneading the dough, adjusting its consistency, flattening the dough balls evenly, puffing and eventually baking them.

Rotimatic is a hands-free, mess-free, and fully automatic device. Moreover, it is AI and IoT enabled because of which it can autocorrect and upgrade itself. This facility is not available in any other automatic roti-makers.

Final word:

Since automatic roti-makers do not come cheap and are in most cases complicated devices, it is important to analyze and understand your requirements carefully. In order to choose the right automatic-roti maker for yourself, your business or your family, it is advised to do one’s own research and market survey. We hope our brief guide will help you narrow down on the automatic roti-maker ideally suited for you.

Automatic roti makers such as Rotimatic is generating interest for its capability to economize the time spent on cooking.

In the world of food technology and machinery, appliances such as coffee makers, blenders, microwaves, and dishwashers have revolutionized cooking and simplified our lives. A recent addition to this list would be semi-automatic to fully automatic roti makers. The benefits of these advances in the domestic space have been seen to impact students, young professionals, and homemakers – especially women.

Smart Kitchen Appliances
Smart Kitchen Appliances

Roti-making is cumbersome:

Nonetheless, as compared to other functions, the tedious process of making rotis or phulkas, chapattis and other types of flatbreads are largely undertaken manually. Talk to any South Asian with a knack for, or in the habit of consuming rotis and you’ll know how tedious and monotonous the process of making those can be. The steps are multiple and involve a high degree of complexity. The intricacy further diversifies when you take into consideration the variant or type of roti preferred in a different household. 

Dig a little deeper and you’ll know that it’s a vast range to choose from. Some households like their roti thin and soft, while some like their rotis slightly thicker and well roasted. Some prefer to flavour their rotis with ghee or butter while others prefer to have it plain. Few households add oil to knead the dough while few households opt for water to do the same. Entrusting an elaborate process like this to an appliance such as automatic roti makers is a leap of leap not many of us are willing to take as yet. Rotimatic, however, is all set to change that!

Why Switch to an Automatic Roti Maker:

The primary appeal of an automatic roti maker lies in its role in economizing the time and effort one spends in the kitchen. This is especially beneficial to those pressed for time already due to their careers, education, or the very difficult task of raising children. While a person spends about an hour every day preparing fresh rotis, a roti maker can simplify and accelerate the entire process through automation. 

There are scores of roti making machines available in the market that are gradually moving toward accelerating a revolution in how the world makes flatbreads. Just as varied are the choices of appliances one can choose from, so are the services executed by them. While some roti-makers assist solely with the process of roasting or heating a chapati, some others knead the dough and roll it into dough balls as well. A fully automatic roti maker such as Rotimatic is adept at making the traditional flatbread from scratch to the final product. 

Rotimatic Automatic Roti Maker Machine
Rotimatic Automatic Roti Maker Machine

The device which is also described as a robot designed specifically for kitchens is AI and IoT enabled, can connect to the wifi and respond to commands received from smart devices. It can upgrade its software and troubleshoot when required. Rotimatic is always its capabilities and pretty will be doling out tortillas, wraps, and pizza base.