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Saturday, October 31, 2009

How to make Soft rotis - Indian flat bread

How to make Soft rotis - Indian flat bread
step by step roti picturesSix Steps towards making Soft Rotis

Ingredients needed

Whole Wheat flour -1 cup
Salt – a pinch
Oil – 1 tsp
Little wheat flour or rice flour for dusting
Board and rolling pin
Ghee ( optional)

For 1 cup of flour you will get 6 rotis.


Step 1

Take 1 cup of flour, add a pinch of salt and a tsp of oil. Then mix ½ cup of warm water gradually little by little and knead it into a dough. You may need a little more or less water depending on the flour you are using.

Step 2

Knead it into a soft dough as shown in the picture.
The dough should not be sticky. Grease your hands with a little oil for kneading if required.

Step 3

Make 6 equal sized balls. Have some wheat flour for dusting.

Step 4

Roll out into round shapes using little wheat flour for dusting. With practice you can easily do this.

Step 5

Heat the tawa and place the rolled out dough on it. Let it cook for a few minutes. You will see small bubbles forming.

Step 6

Flip it over to the other side and cook, turning and pressing it with a small towel/napkin.It will puff.

Remove from the tawa , apply a little ghee (optional) and serve with any side dish of your choice.

Enjoy the Rotis
Roti-Indian flat breadIf you are not using immediately wrap it in a muslin cloth and store it in an airtight container.


  1. Really a useful one if one doesnt know how to make it....I love roti and urs look so perfect..

  2. Delicious Soft rotis, useful post Padhu. Love to have with Dal Makhani!

  3. Nice Step by Step explanation....

    1. Padduji! Came to know da secret dat to knead atta wit warm water......superb...

  4. Thanks for the step by step procedure Padhu!

  5. Very interesting and useful dear..Looks very soft..will try ur version next time and let u know..:)

  6. Yum, looks so soft and perfect :)

  7. Hello Aunty,

    This is indeed a very useful recipe for beginners.When I started cooking I always used to ask my Mom or friends "How much water do you add for 1 cup of wheat?".I somehow struggled and learnt it.

    Kudos to your effort for beautifully demonstrating step by step with pics.


  8. I am a baker and never thought that a bread would be perfect without using yeast

  9. i will make it someday.. wish me luck for my first indian cuisine.. my husband loves roti :)

    will pair it with butter chicken (i found one recipe only, hopes it turns good!! : )

  10. Akka I made it today for my lunch as my rice is not sufficient today.I got everythng until balls but I dont get a round shape akka and also little hard while on d tawa.what to do akka

  11. I really enjoy your blogs.. I like it that they are simple yet appealing which gives working women like me the determination to cook after i reach home :)


  12. My rotie don't puff up with a clothe why us it so

  13. Unknown -Your rotis did not puff up. It might be anyone of the reason below-
    1. While rolling the rotis, it should be even on all over. It should not be thin one side and thick the other side. If it is even all over, your rotis will puff up.
    2. If there is not enough heat, then also the rotis will not puff up.
    3. The dough should be knead well. It should not stick to your hands but should be soft and pliable.
    Hope this helps you for now. Soon I will be posting how to make soft rotis on direct flame in detail.

  14. hello padhu,
    love ur blog to visit it agin n again esp. for ideas for serving the kids ...
    i was wondering if you could tell me how to roll the chappatis n store for future use so tht we can just take out from fridge n heat them on tawa? and also how long can these be stored like this?...also do we need to heat them a lil on the tawa before storing .

    another doubt i have is when required which vegetables can be cut in advance and stored and how to store them so tht they can be used instantly.

  15. am gonnaa survive my bachlr lyff fr nxt a year :D
    Thanks for this wonderfull blog. feel lyk my mom is near wen i cuk :) veryyy usefull :D

  16. You helped me make my first ever roti thank you !!!!!!

  17. Loved your blog ! Thanks for those detailed description which guides like a mom :) I made my first ever roti with ur blog ..

    Kudos to your work !!

  18. Shall I keep the dough outside for 1 hour before rolling ?

  19. really like yr instructions for making soft roti.

  20. Padhu u r awesome ... I love your blog's really helpful

  21. Padhu can you please tell me in what flame should the chapatis be made? And for how long? I keep it in medium and try for 1 minute but it ends up being hard. Please guide me on the flame and number of flips or time needed to cook each chapati.

    1. The flame should be on high for chapati. If it becomes too hot, you can reduce it to medium. Once the temperature comes down, you can raise it to high. For making rotis -Once you get bubbles, flip it over to the other side and press it will a cloth. It will puff. Remove it and apply ghee if preferred.


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