soft rotis – how to make them at home

Making soft rotis (Indian flatbreads) at home is a simple process that requires a bit of practice. Here’s a basic recipe for making soft rotis:


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
  • Water (for kneading)
  • Salt (optional)
  • Ghee or oil (for brushing, optional)


  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour. You can add a pinch of salt if you prefer.
    • Gradually add water and knead the flour to form a soft, pliable dough. The amount of water needed may vary, so add it slowly to avoid making the dough too sticky.
    • Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  2. Rest the Dough:
    • Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for at least 15-20 minutes. This resting period allows the gluten to relax, making the rotis softer.

  1. Divide the Dough:
    • After resting, divide the dough into golf ball-sized portions. Roll each portion into a smooth ball between your palms.
  2. Rolling the Rotis:
    • Heat a griddle or tawa on medium-high heat.
    • Take one dough ball, dip it in dry flour, and roll it into a flat, round disc using a rolling pin. Rotate and flip the dough while rolling to achieve an even thickness.
  3. Cooking the Rotis:
    • Place the rolled roti on the hot griddle. Cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until you start to see small bubbles forming.
  4. Flip and Cook:
    • Flip the roti using flat tongs. Cook the other side for another 30 seconds to 1 minute. You can press gently with a cloth to encourage puffing.

  1. Puffing (Optional):
    • If you’re comfortable, you can try puffing the roti directly over an open flame. Use tongs to flip it around until it puffs up. Be cautious and keep a safe distance from the flame.
  2. Brush with Ghee (Optional):
    • Brush the cooked roti with ghee or oil to enhance its flavor and keep it soft.
  3. Keep Warm:
    • Once cooked, place the roti in a covered container or wrap it in a cloth to keep it warm.
  4. Repeat:
    • Repeat the process for the remaining dough balls.

Serve the soft rotis with your favorite curries, vegetables, or lentils. Practice and experience will help you perfect the art of making soft and delicious rotis.

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