My Fast and Easy Trick to Making Round Rotis in a Hurry

A Roti/ chapati/phulka is a pan cooked flat bread made of whole wheat stone ground flour, called Atta. It is the staple of many Indian’s diets, especially those in Northern India. Roti is eaten with curry, daal,and other foods. In many cases the Roti is used to scoop up food instead of a spoon.

My husband is Punjabi and Punjabis are known for eating alot of Roti. As a family we eat Roti about five times a week. I make a big batch of prepared dough (Atta) a couple times a week. The Atta is stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container.

Traditional Rotis are rolled on a round board like this

Since starting school this month I have been trying to find ways to save time. I always make dinner before I leave for class because I want my husband and daughter to have a good nutritious meal. I make the curry or daal ahead of time and it is ready in the pot.  I also roll and cook the rotis which are then covered and ready for my husband to eat when he comes home.

Punching the roti out

Traditional Rotis are rolled out individually. It takes some time to get the perfect round shape, even thickness, and uniform size. I get so frustrated rolling Rotis. Its time consuming, my hands are covered in sticky atta and I never get the perfect shape. I have literally cried about my inability to make a perfect Roti!

One day I experimented with an idea. Instead of rolling out each Roti I decided to try “punching” them out. I rolled out a large section of prepared Atta on the cutting board. I then used a bowl and cut out perfect uniform circles in the dough.

Perfect round shape, no frustration

It made 4 rotis. I then rolled the leftover dough again and punched out 4 more. It only took a third of the time it usually took me to make roti. I cooked them in the pan and they turned out wonderful. Perfect uniform circles. The sealed edges made them puff up so nice.

I did not tell my husband my new trick at first, but when I gave him the Rotis he was wowed at how round and puffy they were on his plate. I told him my trick and he was pleasantly surprised that I had adapted an age old tradition and put a little personal touch that worked for me.

Yummy round Rotis! I love my new punching method

Many people have told me that I should just switch to the frozen rotis that are commonly sold in stores. This is something that I will never do. I love that I can give my husband and daughter fresh Rotis. Yes they are made differently than his mom and family makes them but they are still fresh and hand made with love. I feel that there are just some corners you should not cut.


18 thoughts on “My Fast and Easy Trick to Making Round Rotis in a Hurry

  1. Wow TIna, love this trick 🙂 We always make it one by one and as you say time it is consuming. I can make perfect round shape but will be a bit thicker which makes my MIL get frustrated LOL 😛 I never care about it. This is faster and easier….Loved your way.

    • Oh they looked lovely 🙂 my first time I was still just dating my husband and knew nothing lol and I made the mistake of using white all purpose flour, they were horrible lol. Yours looked lovely

  2. I can not begin to tell you how much of a genius you are! I, too struggle to make the perfect roti. I’ve actually moved past the fact that mine wont always be perfect, (my boyfriends mother can roll them perfectly without ever lifting the rolling pin!) I even posted my recipe on my blog. The one thing I haven’t been able to move past is how time consuming it can be! Roll them out one by one, fry them one by one. 6 roti between my boyfriend and I and while I love it, a side of my groans when company comes for dinner! Sorry for the long blabbing, but my point is that I am TOTALLY going to steal this idea. Thank you for sharing!!

    • roti is an everyday food, Naan is a bit more fancy. It is made with yeast and yogurt while roti is just wheat flour and water. Naan is made on a tandoor with roti just in a normal pan . I love Naan 🙂

  3. Tina, happy to read your blog and culinary experience. Please convey to your husband that a fellow Indian urges him to contribute to the cooking and share at least half of the work. While you learn the best from the east, I urge him to pick up the best from the west to pass on to your daughter.

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