Learn Roti Recipe | Phulka Recipe | How to make Soft Rotis or Chapati recipe with step by detailed video tutorial. Roti is a simple and traditional round Indian flatbread bread which is also known as Chapati or Phulka throughout the country. Roti is made in every part of India but it is a staple food in the Northern part of India. Rotis are best paired with dal or any type of curries.
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Today I am sharing a very quick, easy and one of the most awaited recipes on my blog. It’s been really a long time since many of you are requesting me to do a post on this very humble and delicious Indian flatbread. So after procrastinating for quite a bit, I have my Mom’s recipe to share with you guys. The name of the recipe is ‘Roti | Phulka | Chapati ( रोटी | फुल्का | चपाती )’
For those who don’t know about Roti, here is a little intro. Roti is an Indian unleavened bread which is also known as Chapati or Phulka throughout the country. Roti means ‘bread’. Chapati comes from the word chapat, which means flat. So chapati is a simply known as flatbread. Phulka means ‘puffed up’ in Hindi. Names are different but the final product is 99% the same. The 1% difference comes from different rolling and cooking techniques.
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Roti is made in every part of India but it is a staple food in the Northern part of India. Here in Europe, I don’t make it every day, but my Mom still makes them everyday for lunch and dinner. And by saying that, I want to say that I still get to eat roti every day when I visit my Mom. Bliss. 🙂
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Making soft Roti | Phulka Recipe| Chapati is easy:
The basic dough for this roti is made from ‘atta’, whole-wheat flour (durum wheat-flour), salt and some water. However, my mom used to add some salt so I also do that. And I also apply some oil/ghee on the dough, this ensures that your rotis would be soft even after cooling down. To make them even softer apply ghee or butter when they are hot.
Storing roti/fulka is very simple:
Chapatis or Rotis taste best when are fresh. If you are not eating rotis right away, then I would suggest you to keep chapatis on a wiring rack to cool down. Once the rotis are cooled down, simply wrap them in a kitchen tissue first and then in a muslin cloth or in a foil wrap. These chapatis stay fresh for 4-5 hours at room temperature in a roti dabba.
Can I reheat roti?
Yes, reheating roti is Possible. You can eat rotis as they are, or you can also re-heat them if you are carrying them in your lunch box. Simply microwave for 15 seconds in microwave. You can even re-heat them on the stove.
Size And Thickness:
Rotis are made in all sizes from very small to very large. Thickness and thinness also vary. I usually make medium sized roti which is towards the thinner side slightly. But just remember that a good roti should remain soft after cooling down. 🙂
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Size And Thickness:
In current times, Rotis are simply rolled with the rolling pin like any other flatbread. Some like to roll it with a rolling pin and other’s like to make it with the palm, by patting and pressing the dough-ball between palms to shape it into a circle.
However, ancient women only used this palm technique to make roti. They never used any rolling pin aka ‘belan’ for making phulkas.
Some women still use this rolling technique, specially with the thich flatbreads such as Makki Ki Roti, Khoba Roti. It was indeed a time taking process. My grandmother also used to make chapati with hands occasionaly.
Rotis are rolled first and then get roasted on a hot tava, or tawa/pan. And then they are cooked right on fire until they are puffed and have nice brown spots.
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Roti cooking techniques:
Then comes the cooking techniques. Some like to cook them on a tawa/pan first and then cook it directly on the flame or the stove. The roti gets puffed up when they come directly in contact with flame or heat. And others like to cook roti entirely on a pan. Rotis also get puffed up on tawa. No matter which technique you use out of these two, both techniques will get you nice and puffed rotis. Here I am sharing both cooking methods in the video embedded in this post.
How to serve roti/chapati?
Curries you can serve with this roti:
- Andhra-Style Poached Egg Curry
- Kaju Masala
- Potato Onion Curry Recipe
- Kacchi Haldi ki Sabji Recipe
- Dhaba Style Malai Kofta Recipe
- Restaurant Style Matar Paneer Curry
- Besan Stuffed Lauki Curry
- Baked Mushroom Spinach Kofta Curry
Let’s learn How to make Soft Rotis or Chapati
Watch the How to Make Soft Indian Roti | Phulka Recipe | Chapati Recipe video below (please wait for a couple of seconds for loading).
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