Step-by-step guide to make soft rotis

Step-by-step guide to make soft rotis

Making rotis/ chappatis seem so simple when we watch our mums(or dads) and grandmas make them at home. 

Then why is it so hard when we try making them ourselves? Something doesn’t add up. 

This is the only recipe and method you need to make the best rotis at home. (Good enough to impress a TV serial mother-in-law) 

Ingredients: 

Atta (Whole wheat flour) 2 cups

Salt ½ tsp

Oil/Ghee 2 tsp

Water ¾ cups

Step 1- Weigh out your ingredients in separate bowls.

Step 2- Add the atta/ wheat flour into a large bowl.Add the ghee and salt and mix well.

Step 3- Create a well in the centre of the dough and add 3/4th the amount of water measured. 

Step 4- Use your fingers to bring together a rough dough, add more water as needed. All the dry flour must be incorporated and the dough must feel moist but not sticky.

Step 5- Cover and rest this for 2-3 mins (while you clear up the extra utensils). 

Step 6- Start kneading the dough with the bottom of the palm of your hand, to exert enough pressure. This should take 5 mins. But, will come together nicely to form a smooth dough.

Step 7- Cover and rest the dough for atleast 10 mins (you can make the dough in advance by a couple of hours, at this stage you can also wrap it up airtight and store it in the refrigerator for later use.)

Step 8- Divide the dough equally into roundels.

Step 9- Flatten them out, dust enough wheat flour and roll them out thin using a rolling pin.


Step 10 – Cook the rotis/ chappatis on the tava until done (optionally, you can half cook them and then roast them on an open flame for a few seconds for phulkas). 

Step 11- Apply oil/ ghee and eat hot/ store in a hot pack for later! 

Although the steps might seem long, through trial and error, we’ve found this to be the easiest way to make soft rotis/ chappatis at home, even for a beginner! 

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