Here is another quick and easy recipe for snacks, the Roti, an unleavened bread which you can also opt to master and create a business out of it.
Going back to my promise from my Easy Homemade Donut Recipe article, I am sharing today, another simple recipe, the Indian Roti which I know your family will enjoy making, as much as eating, either for breakfast or snacks. Schedule another family bonding activity and create variants that each member will love.
What is a Roti?
According to Wikipedia, Roti is a round flatbread which is native to the Indian continent.
It is originally made from stone ground whole wheat flour plus water and is traditionally known as gehu ka atta.
Although, others may call it Rotli, Phulka or Chapati.
Roti bread is used to be with Ghee after cooking. Ghee is a type of clarified butter, traditionally made from melting unsalted butter and separating the milk solids from the butterfat.
Simple Recipe and Kitchen Tools
Again, I will be teaching to cook using simple kitchen tools. The recipe calls only for whole wheat flour and warm water to develop.
The ingredient list and basic kitchen tools that you will need are as follows:
|Whole Wheat Flour||2 cups|
|Lukewarm Water||3/4 cup|
|Extra Flour for Dusting||1/4 cup|
|Ghee or Butter for brushing or any choice of spread or topping (optional)|
|Mixing Bowl||1 medium size|
|Measuring Cups||1 set|
|Kneading Board or Smooth and Sturdy Table||1 unit|
|Griddle Pan or Non-stick Pan||1 unit|
|Clean and Dry Towel||1 piece (or more for cleaning area – distinguish by color)|
|Catch Plates ( for raw and cooked)||2 pieces|
|Pastry Brush||1 piece|
Notes on Toppings
Note that topping with your choice of spread is not an original Indian tradition. I just like the bread and explored assorted toppings. On the third flip, I topped it with grated cheese while still in the pan.
Just for a twist, like what my family does, you may use your own choice of spread or topping like pesto paste, curry paste, combination of cheeses, butter and jelly, peanut butter, chocolate and whatever you may like, singly spread/topped or combination of spreads/toppings.
The original, eaten alone, however is a vegan and a healthy choice. But eating happily in moderation with the family is a fun full activity. You may opt to schedule a family zumba next to burn extra calories taken from the toppings, ha ha.
Quality Tips For a Good Roti
- It takes practice to make a good and consistent quality roti.
2. Warm or simmering water produces softer roti as gluten cannot form well.
3. Hand mixing of dough takes about 5 – 7 minutes.
4. No cracks on small dough balls make a well flatten roti.
5. Use dusting flour before resting and during rolling to prevent the dough from sticking in the rolling pin and table.
6. Lightly rolling, turning or flipping the dough moving the rolling pin in a slight circular motion to form a round dough.
7. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin of equal thickness throughout the diameter of 1.0 to 1.5 mm. Not uniform thickness prevents the dough from puffing.
8. Diameter for easy handling is 5 to 6 inches.
9. Make sure griddle pan is preheated at medium high heat before cooking roti.
10. Best serve hot for a crunchy texture. Not well puffed will render a chewy texture, especially when cold.
Packaging For Immediate Consumption: Paper box or line with paper towel prior to wrapping with foil to prevent from sagging.
Refrigeration or Freezing. Do not add toppings for refrigeration or freezing. Use resealable plastic or a tight sealing container. Place parchment paper in between.
Thawing: Thaw frozen roti overnight in the refrigerator.
Reheating: Reheat over griddle or sprinkle with water then cover with damp cloth and microwave for 30 seconds.
Involve The Whole Family In Making
To make a fun full family activity, you can involve the entire family in making it. Mom, can take care of ingredients and tools preparation. Grown up kids can do the mixing. If not, Daddy mixes, kneads and flattens. Grannies or Mom can supervise. Mommy or teenage kids will grill. And smaller kids may put the spreads. Of course, everybody eats and takes their turn to chat or play.
Turn This To Passion Then Business
Very simple recipe and flowchart of procedure yet it requires skill to produce consistent quality roti.
In developing countries like mine, people are very keen to turn this into business using household kitchen facilities and tools.
Still, it needs only a small investment for those who want to make it a formal business.
You can plan and save to start implementing.
In this article, I have given a simple recipe which you can enjoy preparing for a family bonding. I have given a brief introduction of what is a roti . With it are also the recipe, kitchen tools to use, procedure, quality control tips and turning it into business idea once mastered.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my article and is scheduling doing it for a family bonding.
If you have any question or comment about it, feel free to write down on the comment section below and I will be glad to answer you.