Rumali Roti

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Roti or Indian flat breads have many variations and colors and Rumali Roti is a favorite among them. The name explains all about its looks and texture. Rumal is an Indian translation of handkerchief and this roti is as thin as a handkerchief hence called rumali roti. It is served with any curry veg. or non veg. as per choice and is available in most of the food joints and restaurants all over the world. Here we are explaining how to make this awesome variety of roti at home with ease.

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Procedure for making Rumali Roti

  1. Mix the whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour with salt and 1 tbsp of ghee. Add sufficient water to knee nice and soft dough. Coat few drops of oil all around dough and keep aside covered with a damp cloth for 15 – 20 minutes to rest.
  2. Place griddle (tawa) on medium heat. You may also put any big metallic mixing bowl upside down on the heat and use it for making rumali roti.
  3. After 15 to 20 minutes of rest divide dough into 4 or 6 roundels and roll them to almost equal diameter of around 5 to 6 inches.
  4. Brush some ghee or oil on upper surface of each semi rolled dough sheet and sprinkle some dry flour on it too. Spread it evenly all over the surface.
  5. Now put two sheets on one another so that greased surfaces face each other. Roll the joint roti with the help of a rolling pin and sprinkling some dry dough on the rolling board. Roll to as thin as possible.
  6. Place the rolled roti on hot tawa and cook until you sea some air puffs appear.
  7. Flip the roti to the other side and cook for a few more seconds. Then remove the roti from tawa and repeat the process with rest of the rolled rotis.
  8. Tear apart the cooked roti to its layers. They will get separated easily as you had brushed them with ghee and dry flour between two layers.
  9. Fold rumali rotis like a handkerchief i.e. first fold it like half moon and then again fold it to make a triangular shape.
  10. Serve hot with curry of your choice.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2

Cook’s Tips

  1. Adding all-purpose flour is a must to make rumali roti because it creates gluten in the dough which adds some elasticity to it. That doesn’t let it tear while rolling very thin.
  2. Dough should be very soft and smooth. Only then will you have nice soft rotis.

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