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Classic Indian Roti

shakti's picture
Learn how to make Roti, Indian flat bread which is part of everyday Indian meal. This Roti recipe shows how whole wheat dough is roasted directly on the stove. It is a classic and basic Indian recipe.
  Whole wheat flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs) (To Make Dough)
  Butter 2 Teaspoon (To smear on top) (Optional)

1. In a bowl, take flour.
2. Add water to the flour and knead it into a soft dough.
3. Heat a tava or griddle.
4. Make a golf-size ball from the dough.
5. Flatten it, dust it with the flour and start rolling it.
6. Roll it till it is of a desired size and put it on the hot tava or griddle.
7. When bubbles start forming, it is time to flip the roti. Let it cook for a minute.
8. Remove roti from tava and cook it directly on the flame. It will fluff up.
9. Flip on the other side and cook that side as well.
10. Smear butter over it, if you like it.

11. Serve Classic Indian Roti with dry vegetables or vegetable curry.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
5 Minutes
Ready In: 
10 Minutes
Indian Flat Bread
All of you, who are searching for the easiest recipe of roti or Indian flat bread - here is the one. Roti - the versatile Indian flat bread, is quite easy to prepare at home, only needs few days of practice. Once you develop the skill, it becomes easy to serve soft and fluffy rotis with anything of your choice.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 238 Calories from Fat 28

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3 g5%

Saturated Fat 1.5 g7.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 5.4 mg1.8%

Sodium 3.5 mg0.1%

Total Carbohydrates 47 g15.7%

Dietary Fiber 7.9 g31.7%

Sugars 0.3 g

Protein 9 g17.9%

Vitamin A 1.4% Vitamin C

Calcium 2.3% Iron 14%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Miss.World's picture
thank you Shakti for this video! I never knew its this easy to make Roti :)
Thumper's picture
Excellent video. Thank you very much. I will try making roti.
sumoanand's picture
roti is one of the difficult thing to make :(
chrispl8r's picture
I was wondering if there's a reason why you use that kind of rolling-pin? It looks a little harder to use than the ones that spin.
Food.Sage's picture
Hey Chrisp, This rolling pin has been a part of Indian household since before any living Indian on this planet was born ;-). It's just that people grow up with this; so even if you give the one which rolls, they won't find it comfortable. But another practical reason is that, the ones that roll are too expensive for an average Indian household and the whether will not allow the mechanism to last that long. On the other hand, these are very cheap and can last up to 50 years or even more, if used and stored properly. Indians actually roll this single piece of wood between their thumb and finger's grip. You should see someone using it, it's quite an art using this equipment. ;-)
Jayashree's picture
Hi Sakthi, I do roti the same way, so I have uploaded your video in my webpage, Thanks.
srividya76's picture
Hello Shakti Just now i was going through your recipe summary. Under the main ingredients it shows the ingredients as alcohol. kindly check the error . Your recipes are great and I like them a lot.
Nu's picture
I like this chic, she kept things simple, nowI no longer feel intimidated to make roti...
Anonymous's picture
How many rotis (this size) does one person eat?
azariah's picture
George5770's picture
Why isn't this working for you? Answer: Learn from my mistake and save yourself time and trouble. This will not work with most western whole wheat flours, they are too roughly and inconsistently milled. Go to your local Indian grocery and ask for chapati flour, (atta for chapatis) - they will give you the correct flour. Also, let it rest a few minutes before forming the balls.
Anonymous's picture
@George5770: This does work with the flour bought in a regular grocery store. Last time I bought King Arthur brand whole wheat flour at Publix (I live in Miami)and the rotis came out perfectly fine. Now I need not go to the Indian store whenever I run out of flour.
Fiena's picture
Hi Shakti: I need a wheatfree recipe. Do you make Roti with any different flours? You mentioned chickpea flour for one other recipe, can you make roti with it too?
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