Friday, March 18, 2011

Roti recipe | phulka recipe | how to make whole wheat soft rotis or phulkas


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roti recipe


Roti recipe, soft phulka recipe; how to make soft rotis with step by step pictures.

Phulka or Indian flatbread is popularly known as roti,  is usually made by warming up the roti on both sides in an iron tawa and put on hot coal to puff up....since hot coal is not available, I usually put on gas to puff up, sometimes makes them with just cooking them on the tawa only.

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I got a few mails asking me how to make a roti/phulka....my Indian friends who are experts in roti making please excuse this post.....most days dinner for my family will be roti with some curry.....to compensate my kids indulgence in sinful treats, I always make roti without even a wee bit of ghee or oil.....I usually don't buy whole wheat flour, I always grind wheat in the local mill and store it.....

Ofcourse, you can knead the dough with ghee/butter/oil to get extra softness....but I just knead the dough with plenty of love till my hands ache to get a smooth dough. Since this is almost a staple food....I try to make it as healthy as possible to compensate on the cakes, cookies, parathas, samosas....
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I am giving a detailed explanation on how to puff up the roti......it does not require much expertise....it is just all about the right heating of the roti on the tawa....the 1st side which is put on the tawa must have less spots and the 2nd side must be on the tawa for a few more seconds more to get  more brown spots.......and only the 1st side should be put on the flame.....so lets get cooking!!!

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how to make soft rotis or phulkas with step by step pictures and tips.
Yields: 12-13 rotis
1. Put the wheat flour in a bowl, mix with salt, and make a well in the middle, pour about half cup of water and simply mix with your hand adding more water to make it into a dough.
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2. Put the dough on the kitchen counter and knead it again preferably with both hands till you get a smooth dough.
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3. Pinch off from the dough into equal sized balls and put it back into the same bowl and toss it in flour...so that it does not stick.

4. Simply roll out into a round disc with your rolling pin, dust with a little flour to avoid sticking.

5. Meanwhile heat the tawa to medium heat and put the rolled out roti on to it.

6. Cook till small brown spots appear on it...about 30 seconds.

7. Again turn over and cook the other side, it should have a few more brown spots than the 1st side...about 30-40 seconds.

8. Now put the 1st side (the side which has less brown spots or the side which was first put on the tawa) directly into the flame with the help of a tong....the roti will puff up instantly.

9. Then cook the other side too.

Your phulka is ready.....likewise do the same method with the remaining dough.

Now to make chapathi after both sides are cooked gently press each side with a flat spoon.


or press with a clean kitchen towel

Serve hot with any Veg curry, Channa masala,  or Butter chicken....or can store in a casserole for later use.
soft roti recipe

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Roti recipe | phulka recipe | how to make whole wheat soft rotis or phulkas


PREP TIME: 10 mins    |  COOK TIME: 20 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  roti recipe  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Whole wheat flour/Atta: 2 cups
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • Water enough to knead the dough


  METHOD:

  1. Put the wheat flour in a bowl, mix with salt, and make a well in the middle, pour about half cup of water and simply mix with your hand adding more water to make it into a dough.
  2. Put the dough on the kitchen counter and knead it again preferably with both hands till you get a smooth dough
  3. Pinch off from the dough into equal sized balls and put it back into the same bowl and toss it in flour...so that it does not stick.
  4. Simply roll out into a round disc with your rolling pin, dust with a little flour to avoid sticking.
  5. Meanwhile heat the tawa to medium heat and put the rolled out roti on to it.
  6. Cook till small brown spots appear on it, about 30 seconds.
  7. Again turn over and cook the other side, it should have a few more brown spots than the 1st side, about 30-40 seconds.
  8. Now put the 1st side (the side which has less brown spots or the side which was first put on the tawa) directly into the flame with the help of a tong. The roti will puff up instantly
  9. Then cook the other side too.
  10. Once all the rotis are done, wrap in a clean kitchen towel until it is served.

NOTES

  • You can grease your hand with little oil or ghee and knead the dough.

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46 comments:

  1. Perfectly cooked rotis!!!! Very well explained too nisa...
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  2. nicely explained good for beginners

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  3. Thanks for linking up and sharing your recipe!!

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. You know Nisa when I got married I knew many dishes to cook but making chapatis was never my cup of tea. then I learnt this from my maid :-) So this is indeed a good post for beginners

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. They looks super soft,healthy and fabulous, prefect post for beginners..

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  6. Healthy and soft chapatis,well explained dear.

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  7. That was a wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing this delicious bread!

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  8. nice step by step recipe to make the phulka. A nicely puffed up soft roti is so good to have with just about any curry.

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  9. Great step by step procedure with pictures...

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  10. Great photographs!Congrats on scoring a century! May you get many more

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  11. They looks super soft,healthy and fabulous...

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  12. I want to learn to make this bread, and you've provided this wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much for linking to Food on Fridays, so I have it handy! :)

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  13. I would love to step into your kitchen and watch you cook. I am certain you have many other interesting recipes, and this flat bread is awesome!

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  14. This looks so healthy and yummy :) I've not made chapati in a while... I will try this soon :)

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  15. Thank you all for the lovely thoughts.

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  16. wow..phulka looks so soft...nice step by step pics
    first time here....u hv a lovely space with awesome recipes....visit mine as time permits
    sanyukta
    http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

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  17. looks soft and yummy nicely prsented

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  18. great! I get the same details using a less tiresome method... I have the chappati maker... tang ta nan... :)

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  19. Oh look, you've made this recipe seem so easy. I especially love the puffing. Neato. Thanks for linking to the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  20. I usually cook mine only on the tawa, thats how my mum and grandma did it ... i must try this and see if there is any difference!

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  21. Thanks for the recipe! I miss rotis as i am trying to stick to a healthy diet.. this looks like a great option to keep the calories at a low ..tthanks!

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  22. very nic phulka that i have ever eaten....
    this makes me so intrested in cooking such an easy steps.....

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  23. I just discovered your blog and have never tried Indian food before...this and your butter chicken recipes especially appealed to me! I am so anxious to try out some of your recipes! Thank you for sharing them.

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  24. what is rotis??? is it a tortilla??

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    1. @Michelle bryan, thank u for stopping by....about your query, rotis are not tortilla and they are made with whole wheat flour....it is one of the staple bread of India otherwise known as Indian flatbread. It is more healthy as it is made with whole wheat....hope this helps.

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  25. Hi Michelle. Roti is different from tortilla in its dough. Roti dough is kneaded till its stretchy and elastic. However this is not necessary is tortilla. Because of this roti has a totally different feel

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  26. You have described the method really well and your rotis are so pretty! :) They look very soft and look how thin they are :) Great post!

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    1. Maham-thank you so much for your lovely inspiration.

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    2. Thank u for your lovely healthy roti recipe. May I ask the water use to make the roti, is it hot or cold water.

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    3. Hi Nissa, I use tap water....room temp water...hope this helps :)

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  27. Thank you for sharing the photos and the step by step instructions. I make my chapatti with whole wheat flour but I think I overwork it, add too much flour and brown it too much. Your pictures make a huge difference for me. My husband loves to eat the chapatti I make at home, it is so easy and so healthy.
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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  28. I made these rotis with my daughter today. They were simple and very delicious. I never knew rotis were so easy. They are a new favorite.

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    1. Anon-Hi, thank u so much for stopping by......and for the amazing feedback...

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  29. Any chance this would work with a gluten-free flour?

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  30. Nisa...I am supposed to be a lazy bum... Wow....you have done a great job!!!!! Keep going!!! I am not a great cook but i believe that a PINCH OF LOVE always makes the dish yummier... Appreciate your patience!!! I am definitely going to try making rotis... My son vouches for the fact that i am an awful roti maker...

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    1. Hi Linu, thank you for stopping by and for the inspiration!!

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  31. Looks delicious! Can you also post how to make puri or poori?

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    1. Thank you Kath dela Cruz for stopping by...Oh yes, I will do a post on poori...still if you dont have the patience to wait...just shoot a mail to contactnisahomey@gmail.com I will give the detail recipe!!

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  32. Hello Nisa,
    Thank you for the great tutorial. For the step in which you put the roti on the open flame would it work on an electric range? Thank you, Lisa

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    1. I have not tried it personally, but I guess it would work....do let me know how it came out....thanks for stopping by :)

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  33. I cant spread atta into circles its sticking, i kept aside for hours but also no way.
    How to avoid that

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  34. i always end up putting more flour than what is required. ;(

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  35. Now I know why my chappati is not so soft,I didn't put it on the direct flame! Thanks for showing us how:D

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