It’s so frustrating.
Buying a roti maker should be easy, but it’s not.
Some say it works, some say it doesn’t.
Some say use same atta, some say make a different atta.
Some say its easy to use, some say it’s not.
Since there is so much contradiction regarding roti makers, we decided to mention 6 important things to keep in mind when you are buying/using a roti maker.
1. Cheap = Usually Bad
There are many instances when a branded and expensive product doesn’t give you any advantage over a generic brand product.
But in the case of a roti maker, it’s not the case.
When you purchase a roti maker, getting a branded roti maker is extremely important. Getting an generic, cheap product would be a huge mistake.
A branded roti maker will ensure that your rotis cook uniformly and taste good. An unbranded roti maker will leave a bad taste in the mouth.
That is why you should always get a roti maker made by a well known, reputed brand. For details, see our trusted brands for roti makers.
2. Dough Should Be Softer and Stickier than Usual
The dough or atta in the roti maker has to be very different from the dough used while making regular rotis.
Compared to the regular dough/atta, the dough prepared for the atta maker has to be * softer and stickier * than regular dough.
To make the ideal dough for roti maker, follow these instructions.
- Start making the dough regularly.
- Add 15-20% more water than usual.
- No need to kneed the dough too much.
- After you have finished, let the dough rest for 1 Hour for best results.
3. Always Prepare Fresh Dough
Roti makers don’t produce good rotis with stored/refrigerated atta. If you use atta that was stored in the fridge, your rotis would come out hard and crisp (like papad) instead of soft.
For this reason, you should always prepare fresh dough when you intend to use an atta maker. Read our instructions above on how to prepare the atta. A general idea would be to prepare dough 20 minutes in advance.
4. Let the Dough Rest for 1 Hour Before Making Roti
The dough you make for an atta maker should be rested. That means that you should prepare the dough and then let it sit for 1 hour before you start making the rotis.
When the dough is rested, the gluten strands will form in the dough which will make the rotis much softer.
Of course that is an ideal scenario. No body wants to wait an hour for the dough to rest if they are hungry. If you are in a hurry, you can get good rotis by resting the dough for 10-15 minutes as well.
5. Use a Little Oil When Creating Atta Balls
To ensure that your rotis come out smooth and fresh tasting, use a little oil when creating dough balls.
There is no need to mix the oil deep in the dough. Just oil your hands gently before making the dough balls. This will help with 2 things.
- The oil on the surface will distribute the heat evently and make delicious roti.
- Even though the dough we used is sticky, it won’t stick to your hands.
Just make sure to not over do it. A gently glaze on the surface is sufficient to make a good roti with roti maker.
6. Consume the Roti as Soon as Possible.
Many people carry rotis in their lunch box and eat them later. However, when you prepare rotis with a roti makes, you cannot do that.
Since the dough for roti makers is made differently, the rotis made with roti maker harden much quiker. So make rotis with a roti maker only when you are sitting down to eat.
Also, if you are looking to purchase a roti maker to make rotis to take for lunch, unfortunately it won’t work for you.
We hope we were able to answer all your questions about how to use a roti maker in detail. If you think you are ready to buy a roti maker, then check out our pick for the best roti maker in India.
To check out all the brands that make good roti makers in India, see our comparison on different roti makers in India.