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400g flour

½ pint water

Butter (optional)


  1. Add the flour to a large bowl. Alternatively, a mixer can be used
  2. Add about half of the water to the bowl and mix with the flour to bring the dough together
  3. Knead the dough with the knuckles of your fingers
  4. Slowly add the rest of water until a smooth dough is formed
  5. Cover the dough with a damp towel for 30 minutes - 1 hour. This step is optional but recommended for a smooth dough
  6. After the dough has rested knead it again and divide it into 8 equal parts
  7. Switch on the gas to a medium flame under the tava
  8. Take one ball of dough and flatten it out using dried flour
  9. Roll it out to make a round roti shape
  10. Place the roti on the tava
  11. Let it cook on one side for a few seconds until bubbles are beginning to form. It is important that the underside of the roti does not get cooked too much, that you can see dark spots
  12. Using kitchen tongs turn the roti over on the tava.
  13. Cook the other side pressing it down with a clean tea towel.
  14. Finally for the puffing stage: use kitchen tongs to turn the roti over on the tava. Either press it down with a clean tea towel or place it directly over a flame to cook the underside of the roti
  15. Butter the roti (optional)
  16. Similarly follow steps 8-15 to make the rest of the rotis