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Unleavened Flat Bread

  • Serves 4
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Cook 5 mins

Eaten with almost all Indian meals, the bread is great for mopping up sauces.

Hari says

An absolute staple for north Indian food. I love roti and have been known to eat a fair few in one sitting. These are made from atta which is a whole wheat flour that comes from hard wheat grown across the Indian sub continent. This flour is made by grinding the whole of the wheat grain which gives a light creamy brown flour. Because atta has a high gluten content the dough can be rolled out nice and thin and toasted on a griddle pan until they puff up like little pillows of air. There is a real skill to making roti and its a skill that Indian women are judged on - I have been making these since I was about 9 and even now my mother complains that they are not thin and round enough! If you can't find atta a substitute would be to mix equal amounts of a whole wheat flour and plain flour.

This quantity will make about 12 roti's.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 500g whole-wheat flour (atta)
  • 300ml Water approx.
  • 1 tsp butter or oil


  1. Put the atta in a bowl and adding a little water at a time bring the flour together with your hands to make dough.
  2. Start to knead the dough using your knuckles, folding it over as you go. The dough should come together and come away from your hand and the bowl. If it is sticky add a little more flour and continue to knead. The dough needs to be soft but not sloppy. Set to one side for at least half an hour before making the roti.
  3. Put some dry atta on a flat plate for dusting. Heat up the thava on the lowest setting, flour your hands and take a tangerine sized ball of dough.
  4. Roll the dough in the palms of your hands creating a smooth ball.
  5. Flatten it using your fingers then holding the dough in one hand rotate it round and flatten out with the other. 
  6. Flour again and begin to roll out. Turn it over, flour and roll again, try not to let it stick. When it is about 7cm in diameter pick it up and pass from one hand the other as if you are clapping.
  7. This evens it out and removes the excess flour.
  8. To cook, heat the tava which is an Indian griddle pan (but a non stick frying pan will do) and carefully place the roti flat on to it. Try not to let the roti fold.
  9. You will see the colour of the roti darken after about 10 seconds, turn the roti over. If using gas - turn the heat down a little and when bubbles appear after about 10 seconds take the thava off the hob and put the roti directly onto the flame.
  10. The roti will begin to puff up, turn it over using tongs and move it around so it doesn't burn. If you are not using a gas cooker or are not comfortable using a naked flame leave the roti on the pan. Turn the heat down a little and when bubbles appear turn the roti over. Using a clean tea towel gently press the top of the roti and it will begin to blow up with hot steam.
  11. Work quickly, turning and pressing until it has all blown up. Be careful not to burn yourself. Remove the roti and set it on a clean tea towel and cover to keep warm. 

Served with

Smear with butter and serve.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)1
of which saturates (g)0
Carbohydrates (g)24
of which sugars (g)0
Fibre (g)4
Protein (g)5
Salt (mg)4
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (5)

  • Hari Ghotra

    Hari Ghotra

    01 July 2015 at 17:17 |
    Hi Shugz Do you mean when you cook it on the tava? When you do the patter cake motion try to shake off as much of the dry atta from the roti. Does that make sense? Thanks Hari


  • Shugz


    01 July 2015 at 04:55 |
    Hi, I was wondering if you could help me. When I make the roti and put it in the tabs there seams to be altogether white dry atta left on the roti why is this happening?


  • Hari Ghotra

    Hari Ghotra

    20 April 2015 at 10:50 |
    Welcome to the HG Curry club! Looking forward to hearing about the dishes you cook - what are you going to try first?


  • Marilyn


    14 April 2015 at 09:39 |
    Hello Hari,

    Just joining your community of Indian food lovers!



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