Rumali Roti

Rumali Roti recipe

One of the popular bread offered at Indian restaurants is the rumali roti. These soft, thin rotis can be folded like a handkerchief due to their thinness. You could only get it in restaurants, since it is hard to make..But this recipe is so easy ,so that you could make it in home. While making this roti, heat the tawa to a high heat..cook the roti on both sides very quickly..The roti should not be too brown.

Thin texture is the main differentiator in this roti as compared to other varieties of roti or chapati.

Ingredient for rumali roti

For dough:

  • cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ Cup Maida (All Purpose Flour)
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • ½ Cup Warm Milk
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ Cup Water Adjust as needed

Instructions for rumali roti

  1. Take a mixing bowl and add wheat flour, maida and salt and mix well. Add warm milk and knead the dough.
  2. Once the dough is nicely kneaded and soft and smooth, gradually add water. Once more kneading the dough for a few minutes after adding the oil, cover it with a moist cloth and let it rest for an hour.
  3. Make large lemon-sized balls out of the dough after one hour. The dough ball should be twice as big as a typical chapati. Because the dough ball must be rolled into a thick and wide roti.
  4. Roll the dough balls into very thin rotis using a rolling pin when dusted with flour. You should ensure that the edges are thinner than the centre. Roll it out as thinly as you can You should be able to see your fingers if you hold the roti in your hand.
  5. Heat the tawa to a high heat and put this on to the tawa
  6. When you see the bubbles in the roti, quickly flip the roti to other side. Quickly flip the roti to avoid burning of the roti. As the tawa is too hot, all the rotis are cooked very quickly.
  7. Cook all of the rumali rotis by using the same technique. They are so soft and thin that you can fold them into a triangle with ease. They should be wrapped in a tissue and kept in an airtight container because they are too thin and mushy to be served.
  8. Serve roomali roti hot with north indian main course of dal or curries.

Tips and variation

  1. The dough has to be kneaded very well.
  2. Both an inverted tawa and a kadai can be used to make rumali roti. Even without inverting the tawa, you can make things on it.
  3. For best results use a heavy iron tawa
  4. The dough should be smooth but also slightly sticky.
  5. The rotis should not be overroasted or overcooked because this makes them hard.
  6. Rumali roti can be made both on an inverted tawa or kadai.


Calories 104kcal
Fat 7g
Carbohydrates 22g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium 8mg

Rumali Roti

Also read: Dal Makhani Recipe

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