India’s Beloved Flatbread Roti

Baking is actually a science, particularly when it comes to bread. Fortunately, the smart people of India dreamed up an effortless, healthy, and delectable flatbread with nominal science behind it: chapati roti. 

India is a land of humongous multiplicity that’s replicated in its cookery traditions—and its extensive variety of regional bread is no exemption. The impact of multiple cultures and diverse geographical regions of India is undoubtedly palpable in the smorgasbord of Indian bread on offer. The rotis, parathas, and bhakri (millet rotis) are customarily an inherent part of everyday meals. The foreign settlers and migrants, also, left a mark on bread: The impact from Portugal to Tibet is seen in, for instance, Goa’s well-liked pav and Himachal’s lesser-recognized steamed bread, tingmo.

From accompanying your scrambled eggs in the morning, stifling it in butter to take on the go, or being on dipping duty for Indian-inspired eats, there are no rules to having chapati roti as long as it’s appetizing. 

Though rice is a staple for a huge part of India, bread is very much an element of the daily diet. Indian bread is prepared in all shapes and sizes, flat or fluffy, leavened or unleavened, soft or hard. They may be roasted, fried, roasted, or steamed; round, oblong, square, or triangle-shaped. Some bread in India simply needs to be braced with their other half, like chhole bhature, makki roti-sarson ka saag, pav bhaji, luchis-aloo dum, and litti-chokha. Some are standalone, satisfying dishes, such as stuffed parathas. Just add a stroke of butter and a dash of tasty pickle and you’re good to go.

Rotis are prepared by mixing wholewheat flour, called atta, salt, and water into the unleavened dough (also known as Atta). The salt is discretionary. Several households don’t put the salt in whilst kneading the dough. Once the dough is prepared, it’s leveled out with a rolling pin. These flattened dough parts are cooked on both sides on a heated pan or Tawa. The dough flattening needs a little bit of flair and lots of practice.

It’s as much an Indian culinary table essential as rice. And whilst North India is recognized to be predominantly hooked with this oldest flatbread, there is no disagreement that it is one of the easy-to-take-to and yet one of the delicate dishes to make – both shape and softness wise. Indeed, no meal in India is absolute without this quintessential flatbread.