Rumali/Roomali Roti

By DK on Nov 13, 2008
Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti

Rumali Roti or Roomali Roti is a thin Indian flat bread. The term "Rumali" means "Handkerchief" and the name comes from the fact that this Roti is rolled out as thin as possible - almost paper thin and while cooking folded like a handkerchief. There is no leavening agents added to this type of Roti and makes use of the mix of Whole wheat and all purpose flour.

The art of making Roomali needs lots of technique and practice. Yeah - the number of times that has taken me to make rumali roti to a decent looking one is numerous and I still wouldn't consider myself a complete success.But if you pride yourself as someone who can twist,turn,throw a Pizza dough like your favorite bakery pizza guy - then you are in luck! Cos that's much needed to make this Roomali roti. What is Pizza making art to Italy is Roomali roti for Indians.

Basic Information
Prep Time: 30 min to 1 hour
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
Yield: Makes around 10 roomali rotis
  • 1-1/2 cup Whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup bread flour ( or all purpose flour/Maida)
  • 2 tbsp ghee/oil
  • salt to taste

Add all the ingredients together and knead well.

Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti

Add enough lukewarm water to make it into a soft dough.

Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti

Knead for 5-6 min until the dough becomes smooth and soft – not sticky. Set aside for 5 min.

Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti

Divide the dough into small sized rounds and press it well to make a round with your fingers. Roll it using a rolling pin, a bit.

Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti

Make sure that the edges are thin, since the center will anyway expand while you are tryign to throw it around and make it thin. If you want to skip the throwing in the air – then just use a rolling pin and make sure you do it as thin as possible till you can see the rolling board through the dough.It should be that transparent.

Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti

Once done, place a large iron skillet /non stick pan upside down on the stove. Heat it up until it is really hot. Sprinkle some salted water – upon sprinkling it should immediately fizzle out and dry out.

Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti

Now place your dough on top.

Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti

Small bubbles sort of thing will start appearing.

Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti

Turn it around.

Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti

now fold it into half.

Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti

Fold it again in half sideways. You are done. Just make sure that you don’t keep it for very long on the pan since it will dry out the roti and make it like papad ( or as the westerners say “Popadums”) and will break. It should still be soft to touch at the end of it. The whole process on the stove should last less than 10-20seconds.

Rumali Roti,Roomali Roti
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43 Responses to “Rumali/Roomali Roti”
  1. A perfect and healthy dish when hungry. I tried this recipe today… It came out very well…

  2. poornima

    I love to make rumali roti its smooth and it will be healthy food also

  3. appooes

    Very nicely made roomali roti dear, looks really soft..

  4. Ayesha

    Do u know to make rumali papad

  5. ranu

    :) i am going to try it.

  6. shobha srivastavaa

    I read the recipe of Rumali Roti for which I was searching for long.Thanks for it.

  7. Chetan

    With response to Ms Mina Joshi’s silly comments about the photos being a take-off!! Rest assured, these photos are no-where near similar.’ Rumali roti’ all over the world look alike!!!

    Yes they sure do Chetan. In defense of Mina Joshi, at the point of making this comment, the site was indeed using my picture and not theirs. Its seems to have changed now, I think –DK

  8. Being a blogger – I often notice similar pictures being used. Your picture of roomali roti is being used here: This website has being using several pictures from other bloggers including mine. :!:


  9. shabu

    Thnxs will try this wkend. Gud thing u showed both methods
    will try if cant do like experts thn will roll till thin.
    Can i ask u a favour to mail me chicken tawa kabab recepy.

    Thanks Shabu :) This is a Lacto Ovo Vegetarian site and hence I do not cook non-vegetarian recipes :) –DK

  10. rekhas kitchen

    wow one more recipe i am giong to try from u nice idea to fry roti.thanks for the recipe

  11. Andhra Flavors

    You done a great job. rumal roti is my fav. roti. we have a nice roti collection in ur blog.

  12. Roopa

    I also make these the same method:) Its come out very nice for you:)

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