Soft translucent almost ethereal…melt in the mouth Roomali Roti, here now, gone in a moment! They have been playing hide n seek with me for almost a decade now!
However thanks to my friend Priyanka Sushant Varma, and her inspired tips, I finally cracked them! When the quest is so difficult, the journey so long and the victory so complete….all I’d like to say, Thank You Priyanka!
Make a soft pliable rough dough using atta and warm water. Cover and rest the dough for 5 minutes.
Now add a few drops of olive oil and knead.
Cover & leave aside for another 5 minutes and then re-knead for 2 more times, resting the dough for 5 min each time.
Yes it’s a little time consuming….but very important for the final result!
Next take a lemon size piece of dough and divide into 4 parts. You will use 2 of these parts together at one time.
Now take one part and roll out into a really thin translucent roti using maida as parottan.
The roti should resembles a piece of cloth (Roomal) keep aside.
Now roll out another part in the same way.
Brush with oil, sprinkle lightly with rice flour.
Place the first roti on top.
Press down and roll out again to almost cover the entire chakla.
Now, cook this roti on a very hot Tawa/nonstick for 10 seconds each side.
Lift off, carefully peel open to separate the two rotis that were earlier stuck together.
Fold and keep within moist paper towels in a casserole!
Serve warm with your fav entrees…we enjoyed them with palak paneer and baingan ka bharta
PS: Once you separate the rotis they must be so thin and translucent that when you place them on printed paper, you should be able to read through them! At first it might be difficult, but with time I’m sure you’ll get there…just like I did! 🙂