Roomali Roti, Thin Indian Bread


Roomali, or rumali, means handkerchief. It is made with whole wheat flour and white flour, on top of a special roomali concave pot. I definitely do not have a roomali pot. Chances are, you don’t either. You can use a regular pot turned upside down, but that’s a different recipe. This recipe is for a quick and simple homemade roomali roti, which is a nice alternative to the everyday chapati.


  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • salt to taste
  • water for dough
  • rice flour, 3 tbsp
  • ghee, to spread on dough

To Make:

In a bowl mix both flours and salt. Add water a little at a time to make a very SOFT dough. The softness is the key here. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes.


Pot a flat pan on high heat.

Sprinkle a little flour on the dough and divide the dough into equal parts and put them into pairs. Take two pieces and flatten then gently. On one side of each, spread ghee, then dip the ghee side into the rice flour. Put the ghee sides of both pieces together. Roll into thin circle.


Put roti on pan. Once bubbles start forming flip it over. Once cooked, the roti will easily tear into two pieces. You can then fold into a handkerchief and serve.



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