My Rotimatic Review

A few days back I was contacted by the people at Rotimatic if I was interested in reviewing the worlds first roti making robot. I was elated and very excited. I immediately said yes and I couldn’t wait to receive it.

We have been testing Rotimatic since almost a few weeks and I have simply fallen in love with it.

Rotimatic is the worlds first automatic roti making robot. In most of the desi households women spend a lot of time making rotis for breakfast lunch and dinner. Who doesn’t love to eat roti at meals. And Rotimatic is a blessing for all roti loving families.

As some of you may know, I have been blessed with a second baby Alhamdulillah and she is growing up fast Mashallah. But life with babies means no time to spend in the kitchen and we rely heavily on help, especially on someone who can send home cooked meals. I cannot tell you how much I missed eating roti and if I was able to request someone for a few fresh handmade rotis, I profoundly blessed them.

Heres how it works: To make Rotis, I switch it on and simply fill the containers of the Rotimatic with flour, water and oil, select the level of thickness and the amount of oil I prefer. It takes about 6 minutes to warm up and begins making delicious rotis for us all while I am busy looking after kids and doing other things. The rotis are about 6 inch in diameter, and perfectly roasted and round in shape. I was initially using a brand of flour not suggested for use by Rotimatic and I was getting undone rotis, but when I switched to using Aashirwaad aata, the problem solved. The rotis were simply perfect. It has made my life so much easier and we get to enjoy healthy rotis at meals Alhamdulillah.

I have tried spinach roti, masala roti and plain roti. So many options, how awesome is that. Inshallah I would like to try making aloo roti using Rotimatic. There is also an option for puri making. You need to sync your Rotimatic on your phone and keep yourself updated with all the latest updates.

Rotimatic is pricey and a large and heavy machine that occupies a space similar to that of a microwave oven on your countertop. It does make a loud sound when operating, which I didn’t like. But its a great gadget in my opinion. It makes perfectly round rotis, and the amount of oil it uses even on the max setting is very little, which means it makes very healthy rotis, which are just as good as handmade rotis. If I feel like indulging I simply brush then with ghee or oil. Wrap them all up in a napkin to keep warm and soft. After each use, I simply hand wash the parts which takes me just a few seconds and then after they have dried, the assembly doesn’t take much time either and is very easy.

Power Consumption (Idle vs In-Use)

Power Consumption Chart

Since some people might be curious regarding the power consumption of this machine, I decided to add these numbers in. In comparison, Rotimatic draws power in the same range as an oven. From the power consumption chart for making 10 Rotis, with least thickness and 3/4 roast level, it started to draw in the ~1500W range as it warmed up the griddle, water etc. then once those were warm, the consumption tapers off with peaks when the Rotimatic is making the individual rotis. You can probably make out the 10 peaks for the 10 rotis. The time to make 10 rotis was a little under 30 min when including the cool down time. Due to the WiFi capabilities of Rotimatic, it draws about 2.3W even when turned off, something to note.

Here is a video I made using my Rotimatic which will you give an idea about how this machine works.

I am in love with my Rotimatic and I certainly recommend it. You can purchase this awesome home appliance for yourselves by clicking here.

Luv,
Mona

Shalgam ka Salan and a Giveaway

Other than just eating raw in salads, there are so many different ways to enjoy this humble winter root vegetable. Grown mostly in temperate climates, turnips are creamy white in color with a reddish purple upper crown where they have been exposed to sunlight. They have a pungent flavour similar to raw cabbage or radishes and becomes mild after cooking.

Turnips – Shalgam

About 100 gm of turnip root contains just 30 calories and contains Vitamin C. This underappreciated root vegetable packs a nutritional wallop that includes impressive stores of lutein, beta carotenes, riboflavin, magnesium, carotene, manganese, folate, calcium and iron. So for all these good reasons remember to buy them every once in a while during your grocery shopping and include them in your diets. Here’s a simple curry for you all to try this vegetable out.

Shalgam ka Salan – Turnip Curry

Ingredients:

Turnips/Shalgam – 5, peeled and chopped into pieces
Canola oil – 3 tbsp
Onions – 2, medium sized, finely sliced
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Salt – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Green chillies – 2, small, finely chopped
Cilantro – 3 tbsp, finely chopped

Shalgam ka Salan – Turnip Curry

Method:

In a saucepan, add oil and as soon as it warms up, add the sliced onions and fry until they are light brown in color. Add ginger garlic paste and fry along for a minute. Add red chilli powder, green chillies, chopped cilantro, salt and turmeric powder and about 2 tbsp water. Mix and cook for a minute. Add the chopped turnip and pour in about 1/2 cup water. Mix well and cover with a lid. Let it cook until the turnips are soft. Serve warm along with parathas.

The Giveaway:

A few days the Tetley Canada tea team had contacted me if I would be interested in giving away a basket full of their teas. To which I gladly accepted and here is a chance for you to win this gift basket with a range of aromatic herbal teas to extinguish all your winter blues and warm up your body.

Tetley Tea is on a mission to help Canadians get more “colourful” with their new line of herbal teas. As you know, colour influences our lives every day. In the home, a bedroom that’s painted paled blue an have a calming affect. Wearing red can illicit a sense of energy and excitement. Our colour choices can have dramatic effects on our mood and well being. Now you can match or even influence your mood using colour with this new line of herbal teas for a little Tetley Colour Therapy.

Discover which tea will suit your mood by visiting TetleyColourTherapy.com

This giveaway is limited to within Canada only (excluding Quebec, due to shipping, sorry!). Leaving a comment on my blog enters you a chance to win. One randomly-picked winner will be chosen. Contest closes on midnight December 15th 2010. Good Luck!

Luv,
Mona