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How to make soft phulkas | roti(with video)

   Phulka| Chapathi| Soft rotis, fluffy unleavened Indian flat breads made with whole wheat. Phulkas or rotis are popular in almost every Indian cuisine. They can be had at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Filled with the wholesome goodness of wheat, they are extremely healthy and easy to digest even for the elderly. Ever since my in laws were diagnosed with diabetes, I started making phulkas regularly for dinner at home. Initially, getting perfectly round and soft rotis was a bit of a struggle. Like
for several other dishes, for phulkas too I got inspiration from my mom who is an expert at making them. With practice, you can get soft and round rotis used to be her mantra. After a few months of practice, I can confidently make soft and round phulkas/rotis. On request from a friend, I have posted a video of the recipe.
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  • In a wide bowl add the whole wheat flour( I used ashirvad atta) add salt and mix water slowly to make a pliable dough. Add a few drops of oil and cover the dough and keep it aside for 15 minutes to 1/2 an hour.
  • The resting time will release more gluten from the dough and make it even soft.
  • While kneading the dough, do not press hard while kneading. Once it is fully done knead it hard by pressing it nicely.
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  • Keep a small amount of flour for dusting and make the dough into equal balls.


  • Roll them into round rotis dusting in the flour when needed. Do not dust too much as this will turn the roti dry.
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  • Heat a non stick tawa and it should be in a medium low flame.
  • Place the rolled roti on the tawa on cook for few seconds and turn it on the other side.
  • Cook till you see small bubbles.
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  • Take out the tawa from the stove and place this roti on the direct flame and you can see the roti puffs up.
  • When done on one side flip it and cook on the other side. This step you can get fast once you start practicing.
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  • Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the roti dough balls.
  • Normally i use this type of tong to handle this hot phulkas.
  • Brush this with oil or ghee if you want, but without this also the rotis will stay soft.

Here is the video of making puffed rotis. Kindly bear with the poor quality as it was taken early in the morning when i was making rotis for kids lunch box.
Video of how to roll phulkas

  • I served with paneer butter masala on that day. You can have with any SIDE DISH of your choice.


  1. While kneading the dough little milk can also be added as this will give very soft rotis.
  2. If using hot water for making dough, the rotis will be soft but you can not make soft rotis with the left over dough for the next day for making chapathi.
  3. While putting the rotis on direct flame be careful not to make any small tear roti else it won’t puff up.
  4. While putting the roti on direct flame flip it soon , if they get over cooked then it will be crispy as a papad.
  5. Some people will add a tblsp of yogurt while kneading the dough . As i haven’t personally tried this i don’t now how this will come out.
  6. The most important thing is making the dough in a right consistency.Ensure that it should be soft. If it is too watery also then you have to dust this too much and finally end up in making dry rotis.
  7. If it is hard then the rotis will become hard. With few times of practise you can get it right.

I am going on a break for 2 weeks and will be missing all the nice recipes around the blog sphere , i have scheduled few posts during this break time and see you back after a while.
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  1. Wow… Superb Jey!!! I wish I can master this soon, as my rotis are always amoeba shaped or papad like.. Thanks for the video too!! 🙂 Have a fun-filled vacation..

    • No I didn't put any ring or mesh on the stove top, my burner has the one ( in built), Somehow i am not good in handling both tawa and a wire mesh(which many people use for making phulkas)

    • Hi gayatri, the tawa which i use is the Hawkins brand Futura one. You can get in most of the shops in chennai and i got it from Chennai Ratna stores, Pondy bazzar.

  2. nice ones i usually use milk, but u cannot use it next day, but chapathis comes softly. u can add little sugar and salt to get puffed ones.

  3. Nice post Jeyashri…very useful for many people who don't know how to make soft phulkas. I too make the phulkas same way, but instead of non stick I use iron tawa. Keep your videos flowing it.

  4. Had phulkas only in restaurants & wondered how they made those very soft. You have unraveled the mystery with this great post. A simple step of cooking it over direct flame make all the difference. It came out very soft to my surprise. Tomorrow I am buying the long tong & wire mesh. Thanks for sharing the secret !!! 🙂

  5. Thank u soooooooooo much. U ve given exactly I was looking out for. I actually don't like eating chapathis & moreover have tried making chapathis which has always been hard which made me quit even thinking abt making rot is. But always loved eating soft Punjabi phulkas @hotel. Now ur blog is like an eye opener for me. Its inspired me totally NW 🙂 will not quit until I become an expert rot I maker. Thanks a ton 🙂 🙂 🙂 ur blog is Perfectly wat the reader is looking out for. Awesome

  6. Though it's daily meal… my mouth is watering only by reading the procedure… thanks for sharing… my rotis never come out round… and soft.. I will keep trying… any idea of this can be done in microwave as I feel it's all about temperature that makes my roti crisp


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