Despite being a chapati-eating nation, India has failed to produce a viable roti-maker which can be homemaker-friendly.
All those variants of chapati-makers since the 1980s and 1990s left behind a taste of uselessness and highly uncomfortable, archaic and old-fashioned machinery in a country that can send a mission to Moon and Mars. All these machines require you to roll the dough, flatten it, watch it cook and remove it. Otherwise, the option is for giant chapati makers in mass kitchens that churn out hundreds of rotis for hundreds of people, good for temples and hotels.
However, a group of NRIs living in Singapore has come out with what billions in the country failed to innnovate — a roti-maker just for a housewife. Yes, it has become a dream come true for millions of ordinary women and mothers to look forward to something that is friendly and easy to operate.
It’s called ROTIMATIC and an advertisement for it is going viral in India. Made by a Singapore-based startup, Zimplistic, the video shows how the roti maker works with the modern simple technology.
All you have to do is to pour flour, water and oil in containers and insert them in the machine like inserting inks in an inkjet printer. After that you can choose the settings — thicness, softness and oil content.
There you go and the chapatis of your choice are out of the printer-like machine and the speed could be one chapati per minute.
The first batch of applications for pilot project have been closed and the firm is likely to make the devices available this month, December in Singapore. The second batch of applications will be taken up for distribution of the product in Singapore next month but it may take more than 6 months to enter India, where it is badly needed and highly in demand.
The price? The company is still tight-lipped about the price tag.