Some time ago, Prerna, a friend and customer of GitaDini, told us how she wished the Rotito Rolling Board had existed some time ago when she struggled to make perfect rotis as a newly-wed. Being a great storyteller, she agreed to share her story with us about how the Rotito Rolling Board inspired her to try pita bread for the first time.
“It’s not rocket science honey, it’s just a roti. You’ll get there slowly,” my mother would say every time I would fret over the fact that I couldn’t even make a roti. I had just gotten engaged and in 5 months I was about to get married. I was planning to move to the US with the love of my life. We were more than ready to build our own nest and begin a new and one of the most important chapters in our life. Everything was perfect other than this one little problem - cooking was just not my strongest suit. And making roti? Well, let’s just say I’ve lost many a night’s sleep over it wishing I had super powers to make a good one. My mom tried to instill a lot of confidence in me, but I was still scared.
Then I finally moved to the US and it all became real. It took me more than several months of rotis shaped like the map of Texas and even more burnt ones before getting to a point where I could make a round, puffy and soft roti. Seven years later, I now wish that Gita and Jitu of GitaDini had thought about the Rotito before. That would have made my life so much easier!
Being in the shoes I was in seven years back, Gita took another step and thought of making it easier for cooks like us and created the the Rotito Rolling Board Set. It comes with a dishwasher-safe rolling board which has a textured surface, so even without extra oiling or dusting the dough does not stick to the surface. It has non-skid bottom that doesn’t slide while you are rolling, and the soft finger grip under the rim is great for a firm hold. Out of grey, brown and gorgeous red, pick the one you like. Along with that you get a wooden rolling pin in the size of your choice and a stainless steel flour container to store dusting flour. The best part of this flour tin is that it’s just the size of a roti. So next time just roll your dough in any shape and cut it into a perfect circle using the container lid. Life’s simple!
And all of this for, wait for it, just $25! Now you spend nearly double of that to buy a decent pair of shoes! Just try this Rotito Rolling Board Set and see for yourself how big a difference it makes.
Speaking of trying, I tried to get over another fear of mine and made pita bread recently. Here is the recipe:
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ cup lukewarm water + 1 cup room temperature water
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour + extra for dusting
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil + 1 teaspoon for oiling the bowl
In a glass, stir into ½ cup lukewarm water the sugar and yeast. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the water looks milky. Cover - let it sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, froth should be formed on the top.
In a large container or mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together forming a sticky dough.
Oil a large bowl with 1 teaspoon oil. Transfer the dough. Cover and place in a warm dark place with temperature between 75-80 deg. F for 3-5 hours for the dough to rise to double its size.
After rising, the dough can either be used right away for making pita or you can cover it with a tight lid and place it in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
Preheat the oven to 450 deg. F. Place a baking sheet on the lower rack. Preheat for 45-50 minutes.
Dust the work station. Knead dough. Divide into 10-12 parts. Using the Rotito Rolling Board, roll the dough. Place on the baking sheet 2-3 at a time. Pop in the oven.
Cook for 3-5 minutes until the pita puffs.
Pull out just as it puffs. Serve hot with hummus.