Rumali roti

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Rumali roti
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A stack of Rumali roti prepared in India
Alternative names Roomali roti, lamboo roti
Place of origin Deccan, India
Region or state Hyderabad, India
Associated national cuisine India, Bangladesh, Pakistan
Main ingredients Atta and maida flour
Variations Paasti, Paosti
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A chef preparing rumali roti.
rumali roti

Rumali roti is a thin flatbread originating from the Indian subcontinent, popular in India and in Punjab, Pakistan. It is eaten with tandoori dishes. The word rumal means handkerchief in many north Indian languages, and the name rumali roti means handkerchief bread. In Punjab, it is also known as lamboo roti. Lamboo simply means long in Punjabi. It is also known as dosti roti in the Caribbean.

This bread is extremely thin and limp, and served folded like a handkerchief. During the Mughal period, rumali roti was used like a cloth to wipe grease off the hands at the end of a rich meal.

Rumali is usually made with a combination of whole wheat atta flour and white wheaten maida flour (atta) and cooked on the convex side of a karahi.

A variaton of rumali roti from Bannu and surrounding areas of Waziristan is a much larger version called paasti or paosti chappatai, which means soft chappati. They are served as part of a meal known as penda, (Punjabi: پینډه) usually prepared for a large gathering. Paosti is baked on a batt, which is a 55-gallon drum split in half length-wise and inverted over coal or wood fire.[1]


  1. ^ Mehran. "Mehran Posti". Haji Kalay: themehru.

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