Brian Lara’s Rotimatic Experience

On a seemingly regular Saturday, Zimplistic office was brimming with excitement. The most unflappable in our team were caught gushing and blushing. How could they resist? We shared our love for rotis with our favourite cricketer of all time. One of the most legendary batsmen ever, the king of test cricket, former West Indian captain, Brian Lara!  

Brian was intrigued by Rotimatic and impressed with all the hard-work and technology that went behind its invention. He enthusiastically heard all about the evolution of Rotimatic over the years, toured around our office, tried the different Rotimatic roti recipes, recollected fond memories with the Indian cricket team and of course posed with the team for selfies 🙂

After understanding all the inventions that made Rotimatic possible, Brian admired the spirit of perseverance and resonated with the importance of “preparation before proceeds”. 

In Brian’s words,

“For me preparation was everything. If I didn’t prepare properly, I wasn’t going to score runs. One of my favourite sportsman, Michael Jordan said that he practiced so hard that when he got into the match it was like cruise control, he knew what he was doing. I suspect in this environment it’s almost the same. You spent so many years building a product that eventually it is going to stand the test of time. I am really proud to be here and really proud of you guys for building something that is so exciting. For us West Indians, we have a lot of rotis and stuff like that. So it’s pretty cool to see what’s going on here. Well done!” 

To our delight, Brian is also a fan of rotis, he understands the art and science behind the roti-making process. We were glad to know that rotis are very widely consumed in West Indies and learnt about a popular West Indian roti-dish called Double Trinidad/ Doubles. Doubles essentially is made of two barras (flatbread) stuffed with curry channa (spicy chickpeas). Among South Asia recipes, Brian says it’s closest to ‘Chhola Bhatura‘.
We were as inspired as we were elated to hear encouraging words from Brian Lara. He too is looking forward to having a Rotimatic at his home and hosting a roti party!

Margheroti Pizza and more roti recipes for your party

Planning a party can seem like a daunting task and if it’s a party with kids, the challenges double. But with these roti recipes from the in-house chef at Rotimatic, we have got all bases covered.  Here are three roti recipes that are healthy, quirky, easy to prepare and most importantly, loved by all. As you will see, rotis are extremely versatile and can be used in various cuisines from Pizzas to Quesadillas! Hope these trigger some more fun and healthy roti ideas!

Let’s dive in to see how simply these recipes are prepared:

 Margheroti Pizza

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Who says pizzas are junk and unhealthy? Try the Margheroti Pizza loaded with mozzarella and made of whole-wheat flour. It barely takes any time to prepare, and makes for the perfect comfort food. Kids LOVE it! When too many guests turn up, Margheroti Pizza saves the day. The maximum roast level in Rotiamtic is ideal for the base of Margheroti Pizza.

If you’re looking for something super healthy, check out these healthy roti recipes from Rotimatic.

The Recipe for Margheroti Pizza:

Ingredients
1/2 canned Tomato Pasta Sauce, 300g
1pkt Fresh Mozzarella, cut into small pieces
5 stems Basil leaves, roughly torn
1 tbsp Garlic, finely chopped
1 Medium size onion, small diced
Olive oil, Salt

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 180 °C, stand by baking paper & tray.

Step2: On a medium heat pan, drizzle some olive oil. Sauté garlic and onion until caramelized. Add in pasta sauce and mix well. Remove from heat.

Step 3: Take a fresh roti, lay it on the baking paper.

Step 4: Spread the tomato sauce in the center. Leave some gap from the edges.

Step 5: Break the mozzarella cheese and place it gently onto the sauce. Drizzle some olive oil. Slide them into the oven. Bake for 4-5 minutes.

Step 6: Scatter basil leaves on the top. Season with salt. Ready to be served.

Spinach and Cheese roti Quesadilla

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One word for this roti recipe- Yum! It has cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese, what else you need, right? But for the health freaks out there, it even contains nutrition of spinach which provides your body with required iron. This recipe has a tradition of stealing the spotlight of the party.

The Recipe for Spinach and Cheese roti Quesadillas:

Ingredients
1 bunch Spinach, roughly chopped
3 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp Butter
Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
Cheddar (shredded)

Instructions
(2-4 servings)

Step 1: Put butter on a medium heat pan. Add garlic and sauté until golden brown. Add spinach into the pan, cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until softened. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, set aside.

Step2: Take a fresh roti. Spread the shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese evenly. Spread about 2 tbsp of sautéed spinach on top of the cheese and place another fresh roti on top.

Step 3: Pan roast the filled roti until the cheese melts. You can also use a sandwich toaster to melt the cheese. This will bring a crisp texture to the roti and they are ready to serve.

Smoked Salmon and Lemon Crème Fraîche

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This smoked salmon and lemon Crème Fraîche is simply scrumptious – all the flavours work so well together smoked salmon, lemon, sour cream….what’s not to love? With less than 3% fat and a tangy flavour that works in both sweet and savoury dishes, crème fraîche is the ideal ingredient for healthier cooking.

The Recipe for Smoked salmon and Lemon Crème Fraîche:

Ingredients
100g Smoked salmon
2 tbsp Crème Fraîche or Sour Cream
2 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tsp Lemon zest
Fresh dill (garnish)

Instructions

Step 1: To make lemon sauce, mix crème fraîche or sour cream with lemon juice and lemon zest in a small bowl

Step2: Take a fresh roti, cut it into 4.

Step 3: Tear smoked salmon into bite-size pieces and lay them onto the cut roti.

Step 4: Put lemon cream on top. Season with dill and they are ready to be served.

These roti recipes will make any party a memorable one with unique combination of being healthy and outlandish. So go ahead, plan a dinner this weekend and give your guests a taste of #RotimaticLife

P.S. Spinach and Cheese roti Quesadilla is our personal favourite. Let us know which you liked from these 3 roti recipes!

Top 3 Healthy Roti Recipes

Who doesn’t start a New Year resolving to begin a healthier lifestyle? Eating clean and healthy food definitely tops the list, doesn’t it? As you wonder if this time the resolution will last, we at Rotimatic want to do our bit to help you start afresh.

Rotis are predominantly consumed in South Asian and specifically Indian Cuisine but these healthy flatbreads are extremely versatile. We do a lot of experiments with rotis, so do other Rotimatic owners. Combining some ideas from the community, we have churned out three healthy roti recipes to help you stick to your health resolutions. There is no limit to creativity with food, so go on and add your own zing to these or get inspired by these and try something new.

Here are three roti recipes for a healthy meal:

Roti Fattoush

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This salad, with a roti twist, has almost everything your body needs to maintain its health. It is rich in essential vitamins like Vitamin A and Vitamin C and minerals like manganese and selenium.

The Recipe for Roti Fattoush:

Ingredients

1/2 Lettuce, roughly diced
250g Cherry tomatoes, halved
2 Japanese Cucumber, small diced
Handful of Fresh Coriander
1⁄2 cup Olives, halved
1 tbsp Goat cheese
Handful of Mint leaves

Dressing

3 tbsp Honey
1 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tsp Lemon zest
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp minced Garlic
Salt, pepper

Instructions
(2- 4 servings)

Step 1: Wash all the vegetables. Dice lettuce, Japanese cucumber and put them in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

Step 2: Half the cherry tomatoes and olives. At the same time, roughly chop the coriander and mint leaves. Put everything into the same mixing bowl.

Step 3: Pre-heat oven to 180 °C. Place 2 rotis on a tray and bake them for 3 to 5 minutes or remove when rotis become crisps.

Step 4: Prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients in a separate bowl.

Step 5: To serve, toss the dressing into the salad bowl. Finish by breaking the goat cheese on top and cut the rotis into 1⁄3 to add for some crunch.

Smoked salmon rotis

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This simple but delicious recipe brings out the best in the smoked salmon. Packed with omega 3 fatty acids, smoked salmon rotis will be beneficial for your heart, and for your brain.

The Recipe for Smoked salmon rotis:

Ingredients

100g Smoked salmon
4 tbsp Crème fraîche
1 tsp Lemon zest
1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tbsp small Capers
Fresh dill (garnish)

Instructions

Step 1: Mix crème fraîche with lemon juice and zest In a small mixing bowl. Set aside.

Step 2: To serve, take a fresh roti and add a slice of smoked salmon, drizzle with crème fraîche.

Step 3: Top it with small capers.

Step 4: Garnish with fresh dill. Ready to serve.

Tropical fruit Roti

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This recipe is perfect to cool your mouth after a meal. Rich in vitamins B and C, the tropical fruit roti is a great dessert for the health conscious.

The Recipe for Tropical Fruit roti:

Ingredients

1/2 Cantaloupe fruit
1/2 Dragon fruit
1/2 Papaya
8oz softened Cream cheese
1tbsp Vanilla extract / 1 Vanilla Pod

 Instructions

Step 1: Mix softened cream cheese & vanilla on a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Cut the fruit into small triangles. Set aside.

Step 3: Take a fresh roti. Spread a good layer of vanilla cream cheese, add cut fruits on top and they are ready to be served. Garnish with mint leaves if desired.

Hope these help you maintain your health streak and give you another reason to indulge in fresh and puffed Rotimatic rotis.

If you try these healthy roti recipes or experiment with other variations, do share them with us. Tag us on social media #RotimaticLife

Have a Healthy, Happy New Year!

Prime Minister Lee highlights Rotimatic in the National Day Rally speech

We are humbled and delighted to have crossed another landmark in the short history of Zimplistic. At the Singapore National Day Rally speech last evening, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recognised Rotimatic as an innovation that will enable families to enjoy fresh rotis and chapatis without the women having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

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We also had the honour of serving fresh Rotimatic rotis to the guests at the reception dinner post the speech.

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Rotimatic started with a bold idea, a seemingly impossible mission, but the story and evolution of Singapore as a nation showed us that anything is possible. The supportive system and environment in Singapore has allowed us to tackle difficult problems and develop a world-class product.

We want to take this occasion to thank each one of you for being an earnest part of the Zimplistic family. Every word of support and appreciation from you encourages us to do even better. We hope you continue to support us in our journey forward.

Rotimatic delivered to all pre-order customers in Singapore!

We are happy to share that we have now shipped Rotimatic to all the pre-order customers in Singapore! We are now gearing up to bring Rotimatic to the homes in the US.

This is a big milestone for the team, marking the beginning of a new phase – Rotimatic from the lab to the homes. To express the gratitude for the support we received through the journey, we invited our Singapore preorder customers to our office to meet the team, get inspired with some exciting roti recipes, and to take their Rotimatic home.

Have a peek at the event here:

For all of you who are eager to know how Rotimatic is doing in the homes of users in Singapore, here is what they have to say:

Follow the link to the Straits Times’ article to read more about it.

When Rotimatic met Wall Street Journal

We had a chance to share the Rotimatic experience with Joanna Stern and Geoffrey Fowler from Wall Street Journal. They tested Rotimatic at the Converge Technology Conference. Understandably intrigued with the product, they spoke to us about the inspiration behind the product, the complicated ways in which is works and of course the big question, ‘Can Algorithms Replace Mom’s Home Cooking?’

Rotimatic at CES 2015

When you build something so revolutionary, sharing it is the most exciting part.

Everyone who had a chance to see Rotimatic in action at CES 2015 was enchanted, thrilled and loved the fresh Rotis. And with such supportive reviews, we are motivated to outdo ourselves!