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Old 03.10.2017, 12:42
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J, before you make fun of other people's debating styles, you might try to work on your own and start using terms correctly.

Comparing fajita to roti is like comparing wheat bread to cheese fondue. Fajita is a dish consisting of grilled meat and other ingredients served on an unfolded tortilla. The tortilla may be corn-based or, in your case, wheat-based. Actually, the term fajita originally only meant the way the meat is cut, "faja" meaning a strip or ribbon, and "fajita" being the diminutive form thereof, but it does not mean the tortilla. It's the other ingredients and the way it's served that make a dish with a tortilla a fajita. Same with tacos (folded over) and burritos (tightly wrapped).

So, like the wheat bread is an important part of the cheese fondue, the tortilla is an important part of the fajita, but you can never ever say it's the same, not even remotely.

In other words, if you had compared whole-wheat tortillas to rotis, the whole thing would have made some sense but not the way you did it.

Have a good day, sir. May your future debates be carried on with a better choice of words.

Christ on a bike...literally, the first sentence in my post is thus:


Or, you could just make life easy and buy the Old El Paso whole wheat tortillas. 5.80 for 6.


The packaging calls them fajitas, but they are tortillas. Which is what i referred to in the above post.


Isnt it sad when an otherwise well-researched post fails due to not reading the post youre railing against well enough...
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How many additional additives and preservatives do you think there in a factory-made flatbread designed with a longer shelf life vs one cooked fresh at home? The reason you make such things (and almost anything else) at home is so you have it fresh from the source and so that you can control what goes in them. Shop-bought Tortillas often use transfats.

However, yeah, 1000USD is a lot for a machine with more or less one specific purpose... I'd rather learn to make them by hand.

PS: Judging from your posting today you seem to have entered some state of neurotic overdrive.

I love how you assume the ingredients you put in the machine are magically additive-free. You might want to double check how flour you buy in a store is actually processed. I assure you it is not 'additive free'. Neither is the oil you use.


But yeah, you keep pretending food additives are not a thing.


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Re: Roti-maker

I've recently picked up the skill of paratha/roti/chapati making thanks to this lovely lady, Manjula. I haven't tried the roti recipe, but the parathas are amazing. We've tried cauliflower-stuffed, spinach, and potato so far. Amazingly delicious.

For equipment and ingredients, I go to Aggarwal in Zürich near Helvetiaplatz. The tava pan is 10chf, a belan rolling pin is 5chf, and the bag of Atta Chapati flour is a few francs, or 10chf for a huge bag. I checked the ingredients, and since it's mostly Ruchmehl I've tried that as well and it does work. Saves a trip to the indian store, since Migros/coop have Ruchmehl of course.

Just in case anyone wants to try their hand at it the traditional way, these are some very helpful resources I've found.
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Old 03.10.2017, 14:36
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Re: Roti-maker

Barkat in Wiedikon has frozen rotis that you can cook on a pan. They are a bit thin but good enough if you don't have the time and skills to make them from scratch.
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Re: Roti-maker

1000 chf is too much for Rotimatic. And dont forget the cleaning issue.. its not that easy..

If you ok with that than it will make life easy...Hopefully!!!
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Re: Roti-maker

I feel the urge to update this thread due to my parent's purchasing a roti-matic and being really pleasantly surprised. Makes excellent rotis!

It is a bit noisy and very expensive though. I prefer my wife's rotis for sure but I can certainly see a place in the market for the roti-matic, especially as it becomes faster, less noisy, and less expensive.

Again I get that when you make a roti once or twice a year you don't see the point of this device. I feel it is more aimed towards South Asian families who make them several times a week.
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Guys,

I've been salivating over the promotional videos released by Rotimatic but not so much as the long wait time until they become available, the huge amount of counter space they take up, and last but definitely not least the USD1,000 price tag (!)

Do any of you know where a lower-tech electrical roti maker can be found here, and any recommendations from seasoned users?

Thanks!
I only found this on alibaba, but two issues, it will come from China, and the cost is not that low

https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...1de545e6tfrWYE
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Re: Roti-maker

I think few points in favor of purchasing machine which makes fresh rots are:

1. Above all issues of price and noise and cleaning, freshly made rotis taste the best, similar to bread. So please consider satisfaction of eating as well.

2. Rotis are time consuming to make and very difficult to perfect so people make them in batches and store, which is equivalent of frozen rotis, so the idea of getting a fresh roti for each meal without efforts is worth looking into.

3. Even if the cost is approx 1000 dollars over the period of time you might save money by not ordering a takeway or going out much, especially for a big family.

4. Considering a 1000 hefty price tag, if so much cleaning is only required, may be it is not worth and yes the noise too.

But again it is a balance of satisfaction, efforts, headache and price to make a decision to purchase it or not.
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