When Singapore start-up Zimplistic announced its ambitious product Rotimatic, world's first fully automated robot roti-maker, in 2014, many could be sceptic about its viability, but this innovative kitchen appliance has been received well in the market. It was sold out within a week of its release in Singapore this June.

What is Rotimatic?

It is a fully automated roti-maker started by Indian couple Rishi Israni and Pranoti Nagarkar. The machine takes right amount of flour, water and oil to make rotis, a kind of Indian bread also known as chapati. It measures 40x40x45 cm in dimension, weighs 18kg and is made of safe plastic materials designed towards FDA compliance.

How does Rotimatic work?

The machine can make one roti per minute. It makes ball of dough and kneads it with the help of 15 sensors in the machine. The container can hold ingredients for up to 20 rotis, but there is a minimum flour level to ensure steady flour flow, which means one has to fill flour for continuation when it reaches the minimum level. There is option to decide thickness, roast level and oil drops of rotis.

Can Rotimatic make other types of flatbread?

One can add dry and finely ground spices like chilli, turmeric and salt to the flour for added flavour but no wet ingredients. It can make only rotis and no other types of flatbread.

How to use the machine

It is a user-friendly machine and easy to use. Its voltage and power rating for the US model is 110V and that of Singapore model is 220V. It consumes 1.6kW to 1.8kW of power.

Safety measures

It should be stored in a cool, dry place at least 4 inches from the walls or cabinets. It features a cleaning mode, so users can clean it using moist cloth. In shirt, it is dishwasher-safe.

Price and availability

Rotimatic comes with a price tag of $999. It is currently available for pre-orders only in the US and Singapore.