Nagpur’s Native Bread

Randnya roti or Lambi roti as its popularly called, is a specialty of the once underprivileged community of Nagpur, Maharashtra. This delicacy originated in the villages of Vidarbha which is where this community primarily resides.

The Lambi roti is basically flat bread made out of wheat flour cooked on a clay pot that rests on a fire stove.The women of these communities are the ones who prepare these rotis. Making the dough for this bread is a tedious process.  This dough is kneaded in large aluminium or brass vessels and is then slammed and turned till it is soft and flowing. Cold Water is added at regular intervals to get the gluten to emerge and to get the dough to the desired consistency. The batter is then spread on the clay pot which is oiled generously. The roti is cooked and is then taken off the pot, folded and kept to cool. It is eaten mainly with meat curries cooked on fire stoves as well.

This roti has been a staple for these people for a long time but because it is such a tedious process, it began slowly fading. It is a skill to be able to make this and a lot of time and effort is needed because of which most people do not want to learn how to make this and hence this culture started slowly fading.

Things are taking a turn for the better now. This roti is slowly regaining its popularity. It has now become a popular item on the menu for parties and hotels. Many people have started personally ordering this roti from the women of this community who are not so well off, hence giving them the opportunity to earn and make a living using their skill.

These paper thin rotis are sold by the kilo. They can be bought directly from the person who makes them. The beauty of this is that the women of this community have been empowered and no longer have to depend on anyone for their living. They don’t have to do odd jobs to earn a living, they simply have to keep their culture alive and work towards it being more recognized.

 

 

 

 

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