Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Perfect ROTI

I have always been in awe of anyone who can make the perfect ROTI (Indian bread - Also known as phulka by some people) most of the time..

To make the PERFECT Roti, the following have to be right
1) The dough kneaded right (Too soft & it will lose shape when you roll it, and too hard & you will have trouble rolling it to the right thickness)
2) Roll them into round rotis using a dusting in the flour when needed (You need to get the shape and thickness right)
3) The right heat on the pan / tawa to partially cook it (Too hot and you run the risk of burning it; &; Too cold you run the risk of it being undercooked)
4) Cook the roti directly on the flame so that they fluff nice and round (Too much contact to the flame and you end up with a burnt roti; Too less heat and you end up with a undercooked roti)

Phew.. Just thinking about how many things need to go right to cook that one PERFECT ROTI can be daunting .. And yet! there are some people who are able to cook PERFECT ROTI's most of the time (say 99%) at unimaginable speed

As I mulled over the many stages to reach here, I recognized that most people go through the following stages:
Stage 1: Make the Perfect Roti once in a way (Almost a stroke of good luck once in a way :)
Stage 2: Make the Perfect Roti almost every time (say more than 95% of the time), but in their kitchen (i.e. familiar tools and environment)
Stage 3: Make the Perfect Roti almost every time in anyone's kitchen (irrespective of the tools and environment)

As I extend these stages to any thing one does in life, I can't help but recognize that the stages are the same..
Stage 1 : When you succeed in something once in a while (A stroke of good luck?)
Stage 2 : You succeed in what you do most of the times, if you are in a comfortable and familiar environment
Stage 3 : You succeed in what you do most of the times, no matter where you are?

I wonder..
What does it take to get from Stage 1 to Stage 2?
Repeated practice ?
Awareness on the best way to do what you have to do?
Understanding of the process itself?

What does it take to get from Stage 2 to Stage 3?
Repeated practice?
True Comprehension of the doings?
Internalization of the process?

Whatever said and done, I do know that being on Stage 3 for anything is a wonderful place to be in - For making ROTIS or for anything in life..
And if you're there, then Congrats to you :)

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