Soft Roti Hi For Soft Rotis, I add 2 teaspoons of gingelly oil and knead the atta with lukewarm water. Take care to see that the atta is not very firm. I cover the atta with a wet cloth and keep it closed for 20 - 30 mins. This allows the atta to become soft. Before making the roti I knead the atta again. The roti comes out really soft. If I have enough rotis for the next day I steam it up in idli plates for 3-4 mins. The roti comes out super soft.