I love rotis, however I don’t make them often enough. I have shared my recipe on my Instagram page, but I’ve just realised that it isn’t on my blog. Now that we are in lock-down, I have time to do the thing, take some pics and share this simple SA Roti recipe with you.
This Indian girl grew up in the heart of Chatsworth, Durban and was fortunate enough to gain loads of experience in the kitchen from both her grandmothers. They were amazing home cooks, but had two extremely different styles of cooking. When it came to rotis, one called them rotis and the other called them handmade bread. Even the manner in which rotis aka handmade bread were made took on two very different approaches. As as result, this Indian girl has benefited immensely and is a boss in the kitchen.
Are you even Indian?
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Roti Recipe - South African
- 4 x cups cake flour, sifted
- 2.5 ml baking powder
- 7.5 ml salt
- 15 ml cooking oil
- 500 ml hot water, off the boil
- 15 ml melted butter (Extra flour for sprinkling)
- 250 ml oil, for cooking
- Combine all the dry ingredients. Add the oil to the water and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well to make a dough. On a floured surface, with floured hands, work the dough until it is pliable.
- Roll out and brush with the melted butter. Sprinkle with a little flour and roll up to form a long, thick sausage. Cut into 6 cm-long rounds.
- Sprinkle more flour on the work surface and set down the rounds of dough. Roll and turn each piece of dough a few times to form a rough circle, about 20 cm in diameter and as thick as a pancake.
- Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat and smear with a little oil. Place a roti in the pan and dab with oil using hard grease-proof paper.
- As it cooks, the roti will rise and bubble slightly. Turn the roti with an egg lifter about four times, until it is lightly browned and speckled on both sides.
- Transfer to a fairly deep dish and cover with a cloth to allow the roti to sweat. Begin again with the next roti, dabbing both the pan and the top of the roti with oil before covering.
What is a roti?
Do you know what a roti is? While I seriously doubt that there isn’t a person who doesn’t know what a roti is, let me clarify. A roti is a round flatbread native to the Indian subcontinent made from stone-ground wholemeal flour. Traditionally known as atta. Water and flour combined into a dough. Its defining characteristic is that it is unleavened.
Here are a few curry recipes that will go perfectly with your rotis
Rotis are best served with a good curry, but I’d highly recommend that you try a freshly made roti with butter and strawberry jam. Give this SA roti recipe a try and let me know in the comments if the butter and jam combo is a winner.
Stay home, stay safe and happy cooking up a storm.