Rotis For Rookies – Dhillondeeds

I’m not even kidding these are LEGIC rotis for anyone who hasn’t a clue! My friend (hey Fika)  taught me how to make these quick and easy rotis.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter melted

Then you want to mix all that into a bowl. I used a pot because the ONLY mixing bowl I own had oil in it  (we were cleaning the deep fryer). Then mix with a spoon, you don’t want to burn your fingers with the hot water. Once it kind of looks like a bit like this, remove the dough from the dish and place it on the work top. Sprinkle a little flour on before though!

And then knead. Your dough should kind of look like this picture when you are done. Keep kneading until a soft ball of dough is formed. This could take upto 5 minutes maybe 10. If it gets a bit sticky, which it probably will, dust a little flour into the worktop again and knead. Once you’re pleased with the way your dough looks and feels let it rest for a little while. You’ll probably need the rest too! You should also use this time to prepare your frying pan.

Okay now roll the dough into a big circle. Then roll it inward towards you to form a sausage looking shape then cut into even pieces. My pieces were even so I just took a little bit off each to make it even.

Now squish your even pieces down like this and get your rolling pin ready to roll.

You want to roll it into a circle. I’m not going to do that but you can. That’s the closest I ever got to a “round roti”. Remember to roll it as thin as possible that way it will have a good rise and cook quickly.

Then you want to fry it. Once you see bubbles turn it to the other side letting the bubbles rise again. You want the rotis to have a golden brown finish and then you can remove it from the pan! And then of cause repeat this process with the other rotis too because they aren’t going to fry themselves!

Boom! Now shake, shake! Rotis! What?! I mean, there you go, if I could pull this off anyone can. Serve straight away or cover them with a dishcloth to keep them soft until you are ready to serve.

Look at her, she didn’t even wait until it was ready to be served. My mother ate it right off the stove and was really impressed by it. “It was light and yummy”, she said.

So, this was my dinner. My mother made one of her “Hilda” meals (if you’re not South African you probably won’t get this joke) we enjoyed it with my rotis and a glass of mango juice which is my all time favourite drink to pair with curries.

Side note: I have gotten a lot better at making rotis now. With enough practice you will too! They still not round though LOL

Have you made roots before? What’s your favourite way to eat it? Keep the conversation going in the comment section below.

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