Roti (roe-tee)

Relationship: Im/migrant

My object is a traditional food from Trinidad & Tobago and it’s called roti (roe-tee). People from Trinidad & Tobago and other Caribbean islands always eat roti. They eat it for special occasions like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mardi Gras, Carnival and the 4th of July. We usually eat roti with potatoes and some type of meat. It’s usually curry chicken or curry goat. Curry is a yellow powder that you cook with. It makes the meat yellow on the outside. Did you know it can also stain clothes and it can make your nail polish yellow, so be careful. The flavor is very strong and the flavor is very hard to describe but all you need to know is that it’s delicious. Roti is made out of the same dough as flatbread and is almost like flatbread but roti is usually flaky so it makes a huge difference. There’s many other kinds of roti. There’s Paratha, which is just plain roti, kind of doesn’t have a flavor. Then there’s Dhal puri, which has split peas in it that gives it a very great flavor. Dhal puri is very popular in Caribbean islands. Then there’s Chapati, which is more like flatbread, it’s not as flaky as other kinds of roti. Roti is important to my culture because it’s mostly on every menu, plate and table. You can’t go to Trinidad & Tobago without eating roti. Personally roti is my favorite thing to eat. Also roti is important to my family because since we haven’t been to Trinidad in a very long time, roti reminds us of “home” (Trinidad).

Year: 1950

– Leighana

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant