Trinidadian Roti

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

                        My recipe is Roti. It is popular in the West Indian Cultural. I’m from Trinidad and I eat Roti very often. Roti is a flatbread, and it goes with a lot of things. For example, it goes with Chicken Curry. You can find Roti shops anywhere and if you want to know how to make it, this how. The reason why this is important to me is because it is a traditional recipe in my family.
This is how you make Roti:
1. In a large bowl, combine Flour with Baking soda. Mix until fully combined together.
2. Slowly add water, until the mixture forms into a dough. 
3. Divide the dough into twelve loyas (balls), and cover with a dish towel. Let it sit for about thirty minutes.
4. Sprinkle each ball with flour, and flatten or roll out into a circle for roughly five in (twelve cm) diameters. 
5. Spread ghee on each round and make a cut from the center out to the edge, then roll to make a cone.
6. Press the peak and flatten the center of the cone. Let sit for another thirty minutes.
7. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle roughly eight inches (twenty-cm) in diameter.
9. Heat a tawah or flat frying pan over medium-high heat. Coat with oil and place a round of dough on the pan.
10. Cook the dough until light brown, watching carefully, about five minutes. Then flip and cook on the other side, about 3-4 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining dough rounds.
11. Break up the cooked roti with your hands or serve whole.
12. Serve the fried roti with the fillings.
13. Enjoy!   

Place(s): Trinidad

– Elijah Mcintosh

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant