SOFT EASY ROTI
This Indian Recipe Makes ± 1 Dozen (± 12 Pieces)
This soft easy roti recipe is a flop proof recipe.
Roti (otherwise called handmade bread or chapati) is a level bread which originated in India. This bread is widely recognized throughout many parts of the world. It is also common in South Africa.
This bread is often served with curries, chicken tikka & many more tantalizing dishes.
In South Africa, apart from serving roti with meals, it has also been enjoyed with a spread of butter or jam.
Pronunciation: Roh-tee, Cha-pa-tee
Soft Easy Roti Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoon butter or margarine
- 3 cups cake flour or all purpose flour
- ± 1 ½ cups boiling water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
- Add flour into a large bowl.
- Add in the salt & butter/margarine.
- Next, pour in the vegetable oil.
- Rub the butter/margarine & vegetable oil into the flour using your fingers. It should resemble a breadcrumb texture.
- Gradually pour in the boiling water.
- Stir in the boiling water using a spoon until it forms a clumpy dough. Do not add more water as it will get too sticky & thereafter you will need to add in more flour.
- Use your hands & bring the dough together. Knead the dough in the same bowl for about 6-8 minutes until it forms a soft pliable dough. Take note, the dough will be hot, so be careful when handling with your hands. Knead & take a break for your hands to cool down – I prefer doing this process in the bowl so that there is less clean up & the dough is still warm in the bowl.
- Next, divide the dough into 12-13 equal parts. Cover the bowl with a dish towel so that the dough remains warm & doesn’t dry out.
- Sprinkle a little flour on your working surface.
- Working with ball of dough at a time, tuck, roll into a ball & flatten on the floured surface.
- Using a rolling pin, roll each ball out into a circular shape.
- If you do not have a rolling pin, us a long bottle or glass. The shapes does take practice so if you cannot get them round, simply use a circular plate or lid to cut out the shape.
- Continue this process until all the dough is rolled out.
- Line a container with wax or parchment paper.
- Heat a pan, tawa, skillet or electric pan on medium heat. Once it is hot, place the rolled out dough onto it.
- Allow it to toast for 30 seconds – use a spatula or your fingers to spin the dough every few seconds.
- Thereafter, flip it over.
- It should begin to puff up after a few seconds. Spin around with fingers or spatula for 20-30 seconds.
- Flip the roti over, it should be cooked with brown specks all over.
- Do not add any butter or ghee over it whilst toasting – this makes the roti hard.
- When roti’s are toasted on both sides, place in the lined container.
- Be sure to cover the container with a dish towel after toasting each roti. This will keep the rotis soft with the moisture. Keep it covered with a dish towel until ready to serve.
- This soft easy roti is best served with Chicken Curry, Mutton Curry, & Vegetable Curries including Sugar Beans Curry.
- These rotis can also be packed into containers or ziplock bags & stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. Allow to defrost & reheat in the microwave when ready to eat.