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Once you master the art of making these flatbreads you’ll never go back to store-bought! They’re easy and fun to make and this basic recipe can be used for sweet or savoury roti.


  • 3 cups flour

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 Tb butter, ghee or oil

  • ½ egg whisked

  • Extra oil – rice bran oil

  • Sweetened condensed milk


  • 1.

    In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add water and egg and mix until a dough forms, then turn out and knead for 5 -10 minutes until smooth and like clay. Roll into a cylinder and divide into 10-12 balls. Knead each until smooth, shape into a ball, smother in butter (or ghee or oil) and put into a clean bowl. Dough balls can touch as long as they are well oiled. Cover and set aside for at least 2 hours to allow gluten (in the flour) to relax.

  • 2.

    Oil the work bench. Take each ball and press out to a disc as big as your palm. Then throw, roll or stretch out until a very thin circular shape. Fold in, in three sides, until a rough smaller disc is formed (about 15 cm across).

  • 3.

    Heat a heavy based fry pan and oil it well. Fry each roti until golden on one side, then flip. They will puff up slightly.

  • 4.

    Serve warm and drizzled with sweetened condensed milk.


Makes 10-12.

NB: like pancakes, the first one is often not the best one!

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