A few of my friends were telling me about a fantastic roti recipe that they enjoy on their last vacation.
I asked them for the recipe, and once I had it, I was surprised to find out that It is one of my favorite roti recipes that my mom used to make.
I just forgot how to make it, so I searched for it on the internet.
Trust me or not, after I made it myself, I mess it up. Why? Simple, I did not follow the recipe exactly. When I made it again and again for my friends and myself, it came out great.
Now, why I am writing this article today because I want to share the Guyanese roti recipe with you so that you can enjoy it too without doing mistakes which I did.
Let’s dive in.
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What is Guyanese roti made of?
Indian foods are always balanced with a range of flavors. If you ask any foreigner what Indian cuisine is, the answer you will get will be something like “Tandoori chicken, naan bread, curries”, and so on.
Guyanese roti is also one of the various Indian food items that you will find in different parts of the world.
It is made of flour, salt, and water which are kneaded together before being rolled out into a dough.
The specific ingredients that go into making Guyanese roti can differ depending on personal preference as it can be customized to taste.
However, the dough that is rolled out is generally oiled first before it’s cooked on a hot griddle or flat pan.
Wait a minute, I just remembered one question from my reader. In case you are wondering how roti differs from paratha and chapati, roti is a type of flatbread.
On the other hand paratha and chapati are made from whole wheat flour whereas roti usually relies on refined flour such as all-purpose flour or bread flour which makes it more crispy.
How do you make roti stay soft?
One most common questions that people have about roti is how to make it soft.
Believe me or not, the answer lies in the dough itself which is made with a lot of water and a bit of baking powder.
This means that when the roti dough is cooked, the steam released will cause it to become soft and fluffy.
However, if you want your roti to be more crispy, then you can add some salt or even oil before cooking.
Though my today’s recipe is itself a soft roti, so you don’t have to worry about it staying soft.
Serve with this recommended recipe: Ingles Chicken Salad Recipe.
Guyanese roti recipe
- Prep Time1 hr 30 min
- Cook Time15 min
- Total Time1 hr 45 min
- Serving Size5
- Energy427 cal
Ingredients of Guyanese roti recipe
- 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 and 1/4 cups warm water
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 cup oil for frying the roti dough
Instructions for Guyanese roti recipe
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir until baking powder is dissolved.
Add in water then mix well till the dough comes together and begins to form a ball.
Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it’s soft, smooth, and elastic-like.
You can use your hands or a rolling pin.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes so that it can rise slightly.
Now heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat.
Once hot, roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness.
Cut out desired roti shapes using a cookie cutter or a drinking glass.
Wait for small air bubbles to pop before frying the roti.
Drop the roti in the hot oil and cook.
Rotis should be fried until they turn lightly golden brown.
Flip them over and cook the other side.
Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon.
Drain on a paper towel if desired and serve warm.
A similar type of recipe is the Guyanese Pumpkin Curry Recipe.
- Serving Size5
- Amount per serving
- % Daily Value*Standard DV
- Total Fat23 g78 g29.49%
- Saturated Fat2 g20 g10%
- Trans Fat1 g
- Polyunsaturated Fat7 g
- Monounsaturated Fat14 g
- Cholesterol- mg300 mg0%
- Sodium238 mg2300 mg10.35%
- Total Carbohydrate48 g275 g17.45%
- Dietary Fiber2 g28 g7.14%
- Total Sugars1 g
- Added Sugars- g50 g0%
- Sugar Alcohal- g
- Protein6 g50 g12%
- Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)- IU800 IU0%
- Calcium- mg1300 mg0%
- Iron- mg18 mg0%
- Potassium229 mg4700 mg4.87%
- Vitamin A- mcg900 mcg0%
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)- mg90 mg0%
- Vitamin E (Tocopherol)- IU33 IU0%
Pro Tips to make the Guyanese roti recipe tastier:
1) Try adding a little cilantro, ginger, or garlic to the dough before frying.
2) Serve with chutney or yogurt for a delicious snack. I prefer simple curry chutney.
3) For the variation, try adding onions, and green bell peppers to the dough.
4) Store leftover roti in an airtight container for later consumption.
Is Guyanese roti healthy?
Once there was a time when people used to eat roti at breakfast. Nowadays, roti can be a healthy and filling snack at any time of the day.
However, if you’re looking for an unhealthy snack then you can definitely go for deep-fried variants which are high in calories and saturated fats.
I know you won’t do that and that’s where roti comes in as a healthy and filling snack alternative.
One thing now you can point out is the oil. But here you could also use ghee or butter instead of oil.
So, nothing unhealthy here, and you don’t have to compromise the taste as well.
Overall, I can state that Guyanese roti is a snack that you can enjoy at any time of the day.
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Frequently asked questions:
Q: Does baking powder go in roti?
Ans: When we add the baking powder, it acts as a leavening and adds air to the dough. This helps the roti rise while frying, resulting in a fluffy roti.
To make roti soft and fluffy, do not overwork the dough and use only a little baking powder.
Q: What is in a Caribbean roti?
A: Most rotis in the Caribbean have a soft and fluffy texture with a distinctive flavor profile.
Ingredients that are typically used include rice, flour, baking powder, salt, oil or ghee (clarified butter), and water.
Q: Can you use cornmeal instead of wheat flour for making Rotis?
A: It will be best to use wheat flour for roti as it has a higher gluten content which gives the roti a more sturdy and chewy texture.
However, cornmeal can be used in place of wheat flour if you prefer a softer roti.
So, this is it. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can easily create a delicious and hearty roti that will be perfect for your next meal.
I know, it will be hard when you first time try it, but don’t worry with a little practice, you will be able to create perfect Guyanese roti every time.
The best part is with this recipe in hand, you will be able to enjoy a healthier, more satisfying snack alternative that won’t weigh you down.
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