Jamaican Roti by Roxy Chow Down

Jamaican Roti Recipe 

Say goodbye to bland store-bought roti, and hello to hot, fresh roti that you can easily make at home. This Jamaican Roti Recipe makes a fun and delicious side dish for all your favourite curry dishes. With roti on your plate, there’s no need for utensils. It’s the perfect spoon to scoop up all your juicy curry goodness. With roti, no meat, veggies, or gravy goes to waste! 

Although pre-packaged roti is available in stores, it’s much better to ‘go fresh’ and save money by making your own. With my homemade Jamaican-Style roti recipe, you can make your next curry meal excitingly different. And guess what? I’ve put a flavourful twist on this recipe by adding coconut milk. Please try it and then come back to comment on how it worked for you.

Roti Craving

 Roti is a flatbread that’s a popular side dish for curries in India and anywhere in the world that has a large Indian population.

With the increase in popularity of Indian cuisine worldwide, roti cravings are on the rise and with it, the demand for easy homemade roti recipes.

What is Jamaican Roti?

Jamaican Roti is a cross between roti and naan.

Roti is a soft, thin, flaky flatbread cooked on a flat cast-iron pot called a Tawa. The main ingredients are wholewheat flour, salt and butter with no leavening agent added. Naan, on the other hand, is a thick flatbread baked in a tandoor oven. The main ingredients when making naan are white flour, salt and a leavening agent.

The Jamaican roti recipe uses white flour instead of whole-wheat flour and uses baking powder as a leavening agent. It is then pan-fried. The end product is a firm flatbread that’s more similar to naan than roti.

Even though roti varies across countries, they all use simple ingredients, cook quickly, and tastes amazing with curry dishes.

What goes best with Jamaican Roti?

Enjoy your homemade Jamaican roti with some spicy and nice curry chicken or curry goat. Then wash it all down with some refreshing Pineapple Ginger Juice!

Jamaican Roti with Curry Goat by Roxy Chow Down

Jamaican-Style Roti Recipe

This delicious warm and flavourful homemade Jamaican-Style Roti recipe makes the perfect side dish for all your favourite curry dishes!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Dough Resting Time 1 hr
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings 6 rotis

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour additional flour is needed to flour your surfaces and may be needed to smooth your dough
  • cooking oil 1 tsp per roti
  • cling wrap
  • large flat frying pan
  • rolling pin
  • large cutting board or countertop
  • spatula
  • paper towel

Instructions
 

  • Combine water, coconut milk and butter in a microwave-safe container and heat for 35 seconds or until the butter melts, then set aside for 20 minutes to cool. The liquid must be slightly warm or room-temperature for this recipe.
  • In a large bowl, add flour, salt and baking powder, then use a large fork or whisk to thoroughly combine all ingredients.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add half of the liquid. Use a large spoon to combine the wet and dry ingredients.
  • Add remaining liquid and use the spoon to fold in.
  • When the liquid has been absorbed, use your hands to knead the dough into a soft smooth ball. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour and knead until smooth.
  • Cover the bowl of dough with a damp dish towel, or wrap the dough in cling wrap.
  • Let dough rest at room temperature for about 1 hour.
  • Lightly flour a large clean surface or a cutting board.
  • Divide the dough into six parts and roll each into a ball. Set them aside in one corner of the cutting board.
  • Take one ball of dough and lightly flour it, then place it in the middle of the floured cutting board.
  • Start to roll out the roti by placing the rolling pin in the center of the ball and pressing down. Then roll out the dough evenly towards the ends, turning your dough over each time it sticks until the dough is rolled flat and about ¼ inch thick.
  • Heat 1 tbsp cooking oil in a large wide frying pan and spread it evenly over the surface of the pan.
  • Place the rolled-out dough in the center of the pan when the oil is hot and reduce the heat to medium low.
  • Use a spatula to shift the dough around in the pot for 10 seconds.
  • Check that your roti isn’t browning too quickly or that the pan isn’t smoking. If the roti starts to brown immediately or the pan starts to smoke, reduce the heat.
  • After a minute, or when multiple bubbles form on the surface of the roti, flip it over and reduce to low heat.
  • Cook that side for about 2 minutes, pressing lightly on the roti with a spatula.
  • Flip the roti again and cook for approximately 2 minutes more.
  • Remove the roti from the pan and set aside onto a plate.
  • Add another tablespoon cooking oil to the pan, and let it heat for 30 seconds before adding another rolled out dough to the frying pan.
  • Repeat the process until all the rotis are cooked.
  • Serve hot with the curry of your choice, then bless up and enjoy it!
  • When you've tried my roti recipe, please remember to come back and post your review & rating so I know how it worked out for you!
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4 thoughts on “Jamaican Roti”

  1. Stephanie Currie

    4 stars
    This was an amazing recipe to make roti without the designated roti pan. Only thing is that salt was mentioned in the recipe but not the amount in the ingredient list. also, My rotis came out kind of hard so im thinking i either fried each side too long or i made the dough too thick. I wish it came out softer. but an all around great recipe.

    1. Hi Stephanie! Thanks so much for your review and for pointing out that the salt was missing. That was an oversight and the recipe has been updated 👍. In regards to how your roti turned out, it may be due to a number of reasons. Some important tips to get your Jamaican-Style Roti softer are to – (1) allow the dough to rise on the countertop at room temperature {approx. 1 hr.}, (2) do not roll out the roti too thin, and (3) keep the pot at medium heat while cooking. Something else you could try the next time you make it is to lightly coat the surface of the pot with butter instead of oil and to cook it on medium-low heat. Hopefully, you’ll get a softer texture next time!👏

    1. Yeaaa!! That’s awesome Shaine 👏💕Happy you enjoyed your Roti. Thanks for taking the time to leave this review to let me know how they turned out.

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