How to make rotis

How to make rotis

Rotis are delicious buttery flatbreads that are perfect for mopping up curries. TASTE Food Assistant Clement Pedro shows us just how easy it is to make your own rotis in four simple steps.

To make the rotis, you’ll need:

240 g cake flour
A pinch salt
¾ cup water
150 g butter, chilled
Vegetable oil, for frying

Cook’s note: Rotis can be made in advance and reheated in the oven before serving. You can also keep the balls of dough ready to fry when your guests arrive.


    1. Place the flour, salt and water in a bowl and mix using a wooden spoon, then knead to form a soft dough. If the dough feels too dry, add a little more water. If it feels too wet, add a little more flour.

      Step 1

    2. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions. Spray a clean work surface with nonstick cooking spray, then roll out one of the portions of dough into a 20 cm disc. Using the tip of a knife, break off a small bit of butter and stud the dough with about 15 pieces of butter.

      Step 2

    3. Roll the butter-studded roti into a sausage shape (again using oil or a non-stick spray).

      Step 3

    4. Roll the roti to form a shell-like shape. Repeat with the remaining dough and place in an airtight container.

      Step 4

    5. Chill for 1 ½ hours, then roll out the discs of dough once more.

      Step 5

    6. Brush a pan with a little vegetable oil and place over a medium heat. Add 1 roti and cook for 1 minute, or until it turns golden with a few darker stops. Turn over and cook the other side. Repeat with as many rotis as desired.

      Serve your fresh rotis with one of these fragrant curries

      Step 6

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      Bernhard Rijnen
      May 23, 2017

      Made these rotis a while ago and albeit a bit of rolling involved, it is absolutely worth the effort! I will surely make this again!

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      Adrian Holmes
      November 28, 2016

      How many servings does this recipe cover? Just an estimate would be cool.

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        Adrian Holmes
        November 28, 2016

        Never mind, I see the recipe recommends I divide into 8 equal parts. My bad.

    • Marshe
      June 28, 2016

      Nice, this is is what i was looking for!

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      Sonia Naude
      March 16, 2016

      can it possibly be so so easy?

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      Ben Linderoth
      June 2, 2015

      I love roti;s …i like to scrunch them up as I lift them out of the pan, the crispy shards are divine and little pockets are formed to soak up the sauce in the curry….yum yum

    • Nirvana Jaganath
      April 21, 2015

      Can’t say I’ve ever seen roti being made in this manner before. Looks decadent