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Plain Roti Recipe

Jamaican Plain Roti Recipe

Roti is a type of bread popular in South Asia as well as the Caribbean. Similar in appearance to a Mexican tortilla, it is made with wheat flour and no leavening. In Jamaica roti is often eaten with a filling of curry goat or curry chicken.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  •  Flour for dusting


  1. Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Add the water gradually, working the dough into a soft, smooth texture.
  3. Let rest 15 minutes.
  4. Divide the dough into six pieces and shape into round balls, or “loyahs.”
  5. Using your fingers, flatten each loyah into a 3-inch disk.
  6. Brush each disk on one side with oil and dust with flour.
  7. Using a griddle or thick-based frying pan, place two disks together with their oiled sides touching and flatten to 4-inch double disks.
  8. Let rest on a floured surface for 10 minutes.
  9. Dust a rolling pin and rolling surface with additional flour and roll out into 8-inch disk.
  10. Flip and dust with more flour. remove excess flour and transfer to the pan or griddle.
  11. Bake on the flat surface until small bubbles appear.
  12. Turn with spatula and brush with oil.
  13. Turn over and brush the other side with oil.
  14. Bake 1 minute.
  15. Fill with curry goat or curry chicken

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