Easy wholemeal roti

Wholemeal rotis or rotlas as they are known in South Africa are a traditional unleavened flatbread served with curries. Excellent for mopping up curry sauces and Dhal. Also great for creating wraps.
Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 cup plain flour
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1.25 cups of boiling water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Olive oil spray
Kitchen paper towel

Put flours and salt into a large mixing bowl
Add vegetable oil and water
Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until ingredients form into a smooth dough.
Knead dough for 5 minutes until a stretchy consistency is reached
Roll dough into a long “pipe” about 10cm in diameter
Cut into 8-10cm “slices”

Roti dough rolled into a "pipe" then sliced, ready for rolling
Roti dough rolled into a “pipe” then sliced, ready for rolling

To make roti, take one “slice” and roll into a ball, flatten in your palm then use a rolling pin to roll into a circular pancake shape to fit your frying pan.
Roll roti dough into circular pankcake shape
Roll roti dough into circular pankcake shape

Heat a heavy-based frying pan and spray lightly with olive oil spray.
Put rotis one at a time into pan frying lightly until roti starts to bubble and lightly brown on one side, then flip to repeat on the other side. Flip once more and cook for another minute or so. Place completed roti on kitchen paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
Roti bubbles up as it cooks
Roti bubbles up as it cooks

Rotis can be kept warm in low heat in the oven until you have completed frying all of them
Serve warm.
Leftovers can be heated in microwave
Makes 6 rotis

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Born in South Africa, of Indian heritage. My family moved to Australia in the early 80's. I have a busy professional career as the CEO of a Healthcare Foundation based in Sydney. I love cooking, learning to cook, eating and travel. My blog Freespiritfood.net is written in the spirit of sharing my foodie adventures.

4 thoughts on “Easy wholemeal roti

    1. Hi Marie Great day at races – a few wins and even fewer wines! Our hosts put on an amazing spread of food too. We just ate our way through the day:) Glad you like the look of the roti recipe. Shanthini

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