Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sri Lankan Coconut Roti (Flat Bread)

I love these Sri Lankan rotis (flat breads).  I am not a person that works well with dough, but roti is so easy to make that I don't even think twice about it.  The roti can be eaten with curry, sambol, or butter and jam.   My mother came over and we made a big batch with two kinds of roti.  We made a few plain roti (to eat with jam) and a lot roti with onions and chilies (that's my favorite kind). It's lucky we did not take long (less than 30 minutes) to make all these because they were eaten in just about that much time as well.

3cups All Purpose Flour sifted
1 cool cup water (add a little at a time as needed to form a dough)
1 cup freshly grated coconut (or dessicated coconut soaked)  see note**
salt to taste
1 Tbs canola oil

For Chili and Onion version:
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup finely chopped chilies
Note:  Fresh coconut is the optimal coconut to use for this dish, but you can use unsweetened dessicated coconut if fresh coconut is not available.  To make the dessicated coconut version, soak the coconut in some coconut milk (enough to soften the coconut but not make it soupy) for 20-30 minutes.   This recipe yields about 9-11 rotis depending on size.

Sift the flour and prepare the coconut.   Add salt, coconut and oil to flour mix well.  Then add water a little at a time until it forms a dough, but not a sticky dough.  The dough should be like play-dough consistency.

My mother making it by hand
This is the plain version.  My mother used a piece tin foil lightly greased to flatten the dough ball into a round shape.  Do not over press the dough ball... be gentle so the roti will not be tough.


For the chili  and onion version add the chopped ingredients to the dough and mix before making the dough balls.   

My cheat version using a tortilla press

I cheated and used a tortilla press, since I had one, to make the roti easily. To make it easy to remove from the press I covered both the top and bottom with tin foil and lightly applied a little oil on the foil to make it easy to remove the raw roti. 

To cook the roti, heat a heavy duty skillet or a cast iron skillet. on medium high heat.  Cook on both sides until you get them well browned.

Make as many roti as you can and serve with meat or vegetable curry.  Sri Lankans also eat it with a onion and chili sambol (recipe to come soon).   Enjoy.

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  1. Simple ingredients and I like the coking method on this roti to use cast iron skillet,looks good :)

  2. Lovely looking rotis. Hearing for the first time rotis with coconut.. Must be like the Peshwaari Naan right??

  3. Oh Ramona! These look amazing! I think this sounds wonderful :-)

  4. Ramona, is roti similar to naan?? If so then count me in!! I can't get enough flatbreads in my life and these look awesome. :D


  5. these look amazing! it does not seem as hard as i would have thought to make them...minus the flattening out :) thanks for sharing!!

  6. I love roti! When we sail the british virgin islands Roti is everywhere! I always eat a lot of it during our trip. These look super scrumptious!

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  8. These would make the perfect bread to serve with dinner!

  9. I am just a sucker for all kinds of bread. And your roti look terrific with the coconut addition!

  10. Love your coconut roti! Great idea to use the tortilla press. Wish I hadn't given mine away a few years ago. UGH!

  11. What a delicious roti, I love the idea of adding coconut into it :) yum!

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. I've never made anything like this before but man, does it look delish! I think I have to try it this weekend. :)

  13. Yummy! Roti/Naan are my absolute favorites. I've been buying it because I know if I make them it will be too much temptation. Maybe I can convince my DIL to make some for me.

  14. looks sooo delicious n yummy

  15. Looks delicious! Have to try making rotis: they look much easier than bread!

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  18. can we use wheat flour instead of the all purpose flour?

  19. Its Very easy recipe, I tried it at home.

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