Roti Recipe



A Roti is a type of pancake filled with curry, or used as bread to mop up all the curry juices. It is similar to a tortilla but more flavorful. Roti may be used as a wrapper for lamb or vegetarian curries to make a South African version of the burrito.

I hope you enjoy this simply, quick and delicious roti recipe.


3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoon oil
enough water to form a soft dough
1 cup soft butter or margarine
oil for frying


  • Mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and add the oil. Rub in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add water and mix to a fairly soft dough.
  • Roll out on a floured surface and roll to the size of a 10 x 15 inch rectangle.
  • Spread the dough with softened butter and roll it up like a Swiss roll.
  • Cover with a tea towel and leave for 30 minutes.
  • Break off pieces of dough and form into balls the size of tennis balls.
  • Roll out each ball into a disc the size of a dinner plate.
  • Fry in hot oil for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Serve immediately with a curry filling, or on the side
About Rabbi Michael Sternfield

Michael Sternfield has been a Reform rabbi for 40 years, most recently serving at Chicago Sinai Congregation from 1995 until 2013. He served for 20 years as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego, and briefly as the leader of the Durban, South Africa Progressive Jewish Congregation during South Africa’s historic transition to multi-racial democracy. He is now based in Los Angeles, California.