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Soft Butter Rotis

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I make these Soft Butter Rotis almost every week and yet I don’t have a recipe on my blog. What’s wrong with me!

Finally I have taken some photos and my recipe is ready to be posted. If you are South African you will know it’s “blasphemous” to make it anything other than soft…haha!

As you will know if you have been reading my posts, I was raised in a South Indian home. Roti was not a staple in our home so it took me a lot of trial and error to get it to perfection.

I remember the days my hubby cringed when I made them. It was too thick, too thin, too hard, some days like rubber, other days rock hard….Lol! I can safely say I have finally passed the test.

You know they say “practice makes perfect”. I have watched my mum-in-law make them and I have asked her a million questions so I never fail again.

She is quite the expert at making rotis. Nothing is measured either. I am proud to say I have also reached that level of expertise, I no longer measure my ingredients when making these Soft Butter Rotis. However, that too comes with patience and loads of practice.

Roti is similar to Paratha.

Soft Butter Rotis

Tips on how to make the perfect Roti

If you read my little post on roti making, you will find a few helpful tips. Firstly, your water has to be freshly boiled straight out the kettle.

Depending on where you live and the weather you may require less than a cup of water. You can use butter or oil, doesn’t make a difference. I have tried them both and they work equally well.

Your dough will feel a little sticky at first but as you knead the dough will become silky smooth.  I usually don’t add salt to my dough but you can add a pinch if you wish.

Perfectly round Rotis

Perfectly round rotis are only achieved by starting with a neat ball of dough. If you start with a great foundation you will achieve a great final product. I personally love the rotating rolling pins, it works well for me.

My Indian flatbreads are perfectly round when I use this rolling pin as I feel that I can roll my dough with ease. But you can use any rolling pin that you are comfortable with.

You must also dust your surface with flour, the dough is soft so you need the flour to help you roll it out.

Resting the dough

If you have the time you can cover your dough with a damp kitchen towel and let it rest for half an hour, that’s guaranteed to make them perfectly soft.

I don’t usually have time for this but one day I had an emergency and couldn’t finish up my roti-making and when I got back to finish them I had the softest rotis.

I also mentioned in my post about roti making about not having to knead your dough too much. The most I’ve kneaded my dough for is about 2 minutes and this works perfectly well as long as you get a smooth silky dough.

Butter Roti on a white plate

I must admit this is not an easy task and you may not get it right the first time. But please don’t despair because they say “practice makes perfect”. Keep at it and you will definitely become an expert after a few attempts.

There are days I thought I will never reach that level of success ever but I am so proud of my efforts these days. 

If you do try this recipe please drop me a note, I would love to hear how it turned out.

You may want to try these curry recipes to go with your delicious rotis:

Durban Lamb Curry

Spicy Chicken Curry

Sugar Bean Curry

Prawn Curry

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Soft Butter Rotis : South African Recipe

Soft, buttery rotis made the South African way. Perfect accompaniment to Indian curries
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Butter Rotis, Roti, Soft Rotis, South African Rotis
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups/500ml cake wheat flour sifted
  • 4 tbsp melted butter plus extra for brushing the rotis
  • 1 cup/250ml boiling water
  • pinch of salt optional

Instructions

  • Sift the flour. Add the melted butter
  • Pour the cup of boiling water into the flour
  • Mix it into the flour using a fork or spoon. You will have a wet, lumpy mixture.
    Rotis made the South African way with butter
  • Mixture would have cooled down a little. Knead into a soft dough. The dough will feel a little sticky but as you knead the dough will become silky smooth.
  • If the dough doesn't feel soft you can drizzle in a little more butter and keep kneading
  • Heat a non-stick pan or thawa on the stovetop on medium heat. You may need to adjust your heat if the pan gets too hot
  • Divide dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a neat round ball
    Rotis made the South African way with butter
  • Flatten the dough with the palm of your hands. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface. You can add more flour as you are rolling to prevent the dough from sticking
  • Roll out into a circle, about 20cm in diameter
  • Place the roti on the pan. Cook until it starts to bubble a little
  • Flip it over. Cook until the other side bubbles. Brush with butter and turn over again.
  • Brush the other side with butter and turn over. You will be flipping your roti over 3 times. Takes about a minute or less to cook the roti
  • To keep rotis soft place them in a container with paper towel at the bottom and more on top of the rotis

Notes

  1. Depending on the altitude and weather you may require less or more water. If you have added all the water and the dough is far too sticky add a little more flour immediately and knead
  2. As you make rotis a few times you will get a feel for what the dough should look like and therefore it will be easier to judge the amount of water required
  3. Roti making is tricky at first but it gets better with practice
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Sanne

Saturday 20th of March 2021

This recipe is so great! The first one that actually worked for me. U are awesome! I found your recipe by accident scrolling for another recipe and it let me to you. I love your website btw!

Lorraine

Wednesday 24th of March 2021

Thank you so much Sanne! I am happy to hear you finally found a recipe that worked. Thanks for your kind words. Take Care:-)

Thabile

Thursday 4th of March 2021

Thank you for this simple and easy recipe. My roti came out perfect ☺

Lorraine

Thursday 4th of March 2021

Thank you so much Thabile. I'm really happy to hear that you've had success with your rotis. Enjoy them:-)

Amelia

Friday 19th of February 2021

Thank you for sharing this flop-proof recipe! I tried making roti once, a few years ago, and it was terrible. Since then I just believed I couldn't make it. My sister shared this recipe with me last week and I followed it to the letter and read your extra tips and it worked perfectly. Thank you so much for making it simple! I really really appreciate it! I won't be buying roti again!

Lorraine

Sunday 21st of February 2021

Thank you so much Amelia! I'm so happy to hear that your rotis were successful. Once you make your own it's difficult to go back to store bought. Take Care:-)

Ash

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

My new favorite way to make super soft tasty rotis after trying several other recipes & flopping each time..

Lorraine

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Thank you so much Ash! I'm really happy that you finally found a recipe that works:-)

Chris

Thursday 31st of December 2020

This is so nice. Just finished making them. I purposely let the dough rest for good amount of time. My word was it soft. I am useless at rolling so I have a tortilla press which I used. This was a practice run but I don't think I needed it because your recipe was so easy to follow.

Lorraine

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

Thank you Chris! I'm glad you made perfect rotis. It is really an easy recipe and I think your tortilla press is definitely a great help.

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