You Can Make This Simple Bread Without An Oven!

IMAGE Miguel Nacianceno

It's been a month since the quarantine began and people eventually started baking their own bread (while some resorted to stalking the delivery truck). If baking bread is too intimidating or if you don't have an oven, you can make roti!

Roti is an unleavened (no yeast) flatbread that has different versions all over the world and much like our adobo, it has no one recipe. It's commonly paired with curry where the roti is used to scoop the sauce, but sometimes, it can also be turned into a simple dessert just by drizzling condensed milk on it. 

Diane Gollon shares her roti recipe (inspired by Gimme Delicious) on Let's Eat, Pare using five ingredients that are kitchen staples.

Roti Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 (188 grams) cups all-purpose flour, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup water, lukewarm or room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (57 grams unmelted) salted butter, melted 
Photo by Diane Gollon
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How to make roti:

1 Combine flour, salt, oil, and water in a bowl. Knead into a ball and let rest for 15 minutes.

2 Divide the dough equally into 6 balls. 

3 On an oiled surface, flatten each ball using a rolling pin (You can use your hands or a large bottle!) into a flat rectangle, as flat as you can. Spread 1 to 2 teaspoons of melted butter in the middle and sprinkle with flour. Roll into a log, then curl into a round shape again (Think cinnamon bun!). Repeat with each ball of dough. 


4 Let the dough rest again for 15 minutes. 

5 Roll out each ball into a thin circle, about 7 to 9 inches in diameter. Set aside. 

6 Using a non-stick pan, cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes per side. You may add butter in the pan for more flavor.

TIP: If you want to achieve the ballooned version of roti, after heating it on the pan, pass the cooked roti over a stove's open flame. Here's how you can do it:

How to eat roti:

Just like regular bread, roti is a versatile flatbread that can be used in different ways. You can eat it with a classic curry with roti combo or you can drizzle condensed milk all over it for dessert. This can work with hummus and other spreads, too, like fruit jams! 

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