Roti – a whole-wheat tortilla alternative

Roti is a tasty and delicious way to use up that whole wheat flour in the back of your cupboard. They are like a whole wheat tortilla, only IMHO way better. There is just nothing like them. Super satisfying.

Roti is generally a South Asian bread made from stoneground wholemeal flour, traditionally known as atta flour, that originated and is consumed in IndiaPakistanBangladeshNepal and Sri Lanka. Thanks wiki

The word roti is derived from the Sanskrit word रोटिका (roṭikā), meaning “bread.”[4] Thanks wiki

This is who taught me to make Roti

This is the recipe I use.


  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water (Use more as needed)
  • 2  tbls olive oil
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour for rolling


  1. Mix flour, salt and water together to make a soft dough (add more water as needed).
  2. Knead the dough on a lightly greased surface to make the dough smooth and pliable.
  3. Set the dough aside and cover with a damp cloth. Let the dough rest for at least ten minutes or more.
  4. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts.
  5. Make smooth ball and press flat. Take 1 ball; press it in dry flour from both sides.
  6. Roll in to a 5-inch circle. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin or rolling surface, lightly dust the roti with dry flour. Tip: Use the dry flour just enough you need to roll the roti, too much use of flour will make the roti dry.
  7. Heat the skillet on medium high heat. Note: An iron skillet works best. To know if the skillet is hot enough, sprinkle few drops of water on the skillet. If the water sizzles right away, the skillet is ready.
  8. Place the roti over skillet.
  9. After roti start changing color and start puffing in different places flip the roti over.
  10. Flip again after a few seconds. Take a flat spatula and press lightly on the puffed parts of the roti. This will help the roti puff.
  11. Flip the roti again. The roti should have light golden-brown spots on both sides.
  12. Butter the roti, the side that is facing the skillet.
  13. Keep the rotis in a container with a paper towel covering the bottom.
  14. Roti can be kept outside for up to 2 days wrapped in aluminum foil or in a closed container. For later use, roti can be refrigerated for 5-6 days.

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