How to Cook Guyanese Roti (video)

Found this clip on YouTube on how to make a basic roti skin (sada? paratha? join the discussion!). Thought I would share it with everyone :) I have never seen a Trini roti so small yet though! :D

Any differences that you all have when making roti? Do share! :)

Eating In Guyana courtesy Chennete, explains that small rotis are the norm in that country :)

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  • Candice

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m American, but my dad and half siblings are Guyanese. I don’t know any Guyanese people in Kansas, and most of the time I don’t get to try any of their native foods. But now I can make them myself! Thanks again!

  • Candice

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m American, but my dad and half siblings are Guyanese. I don’t know any Guyanese people in Kansas, and most of the time I don’t get to try any of their native foods. But now I can make them myself! Thanks again!

  • Lisa

    Hi, just visited guyana, little island called leguan, Ma’s roti was so good i bought a tawah and brought home to Barbados. Was really glad to see this video, looks like what ma did, (except my boyfriend had to do a lot more clapping). If it’s not accurate, please don’t just say what NOT to do (cause she took the time and effort to do it) but give positive suggestions or put up a video! I’d love to see other people making roti. (or is it just the mums and grandmums that can make it… hmmmmm)

    Thanks.

  • Lisa

    Hi, just visited guyana, little island called leguan, Ma’s roti was so good i bought a tawah and brought home to Barbados. Was really glad to see this video, looks like what ma did, (except my boyfriend had to do a lot more clapping). If it’s not accurate, please don’t just say what NOT to do (cause she took the time and effort to do it) but give positive suggestions or put up a video! I’d love to see other people making roti. (or is it just the mums and grandmums that can make it… hmmmmm)

    Thanks.

  • Edmund

    I’m a third generation Sicilian-American who has been to Guyana so many time that I now own a home in Canje. The first thing I was introduced to was roti and I love it. This lesson makes it possible for anyone to make roti. It is the same, very easy and simple, way I was taught in Guyana. I love to make it for breakfast and while still hot, spread it with butter and strawberry jam then roll it up. When I am in Guyana this is what I have for breakfast every morning. The only thing I do not know how to make, and love just as well, is casava roti and sweet bake. Any help?

  • Edmund

    I’m a third generation Sicilian-American who has been to Guyana so many time that I now own a home in Canje. The first thing I was introduced to was roti and I love it. This lesson makes it possible for anyone to make roti. It is the same, very easy and simple, way I was taught in Guyana. I love to make it for breakfast and while still hot, spread it with butter and strawberry jam then roll it up. When I am in Guyana this is what I have for breakfast every morning. The only thing I do not know how to make, and love just as well, is casava roti and sweet bake. Any help?

  • salim

    i NEVER IN MY LIFE EVER saw any1 making sadda roti like that. that is like ah rel bad impersonation of paratha. it rel strange to see ppl using their hands to “buss-up” d roti… wappen ,,, dem in no anything bout ah dabla …. if she say dat is how dem guyaneese an dem does makt it , what i could say…..but ah no dat ah never see ah trini make roti like dat….

  • salim

    i NEVER IN MY LIFE EVER saw any1 making sadda roti like that. that is like ah rel bad impersonation of paratha. it rel strange to see ppl using their hands to “buss-up” d roti… wappen ,,, dem in no anything bout ah dabla …. if she say dat is how dem guyaneese an dem does makt it , what i could say…..but ah no dat ah never see ah trini make roti like dat….

  • Aliya

    I am Guyanese and I never ate dhalpouri with sour! Of course we eat it with curry.. dunno where you got that idea from!

  • Aliya

    I am Guyanese and I never ate dhalpouri with sour! Of course we eat it with curry.. dunno where you got that idea from!

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    Hey Aliya – I have been living in Guyana for more than 4 years now – that comment was left a year after I first moved. And I still maintain that dhalpuri is SOLD in snackettes with sour. And colleagues I work with have told me they don’t eat curry with puri…I know of course that people who cook dhalpuri in their homes will eat it with curry including my relatives – but you must know out there on the street, puri with things other than curry is a staple (puri and fishcake etc).

    • GuyAmerican

      Chennette you are correct…. in the street/snack shops we ate puri with sour. That was a lunch staple for me …. 2 puri with sour and a sweet drink….. and that was back in the late 70's when i finished High School. I'm sure some ate it with curry but I only ate roti with curry.

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    Hey Aliya – I have been living in Guyana for more than 4 years now – that comment was left a year after I first moved. And I still maintain that dhalpuri is SOLD in snackettes with sour. And colleagues I work with have told me they don’t eat curry with puri…I know of course that people who cook dhalpuri in their homes will eat it with curry including my relatives – but you must know out there on the street, puri with things other than curry is a staple (puri and fishcake etc).

    • GuyAmerican

      Chennette you are correct…. in the street/snack shops we ate puri with sour. That was a lunch staple for me …. 2 puri with sour and a sweet drink….. and that was back in the late 70's when i finished High School. I'm sure some ate it with curry but I only ate roti with curry.

  • andrew

    well i’m a guyanese by birth most of my family came from england and now i have 2 resort 2 the internet to learn this cause i really like it and my half ass indian step mother is like a pain and gives new meaning 2 evil step mothers everyday, any way i’v resorted 2 cooking my own food and i’m a natural thats wat every body says and i really need to learn the correct way 2 make oil roti cause i’m gunna learn how 2 make chicken curry next and i want it 2 b perfect plz help ppl.

  • andrew

    well i’m a guyanese by birth most of my family came from england and now i have 2 resort 2 the internet to learn this cause i really like it and my half ass indian step mother is like a pain and gives new meaning 2 evil step mothers everyday, any way i’v resorted 2 cooking my own food and i’m a natural thats wat every body says and i really need to learn the correct way 2 make oil roti cause i’m gunna learn how 2 make chicken curry next and i want it 2 b perfect plz help ppl.

  • http://resepi3.blogspot.com/ resepi

    Love these!, Thanks for the recipe.
    My recent post Resepi Begedil

  • http://resepi3.blogspot.com/ resepi

    Love these!, Thanks for the recipe.
    My recent post Resepi Begedil

  • Frum Fashionista

    I'm half-Guyanese and I made roti for the first time… I made it in a non-stick skillet instead of a tawa (don't yell at me, LOL!) and I noticed that mine didn't puff up like hers did. I burned the first two so I figured out that I was using too much oil and the heat was too high. But my roti still didn't puff up as much as hers did. So I don't know if I didn't use enough baking powder or if it was a matter of it not being rolled out thin enough.

    I need the other Guyanese folks out there to put up a proper video so our rep can be redeemed. BTW, most Guyanese clap the roti with their hands.

  • Frum Fashionista

    I'm half-Guyanese and I made roti for the first time… I made it in a non-stick skillet instead of a tawa (don't yell at me, LOL!) and I noticed that mine didn't puff up like hers did. I burned the first two so I figured out that I was using too much oil and the heat was too high. But my roti still didn't puff up as much as hers did. So I don't know if I didn't use enough baking powder or if it was a matter of it not being rolled out thin enough.

    I need the other Guyanese folks out there to put up a proper video so our rep can be redeemed. BTW, most Guyanese clap the roti with their hands.

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