REVIEW: The Roti King ‘Roti Skins’

Dhal Puri Roti Skins

As I’ve previously mentioned here in Trinidad the term ‘roti skin’ is commonly used when referring solely to the roti bread, rather than ‘roti’ which usually refers to a dish of roti bread + fillings/sides. Confusing? Well, it was equally confusing to me to realize that to the rest of the world the word roti meant ‘bread’ and nothing more! Let’s just say it made my first overseas visit to an ‘Indian’ restaurant quite a ‘surprise’… :lol:

Anyway, like most Trinis we have our preferred providers of the illustrous dhalpuri roti skin, however last month, because she was in a rush, my mother decided to pick up a prepackaged bundle while doing the rest of her shopping at the supermarket.

Her choice? A 4-pack of dhalpuri skins under the moniker of ‘The Roti King’…

Dhalpuri roti skins

Verdict: The skins were papery and dry. The filling was too sparse (I like my dhalpuri to be spilling peas left and right). Worse yet it left my mother and I with that unhappy feeling in your stomach that doesn’t go away for hours. We’ll definitely be avoiding the checkout aisle and sticking to the freshly made stuff in the future!

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  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Oh, poor dears. I’ve never made dhalpuri. Mom makes a good one, but it’s a bit labour intensive and requires all the children being home to form an assembly line. So we order from our local Amin’s in Couva, or something. But yes, plenty dhal spilling out is necessary! And soft and silky like the package says, not dry and papery!!!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      i woulda sued for false advertising but my stomach was hurtin’ too much :cry:

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Oh, poor dears. I’ve never made dhalpuri. Mom makes a good one, but it’s a bit labour intensive and requires all the children being home to form an assembly line. So we order from our local Amin’s in Couva, or something. But yes, plenty dhal spilling out is necessary! And soft and silky like the package says, not dry and papery!!!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      i woulda sued for false advertising but my stomach was hurtin’ too much :cry:

  • andre

    to all my trini massive in houston..we have the newest addition to the caribbean community.. CARIB-TEX ROTI SHOP… north houston’s first roti shop give us a try 832-724-7617….832-524-1431..HOUSTON’S BEST AND TASTIEST ROTI GUARANTEED!!!!!

  • andre

    to all my trini massive in houston..we have the newest addition to the caribbean community.. CARIB-TEX ROTI SHOP… north houston’s first roti shop give us a try 832-724-7617….832-524-1431..HOUSTON’S BEST AND TASTIEST ROTI GUARANTEED!!!!!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    this is wonderful news andre, if you guys get a website up and running do let me know :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    this is wonderful news andre, if you guys get a website up and running do let me know :)

  • JP

    Wunna got an address doah Andre?

  • JP

    Wunna got an address doah Andre?

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Like yuh gonna have ta give dem ah call JP :P

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Like yuh gonna have ta give dem ah call JP :P

  • http://hipstamom.livejournal.com Angelina

    In the U.S. most of the time when you ask for roti in a Caribbean restaurant you get the whole dish! This is the case in the Indian restaurants as well where I am at as well. Since I’m half-American, I had no clue that the bread by itself is referred to as roti skin.

    I’ve never seen packaged roti, but since reading this I’ll know to skip it! :)

  • http://hipstamom.livejournal.com Angelina

    In the U.S. most of the time when you ask for roti in a Caribbean restaurant you get the whole dish! This is the case in the Indian restaurants as well where I am at as well. Since I’m half-American, I had no clue that the bread by itself is referred to as roti skin.

    I’ve never seen packaged roti, but since reading this I’ll know to skip it! :)

  • andre

    sorry we couldn’t get back to you so soon. if you are still interested, the address is 522 aldine mail road. houston texas 77037. i appreciate your business. thank you.

  • andre

    sorry we couldn’t get back to you so soon. if you are still interested, the address is 522 aldine mail road. houston texas 77037. i appreciate your business. thank you.

  • http://www.myhitechtrainer.com/desronn/ Desronn

    Hi my name is Desronn a relocated Trini here in California and I want to just start of by saying this is absolutely refreshing. I have been trying to find a place to get some bus-up-shot or dalpuri (ah hope ah spell da won right)for the longest while to no avail it seems that the only place that I have gotten any good roti skins in the US is in Brooklyn NY. Now that I know about Carib-Tex I might be spending some money for him to ship me some Roti skins to satisfy my Trini cravings.

  • http://www.myhitechtrainer.com/desronn/ Desronn

    Hi my name is Desronn a relocated Trini here in California and I want to just start of by saying this is absolutely refreshing. I have been trying to find a place to get some bus-up-shot or dalpuri (ah hope ah spell da won right)for the longest while to no avail it seems that the only place that I have gotten any good roti skins in the US is in Brooklyn NY. Now that I know about Carib-Tex I might be spending some money for him to ship me some Roti skins to satisfy my Trini cravings.

  • Robert

    I live in Louisiana in the U.S.A. can anyone tell me where I can get dalpori roti to by or is there a company in Trinidad that I can import it from.

    Thank you,

    Robert.

  • Robert

    I live in Louisiana in the U.S.A. can anyone tell me where I can get dalpori roti to by or is there a company in Trinidad that I can import it from.

    Thank you,

    Robert.

  • michelle

    I have searched your website for the recipe for dhalpourie roti skins and cannot find it, can you please put it on there.

  • michelle

    I have searched your website for the recipe for dhalpourie roti skins and cannot find it, can you please put it on there.

  • B

    OH MY GOSH.

    Desronn I understand. I myself am in Cali searching for roti!!! I know there are a few places in the bay area. I haven’t been out there in years and I don’t know too much else aside from that.

    Im trying to find a way to buy it online. If anyone knows of somewhere reasonable, please let me know!

    Imma need to bookmark this site…..

  • B

    OH MY GOSH.

    Desronn I understand. I myself am in Cali searching for roti!!! I know there are a few places in the bay area. I haven’t been out there in years and I don’t know too much else aside from that.

    Im trying to find a way to buy it online. If anyone knows of somewhere reasonable, please let me know!

    Imma need to bookmark this site…..

  • Ro

    Hey Everybody in South California, outside of Los Angeles .
    Allyson ,in Fontana is Making ALL trini-dishes. SHE is from Trinidad .
    send me an e-mail…I’ll send you a number.

  • Ro

    Hey Everybody in South California, outside of Los Angeles .
    Allyson ,in Fontana is Making ALL trini-dishes. SHE is from Trinidad .
    send me an e-mail…I’ll send you a number.

  • DEBRA

    HI,

    I AM IN THE UK AND TRYING DESPARETLY TO BUY ROTI SKINS, EITHER DHAL PURI OR NORMAL. I USED TO LIVE IN BARBADOS WHERE THEY WERE READILY AVAILABLE IN THE SUPERMARKET. CAN ANYONE HELP ME?

  • DEBRA

    HI,

    I AM IN THE UK AND TRYING DESPARETLY TO BUY ROTI SKINS, EITHER DHAL PURI OR NORMAL. I USED TO LIVE IN BARBADOS WHERE THEY WERE READILY AVAILABLE IN THE SUPERMARKET. CAN ANYONE HELP ME?

  • http://aol.com Trinimamma

    Nothing like a good oalpari with lots of split peas.
    .-= Trinimamma´s last blog ..Right Blush For Your Skin =-.

  • http://aol.com Trinimamma

    Nothing like a good oalpari with lots of split peas.
    .-= Trinimamma´s last blog ..Right Blush For Your Skin =-.

  • http://kallascaribbeankitchen.com teddy

    If anyone would like to know what a Real Dhalpourie is supposed to taste like,we are in the Orlando area. Tel 407 884 0883 or visit kallascaribbeankitchen.com Yummy

  • http://kallascaribbeankitchen.com teddy

    If anyone would like to know what a Real Dhalpourie is supposed to taste like,we are in the Orlando area. Tel 407 884 0883 or visit kallascaribbeankitchen.com Yummy

  • cerise

    Hi Sabrina! Hope all is well with you. to ask a question about dhalpuri roti, do you know where I can find a good roti place in Raleigh, North Carolina(USA) or just North Carolina in general. I have been going crazy to find a place I was living in NY and so many excellent places were in queens and brooklyn but I am here now and im having bad cravings for some good dhalpuri roti!!! please help me out and let me know where to find or order from. Thank you and have a blessed day!

    From,
    Cerise
    (aka-Winter Song)

  • cerise

    Hi Sabrina! Hope all is well with you. to ask a question about dhalpuri roti, do you know where I can find a good roti place in Raleigh, North Carolina(USA) or just North Carolina in general. I have been going crazy to find a place I was living in NY and so many excellent places were in queens and brooklyn but I am here now and im having bad cravings for some good dhalpuri roti!!! please help me out and let me know where to find or order from. Thank you and have a blessed day!

    From,
    Cerise
    (aka-Winter Song)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Dear Cerise, I don’t know any places in NC! Let’s see if any of the readers can assist you and I will also send a request out :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Dear Cerise, I don’t know any places in NC! Let’s see if any of the readers can assist you and I will also send a request out :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    FYI: Responses to date :)

    1. May I suggest a short drive to Jacksonville, Orlando or Ft Lauderdale Florida and your cravings will be satisfied aplenty.

    2. Drive to Tassa in Marietta (Atlanta), GA. Best roti anywhere. It’s worth the drive. ;o)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    FYI: Responses to date :)

    1. May I suggest a short drive to Jacksonville, Orlando or Ft Lauderdale Florida and your cravings will be satisfied aplenty.

    2. Drive to Tassa in Marietta (Atlanta), GA. Best roti anywhere. It’s worth the drive. ;o)

  • melissa

    Don’t know if anyone follows up, but I know of a few placed in So Cal that sell Roti in LA I’m looking for that Trini in Fontana though, how do I get their info?

  • melissa

    Don’t know if anyone follows up, but I know of a few placed in So Cal that sell Roti in LA I’m looking for that Trini in Fontana though, how do I get their info?

  • http://gmail Usha

    I am thinking of opening a Roti shop in the SanFernando Valley ,So Ca. What do you guys think?My mother is the best cook in the world, but I am not sure how much a demand there would be???

  • mr. maharaj

    hi, to all i tried the roti king roti actually it was the best i ever ate at the prime minister house and i must say for the price of $4 tt dollars for one remarkable considering the price of other places charging $10 TT for a roti humm please think about it

  • mr. maharaj

    hi, to all i tried the roti king roti actually it was the best i ever ate at the prime minister house and i must say for the price of $4 tt dollars for one remarkable considering the price of other places charging $10 TT for a roti humm please think about it

  • guest

    hey guys…does anyone know about any places that sell roti skins in Dallas or if Caribtex has a website where I can order online??? thanks

  • guest

    hey guys…does anyone know about any places that sell roti skins in Dallas or if Caribtex has a website where I can order online??? thanks