Saturday, July 4, 2009

Roshi ( Maldivian flat bread)

Roshi is very similar to the Indian chapatti , but it uses plain flour instead of atta, although you can make with anytype of flour you prefer. Kdhatha , my aunt, makes the softest and thinnest roshi that I have tasted , most probably because she makes it for breakfast and dinner as its staple breakfast and dinner staple in most homes. According to my mum, the secret to a soft dough is by adding boiling hot water to the dough and start kneading right after adding it, first with a metal spoon and then with your hands when it has cooled enough to handle .

 Makes : 14-16  roshi. Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time :20 minutes 

  2 cups plain flour 
A big pinch of salt 
2-3 tbsp oil 1 cup BOILING water ( approx)

 1. Sift flour into a large bowl. Add salt. Make a well in the centre and add oil.

 2. Add water, be careful as its boiling hot water!!!. 

 3. Using a metal spoon slowly mix in the flour with water. It will start to form clumps and may look dry but don’t add any more water. 

 4. When its cool enough to handle, but still warm, start kneading with your hands. Once you get a nice soft dough divide it in to 10 balls , knead each ball and ,flatten them a little. 

 5. Dust your work bench with a little flour, and roll each dough to a nice thin flat bread like a chapatti or the Mexican tortilla.

 6. Heat a a large non stick frying pan,over medium heat . Once it is hot, place a roshi in the pan .

 7. Cook until little airport starts to form , flip it over, flatten it a bit with a wooden spoon and cook the other side. Continue the same with the remaining roshi. Serve with any of the curries or mas huni . 

  How we eat our roshi: Some of us like to eat roshi by tearing a small piece and using that to pick a piece of mashuni or dryer curries. Others like to tear a few roshi up into small pieces, add a few ladles of curry , squeeze a little lime or lemon and mix it all in and eat, with a green salad.


  1. i could do with some roshi and kulhi mas right now. am starving!!!

  2. It looks like roti canai to me. Looks great!

  3. i think its more like and indian chapati rather than the roti canao

  4. There is another way also. When I was with Teddy his mother used to cut Roshi with a knife and fill a huge container. Of course eat the same way with a faster speed.

  5. I'm still in midst of my roshi making crusade. Sometimes it comes out perfect. Other times it too thick and gets crispy. You can't even fold it up!
    Any tips?

  6. this is totally new to me...a different form from regular chapatis....looks yummy


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