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Jamaican Roti...Add it to the Christmas Table #40
November 30, 2007

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Jamaican Roti

Well the Christmas season is up on us again and that means ‘nuff nyammings’ and other things.

As you may already know, everybody who celebrates Christmas loves the ‘traditions’ of this season as it’s been handed down to us all these years. However, the old time tradition will eventually pass away with each generation changing its view of the end-of-year holidays.

Because each generation make its mark on holiday celebrations according to present perceptions, our way of thinking toward Christmas, especially, will one a day become a ‘day of interest’ in ways which may surprise most of us, YAH MON!

Saying that to say this, injecting a little different piece of other traditions from other cultures may just be the start of something beautiful for us Christmas celebrants.

Anyway, I was thinking the other day that, wouldn’t it be nice to add something new to the Jamaican Christmas table this year?

Well not new, because I am talking about Roti. I have had roti during the Christmas holidays already, way back in the old days and it was nice to eat it with ham or stew beef. So, I got a roti recipe from Sabrina, our other staff writer and cook, and I am here to pass it on this early for you to practice making Jamaican Roti.

Remember, practice this recipe until you get it right. If you can’t get it right, let me know early before Sabrina goes on vacation.

Here goes:

Here is the roti recipe that has been llllooonnnggg over due. I'm sure your fans will still try it. Plain Roti

4 cups wholewheat or plain flour

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tbs. baking powder

1 1/2 cups water

vegetable oil

flour for dusting Method 1 Sieve flour,salt and baking powder together in a bowl

2 Gradually add water, working dough to a soft , silky texture. Cover with a slightly damp cloth and let dough rest for 10-15 mins.

3 Knead the dough again and divide into 8 equal portions 4 Roll the individual portions into round balls (golf ball size) 5 Take one round ball at a time and flatten it into a round disc using your palms

6 Dust your work area and rolling pin with a flour to prevent sticking

7 Gently roll the flattened ball into a circle, making sure the roti is even in thickness. Keep rolling until you have created a thin round roti approximately 8in. in diameter. 8 Heat tawah or large thick-based frying pan on medium heat. Add a little oil or ( cooking spray) and carefully place the roti in the pan or on tawah.

9 After bubbles appear on top ( or in about 1 min) , turn the roti and brush lightly with oil. Both sides should be golden brown.

10 Remove roti and store between towels to keep warm.

Also, here is Sabrina’s Christmas Cake recipe from a past issue of our e-zine, Foodie Jamaican.

Christmas Cake

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