The video is a little long for this, but if you’re gonna make it please make sure to watch the video before making! There are a lot of little techniques involved that are much better communicated via video than text. But I promise the result will be worth it!
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk (or sub 1 Tbsp sugar)
- 1 egg, large
- 260 ml water
- 500 g all-purpose flour
- 55 g unsalted butter, room temp
- 1½ Tbsp unsalted butter (for coating the dough)
- 1 Tbsp neutral flavoured (for coating the dough)
- Neutral flavoured oil for cooking
- Extra unsalted butter for cooking (optional)
Fillings & Toppings (just some ideas, you can put whatever you want in it!)
- Banana (choose ones with just a tiny hint of green on the skin, but not so green that it tastes bad! Too-ripe bananas will turn mushy quickly when cooked)
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Nutella or chocolate sauce
- Granulated sugar
Flat, thick-bottomed frying pan, 12-inches in diameter (or bigger is better if you have one)
To make the dough:
In a large mixing bowl, combine salt and water and whisk until the salt is dissolved. Add the condensed milk and egg, whisk until combined.
In another bowl add the flour, then and butter and use your fingers to rub the it into the flour until no more big chunks are visible.
Add the flour mixture to the water mixture and knead with your hands quickly just until all the dry flour has been absorbed. It’ll looks like a really shaggy, rough dough. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let it rest for 15 – 30 minutes. (This resting step, called autolyse, is optional, but it will allow water to absorb into the flour and will reduce the total kneading time you need over all.)
Once the dough has rested, transfer the dough onto a clean work surface and continue kneading with your hands for about 5 minutes. It will feel too moist at first, but it should feel drier after a few minutes. If after a few minutes of kneading, the dough is still sticking to your hands, add a little bit of extra flour and knead it in. When you’re done kneading, the dough won’t be super smooth, in fact, the dough may seem a little bit rough on the surface, this is okay. As long as the texture and moistness of the dough is even all throughout, about 5 minutes of hand kneading time. The dough should be quite moist and may feel tacky, but it shouldn’t stick to your hands.
Once the dough is kneaded, let it rest for another 10-15 minutes to relax the gluten. This step is also optional, but it will make it easier for you to separate the dough into portions.
While the dough is resting, mix together melted butter and oil for coating the dough.
Stretch the dough into a log, then cut the dough into 80g pieces (you will get about 11 pieces total). Note: 80g dough balls is for roti made in a 12-inch pan.
Form each dough piece into a ball by pinches the edges together towards the center (see video for technique). Doesn’t have to be perfect, but you want it to be round. Do this for all the dough balls.
Once you’ve got your balls formed, brush the butter/oil mixture on the bottom of the container you’re using to store the dough balls. Then Brush each dough ball generously with the butter mixture and place them into the container. Let the dough rest at least 3 hours, or you can also refrigerate the dough at this point and cook it the next day or two. Pull the dough out from fridge at least 2 hours before using so it can come to room temp.
Easy way to shape the roti:
On a clean work surface, press a dough ball into a flat disk. Then grab the edge, one section at a time, and stretch it out as far as it will go without tearing, pressing the edge onto the counter so it doesn’t shrink back. Go around the piece stretching until you have a very thin sheet of dough. Use a knife to trim off the very edge of the dough which tends to be thicker.
To cook the roti:
Heat a 12-inch flat skillet (or bigger) over medium heat and add enough oil to coat the bottom (be on the generous side with oil or you will not get a nice crisp roti). Add a little piece of dough scrap into the pan as a heat tester, and once it’s bubbling in the oil, you’re ready to cook the dough.
Carefully transfer the dough into the pan, trying not to let it fold onto itself during the transfer. Once you’ve placed the dough, quickly use a spatula to straighten out any edges that have folded.
Arrange the banana (or whatever filling you’re using) on the center of the dough in a square, about 12-16 slices, making sure you don’t put too much or you won’t be able to cover it with the dough. Fold the edges of the roti over the banana (don’t wait too long to do this or the dough will be too stiff to fold.
Once the bottom side has browned slightly, flip and brown the other side. Keep flipping it back and forth about every minute or so until both sides are well browned and crispy. Total cooking time should be about 4-5 minutes.
Once done, if you wish, and add a little piece of butter beside the roti, then move the roti to coat it in this melted butter. Let it cook in this butter for about 30 seconds.
Transfer the roti onto a cutting board and cut into 12-16 pieces. Use a bench scraper to place it onto a serving plate, let it cool off a bit before eating cuz that banana is HOT! When ready to eat, drizzle on condensed milk (or chocolate sauce) and sprinkle on some granulated sugar. Enjoy!