Thai Roti Recipe

If you haven’t had a chance to try them yet, don’t overlook them on the menu the next time you stop by.  For now, this Thai roti recipe should get you going and give you a chance to understand why we really recommend you try them next time.

What is Thai Roti?

The delicious result of this easy to follow Thai roti recipe.

In simplest terms, it’s a flat bread. Think of it like a pancake, or even a crepe (for those of you familiar with it). The flat bread is made with flour, but no yeast is used. The dough is pan fried into a thin, tortilla like flat bread.

You can find Thai roti enjoyed as a desert, or an appetizer, or even a meal. It’s very versatile and can be used and enjoyed in many ways.

When served as a snack, or desert, it is often served with sugar, banana, sweetened condensed milk, and even chocolate.

When it’s served a non-sweet food item, it can be enjoyed with curry, or even a fusion “burrito” of sorts. We love wrapping larb moo with roti.

Ingredients Needed to Make It

  • White flour, 3 cups
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • White sugar, 2 teaspoon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Warm water, ½ cup
  • Warm milk, ½ cup
  • Butter, melted

Making the Roti Dough

  1. In a large bowl, sift in the flour.
  2. Mix in the salt and the sugar.
  3. Stir the beaten egg into the flour and mix thoroughly.
  4. Mix in the water and milk. Work everything together to get a smooth, yet still sort of stiff dough. Add a little bit more milk if the dough feels a little dry.
  5. Set the dough aside and let it rest for a bit while you prepare everything else.
  6. Clean a large flat surface to repaper for roll the dough. Dry it with paper towels and dust the working area with some flour.
  7. Separate the dough into balls a little smaller than your palm, or whatever size you feel like.
  8. Roll out the dough balls until they are thin and look a little like a tortilla or soft taco shell.

Cooking the Roti

A heavy cast iron pan is perfect for cooking roti.

The cast iron pan, my favorite way to cook roti.

My personal preference for cooking roti is a heavy cast iron pan. They heat evenly and I’ve found them to be the best compared to other pans like stainless steel, or non-stick.

  1. Heat the cast iron pan until it is warm.
  2. Brush the pan with butter and place the roti in the pan.
  3. Cook until the bottom starts to turn brown. Keep an eye out for bubbles on the top side of the roti; indicating it is ready to be turned.
  4. Turn the roti over and lightly brush it with a little more butter.
  5. Cook until both sides are brown.
  6. Remove from heat and set aside.

This Thai roti bread recipe only covers how to make a basic roti. It doesn’t cover other popular recipes that uses this versatile flat bread. For that, you’ll have to use your imagination, or look around for more ideas and recipes. Don’t forget to check out the other recipes in the blog.