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What Is Chicken Roti?

by Clara Dodman

Chicken roti is a sandwich style wrap snack from Caribbean and West Indian cuisine. Served hot, the wrap is typically filled with a spicy chicken and pepper mixture.

History

The roti wrap is thought to have been brought to the Caribbean region by East Indian workers around 1840. With its tasty curried fillings, it became a national dish.

Roti Bread

The roti dough is made from wheat flour, baking powder, salt and water. Regional variations include adding more butter and oil. After kneading and rising, the dough is cut into portions, rolled out and cooked on a hot griddle or pan. It should be a lighter in consistency than a tortilla.

Chicken Filling

Chicken pieces are fried up with onions, garlic, curry powder, paprika and seasoning. A cup of water is added and the mixture is brought to the boil and then left to simmer until the chicken is tender. When ready, the filling is served up in warm roti bread.

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About the Author

Currently living in London, Clara Dodman's varied writing career since 2004 has taken her around the globe. She's written copy for "Dive" magazine, "Geographical" magazine and "GoActive" magazine. More recently, she worked as a copywriter for a web company in South America, specializing in health. Dodman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Cardiff.