Roti - A Welcome Indian Snack

By:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  8 months ago  •  20 comments

Roti - A Welcome Indian Snack

In the mall area below our apartment, a tiny Indian Roti kiosk opened.  In Toronto, I loved Indian food, and even now my wife makes a good veggie, meat and rice curry, but the nearest Indian restaurant is about a half-hour walk away.  Now I'm happy to say that at least I can enjoy an nice roti snack that is close at hand.

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The chef made me a banana roti, spreading banana slices over the "pancake", folding it up and then it was fried on a griddle.

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All it cost was 12 Yuan (the equivalent of US$2,) and there was more than I could eat for just a snack.

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They cut it into 2" squares, that are a little crispy and delicious.

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Buzz of the Orient
1  author  Buzz of the Orient    8 months ago

Does anyone like East Indian food?

1.1  T.Fargo  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    8 months ago

When I read East Indian food, I think of Jamaican food.

I made some curried French lentils that would go great in roti.  Just plan for some alone time next day.

Raven Wing
1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    8 months ago

I don't know if what I like is East Indian or not, but, I do like the spicy Indian food.

I used to grow habaneros in my garden next to my tomato plants, as the hot peppers deter the tomato worms, as well as garlic. Tomato worms really hate both, so they make for a nice natural way of dealing with the pests.

A. Macarthur
2  A. Macarthur    8 months ago

Only if it's spicy enough to necessitate excessive cold beer consumption.

Buzz of the Orient
2.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @2    8 months ago

.LOL  Here I am in the Chinese "hot-pot" spiciest restaurant place and I can't eat really spicy food.

3  sixpick    8 months ago

Never had any of it and I should as many Indians I am around everyday.  I should ask some of them what they think I would like and stop by one sometime.

4  sandy-2021492    8 months ago

Is that something like a streudel?  It looks yummy.

I haven't tried much Indian food, but what I have tried, I've liked.

4.1  nightwalker  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4    8 months ago


You might want to practice a little by gargling tabasco sauce to get that extra layer of skin on you tongue and throat first. When they say hot they mean it.

4.1.1  Skrekk  replied to  nightwalker @4.1    8 months ago

Don't set your sights so low, start with the good stuff and gargle with Nepalese ghost pepper juice.

4.1.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  nightwalker @4.1    8 months ago

Ha!  The older I get, the more I can handle spicy food.  Maybe I'm roasting my taste buds.  I don't know if I'll ever be ready for ghost peppers, though.  I'm skeert to try.

A few years ago, I took a Thai cooking class, and most of what we made was pretty spicy.  I have to tone it down when I make it for other people.

Buzz of the Orient
4.1.3  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1.2    8 months ago

The opposite for me - I have less and less tolerance for spicey.  My nephew when a young kid had a West Indian nanny who cooked a lot of meals for him, and he can eat fire. 

4.1.4  nightwalker  replied to  Skrekk @4.1.1    8 months ago

Yeah, I know about that ghost pepper sauce, one of the few sauces that HAS to be packaged in glass or it melts the container into a smoldering puddle. I even tried it on a nice beef stir-fry but I put in on like tabasco sauce and my so-called FRIENDS let me do it. I showed them, I ate it all. But I remember the taste every time I see a image of a forest fire. That ghost pepper sauce will make you glow in the dark for days.


4.1.5  nightwalker  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1.2    8 months ago

Thai food uses something that comes in sprigs like rosemary to heat it up, do you know what it's called? I find the heat of the few tai dishes I go for just about right if I order it hot.

4.1.6  sandy-2021492  replied to  nightwalker @4.1.5    8 months ago

I'm not sure what that would be.  Several dishes used Thai basil, which tastes a lot like licorice, and isn't hot.  I now grow Thai basil in containers on my deck, because it's hard to find in stores.

For everything else, we used either Thai chilis or chili paste, and adjusted the spiciness by varying the amounts.

4.1.7  nightwalker  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1.6    8 months ago

Hmm I went digging through the dish (beef and veggies) looking for any peppers but I couldn't find ANY. Had kind of a white sauce and the only thing I found specifically that lit me up when I ate it was the sprigs at the bottom. I can't ask, the place closed up (probable had a fire in the kitchen) but it was called "tai foods" when it was open.

Perhaps the sprigs soaked up the heat from the sauce somehow, it had black and some green but tiny particles in it.

4.1.8  sandy-2021492  replied to  nightwalker @4.1.7    8 months ago

I'm really not sure what it would be, then.  Of course, I only took one class, and learned 6 or 7 dishes, so I'm sure we didn't cover all seasonings used in Thai cooking.

Buzz of the Orient
4.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4    8 months ago

Much thinner than streudel, even thinner than regular soda crackers, but still crispy and a little flakey.

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5  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη    8 months ago

Very cool.

6  magnoliaave    8 months ago

I really like the curry.  I make a simple chicken curry dish.  Cooks almost all day. 

Buzz of the Orient
6.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  magnoliaave @6    8 months ago

Because of me, we use a very mild curry.


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