Learn how to prepare a Barbados Beef roti, this recipe will have your friends and family coming back for more. Feel free to enjoy a true delicious Bajan treat.
💡 Recipe for Roti skins.
2 lb beef diced in to cubes
1 large onion mince
1/2 green bell pepper finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper finely chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
2 garlic cloves minced
1-2 large cube beef bouillon
1 cup hot water
3 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
A few basil leaves (optional)
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
For the rotis (10 to 12 pieces)
1 cup of flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons salt
2 garlic cloves mince
Sunflower oil, for frying
Put oil in a pan and sauté garlic and onion for 2 minutes. Add beef and sauté until cooked but tender.
Add bell peppers and carrots and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add the beef bouillon cube, dissolved in water.
Bring to a boil and add the potatoes, salt, pepper, and cover.
Simmer over medium-low heat until the potatoes are tender.
If necessary, increase the heat to reduce the broth.
Halfway through cooking, add the herbs and curry powder.
Set aside to cool while preparing rotis
Sift flour and baking powder.
Mix flour, salt, garlic and baking powder.
Make a well in the middle, pour in water and oil and mix all ingredients.
Knead at least 3 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
Cover the dough and let rest for 30 minutes.
Drop the dough on a floured surface, divide it into 10 or 12 balls.
Cover to prevent from drying.
Brush a little oil on a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Lightly flour the work surface. Take a ball of dough, flatten it with the palm of the hand, turn it over and flatten again.
Roll out with a rolling pin and form a thin disk of 6 to 8 inches in diameter.
Cook about 1 minute on each side. Be careful not to overcook as the rotis should remain flexible and white.
Repeat until all the batter is done.
Stack rotis and cover with a cloth until the end of the baking.
Warm roti if necessary and place on a platter.
Put a generous amount of stuffing.
Fold according to the chosen shape.
I just love a meaty beef roti, cooked just right, it does not matter where, I love it in Barbados, Trinidad, or just about anywhere in the Caribbean.
I love spicy foods so sometimes I’ll make a spicy curried beef roti just for the fun of it.
Every time I wake up in the morning and I have all the ingredients, I think of making a beef roti.
Sometimes If I have several leftover potatoes from dinner the previous day, I’ll make one for breakfast.
I have several friends that are so curios as to how I make beef roti taste so good, and I always tell them that’s my secret, sometimes I’ll make my grandma her favourite, the curry beef roti, she loves them down to the last bite.
The perfect skin
I always advise anyone trying to make a roti is make sure you have the perfect recipe for the skin, that is where it all begins, my friends in Trinidad are masters at making the skins.
When you perfect the art of the skin, then that’s half your battle as a learner.
If you’re a little bit weight conscious and worried about the calories then just be sure to limit the amount of beef.
If you have time before you go to work, you can prepare some beef patties for lunch. They are really filling and can last you until you reach home. This is what I do sometimes.
Also Beef pitas can be quite good for a lunch or dinner meal. Get some ground beef out of your fridge. You mix it with some yogurt, mustard, and bell peppers. You stuffed your pita with this mixture and you’re done. You can pack and bring this to your office.
When you become good with beef you will want to try rotisserie, I have done it a few times, but you’ll need the right equipment.
You see if you know some quick and easy recipes for daily cooking, you won’t go hungry. Plus you will have variety and you and your family will enjoy more of your everyday meals.
Recipe Submitted by Good Old Bajan Cooking Group.
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