Mauritian Roti with fish sauce ala Denise

"This is a favourite dish of mine. I've decided to share it so that everybody can enjoy it as much as I have."
photo by Peter J photo by Peter J
photo by Peter J
Ready In:
1hr 30mins


  • Roti Ingredients

  • 2 -3 cups plain flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • hot water, to make a consistency of dough
  • 2 teaspoons butter or 2 teaspoons margarine
  • Fish sauce ingredients

  • 2 medium diced onions
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 2 diced peeled tomatoes (half a 425g can)
  • 1 can mackerel in tomato sauce (can be bought at Asian food shops)


  • Mix the flour, salt, butter/margarine and add the hot water until the dough pulls away from the spoon.
  • Don't make the dough too dry or too wet.
  • The secret to good roti is to make the dough just right.
  • Roll the dough into roughly crepe size pieces and brush with oil.
  • Fold the roti into little square"packages".
  • Brush the"packages" with oil again.
  • Roll the roti out again into crepe size pieces.
  • Oil both sides of the roti and fry (NOT deep fry) in a pan until slightly brown.
  • Place in a bowl and repeat the above process with the other"packages" and place the bowl aside.
  • Fish sauce: Fry onions and garlic until browned.
  • Add the tomatoes and their juice and the can of mackeral and it's juice.
  • Simmer until cooked to taste.
  • Serve roti flat on a plate and then spread the fish sauce in the middle of the roti.
  • The person then rolls his own roti and enjoys.

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  1. I didn't make the roti... only the sauce. I was looking for a recipe for canned mackerel in tomato sauce. Not much to pick from. I ate this in puffed pita bread and it was OK. I'm not a big fish fan so I was worried after tasting the sauce. But when coupled with the bread the flavor mellowed out some.
  2. Well thankyou for sharing Peter, this was just fantastic!


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