Roti and paratha flatbreads


Roti is a dish that you will come across most frequently in Mauritius. It is a type of flatbread made from wheat flour, water, and a small amount of oil or ghee (clarified butter). The flatbread is served filled with various types of curry – vegetarian, chicken, beef, lamb, etc. Roti is a staple food in Mauritius that people of all ages enjoy. Sometimes you may come across the term “roti” and sometimes “paratha” at food stalls. The only difference is in the shape – roti is a round flatbread, while paratha is square-shaped.

Rolling out paratha flatbread
Rolling out paratha flatbread

The flatbread is usually prepared fresh. The chef takes the dough out of the fridge and rolls out a flatbread – in this case, a square-shaped paratha.

Baking paratha flatbread
Baking paratha flatbread

The flatbread is then baked on a griddle over a gas burner and brushed with oil or clarified butter while baking. The dough puffs up while baking, creating golden spots.

Filling of roti with vegetable mixture
Filling of roti with vegetable mixture

Once the flatbread is baked, it is filled with the chosen mixture. The mixture is always prepared in advance, and the meat is thoroughly cooked due to temperature conditions. There are usually several types of mixture available at each food stall, and the customer can choose according to their taste. In this case, the round roti flatbread is filled. It is also possible to add spicy chili paste.

Rolling the flatbread
Rolling the flatbread

Once the flatbread is filled, it is rolled up and wrapped in paper…

Filled roti
Filled roti

… and it’s done!

Stuffed flatbreads are a street food in Mauritius that can be found absolutely everywhere. It is a tasty, filling, and cheap dish. The price for a vegetarian-filled flatbread starts at 20 MUR (approx. 0.80 EUR), while flatbreads filled with meat, fish or shrimp cost around 50 – 70 MUR (approx. 1 – 1.40 EUR).

Bon appetit!

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I wholeheartedly recommend the Seastar Hotel in Flic en Flac, just a short walk from a beautiful beach. The hotel is new, the breakfasts are great, and you almost always have an amazing hot tub on the roof terrace all to yourself! The last time I stayed here was in December 2022 and I will return again.