Roht a sweet fried dish found at religious affairs or even just as a snack with a cup of coffee or tea, recipes by Asha Maharaj and Chef Matthew. We have TWO optional versions of Roht for you to choose from WITH the first recipe from Guyana with Matthew Allicock. You can also show some love and subscribe to his Youtube here. The other popular recipe comes from South African Indian chef, Asha Maharaj.
Guidelines for you
- Mixture of Roht should resemble a soft scone dough. It needs very light , gentle kneading to avoid pressing out air incorporated during crumbling. The finished Roht should resemble a crisp biscuit like exterior and a soft scone like inner.
- Remember that the texture of ghee does make a difference to the Roht as Melted ghee and solid ghee produce different results.
Matthew’s Roht Recipe
Ingredients and Measurements
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp ghee or Palm oil (for mixture)
- 1/4 cup brown OR white sugar
- 1/4 cup maraschino cherries chopped (optional)
- 1/4 cup raisins 1/2-3/4 cups evaporated OR whole milk (room temperature)
- 4 cups of ghee or Palm Oil, (or more) for deep frying
- 1½tsps coarsely ground elaichi aka cardamom (optional)
If your first roht crumbles then you should add a cup of flour, 1 tablespoon of milk, a tad more sugar, mix the dough again. This should result in successfully fried Roht.
- Sift flour
- Pour ½ cup ghee & mix until it resembles breadcrumbs
- Add sugar & elaichi (cardamom)
- Mix with milk until pliable dough forms. Add more milk if the dough is not wet enough
- Make shapes like a flat saucer. This quantity should yield between 12-13 Roht
- Fry in 3-4 cups of butter ghee at med. heat. Both sides should turn a tan-golden colour
- Use a slotted spoon & remove from pan. Allow cooling. Use as needed
Asha Maharaj’s Roht Recipe
• 5 cups Snowflake cake wheat flour
• 1 tsp coarsely ground cardamom
• ½ cup Palm Oil
• 2 cups refined (castor) sugar
• ± 1 ½ cups milk (at room temperature)
• Palm Oil for frying
- Combine the flour, cardamom and palm oil in a mixing bowl and rub until evenly mixed. Mix in the sugar. Add milk as needed to make a soft dough.
- Do not over-knead. Heat palm oil in a kadhai (wok). Divide dough into 20 pieces and pat or roll into thick biscuits. Fry a few at a time in moderately hot palm oil until golden and cooked through.
- Remove with a draining spoon and drain well by pressing the fried #Roht with the back of a spoon onto the draining spoon.
FESTIVE DIWALI RECIPES
- Why not try Asha Maharaj’s Banana Puri recipe?
- VIDEO: Diwali Recipes with Asha Maharaj
- Ultimate Diwali Recipes with Indian Spice
- Yudhika Sujanani’s Chana Magaj and Eggless Coconut Cake
Source inputs: Matthew Alicock | Youtube
Have you checked out our Mental Health resources by Indian Spice click here
The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (SADAG) is Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group open 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm. If you are needing a referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or support group call SADAG on 011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26 and speak to a trained counselor who can assist you further. Substance abuse hotline: 0800 12 13 14 is available 24hrs or alternatively email Zane on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist. India Helplines: Aasra: 022 2754 6669; Sneha India Foundation: +914424640050 and Sanjivini: 011-24311918
Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority during the coronavirus crisis.
Connect with the Coronavirus Whatsapp services below
- Coronavirus India Whatsapp tap here
- Coronavirus South Africa Whatsapp tap here
- SA Hotline Number: 0800 029 999
For more related coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news and stories click here