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Order Up: The How-to Guide to Roti

Order Up: The How-to Guide to Roti
John Linn

Roti, an Indian-style flatbread that's pretty much a staple in West Indian food, is everywhere in South Florida. Little roti shops and curry huts specializing in the stuff can be found throughout Broward, especially the western stretches of Lauderhill, Margate, and North Lauderdale. But enjoying roti isn't always as easy as just walking in and placing an order. There's all sorts or terminology, colloquial phrases, and know-how involved in indulging in this island snack.

This week's column covers three roti joints in West Broward and gives you the low down on how to get the right kind of roti every time. The three restaurants, Lovey's Roti in Lauderhill and Curry Hut and Lucky City in Margate, each serve such Trinidadian and Guyanese treats as sada roti, aloo pie, doubles, curry pumpkin, bake, buss up shut, and more.

Read this week's roti column in Dish. After the cut, a few roti photos to keep you salivating.

Aloo pie (this one from Lovey's) is a fried piece of bread sandwiched with potato, kuchela, and "peppa."
Aloo pie (this one from Lovey's) is a fried piece of bread sandwiched with potato, kuchela, and "peppa."
John Linn


Roti, baby! A stuffed roti has curry chicken, potato, chickpeas, and more inside. It's huge, and just $7 at Lovey's.
Roti, baby! A stuffed roti has curry chicken, potato, chickpeas, and more inside. It's huge, and just $7 at Lovey's.
John Linn
"Buss up shut" or plain roti is like a nest of shaved layers of ultra-thin flatbread.
"Buss up shut" or plain roti is like a nest of shaved layers of ultra-thin flatbread.
John Linn
A feast at the Curry Hut in Margate includes chicken curry with potato, pumpkin and chickpeas/potato, dhalpourie roti stuffed with lentil flour, hot peppa sauce, and a cold Dragon Stout and Solo orange.
A feast at the Curry Hut in Margate includes chicken curry with potato, pumpkin and chickpeas/potato, dhalpourie roti stuffed with lentil flour, hot peppa sauce, and a cold Dragon Stout and Solo orange.
John Linn
Sada roti is like a pita or tortilla and is made to order at most places.
Sada roti is like a pita or tortilla and is made to order at most places.
John Linn
You'll need plenty of napkins if you plan on eating roti the authentic way -- with your hands.
You'll need plenty of napkins if you plan on eating roti the authentic way -- with your hands.
John Linn
Most roti joints make their own hot peppa sauce from Scotch Bonnet peppers. Colors range from green to orange to bright red.
Most roti joints make their own hot peppa sauce from Scotch Bonnet peppers. Colors range from green to orange to bright red.
John Linn
Mango kuchela (right) is made from unripe green mangos and adds garlicky, crunchy contrast to curries.
Mango kuchela (right) is made from unripe green mangos and adds garlicky, crunchy contrast to curries.
John Linn
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