In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

The Ultimate Pepper Roti Recipe.

Pepper roti is one of those delightful dishes which became popular after I left the islands for North American shores. I was only introduced to this a few years back when my cousin hosted us for dinner during one of our Carnival visits and I immediately fell in love with it. What a treat! Stuffed with freshly grated vegetables and creamy from the addition of New Zealand cheddar, the layers of roti is really something you must try at least once. With moms help.. let’s go through the steps in making classic Trinbagonian pepper roti!

You’ll Need…


2 cups all purpose flour
pinch salt
2 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon butter
1 – 1 1/4 cups water
1 teaspoon veg oil


1 scotch bonnet pepper finely diced (no seeds)
1/2 cup grated carrot
1 cup grated potato
1 cup grated cheese (cheddar aged)
3 cloves garlic (crushed)
1/2 cup sweet pepper (bell pepper) grated

Note: for the filling you can always add ingredients you like.. even more scotch bonnet if you want it even more lethal!

First we need to make the dough for the roti (basically the same as we did with buss up shut or paratha roti) . In a large bowl place the flour, salt and baking powder and give it a good mix. Then start adding some of the water and start kneading… add more water as necessary to form a smooth and somewhat soft/firm dough.


Cover the dough with a tea towel or plastic wrap and let it rest for 15 minutes. Then divide into two dough balls, dust your work surface with flour and with a rolling pin, roll out to a circle. With the aid of the pictures below and by watching the video directly below the post, you can follow along. In a small bowl place the butter and oil and mix well.. the butter should be soft. You’ll need a small brush (pastry brush).

After rolling out one of the dough balls flat (about 12-14 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick… the size of your tawa), make a cut from the center out. Then brush on some of the oil/butter combination over the surface. Now, roll to form a sort of cone.

Then tuck in both ends to seal. This will give the roti the layers that paratha or buss up shut roti normally have when cooked. Tap town to sort of flatten, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rest for about 10 minutes.

Prepare the filling in the meanwhile (grate, chop etc).

Then place it all in bowl and mix it evenly so when we spread it on the roti we’ll have a uniform blend.

It’s now time to get back to the dough. On a flour dusted surface, roll out one of the dough balls the size of your tawa (tawa is the baking stone (iron) we’ll be using to cook this on the stove top). With your tawa on a low flame, brush on some of the oil/butter mixture onto the tawa, then place the rolled out dough onto it. The oil will prevent it from sticking, help develop color and give it a sort of fried exterior when fully cooked. Now top with the filling as evenly as you can, but leave about 1/4 inch off the side bare. This way we can seal the roti when we add the other layer.

Roll out the other dough ball the same shape and size as the previous one, then gently place on the one on the tawa. It can be a bit tricky! Then using a fork, press down on the edges to help seal the pepper roti.

By this time the underside will start developing some colour and firm up a bit. Brush some of the oil/butter combo on the top layer we just added, then try to flip the roti so the raw side is now sitting on the tawa. Turn the heat up a bit, so we can cook the inside of the roti with it’s stuffing. I’ve seen some people blanch the grated carrot and potato, but since we grated it finely.. you should be fine. After 3-4 minutes, brush a little more oil/butter on top and flip back so the original side is on the tawa again. Give it a minute or tow and you’re dun!

You’re looking for a golden crust, with a lovey creamy filling as the cheese melts and the other ingredients cook. Give it a minute or two to cool before slicing so you don’t end up with a mess! You can multiply the recipe if you want to make enough for  large crowd.  I guess this is a Caribbean version of  quesadilla?  Serve warm and do tell your guests to expect the kick from the finely chopped scotch bonnet pepper.

Side note: You can use a griddle or non stick frying pan (with low sides) to cook this pepper roti if you don’t have a traditional baking stone or tawa.

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  1. Jenny
    February 11, 2019 / 5:55 am

    What the heck just cook all the ingredients separately then roll it up in the roti just like curry ,lol

  2. Cheryl Walkine
    September 2, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Look great….definitely will try….am a big fan of various caribbean dishes! Thanks for sharing Chris and Moms!

  3. Hayley
    August 28, 2016 / 11:38 am

    This is sooo good!! I surprised myself at how delicious it came out!!…since I’m not the best roti maker. You should mention that the grated potato releases a LOT of liquid, which should be drained out before mixing in with the other veggies, otherwise you’re in for a watery mess. Made it for a lime and disappointed that there is none leftover!!

  4. Tara
    August 4, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Hi Chris, what a wonderful collection of recipes to connect us with home. Thank you (and your mom)for this.I have one question though…does this pepper roti recipe make just one?

    • admin
      August 4, 2016 / 4:21 pm

      Much thx for the kind comment. Yes, it’s for 1 roti

  5. SueAnn Peace
    October 14, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    Ok so I am trying this recipe tonight. Had no carrots so I am using some peas and corn. I also seasoned my flour. Will be back to say how it come outs.

  6. sumayyah ali
    June 19, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    I cannot knead flour to save mylife but my grandma did it an dit tastes amazing

  7. Keria
    April 26, 2015 / 8:52 am

    Silly question, but can this b done on a electric griddle

    • admin
      April 26, 2015 / 11:40 am

      though I’ve never tried it.. it will certainly work. Go on a low heat setting.

  8. Shari
    April 4, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    sorry, just realized it’s spelt “chadon beni”

  9. Shari
    April 4, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Shadow benny added to the mix gives an even tastier zing.

  10. Tricia Trotman-Maraj
    January 27, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    Oh gosh Moms! I love it…… eating it and it still on te stove cooking… wow! its my first try and it is wonderful! i love it!

  11. Tricia Trotman-Maraj
    January 27, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Oh gosh Moms! I love it…… eating it and it still on te stove cooking… wow! its my first try and it is wonderful!

  12. Sharon
    October 26, 2014 / 11:47 am

    Can thi be frozen. Would like to purchase your cookbooks too.

  13. Anjalina Maharaj
    October 13, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    WOW! this was a great recipe I just made it and my mom was really suprised as we are trini and I am the only child of five who can make trini delights thanks.

  14. Laura
    June 14, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    Hi thanks so much for adding the video for the recipe… it helps…. where can I purchase a dabla and a a tawa on line….. or here in the US… I am actually making this recipe today

  15. Kathy-Ann Bullard-Charles
    May 30, 2014 / 3:56 pm

    Thank you Chris! Made a batch today and it was simply awesome. I added pimento peppers for more flavour.

  16. Yasmin
    May 4, 2014 / 11:23 am

    I did it like a boss…came out perfect, all I added was a leaf of shadow beni and a few pcs of chives. Thank you Chris.

  17. Sal
    May 3, 2014 / 4:23 am

    Hi,Chris, I tried the pepper roti and it was awesome.My wife and in-laws,who are not Trini,absolutely loved it. It is now a regular treat on Sunday Brunch. Thanks again.

  18. vaughn james
    March 10, 2014 / 8:55 am

    whould it make a diffrence in what you py in the flour or how you measure it when useing wheat flour

  19. tina
    March 9, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    chris can you use frying pan for the dough stuff?looks tasty would love to try it at home for the family

  20. Shane Outar
    January 26, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    Thank Chris for the recipie an thank mom for her demonstration .

    • Dee
      February 23, 2021 / 7:45 pm

      Any idea how I would keep this warm for a few hours?

      • admin
        February 25, 2021 / 8:38 am

        in a lined cooler/warmer. Even the cheap Styrofoam ones will work.

  21. Jennifer
    January 22, 2014 / 3:55 pm

    Hi Chris! Do you think using a square griddle pan would be just as sufficient as using a tawa?



  22. dc
    January 15, 2014 / 2:01 am

    Hello Chris, can this be made without cheese? If so, would you just leave it out or can you use something else other than cheese / vegan cheese? Thank you.

  23. Alybibi
    January 7, 2014 / 3:44 pm

    Why are you not on food network!?!?! your recipes are awesome!!! i usually make my sunday dishes based on the recipes on your site. As always well done!

  24. Thelma
    December 23, 2013 / 9:59 pm

    I’ve been away for too long…this is the first time I’m even hearing about this pepper roti. It looks like a winner, I have to try it one day soon! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Arlene
    December 22, 2013 / 10:27 pm

    Nice job as usual Chris!! Thanks moms for passing on the wonderful tradition:)!!

    • June 15, 2014 / 12:16 pm

      Hi. Chris I just love how you explain your recipes so easy to understand, & that what your mum just made a Roti looked fantastic(Can I move in with her) I would love to know how to get hold of your cook books please. Regards Diana x

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