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A batch of freshly made mealie meal roti

Freshly made mealie meal rotis

Mealie Meal Roti

A reader requested a recipe for mealie meal rotis. I had never made it myself but had enjoyed eating it on several ocassions.

A cousin helped me with this recipe. I tried the recipe which worked out very well. We enjoyed the rotis, served with a spinach chutney, for dinner.

I have since learned that some cooks add a tablespoon of butter to the dough. This is optional. I made it with no butter or oil and was pleased with the results. Here is the recipe.


  • 1 cup mealie meal
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups boling water
  • 1 ¼ cups flour, (approximately)


  • Boil water and add salt. Add mealie meal. after a few seconds mix the contents and lower heat
  • Stir ocasionally to ensure it does not burn
  • Remove a small amount and test the grains. If it feels very hard, add a bit more water, until you get a soft dough
  • Remove from stove. When cool, add the flour to this mealie meal dough to form a pliable dough
  • Do not add the flour all at once. Add small amounts at a time. As you knead, you can add more flour
  • Form into balls. Roll on board. Sprinkle flour generously, to avoid the dough sticking
  • Cook on tava/pan. I did not use any butter or oil. It is meant to be a dry roti
  • Turn and cook the other side and press to encourage roti to rise
  • Serve with curries. Enjoy

Rotis served with delicious Spinach Chutney

Rotis served with Spinach Chutney

Roti cooking on tava

Roti cooking on tava

Roti just rolled and put onto tava

Roti just put onto tava

Dough formed with mealie meal and flour

Dough of Mealie Meal and Flour

>Mealie Meal Mix

Mealie Meal Mix

This roti is delicious and yet does not contain oil or butter. If you would like to add butter, use a tablespoon of melted butter or ghee at the stage when you mix the dough.

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