Four con­tes­tants pit­ted against one an­other at the Di­wali Fes­ti­val


ARMED with their roti rolling pins, and backed with the wis­dom of gen­er­a­tions of roti-mak­ing in their re­spec­tive fam­i­lies, con­tes­tants who com­peted in the Roti Rolling Chal­lenge, at the Durban Di­wali Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, brought their A-game to the hot plate. The com­pe­ti­tion started at about 1pm, at the

pro­mo­tional stand.

The four con­tes­tants – Dev­ina Mood­ley, Pranitha Ramith, Sheila Sew­nath and Sangeetha Ramkissoon – en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion after the so­cial me­dia call, en­cour­ag­ing read­ers to rise up and sign up for the com­pe­ti­tion, to make the per­fect ro­tis in the short­est time!

Sew­nath, of Chatsworth, walked off with the ti­tle of best and fastest roti roller in Durban.

“I knew I’d make it,” she smiled. “I’ve been mak­ing roti for 65 years. I was taught from the age of 10 by my aunt. My mother was sickly, so I had to take over the chores, in­clud­ing cook­ing,” she said.

Fin­ish­ing off with a to­tal of 91 points, Sew­nath and the other con­tes­tants were judged on quick­est time to make six ro­tis, the ap­pear­ance, round­ness and thick­ness of their ro­tis – among other cri­te­ria.

As the win­ner, Sew­nath won a R1 000 gro­cery voucher and week­end get­away to the Wild­coast Sun.

The run­ner-up, Ramith, walked off with a R500 gro­cery voucher and a twonight stay at Sibaya Lodge.

Call it the phulka, cha­p­ati, rotli or roti – the pop­u­lar In­dian flat­bread has come a long way over time. Tra­di­tion­ally roti is a round, light flat­bread, made from whole wheat flour and wa­ter, that is com­bined into a dough. Other in­gre­di­ents – like whether you use salt or sugar (Thai style), whether you use ghee or oil; how many por­tions you part it into, how you roll it, toss it or turn it, whether you cook it on a tawa or mod style, in a pan – all de­pend on which cul­tural cui­sine you are fol­low­ing in your recipe.

Ramkissoon said she made ro­tis to or­der and heard about the com­pe­ti­tion via What­sApp.

“When I heard about the com­pe­ti­tion, I thought I could stand a good chance at it.”

POST Roti Rolling Chal­lenge win­ner, Sheila Sew­nath, of Chatsworth.


CON­TES­TANTS Sangeetha Ramkissoon and Dev­ina Mood­ley square off.

THE run­ner-up, Pranitha Ramith, of Malvern.

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