Rabid tweeps after roti called ‘balloon bread’ in cooking video


The online food and cooking world has given us a lot of fusion dishes that sometimes look questionable and often have a foreign name that makes the dish lose its true identity.

Something similar happened recently on the internet when a vlog called Cookist shared a recipe for so-called “balloon bread”.

The video shared by Cookist reminded a lot of roti.

A Twitter user shared the screenshot from Cookist’s Facebook post which described the food as “Balloon Bread: The Perfect Alternative to Regular Bread.”

Describing the process of making the balloon bread, the Facebook post read, “Just mix together flour, lukewarm water, hot milk, oil and dry yeast. The result will leave you speechless.

The post garnered a large number of comments, many of which call the handle to name the dish itself, and some suggestions for ways to improve the recipe.

“It’s just a normal roti!” says a comment on the post.

“The name balloon bread is hilarious,” says one individual.

“In Trinidad, we call it Sada Roti,” commented another. “Roast? Balloon bread? To me, it looks like Mexican tortillas,” responded a fourth user.

What is roti?

Roti is a popular flatbread in South American countries that have Eastern Indian influences in their cuisine. It is a simple dough that is rolled out in a circle and cooked on a hot grill.

Roti can be stuffed with potatoes or lentils before baking, used as a wrap, or simply served on the side of a plate of curry or dhal to help soak up all the delicious sauce.

Here’s how the vlog made the balloon bread. Do you also think the recipe should be renamed to roti?


140g of flour


Make the dough by mixing the water, yeast and salt.

Gradually add the flour.

Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.

Cut in pieces.

Roll out each piece into the shape of a pita bread.

Continue to flatten the disc until it becomes very thin, then bake for two minutes.

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