Buss up Shut, green split pea Dhal and Curried Pumpkin
Buss up Shut (Trinidad) Bus’ Ya Shut( Jamaica) and Roti Skins( Barbados), many different names for the same great flatbread.
Buss up Shut( Paratha Roti) is a type of roti skin and probably the most common one . It is made with a few ingredients rolled out and cooked to give soft fluffy flatbreads. If youhave been following my blog you know I love roti making and this type of roti skin is one that is most commonly used in Barbados. Reason being because it is easier to make than the dhal puri. Dhal puri roti takes a little more time than this version. I started making roti skins when I was about 15 years old and never had any logic behind making them. I would just get the flour fat and salt and hope for the best. Sometimes I got lovely skins and other times I use to get cracker like skins. I never really devised a way to perfect them back then. Roti skins are sold in the fresh section in Caribbean supermarkets and are easy to use just open heat and serve but they lack that homemade or restaurant feel. I decided to take on buss -up- shut again today taking the advice of my good friend Cynthia. Cynthia told me that roti making gets better with time and after 10 years of roti attempting and making I think I finally cracked the code. Roti dough needs to rest when you are making it and there should be a little fat in the dough.Special techniques such as folding and wrapping yield a flakier dough. Investing in a tahwah is a good idea and what a tahwah is is a flat pan strictly for making roti. If you cannot source one use a round pancake girdle or a crepe pan like I do. A pastry brush is your friend and your surface must be brushed with oil when cooking the roti. Brushing the roti with oil gives a better texture. Overcooking the roti with little fat makes the roti skin hard and brittle.This is the first time I had roti skins with curry on the side. I usual make a roti parcel and eat it like a burrito.
The split pea dhal is made using the Indo Caribbean method.To get the peas soft adding a little baking powder to the peas and some oil before throwing it into the boiling water created a better consistency of dahl almost like a dissolved stew. My husband raved up this curried pumpkin. I did not even mean for it to be the centre of the meal as I just wanted to add some sweetness and colour. I slow cooked the pumpkin in curry and garam massala. I garnished with cilantro and chilli flakes.
Buss in most Caribbean countries means to break so if I told you I will buss your face it means I am going to punch your really hard in your face and dismember your face. As Chennette said bussing the roti skin is a special technique where your break the hot roti with the hands but I cannot afford to do that.This is why my roti skins look smooth.