trini choka & sada roti


Ok, so I’ve been blogging for a bit now and haven’t really showcased any authentic Trini food yet so I thought when better to start than right now?!

My husband is at home these days and that makes me extremely happy!  He loves Indian food (here in Trinidad we have our own brand of Indian food- West Indian- many dishes are derivatives of East Indian dishes brought here by the indentured East Indians and are still vastly popular today.  I can’t say that I know the exact history behind sada roti and choka, but I can certainly use my imagination to come up with a story.


Sada roti is very similar to naan if you’ve ever had it.  The difference really is that sada is made in such a way that it ends up being a sort of ‘pocket’, similar to a pita pocket.  I suppose it was made that way in the past so that people could enjoy it as a sandwich, stuffed with a variety of fillings.  Today throughout Trinidad, it serves as a filling breakfast or lunch and is eaten every morning by many West Indians.
Here in Trinidad, when someone claims to be proficient at making sada the first question out of the listener’s mouth is “your sada does swell?” It’s sort of an enigmatic quality for those of us ‘occasional sada makers’.  Getting your sada to swell on the tawah (baking stone) is an accomplishment many fail to achieve- no matter how many years they are attempting! Impressively, my sada did in fact, swell!

thctawah sada on tawah thcsadaswells thcsadarotidetail

Choka is a term used to describe any vegetable that is prepared in a particular way- usually with heated oil, onions, garlic and a variety of spices.  Traditionally, vegetables like okro (okra), karili(bitter gourd), aloo (potato), tomatoes, bhigan/melongene(eggplant) and bodi(Chinese long beans) are used, but many others like saime, green figs and edoes are also very common.  It really depends on what you like and what you have! They are all prepared by either first roasting or sautΓ©ing the vegetable and then adding heated oil with garlic/onion.  There are many ways to prepare choka and I would gladly debate that there isn’t just one definitive method. Today I prepared ‘fry aloo and salt fish’

thc-tomatochokaing thcpotatoingredients

potato saltfish details

I would happily post the recipes for the items I cooked today if anyone comments with the desire to learn these Trinidadian dishes, however I felt like using this post as more of a ‘show and tell’ today rather than another recipe post.

thctomatochokadetail thcchokaroti2thcchokaroti1

I just couldn’t resist adding in the photo below; my little sweet baby couldn’t resist messing with my food set up, I found it adorable!


18 responses

  1. tn

    This is true “trini” food….simple, humble and the tastiest vegetarian cuisine one may find…well done Hiddencook!

    February 27, 2013 at 19:15:34

    • Thanks tn πŸ™‚ I love the simple, honest foods…they always seem to be the best don’t they? πŸ™‚

      February 27, 2013 at 21:15:34

  2. K.S.

    These pictures are gorgeous! Great talent, Hidden Cook!

    February 28, 2013 at 11:15:34

    • Thank you very much K.S.! I’m glad they are enjoyed πŸ™‚

      February 28, 2013 at 12:15:34

  3. Dillip.D.Gr8

    This post made my mouth water. The descriptions and pics really bring this simple but extremely tasty food to life.

    March 1, 2013 at 00:15:34

  4. Nowherelikemama

    Yummy! Boy does that look delish!

    March 1, 2013 at 10:15:34

  5. Nice swell on the sada! Your chokas look delish! I’m not a huge fan of curry so sada and choka are my favorite Trini Indian foods!

    March 1, 2013 at 15:15:34

  6. Great post. Love the sada pictures. It is always great to find blogs and sites that love food especially Trini food.

    March 5, 2013 at 18:15:34

  7. Glad that I found another Caribbean food blogger. Love your site and recipes!

    March 5, 2013 at 20:15:34

    • Jehancancook, that makes me extremely happy:) Thank you for visiting and I’m really glad you love the site and the recipes! Be sure to subscribe so that you can get posts by email as soon as they’re made…much more to come πŸ˜‰

      March 5, 2013 at 23:15:34

  8. “the promise of a swollen sada roti; the excitement mounts..” Ha! Great post. Despite my lack of experience with making anything Indian besides curry, I may have to try this. Great photos too. Ken

    March 18, 2013 at 20:15:34

    • Hi Ken, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you for the wonderful compliments πŸ™‚ I’m flattered since your photos are great and I always love watching your blog! πŸ™‚ be sure to check out sometime. Jasmine

      March 18, 2013 at 22:15:34

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  10. This looks so amazing and flavoursome!

    November 5, 2014 at 06:15:34

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