Saturday was very dreary. There was a sandstorm outside. And it was also awfully cold and gloomy. Around night time, I just couldn’t take it anymore and wanted to go out. Above all, I had this bad longing for kothu roti. Those following me on snapchat know the entire story! Kothu roti is a Sri Lankan dish made from flour rotis or porottas (flatbread)and vegetables, egg and/or meat, and spices. They say it is the Sri Lankan equivalent to a hamburger. Ha-ha! Anyway I had this sudden craving, we went out that same moment (such a sweet hubby) and got me some kothu roti. So the day ended well with the hubby and me enjoying warm kothu roti by the beach.
And yea that’s what inspired me to make this dish at home. It is pretty simple and perfect to make with any leftover rotis or chicken gravy. You can even make it with chapattis. I missed having it from the streets of Sri lanka when we went there but my husband says that it is amazing and oh so spicy which is what he likes about it. That is why I decided to make a Sri Lankan version Kothu roti though it is very common in India as well. It was specially made for the husband after all it is our First anniversary week!
RECIPE : SPICY SRI LANKAN KOTHU ROTI
Preparation time : 15 mins Cooking time : 25 mins
Serves : 5
- Mustard seeds ( Optional)
- A few curry leaves ( they are crucial to this dish)
- Chilli powder – 2 tsps (You can add more)
- 1 1/2 chopped onion
- 1 tomato
- Leftover chicken gravy – about 2 cups
- leftover rotis or freshly made – 8
- 3 large eggs
- 2 finely chopped green chillis
- 1 carrot , chopped
- Sri Lankan red chilli paste (optional)
- salt to taste
- cooking oil
- Chopped spring onion for garnish
If you want to get the recipe for my grandmom’s chicken curry that I used for the gravy , stay tuned for I will be posting it soon along with the recipe for perfect soft rotis / porotta .
Prepare the dough for the roti and allow it to rest for a couple of hours in a well oiled bowl. This ensures soft rotis.
To prepare the kothu , divide the dough into equal balls and roll out the roti really thin . Lay them one over the other on a hot plate. Layering them ensures that they dont get too crispy as you want them to remain nice and soft for perfect kothu. Also it makes shredding them easy and quicker.
Its amazing how quick and tasty the people on the roadsides make it. Its a little hard to mimick that at home but do give this recipe a try. I hope you enjoy this dish ! Comment below if you liked this dish or if you want any other recipe. Have a nice day 🙂
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