I just wanted to share one more Sri Lankan recipe: kottu roti! This is a Sri Lankan staple which is very filling, unlike anything I have had before, and absolutely yum! Roti is the Sri Lankan version of naan bread, and this recipe involves a special technique of chopping it up very small and combining it with lots of other ingredients. We were staying at Number One Mirissa on Mirissa beach, and the chef there really kindly let me into the kitchen and showed me how to make this dish.
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 onion
- 2 carrots shredded
- handful of white cabbage shredded
- handful of red cabbage shredded
- 4 green chillies sliced finely
- 2 eggs
- 2 roti shredded into small pieces, either you can make your own or you can buy these as an alternative
- 1-2 chicken breasts or some cold roast chicken
- 1 ladle of curry sauce, I would recommend making my Sri Lankan chicken curry and omitting the chicken, but alternatively you could mix 1 desertspoon of curry paste with boiling water and use that instead
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- salt and pepper
Firstly, he put a bit of oil on the big hot plate and let it heat up before adding the onion and garlic and cooking for a few minutes with a decent pinch of salt and pepper. Then he added all the shredded vegetables and chillies and continued to cook until they were quite soft.
He made a small well in the centre of the vegetables and cracked in both eggs and then mixed it around, allowing it to cook.
Then he added the roti which was shredded into small bitesize pieces, the chicken, curry sauce, oyster sauce and soy and gave this a bit of a mix.
The final flourish is what defines kottu roti. Using two paddles he rigorously chopped the mixture until it was all very fine and thoroughly combined. Difficult to explain so luckily I managed to catch this in action:
And then all that was left to do, was to devour the lot and promptly fall asleep under a palm tree. Not sure whether you can tell… but I have serious holiday blues!