Around the World #3: Sri Lankan Vegetable Kottu roti

SriLankan Kottu Roti
Happy New Year folks! Hope you had a relaxing holiday season with family and friends just like I did. Back to blogging and starting with my Sri lankan series. One of the dishes of SriLanka that I found intriguing as I was exploring the different recipes was this dish called ‘kottu’ or kothu’ roti which seems to be an immensely popular street food. An article in Time mentions Kottu roti as one of 5 reasons to visit Colombo and had this to say about this enticing dish :

“One of Colombo’s favorite fast foods is kottu rotti — finely chopped flatbread cooked on a hot skillet with vegetables, eggs and meats of your choice. The locals typically wolf down a plateful after a night’s drinking: take one bite of its greasy blissfulness and you’ll appreciate why. A great place to try kottu rotti is the Hotel de Pilawoos, a grungy 24-hour café much favored by the city’s young and sleepless. The more salubrious Commons Coffee House, does decent kottu rotti as well.”

Since I don’t know when I will have the pleasure of visiting Sri Lanka I decided to try making this on my own. I looked at several online recipes and videos and came up with this version. Do check out these videos which really gives you a sense of how the dish comes together. Watching the video you will also appreciate the name – kottu refers to the typical chopping sound made while making this dish!

It seems like the chicken version of the dish is the most popular version. However I tried to make a vegetable version here since I had a few different vegetables left in my fridge and this recipe seemed like a perfect way to use up those veggies as well as to get your kids to eat them without any complaints.! It is also a great way to use left over rotis/chapatis! Traditionally the Sri lankan parantha or roti is used but I used a mix of left over rotis and a tortilla. This dish is a complete meal in itself and a great easy lunch/dinner idea.

I am bringing this to Fiesta Friday where the holiday party has been going on for two weeks now!

Sri Lankan Vegetable Kottu roti

  • Servings: Serves 4
  • Time: About 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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For the tomato Sauce

  • 1  medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 of a small tomato
  • 1 tsp garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp SriLankan curry powder
  • 1/4 cup water

Saute onion and garlic and ginger. Add tomatoes and spices. Blend to a puree with the water. Transfer sauce to a bowl and keep aside.

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 Rotis / chapatis or tortillas, cut into small pieces
  • 8-10 green beans, french cut (thin pieces)
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 3-4 mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 potato (boiled and cut into cubes)
  • 1/2 cup spring onions, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce (recipe above)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • salt as needed


Take a large wok and add about 1 tbsp of the oil. Beat the 2 eggs in a small bowl and add to the wok. Let cook for 1 full minute and then sprinkle some salt. Flip the egg omelet and then start scrambling it using a spoon/spatula.  Take the scrambled egg out of the wok and keep aside. Wipe the wok clean with a dish cloth/paper and add about 1 tbsp oil. Add the chopped rot is or tortilla pieces and lightly fry them in the oil for abut 2-3 minutes. Get the pieces out of the pan and drain on paper towels.

Just before serving do the following steps:

Next add the rest of the oil and add all the vegetables except the potatoes and green onions. Saute the vegetables on high heat for a minute. Then cover with a lid and let steam cook for about 2 minutes or so until the vegetables are cooked. Uncover and add the potatoes and the spring onions and then add the fried rotis, the scrambled eggs and the prepared tomato sauce, soy sauce and continue to stir fry and mix everything well for about 1-2 minutes.  check for seasoning and add salt as needed.

Serve hot immediately.





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  2. Thank you for bringing these to Fiesta Friday – it looks delicious! I wouldn’t mind trying that right now, reading about the spice mix alone makes my mouth water …
    Happy Fiesta Friday!

  3. This looks like a delish (and frugal) meal! I’m so happy you posted it or I may never had learned of it! Thanks for bringing it to Fiesta Friday and I’ll be pinning it to our board, and Happy New Years!

  4. Thanks for bringing your Sri Lankan dish to Fiesta Friday. I love well-seasoned veggie dishes where you use up leftovers in your refrigerator. I know I will never visit that area so it is always fun to read about other cuisines.

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