Pol Roti (Coconut Roti) – Sri Lanka – maybe a fail?

Yes, there is a bit of a theme happening here – Sri Lankan food.  I work with a lot of Sri Lankans and have been lucky enough to have them share their food with me.  Oh wow!! It’s gorgeous – SO hot, and addictive.

Every morning ‘the boys’ bring in some food for breakfast, they have a rotating roster where 3 of them will bring something to share with the others.

Each day they beckon me into the lunch room and ask me if I would like to try some.  I love the flavours, it really makes Indian food quite bland (although I LOVE Indian food also).

Surprise surprise! I hung up the thermomix and used the stove top 😉

Anyway, Tuesday morning I am taking an entire ‘traditional breakfast’ in for the guys. This is just a part of it.  There will be way too much food I think, by the time I’m finished – but I want to ensure they are fed well, and am really enjoying the challenge.

Coconut Roti is part of a traditional breakfast.  The link I got this recipe from shows the roti looking very different to how mine turned out, but other sites show them looking like mine.  The link page has very flat roti, my understanding is it is to be soft and a bit thicker, so went with that style.  I also interpret all sites to saying they are relatively small.. so, with instructions from the page I used, I did them in golf ball size.

Fingers crossed these are OK – I know I am going to get feedback, and will update.  To me, they don’t look quite right!! (??)

roti sm
I soaked the coconut, as I read on another site it gives a better result.  All ingredients ready to go.

I do scour a lot of recipes in my research for the ultimate feed.  As mentioned above, I have soaked the coconut.  One site says get a coconut, open it, finely grate it.. very time consuming and it would take a newbie like me absolutely forever! So.. I chose the easy way out.  The recipe link provided does not say to soak it, not sure if it would make a difference as this is the first time I have ever made it.

roti dough sm
The dough – hoping it’s the right consistency!
roti pan sm
A little butter in the pan, and fry them up. What I’m not sure about is the thickness, and the ‘wet’ look on some of them.. assuming this is from the coconut? Some sites show it.. others look dry. 

Again, I’m not sure of the sizing, the thickness, and how it ‘should’ be 😦 Very confusing from site to site.

roti cooling sm
They kind of look like little potato cakes or something! Taste test though – delicious! I will find out Tuesday if they’re fail.. *nervous* 😉 

Here is the Link to the recipe: Sri Lankan Pol

And, recipe copied from the link: (oh look.. mine ARE too small – makes 12, I got about 18 all up!)

Makes 12

300g plain flour
150g desiccated coconut
1 tsp salt
1 red onion, diced
2 green chillies, chopped
cold water
knob of butter

Combine all the dry ingredients, the onion and chilli in a bowl. Add enough water to form a soft ball of dough. Knead the dough so the onion and chilli are spread evenly.

Pinch off golf ball size amounts and flatten between your palms to about half a centimetre thickness.

Heat the butter on a frying pan and add the roti in batches, turning once till golden on both sides. Enjoy served straight from the pan.

There will be more Sri Lankan tries.. stay tuned!




4 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for using my recipe, they look great!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Webbed Food says:

      Thank you Shini – these went really fast, the guys at work loved them! Thank you for sharing your recipe – huge hit!


  2. rasakama says:

    Oh my goodness ! What a mouth watering dish ! This looks divine ! Thanks for the recipe.

    Liked by 1 person

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