Kothu/Kottu Roti is a Sri Lankan Tamil Dish, originally from Batticaloa, East of Sri Lanka. The word “Kothu” is from the Tamil language and means “chopped”. Kothu is popular with the young and the old and is normally a dinner favourite. The most common varieties of Kothu are Beef, Chicken, Fish, Egg and Vegetable. A new addition to this list is the Cheese Kothu, which is fast gaining popularity.
Kothu’s base ingredient is the Godhamba Roti, a Sri Lankan Roti made out of flour and skilfully prepared in a dramatic swirling manner. The baked Godhamba roti is cut up into thin strips to be used in the preparation of Kothu.
Kothu is normally made on a heated iron sheet, specially prepared for this purpose. The mixing of the Kothu is done by two blunt blades, also made especially for this purpose, and when clashed on to the mixture on the heated sheet give an ear-splitting noise. These two blunt blades further cut up the ingredients while mixing them into a super dish.
Godhamba Roti Recipe
The ingredients required for the Godhamba Roti are self-raising flour (Self-raising flour is an all purpose flour with added salt and baking powder), coconut oil, salt and enough water (water should be at room temperature) to make the dough. The flour is mixed with salt and enough water to make a non-sticky dough. Thereafter, make small balls (the size of a tennis ball), dip in oil and place in a bowl and cover with a plastic sheet. The roti should be flattened as much as possible and placed over a pre-heated pan. As the roti is thin, it would take about a minute to be done.
10 Godhamba Rotis, 500 gram chicken breasts (pre-cooked), 200 gram carrots, 200 gram leeks, 100 gram cabbage, 2 sliced big onions, 5 green chillies sliced thin, 1 large tomato, 2 Eggs, 1½ teaspoon Mc Currie Crushed Pepper, 1 tablespoon Mc Currie Crushed Chillies, 1 teaspoon Mc Currie Garlic Paste, 1 teaspoon Mc Currie Mustard Seeds, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Cummin Seeds, 1 tablespoon Soya Sauce, Mc Currie Salt to taste, Oil for Frying
Vegetarians can replace the chicken and eggs with pre cooked Soya Meat (TVP) cut into small pieces.
Cut the godhamba roti into small pieces with a knife or food scissor. Slice the carrots, leeks and cabbage into thin strips and set aside. In a deep frying pan add the oil and when hot add the mustard seeds. Thereafter, add the cumin seeds, garlic paste, crushed pepper, crushed chillies, green chillies, onions, carrots, leeks, cabbage, curry leaves and rampe and salt, along with the soya sauce and tomatoes and fry well. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan add oil and whisked eggs, salt to taste and scramble. Mix in the fried vegetables, add the pieces of godhamba roti and sauté for a while. Spoon in the chicken curry and pieces of chicken. Mix and serve hot.