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What is Sri Lankan Pol Roti(Coconut Roti)
Pol roti is known as coconut roti in English. It is served for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. It contains flour, freshly grated coconut, diced green peppers, and onions for texture. Sri Lankan pol roti is available at stand-alone carts or roadside eateries as street food or tea-time snack.
A quick breakfast on the go, they come with a spicy Lunu Miris sandwiched between two rotis and more curries on the side as an alternative. When you use the desiccated shredded coconut please make sure it is unsweetened. The recipe will not work with the sweetened version. When using dried coconut, can use a coconut milk and water mixture to enhance the flavour. You don’t need to add coconut milk if you use freshly grated coconut. Water alone can be used to create the dough.
The Ingredients of Coconut Roti
Flour – You can use all-purpose flour also bread flour. If you use bread flour, you might need to add a tiny bit more water.
Coconut – Desiccated or freshly grated coconut can be used as the coconut.
Onion- Use a flavorful onion for this dish. Red onions or shallots are great because they bring color and sweetness. However, you can also use sweet or yellow onions. Onions and shallots resemble one another in Sri Lanka (they are purple in color and are smaller than red onions).
Green chilli – It should come as no surprise that we enjoy employing lengthy, spicy green chilli. When the chilli is sliced thinly, the bits are softer and blend better since the chilli’s “skin” is thinner. Before slicing the chillies, remove the seeds if you only want the flavour and not the fire.
Fresh curry leaves – should be finely chopped. This is not required. Simply skip it if you don’t have it.
Salt – Roti is seasoned with salt.
Water and coconut milk – to make a dough, add water and coconut milk to the mixture. The coconut milk addition both adds flavour and keeps the dough a little softer.
You may serve these with any type of curry. Even a curry from Sri Lanka is ok. These are so flavorful that you can eat them with any savoury side dish, but a little butter on top would also be excellent. We frequently prepare katta sambola, an onion and chilli sambal, or coconut sambal (pol sambola). The alternative is seeni sambola (seeni sambal, or caramelized onion relish). Each Sri Lankan home has a favourite of these side dishes.
Sri Lankan Pol Roti (Coconut Roti)
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Shredded Coconut
- 2 Onion
- 4 Green Chilli
- 1 tbsp Oil
- Take a bowl and add flour, coconut, salt and oil. Then mix well.
- Add water little by little unti make a dough. Dough should not be sticky.
- Then add onion, chilies to the dough.
- Shape the dough into medium-sized balls and then they flatten.
- Then take a skillet and heat it.
- Place the flattened roti on the skillet and cook.
- Cook both sides until brown color.
- After cooked well, serve it with a curry or Lunu Miris.