Pol Roti: The island's favourite flatbread
by Tharushan Fernando
In Sri Lanka, coconut flatbread locally known as Pol-Roti, is a common home-made variety of flatbread. It can be had served as a snack or for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you've ever been travelling through the island, you would've come across this locale delicacy served with a variety of sides, curries and other condiments.
Pol Roti in Sri Lanka is a versatile carbs option in any Sri Lankan meal. Lathered with Jam, butter or sugar for your sweet tooth, multiple curries on the side as a hefty meal, or as tantalizing street food for those on the go, Pol Roti comes in many forms. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, this version of the island's favourite flatbreads is a must-have for anyone visiting the island.
What is Pol Roti?
Pol-Roti, as it's locally known, is basically a rustic flatbread made with coconut, while households tend to add their unique twist to the initial flour mix, such as onions or chillies.
Make your own Pol Roti:
- 3 cups-All-Purpose Flour
- 1 cup-Cold Water
- 1 cup-Freshly Grated Coconuts or Desiccated Coconut
- 1 Tbsp-Canola Oil
- 1/4 cup
-Step 1 Sift the All-Purpose Flour (3 cups). Then add Salt (to taste), Coconuts (1 cup) and Canola Oil (1 Tbsp) to the bowl and mix well.
-Step 2 Add Water (1 cup) a little at a time until it forms a dough. The dough should be like play-dough consistency, not sticky. Add condiments and flavourings of your choice (i.e: onions or chillies)
-Step 3 Shape the dough into balls, then flatten the dough ball with your hands into a thick disc.
-Step 4 Heat a heavy-duty skillet or cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat. Once hot, cook the Roti on both sides until you get them well browned.
-Step 5 Cook the rest of the Roti.
At W15 Weligama, the Pol Roti is served as a hearty meal that is bound to leave you satisfied. You can choose from a fiery choice of curries, including black beef curry, chicken or fish, which comes with a serving of Dhal Curry, Pol-Sambol and spicy Lunu-Miris.
Tharushan FernandoContent Creator
Former journalist, copywriter, concept developer and digital media professional. Has been in the field of professional writing for over 10 years, with experience in a variety of industries, including advertising, content writing and news. He is currently working as the content writer for Steradian Capital Investments and W15 Collection.
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