Kothu roti ,meaning chopped roti ,is a Sri Lankan dish made from Godhamba roti ( wheat roti). Kothu can be found in restaurants in all parts of Sri Lanka and is usually eaten for dinner.It is relished among the young especially during parties. You can enjoy a variety of kothus with ingredients like beef and chicken added according to your taste. Even vegetarians,like my second daughter gets to indulge in the vegetable kothu ,with vegetables like spring onions,carrots and cabbages added. In recent times, Cheese kothu also has been introduced in the menu by kothu enthusiasts.
Routinely the kothu is made on a large hot iron surface ,exclusively used for mixing the various ingredients to assemble the kothu .Even from a distance ,you will know that the kothu is being prepared because of the unique sound the metal blades make, when cutting and mixing all the ingredients together.
Kothu can be made from scratch ie you make the rotis at home and then make the kothu or simply buy the parathas from the shop and assemble the kothu with the other ingredients.I was wondering what to do with the left over parathas( roti) from last nights dinner.So it was a good idea when my husband asked me to make some kothu for dinner.The rest of the ingredients I had at home so it did n’t take much time to get the dinner fixed. Next time you have some left over parathas, don't hesitate to try out this recipe and impress everyone at home, like I just did.
Preparing Kothu at home
4 parathas ( roti) ( shredded)
1 big onion
2-3 green chillies
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbspoon ginger slices
1 tbspoon garlic crushed
1 tomato chopped
½ tsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin powder
3-4 pieces of cooked chicken ( shredded) with gravy.( 1/2 cup)
A handful coriander leaves ( cilantro) chopped
Salt to taste
2 tablespoon oil.
Heat oil in a tawa.Add fennel seeds .Then add the chopped onion and cook until translucent. Next add ginger and green chilies and cook for 1 minute, add the crushed garlic. Mix in the curry powder, cumin powder and the tomatoe and cook until soft. Add shredded Parathas and cook until the heat penetrates all the way through. At this stage add the shredded chicken and the gravy. Break the Eggs into the mixture and continuously keep mixing till the eggs are completely cooked. Add salt to taste.
Toss the Cilantro in and give it a final mix .Cover with a lid. Turn off the heat. Serve hot.( serves 3-4 persons)