Apr 24, 2011

Sri Lankan Pol Rotis

Sri Lankan Pol Rotis

Makes: 7 - 8 pol rotis

You will need

350 g whole wheat flour ( gehun ka atta )
140 - 155 ml warm water
3 tablespoon (45 g) grated coconut
2 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 green chilli, finely chopped (optional)
1 teaspoon chopped curry leaves (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oil
Ghee / oil for topping (approximately 8 teaspoon)


Combine the flour, grated coconut, chopped onion, green chilli, curry leaves and salt and knead into soft and pliable dough with sufficient water ( 150 ml warm water required for 350 g atta to make soft dough and you can make 7 - 8 rotis ).

Finally, add 1 teaspoon oil and knead again till the dough is smooth and elastic.

Cover and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Divide the dough into 7 - 8 equal parts.

Use a little flour to roll each portion into circles of approximately 150 mm ( 6 - inches for thin rotis and 4 - inches for thick rotis ) diameter.

Dust off any excess dry flour and place the roti on a hot Non Stick Tawa / frying pan ( griddle ).

Turn over in a few seconds and cook this side till the edges begin to curl slightly and small blisters appear on the surface and fragrant (you will get a nice aroma of onion too !!!).

Cook the other side for a few more seconds till golden color and brown spots. Apply 1/2 teaspoon oil / ghee on both sides. Serve with any gravy dishes of your choice.

Tip for Dosa (Polo)

Some of you may already know this. But I want to share something which I learn only recently even though I had been seeing this for may years. The secret of spreading dosa batter thin and evenly on a dosa tawa is to use a small size ‘katori’ instead of the steel ladle (daayi) which we normally use. Dosa will come out crispy. Don’t turn over the dosa when you make dosas this way. You can notice that the street side dosa masters always use this technique to get perfect dosas.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i thoroughly enjoyed ur posts on srilanka and sri lankan food... wonderful posts... i liked the tip for making dosas with katori... although i rememebr seeing this it was lost from my memory..thanks for the reminder...lovely..happy cooking...Do drop by sometime