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Sri Lankan Chicken Kottu Roti Recipe

Thinly shredded roti mixed with the curry, vegetables and Sri Lankan aromatic spices.Want to know how to make kottu roti just like you get from the streets of Sri Lanka? well, look no further because I learnt to make kottu roti from a roti master which happens to be a street food vendor previously.

Kottu Roti

What is kottu roti ?

This dish has become the national food of Sri Lanka (hypothetically). it can be found in every corner of Sri Lanka and every food shop makes kottu.
This is originally a dish made in the streets of Sri Lanka. Now even the five-star hotels will definitely have this on their menus, due to its popularity.

About Sri Lankan Kottu roti

If you ever visit Sri Lanka, no trip to Sri Lanka is complete without eating this amazing spicy dish.
It’s designed in a way that you can stand and eat this dish because it was meant to be a one-pot dinner kind of meal. You surely wouldn’t miss this dish in Sri Lanka because it is very noisy when the street food vendors are making it.

It is usually done on a flat grill with two sharp scrapers. And the rotti is cut and shredded through the process of bashing the scrapers on the hot grill. it’s hard to miss a kottu shop from miles away. When you hear the “Takata Takata Takata tak” sound then you know, that’s definitely kottu in the making.
The real name of this dish is Kottu roti but like all slangs in all countries we Sri Lankans started calling ‘it kottu’ or ‘koththu”

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Different Sri lankan kottu roti options

Chicken kottu
Egg kottu
Vegetable kottu
Red meat kottu ( Beef, goat)
Cheese kottu; this was a recent addition to the family of kottu

Can I make kottu roti at home?

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Yes, it’s so simple and easy. I am going to tell you a big secret, so have you ever wondered how this big 5 star hotels make kottu roti when you order it from room service, so probably you must be thinking the chefs must be making your kottu on a kottu grill!!! Nooooo, they have kottu rotti shredded and all the condiments ready to go and they would just make it in a wok or pan, the exact method I have used in my recipe.

Can I substitute the roti?

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You can buy ready-made paratha or roti from shops, but honestly, it’s so easy to make roti that you only need flour, water and salt. Click here to get my roti recipe so I would be recommending to make roti from scratch because it would give you an amazing flavour.

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As all street food in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan households never make it at home. Because it’s so easy to buy it anywhere and so cheap as well. But being in a foreign country I need to satisfy my cravings at home. Hence why I created this easy kottu recipe that is easy to recreate at home

You can also check my other Sri Lankan recipes

Watch how to make kottu roti

Step by Step recipe how to make kottu roti

Kottu Roti

Sri Lankan Chicken Kottu Roti Recipe

Shredded roti mixed with chicken curry, vegetables and egg
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Servings: 2 people


  • Pots and Pans
  • Cooktop


Gothamba roti

  • 2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Water Tap water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Oil (Enough to cover the dough) Canola, vegetable oil

Kottu roti

  • 400 g Shredded Roti
  • 2 Carrots Shredded
  • 3 tbsp Red onion chopped
  • 2 sprigs Spring onion Finely sliced
  • 1 tsp Ginger Chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic Chopped
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Chopped
  • 10 Curry leaves Chopped
  • 2 Eggs


Gothamba roti

  • Combine flour, water, salt in a bowl and mix well
  • Transfer the combined dough into a surface, knead the dough for 5-6 mins, until its smooth & soft ( Add flour to the work surface and on top of the dough, if it is too sticky)
  • Portion the dough into 6 equal portions
  • Using your palm in a circular motion, shape them into smooth balls
  • Add oil to a deep tray and add the prepared dough balls inside the tray with oil (the dough balls need to be submerged in oil) Leave at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • After the dough has rested for 2 hours, take them out of the oil and flatten the dough in a clean surface using your palm and fingertips until you have a thin circular shaped roti
  • Heat flat pan on a medium heat
  • Once the pan is heated cook the prepared roti on the pan cooking both sides

Kottu roti

  • Place the rotis one on top of the other. Roll it all together and slice it thinly.
  • Cook a thick boneless chicken curry and separate the meat from the gravy and shred the chicken using a fork
  • Add 3 Tbsp of oil to a pan on medium heat
  • Add onion, garlic, ginger, carrots, chilli, curry leaves and cook for 2 minutes until cooked
  • Make a small space on the inside of the pan and add the eggs
  • Cook the eggs while scrambling. Mix the vegetables and eggs together once the eggs are cooked
  • Add in the shredded roti, shredded chicken and the gravy. Mix together
  • Serve it warm


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