Almost all Asian countries have their own variation of this (and this recipe itself can be adapted/altered with different ingredients to suit your own palate) and Sri Lanka is no different. Like a thick tortilla flatbread, this is a delicious accompaniment to any curry dish and a great alternative to rice. You can make this gluten free by using a suitable flour alternative.
Bits to buy -
500 gms plain flour
1 red onion thinly sliced
180 gms shredded/dessicated coconut.
If using dessicated coconut soak this in approx 230ml of water for about 10 minutes to rehydrate the coconut and add moisture to the roti. Drain the remaining water before using.
From the cupboard -
1 tablespoon oil for the dough plus 2 teaspoons oil (1 for the frying pan and one for the work surface) Can use coconut oil or vegetable oil.
1 teaspoon salt, dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water
185 ml water
Optional but super tasty
4 thin green chilli, thinly sliced
12 chopped curry leaves
Time to Get Cooking
Place the coconut in a bowl with the onion, salty water, oil and curry leaves and chilli (if using). Mix well with your hands. Add the flour, then mix in 185 ml (6 fl oz) water, a little at a time and knead till a dough is formed. The dough should be smooth in appearance (no cracks). You can add a little extra oil if its too dry.
Make 8 – 12 equal sized balls from the dough (depending on the size of the roti you are after). On a lightly oiled surface roll the balls out into flat pancake shapes (about 1 – 1/2 cm thick). You can use a rolling pin or do it in your hands
Heat a flat pan (heavy based frying pan) over a medium heat. Add a little oil to lightly coat the pan and when hot place the roti onto the pan. Let it cook for about 3-4 minutes n either side until it starts to colour light golden and crisp. Keep the pan lightly greased during the cooking process.
Delicious served with any thick curry or seeni sambol or lunu miris (recipes to follow soon).
You can omit the oil from the dough mix and just use it for the frying pan if you prefer.
You can also omit the onion for a plain roti, making this a great alternative to toast and jam for breakfast or an afternoon snack!!
A great recipe to get the kids involved!! They love kneading the dough and making the little shaped flat breads!
Sri Lankan Roti is super tasty with Hari Hari Beef Curry (http://www.harihari.co.uk/product/beef-curry-spice-pack/) and Dhal (http://www.harihari.co.uk/product/dhal-spice-pack/). Add a Hari Hari Pol Sambol (http://www.harihari.co.uk/product/pol-sambol-curry-kit/) as a side and your feasting is sorted!!