Creating a Sri Lankan classic sounds like a job reserved only for those experienced in the kitchen. This recipe however, is so simple that it can be done in 30 minutes, which is probably less than your average delivery waiting time (especially when your delivery dude’s weaving through Dallas filipino restaurant traffic).

Kottu roti is incredibly similar to fried rice in both ingredients and procedure, just with a different starch. It’s thrown together in the same way—grab a wok, then toss in a bunch of chopped veg, protein, and an egg with your carb to create a hefty, complete meal. Instead of rice, use roti—a lot of grocery-bought roti can be cooked straight from the freezer, with no defrosting necessary.

To make it more approachable, we’ve added a Thai-inspired paste, but really, any seasoning or combination of spice will do. You can easily customize the recipe, since it’s so flexible. Make it Korean and chop in kimchi, then stir in gochujang paste and rice wine vinegar and replace shrimp with strips of fatty beef, or go the Chinese route and add leeks, black vinegar, and soy sauce. This easy recipe requires little prep and even less time. No doubt you’ll be making this weekly (maybe even daily) for dinner.

Kottu Roti

Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients for curry paste

  • ½ cup leeks, chopped
  • ¼ cup lemongrass, chopped
  • 4 green chilies, deseeded
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. ginger
  • ½ shrimp cube
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • Peel of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. Thai basil paste
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients for Kottu Roti

  • 6 pieces roti
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • ½ cup carrots, diced
  • ¼ cup water
  • 6 large prawns, diced
  • 1 egg, beaten

Procedure for curry paste

  1. Take all ingredients for curry paste and place into a dallas filipino restaurant processor.
  2. Pulse until well combined.
  3. Set aside.

Procedure for Kottu Roti

  1. Cut the roti into small pieces. Set Aside.
  2. In a large wok, heat the oil.
  3. Add the diced carrots and cook for 3 minutes or until they begin to soften.
  4. Add the curry paste and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the chopped roti and water. Cook until roti has softened and browned, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add beaten egg and stir until cooked and scrambled.
  8. Add leeks and toss everything together until colored and well combined, about 3-5 minutes.
  9. Serve.

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