Exploring Sri Lankan cuisine
Devilled Chicken Kottu (Famous Street Food)
Kottu (also known as kottu roti or alternatively spelt kothu roti (Tamil:கொத்து ரொட்டி; Sinhala:කොට්ටු රොටී meaning chopped roti) is a Sri Lankan dish made from godhamba roti (a type of Sri Lankan roti) and vegetables, egg or meat, and spices.
The bread is described as very similar to the type found in the South Indian kothu parotta and Roti canai. Consumers usually choose the kind of ingredients and the amount of ingredients that are included if someone else is preparing. Kottu is considered the Sri Lankan equivalent of the hamburger, in terms of its popularity. The word “Kothu” means “to chop” in Tamil, and the name is derived from how the dish is prepared. Kothu Roti has its origins within the Sri Lankan Tamil community.
Here is how you can make the Sri Lankan Kottu, here in Hong Kong, with few easy ingredients. Alternatively, you can follow the same recipe for Vegetable, Seafood, Mutton or any other meat of your choice.
What you need:
25g MA’s Devilled Curry Paste
(Available at V Brands store)
- 1 tbsp ginger
- 3 tbsp curd
- 1 tbsp oil
- 300g boneless chicken, cut into small pieces
- 2 onions, sliced
- 4 tomatoes, cubed
- 150g cabbage, shredded
- 1 carrot, grated
- 2 eggs
- 500g Finagle Kottu Roti. Defrosted (Available at V Brands store)
- Or Chopped Godamba Roti (Available at V Brands store)
How to make:
- Step 1 Heat oil in a pan and add chicken and devilled curry paste.
- Step 2 Add onions, tomatoes, cabbage and carrots. Saute for 3 minutes.
- Step 3 Make a space in the centre of the pan and add beaten egg and mix until cooked.
- Step 4 Add ginger, curd and continue to saute for 3 minutes.
- Step 5 Add the Finagle Kottu Roti and cook until heated through.
- Step 6 Add salt to taste and serve hot. Add fresh chilli, green onion & leeks for extra vegetable choices.
Sri Lankan Dessert – Watalappan
Watalappam (also called watalappan or vattalappam) (Sinhala: වටලප්පන් Tamil: வட்டலாப்பம்) is a coconut custard pudding made of coconut milk or condensed milk, jaggery, cashew nuts, eggs, various spices, including cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg, and sometimes thick pandan juice or grated vanilla pods.
Enjoy this delicious Sri Lankan street food this festive season with your family and friends.
The dish is believed to have been brought to Sri Lanka by Malays in the 18th century, who moved from Indonesia during the Dutch rule. The name, watalappam, could be a corruption of the Tamil words Vattil (cup) and Appam (cake), hence Vatillappam (cupcake). The dish, however, was initially unknown to the Tamil population. It is more likely that the dessert is derived from a Malay dish known as serikaya, which is a steamed custard made from eggs, coconut milk, palm sugar and pandan or screwpine leaves. The similarity between the two dishes suggests a common origin. It is likely that it is a word borrowed from the Dutch, Vla, which means a custard, and was applied by the Moors as a vernacular name, vattil-appan, using the Tamil phrasing.
The dessert is famous as a part of a traditional Eid al-Fitr celebrations in the country, marking the end of Ramadan. It is also popular during weddings, other religious festivals, social functions and celebrations.
Making the original Watalappan is quite a tedious process. Here is how you can make Watalappan the supereasy way.
What you need:
- Motha Watalappan Pudding Mix 110 (Available at V Brands store)
- Thick coconut Milk 450 ml (Available at V Brands store)
How to make:
- Step 1 In a pan, add Motha Watalappn mix and Coconut milk. Mix well.
- Step 2 Keep on the fire and bring to boiling point while stirring continuously.
- Step 3 Remove from heat/fire and mix in the Treacle.
- Step 4 Pour into a bowl and allow to set (Refrigerate if desired)
- Step 5 Decorate with cashew nuts Enjoy this delicious vegetarian Watalaapan with your family and friends during this festive season.
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