SriLankan Pol Roti/Coconut Roti from Sri Lanka

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, March 03, 2015

There comes a time in your day-to-day routine, where you don't want to do anything, just sit and while the time out. I think i m going through that phase now. The problem, it is happening quite a bit often these days. A toddler in the house, makes you tired pretty easy, don't acceptgree with me, wait until you see mine. From the time he is up, he keeps me on my toes, literally. I hardly sit for half an hour together, amma, this, amma that, come here, see this, bring that, bring this, where is my car? where is my ed color car? Amma, vher are you?  I just want to go hide in some hole that is deep inside the earth! Is it possible?  yeah, you know the answer.
Ok, now coming to today's recipe, I will be posting International Flat-breads for this week. So, while looking for recipes, i came across this Pol roti/Coconut Roti, a simple, savory roti  from Sri Lanka, that is served with a  relish. They normally serve it with chilli crushed with maldive fish. I made our simple tomato-onion relish and it tasted yum!!
These Roti's can also be made just with coconut and flour and then be served with a sweet side. Originally they are made with All purpose flour and for kneading they use Coconut Milk, but i have avoided APF for the obvious reason and since i didn't have coconut milk, i have used half milk and half water. But i would definitely recommend coconut milk, as it will bring out amazing flavors and taste of this dish. 

Source here Ingredients
1 heaped cup Wheat flour
1/2 Cup freshly grated coconut
2 nos green chili, chopped fine
1 no medium-sized onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup coconut milk or Normal milk or water (i used half water and 1/2 milk)
2 tbsp oil while kneading the dough
coconut oil for dotting the sides while cooking the roti.
Salt to taste
  • I used my food processor to make the dough, it can be kneaded by hand too. Take flour, coconut, green chili, onions and salt together in your processor bowl. Pulse twice to mix all the ingredients together. 
  • Slowly add water/milk and knead to form a dough. When the dough is made, add oil at the end to get a soft dough. Take the dough off the food processor, knead a couple of minutes by hand and let the doguh rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 6-8 portions. Roll the divided portion into 4-5" circle. Heat a tava and cook the rolled dough on both sides until brown.  Dot the sides of the roti with little coconut oil while cooking on the tava.
  • Serve hot with a spicy side. I served with simple Tomato-Onion relish.
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  1. My kids are teenagers and I would like to think that my kids have outgrown the stage you described but my daughter keeps me proving wrong everyday. :)
    Coconut must add a nice flavor to these rotis.

  2. Even i did pol roti but mine is different from yours.. I loved this Srilankan rotis to the core.. delicious relish there.

  3. Even i did pol roti but mine is different from yours.. I loved this Srilankan rotis to the core.. delicious relish there.

  4. Priya i agree some like the earth some like the sea... These are phases, but the roti looks good and interesting.

  5. this is my go to roti recipe, we make it often deliciously done

  6. I have not tried coconut in flatbread. Sounds delicious.

  7. This looks and sounds so delicious... especially love that tomato onion relish! I am working but when I am back home, both my kids make sure that they make so much noise that once they go to sleep, I literally feel an eeriness around! :)

  8. When I was a kid, grandma used to stuff coconut with sugar in chapathis and give me ..reminds me of that

  9. Hey Priya, you will feel better soon. Try and take some time out for yourself once in a while - its a good thing to unwind and keep up your energy levels. And I am sure, no one will disagree with you on how toddler care is a 24x7 job. Even my grandson did not sleep for than 2 hours continously at night till he was 2 years old. That too he would wake up and cry like anything. So not just the day, but even at night we couldnt rest!

    Poli recipe is nice. A lot of people are making it for the marathon! We make the sweet version of it often as everyone in the house loves it!

  10. Very nice roti and would surely want to make it myself..Give your kiddo some time...I am sure he will outgrow that soon..:)

  11. Wow, coconut milk to knead the roti along with grated coconut must give these rotis so much yummy flavor. Very interesting and delicious.

  12. I am sure coconut adds flavor to the roti. Don't worry Priya, it is a passing phase!

  13. I can totally understand you for I have seen him in action and have a similar one at home! And if you do find that deep dark hole to hide in pls pls pls let me know for I would love to join you :)
    Jokes apart, nice flatbread and I love the tomato-onion relish pic

  14. Loved reading about your kiddo Priya. Its a beautiful phase, just enjoy dear. And the Srilankan Pol Roti looks fab!


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