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Chicken kottu
Alternative namesKothu roti, Kothu parotta
CourseMain course
Place of originSri Lanka
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsRoti, egg, onion, chilli pepper
Ingredients generally usedChicken, mutton, seafood, carrot, spring onion, bell pepper

Kottu (also known as Kottu roti or alternatively spelled Kothu roti (Sinhala: කොත්තු රොටි; Tamil: கொத்து ரொட்டி), meaning chopped roti)[1][2] is a Sri Lankan dish[3] consisting of diced roti (either godhamba roti or roti similar to the type used to make roti canai) stir-fried with scrambled egg, onions, chillies, spices, and optional vegetables or meat, such as beef and chicken also occasionally mutton or chicken.[4][5][6] [7] A common dinner dish,[8] kothu roti is also commonly available in cities outside of Sri Lanka with a significant Sri Lankan diaspora population, such as Toronto, London, Sydney, and New York City's Tompkinsville neighbourhood and certain Middle Eastern countries as well.[9][10][11]

Generally, the consumer chooses what and how much of the amount of ingredients are included if someone else is preparing.[12][13] Kothu parotta is a variation of kothu roti, found in South India.


Kottu roti is a popular street dish that is widely consumed throughout Sri Lanka and is very popular in Sri Lankan cuisine. The word "koththu" (கொத்து) means "to chop" in Tamil, referring to its method of preparation.[14]


Kothu parotta with chicken
Kothu parotta with chicken
Kothu parotta with egg from Salem, Tamil Nadu
Kothu parotta with egg from Salem, Tamil Nadu

Kothu parotta or Koththu parotta is a variant that originated in Madurai,[15][16] Tamil Nadu, India. It is made using parotta from Bleached flour; locally called Maida.

See also


  1. ^ Macan-Makar, Marwaan (3 November 2016). "Rise of "Kothu Rotti" From Its Muslim Origins in Batticaloa to a Sri Lankan National Food with a "Sound Bite"". Retrieved 24 April 2020. Word spread quickly about this novelty: a street-food dish whose name means “chopped roti” in Tamil.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ Ife, Thomas (25 April 2020). "A Popular Sri Lankan Kottu Roti recipe". Retrieved 25 April 2020. Kottu is the Tamil word for ‘chopped’, which has an element of onomatopoeia about it, when thinking about the sound of the blades.
  3. ^ Reeves, Peter, ed. (2013). The Encyclopedia of the Sri Lankan Diaspora. Editions Didier Millet. p. 174. ISBN 9789814260831.
  4. ^ Kraig, Bruce; Taylor, Colleen (2013). Street Food around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. ABC-CLIO. p. 328. ISBN 9781598849554.
  5. ^ "Chicken Kottu Roti Recipe". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Patak's Beef Kottu Rotti Recipw". 8 February 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Food obsession: kothu roti". the 25 October 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  8. ^ "'High-tech' 'Kottu' on the way". 4 May 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Spice City Toronto: Sri Lanka comes to Queen Street". 8 November 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Sigir's Kotju Roti: One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes". 27 October 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  11. ^ Ueda, Reed, ed. (2017). America's Changing Neighborhoods: An Exploration of Diversity through Places. ABC-CLIO. p. 1064. ISBN 9781440828652.
  12. ^ "Sri Lankan Kottu Roti, by way of Staten Island". daily 28 November 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Five Reasons to Visit Colombo". 11 April 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  14. ^ Lam, Francis (26 November 2014). "Sri Lankan Kottu Roti, by Way of Staten Island". Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Kothu Parotta is The Most Delicious Street Food Item to Try in Tamil Nadu". NDTV Food.
  16. ^ "Watch: Here is how the iconic Madurai Arumugam Mess 'kothu parotta' is made". 5 December 2018 – via

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