Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread

Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread is a delicious coconut flavored flatbread from the islands of Sri Lanka. This is a great option for breakfast or brunch and is so simple to make.

Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread

When looking to make recipes for the International A to Z Flatbread, I often failed to look close to home. When I thought of looking for some special flatbread from around India, I landed on this recipe for Pol Roti which is a Sri Lankan coconut flatbread. It was so simple to make and so flavorful with just a handful of ingredients.

When looking at any coastal states or countries, we tend to use more of the tropical flavor. Sri Lanka being a coastal island uses lot of coconut in their cooking. This roti is also made with a spicy coconut paste that is mixed along with the flours. This Pol Roti is typically served for breakfast, but I see why it would not make up for a great lunch or dinner recipe.


I served mine with some simple Dali Thoy and that is all it needed for the side as the roti by itself was quite flavorful. I thought that the deep coconut flavor of the Konkani special Dali Thoy worked better to enhance that tropical flavor.

Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread

My Other recipes in the A-Z International Flatbread Series –

A for Aish Baladi
B for Boulanee Katchalu
C for Chickpea Flatbread / Socca
D for Dhal Puri
E for Emirati Khameer 
F for Fruit Focaccia
G for Gozleme
H for Himbasha
I for Indian Fry Bread
J for Janta Roti
K for Ka’ak
L for Lepinja
M for Mahjouba
N for Norwegian Crisp Bread
O for Onion and Poppy Seed Pletzel

Preparation time – 15 minutes plus about 30 minutes of resting time
Cooking time – about 30 minutes
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients to make Pol Roti – (makes about 12)

  • Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
  • All purpose flour / maida – 1 cup
  • Coconut – 3/4 cup (grated)
  • Green chilies – 5
  • Onion – 1 medium (finely chopped)
  • Butter – 2 TBSP
  • Salt – to taste
  • Coconut oil – to cook the flatbread
  • Water – as needed to make a dough

Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread

Procedure to make Pol Roti –

  • In a small mixer, grind the grated coconut and the green chilies until the chilies are well ground. If using frozen coconut, thaw the coconut before using.
  • I used my food processor to make the dough. you could also knead the dough using your hands.
  • Place both the flours, ground coconut / green chilies mixture, salt to taste and butter in the food processor bowl.
  • Run the food processor to combine all the ingredients. Now add the chopped onion and combine. Slowly add just enough water to make a stiff dough. Be careful when adding water as the coconut and onion has enough moisture.
  • Rest the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat a tawa / griddle in medium low heat.
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Dust the dough with flour and then roll it into slightly thick circles.

Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread

  • Cook the roti in the hot pan. Use some coconut oil to brush the rotis and cook until the rotis are golden brown on both sides.

Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread

Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread

Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread
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Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread

Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread is a delicious coconut flavored flatbread from the islands of Sri Lanka. This is a great option for breakfast or brunch and is so simple to make. 

Course Breakfast, Flatbread
Cuisine Sri Lanka
Keyword appetizer, breakfast, Coconut Roti, flatbread, Roti
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 Rotis

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
  • All purpose flour / maida - 1 cup
  • Coconut - 3/4 cup grated
  • Green chilies - 5
  • Onion - 1 medium finely chopped
  • Butter - 2 TBSP
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coconut oil - to cook the flatbread
  • Water - as needed to make a dough

Instructions

  1. In a small mixer, grind the grated coconut and the green chilies until the chilies are well ground. If using frozen coconut, thaw the coconut before using.
  2. I used my food processor to make the dough. you could also knead the dough using your hands.
  3. Place both the flours, ground coconut / green chilies mixture, salt to taste and butter in the food processor bowl.
  4. Run the food processor to combine all the ingredients. Now add the chopped onion and combine. Slowly add just enough water to make a stiff dough. Be careful when adding water as the coconut and onion has enough moisture.
  5. Rest the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Heat a tawa / griddle in medium low heat.
  7. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Dust the dough with flour and then roll it into slightly thick circles.
  8. Cook the roti in the hot pan. Use some coconut oil to brush the rotis and cook until the rotis are golden brown on both sides.
  9. Remove and keep it warm until ready to serve.
  10. I served the roti with some simple Dali Thoy / Vegan spiced lentil.

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8 thoughts on “Pol Roti | Sri Lankan Coconut Flatbread

  1. Love pol roti very much as this flatbread calls for coconut and onions in it. Have tried long back with ragi and this pol roti is just prefect to make some for our dinner rite now.. Well done and lovely pick for ‘P’ Sandhya.

  2. Coconut has such a delicious flavour and it’s so versatile! Love these coconut rotis , the addition of onion must be giving it a crunch . The rotla have come out perfect rounds , super post Sandhya .

  3. I like your idea of adding onion and chilis along with the coconut to make these delicious looking pol rotis. I made dalithoy recently and loved it. So different from the dals I make and easy.

  4. Pol roti is an amazing roti and I enjoyed eating it. You have done it so well sandhya. It is true that we sometimes search all over the place forgetting the places close to us.

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