Kottu!

Kottu is a spicy tasty quick food here in Sri Lanka that is quite delish.  I have not had it many times in my nearly 4 months of being here (fat content can be high!) but tonight in Anuradhapura, we decided to grab one for dinner at a little hole in the wall opposite the Jumma Mosque situated close to the Police Station

It’s basically a jumble of chopped veggies with onion, a roti all sliced up, and egg to combine everything and then seasoned with a whole host of flavourings:  ginger, garlic, salt, chilli powder, cardamon, cinnamon, a roasted curry power, pandan leaves with a dash of soy and worcestershire sauce .  On the griddle, the whole heap is finely chopped using cleavers that make the signature kottu sound.  My short video flopped so I found this one on YouTube instead.

A few photos of the kottu being prepared for me are below.  And let me be clear, the griddle is holding a serving for eight …. not just my order!!

Like I said, a hole in the wall ... the counter was actually on the dusty verge of the street with plexiglas windows

Like I said, a hole in the wall … the counter was actually on the dusty verge of the street with plexiglass windows.  You can see the mound of sliced leeks from here.

The blur is his very fast moving hands

The blur is his very fast moving hands

The din is tremendous, you can't hear yourself think when the chopping is underway

The din is tremendous, you can’t hear yourself think when the chopping is underway

The final product - a plate of kottu complete with grease proof paper wrapped around the plate

The final product – a plate of kottu complete with grease proof paper wrapped around the plate

I have to tell you, once I had finished my plate (it was yum scrumptious!), I realized it’s unlikely the plate gets washed after each use.  But rather a new set of grease proof paper is put on the plate ready for the next customer. Hmm.

I’ll let you know if I have suffered any adverse ill-effects as a result.

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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