Chicken kotthu in restaurant
Alternative names Koththu, Kottu roti, kothu roti, kothu, kotthu
Course Main course
Place of origin Sri Lanka
Serving temperature Hot
Cookbook: Kottu  Media: Kottu

Kottu, also known as Koththu Rotti or Kothu Roti (Sinhala: කොත්තුරොටි; Tamil: கொத்துரொட்டி; meaning chopped bread), is a Sri Lankan dish made from godhamba roti (a type of Sri Lankan roti) and vegetables, egg and/or meat, and spices.[1][2] The bread is described as similar to the type found in the south Indian kothu parotta and roti canai, with the former dish overall being very similar to the Koththu Rotti.[3] A common dinner dish,[4] kothu has become popular in cities with a significant Sri Lankan diaspora population, such as Toronto and New York City's Little Sri Lanka neighborhood.[5][6]

Generally, the consumer chooses what and how much of the amount of ingredients are included if someone else is preparing.[7][8] Kothu is considered the Sri Lankan equivalent of the hamburger, in terms of its popularity.[9]


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  2. "Patak's Beef Kottu Rotti Recipw". telegraph.co.uk. February 8, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  3. "Food obsession: kothu roti". the national.ae. October 25, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  4. "'High-tech' 'Kottu' on the way". island.lk. May 4, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  5. "Spice City Toronto: Sri Lanka comes to Queen Street". torontoist.com. November 8, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  6. "Sigir's Kotju Roti: One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes". villagevoice.com. October 27, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  7. "SRI LANKAN KOTTU ROTI, BY WAY OF STATEN ISLAND". daily news.lk. November 28, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  8. "Five Reasons to Visit Colombo". time.com. April 11, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  9. "13 foods Sri Lankan visitors must try". cnn.com. October 26, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
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