I’m convinced every country has their own version of a stuffed pastry. They differ in names, they differ in flavours, but essentially it’s the same kind of thing, a little bit of vegetables or meat thrown between some pastry or bready outside and then cooked. Quite often frugal in ingredients, seasonal and easy to use up what ever is going on in your fridge….and so far, I like them all.
England has the pastie.
Italy has the calzone.
Eastern Europe has the pierogi.
Japan has the gyoza.
India has the samosa
South America has the empanada.
Australia has the pie
Sri Lanka has the godambah, or stuffed roti.
Street food at it’s best. I ate these in Sri Lanka teamed up with a feisty chilli sauce, and usually wrapped up in yesterday’s news. An easy food to eat while you wander around.
I hadn’t made them up until now, as roti and I were not friends. As much as I had tried, I just couldn’t master the little buggers. Then I caught sight of this cookbook lying idly on its side waiting for a good page flipping.
Bingo…oh big bingo! Loved it.
Stuffed roti, along with a whole lot more goodies to be cooked on other days. Now there is nothing I like better than Sri Lankan food. Every thing about it speaks to my senses. Visual, taste, smell it’s all there. I’d made curries before and Love Cake but it was now time to give the Godambah a crack.
For the original recipe please see here. For how I did it, see below.
* adapted from Sri Lankan Flavours– Channa Dassanayaka
2 1/2 (375g) cups plain flour
1 (250mls) cup water
1 tsp salt
Mix ingredients together, and let rest, covered for a couple of hours. Give it a quick knead and divide dough into 8 balls. Roll balls on a pizza tray (or something stainless steel.) Then store in a well oiled bowl. The oil is important to get the right consistency when rolling out the roti.
Get a ball, and spread out dough with your finger tips, pushing out to a rectangular shape. Place a good sized spoonful of mixture in the middle and fold up. Then fry each side until golden.
a couple of slurps of vegetable oil
1 onion diced
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sambal olek
Fry until fragrant and then add potatoes, carrots and 1/2 cup peas.
(Use what ever vegetables take your fancy, and incorporate mashed potatoes in there to firm up the mixture. I used…)
3 steamed potatoes- mashed
1 steamed carrot- diced
Once all parcels are cooked up, serve with some chilli sauce.
* Roti can be cooked up as a flat bread as well and served with a curry. Just fry quickly in an oiled fry pan or wok.