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Elavalu Roti In 30 Minutes | Vegetable Roti

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

Vegetable roti – In Sri Lanka, we call it -Elavalu Roti. It’s a commonly found street food made with roti and a vegetable or meat filling.

It’s a super delicious pastry, and this snack will complement well with your afternoon tea.

Usually, the vegetable roti making process takes hours to complete which is honestly such a hassle. Recently I developed this recipe so you can make the vegetable roti in 30 minutes. Follow all the instructions and this will be a game-changer for you.

Few Tips before we begin,

  • I used white all-purpose flour for this recipe.

  • Adding water to the mixture can be tricky, so remember to add little water at a time and gradually increase depending on the consistency

  • Use the Stretch and fold method ( as shown in the video) to knead the dough so it will develop more elasticity, that’s why we don’t need to dip this in oil for hours as the traditional recipes.

Resting and Shaping the dough

Add 1/8 cup oil in a bowl, place the dough, Then add 1/8 cup on top.

Start by poking the dough using your fingertips so the dough can get covered and infused with oil

Now let’s divide the dough into 5 pieces while rolling them into a ball shape ( refer to my video to see how I shape the dough)

Servings: 5


  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour

  • 1 1/4 Tsp Salt

  • 1/4 Cup Oil

  • About 3/4 Cup Water

  • Additional 1/8th Cup Oil


  • Mix Flour & Salt

  • Add oil

  • Add 1/2 of the water, While mixing add the rest of the water until you get the right consistency. The Mixture should be on the dryer side 

  • Start needing until you get a soft dough, it will take about 5-8 minutes

  • Add 1/16 cup of oil into a bowl. Place the dough

  • Push the dough once using fingers

  • Start shaping & breaking into small balls ( refer to the video for more details)

  • I made 5 bigger Rotis

  • Cover & let it rest for 20 minutes

  • Now it's time to make the Rotis

  • Drizzle some oil the cutting board, Flatten one ball

  • Be careful, don't poke any holes in the flatten dough 

  • Place the filling in the corner

  • Start folding like in the video into your desired share

  • Heat a pan on low heat, Place the shaped roti

  • Cook each side until you noticed brown spots as seen in the picture

  • In less than 30 minutes, you have beautifully made Vegetable Rotis