The humble roti revamped

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By 2017-08-20

By Yashasvi Kannangara

This was one of those purely coincidental recipes brought on by the lack of enthusiasm for standing beside a stove making dinner, the reluctance to throw away any leftovers (yes, that's me) and the insatiable need to create something different and out-of-the-box, but tasty.

What I had in my fridge were leftover pol roti from breakfast, leftover spicy chicken curry made for lunch and a small wedge of brie from a few days ago. What I decided to make from these ingredients was coconut roti pizza. And what do you know? It turned out hearty and delicious!

Now, remember the only specific item on this list is the pol roti. I insist you stick to it. Everything else you can replace and substitute for. It can be cuttlefish curry or tempered prawns or a thick mushroom gravy or even a vegetable curry of your favourites like fried brinjals and broccoli or even stir-fried bell peppers. The cheese also could be of your choice or whatever is available at hand; cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan – or even shop-bought slices or wedges.

I would suggest adding a green of choice on top – preferably basil or cilantro, but micro greens, parsley or a sprinkling of dried herbs would do.

Pol roti pizza

INGREDIENTS

• 3 tbsp Chicken Curry Gravy
• 3 tbsp Tomato Sauce
• ½ cup of Curried Chicken, broken by hand into chunks
• A few slices of Brie with the rind taken out.
• Greens and Chilli Flakes (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Line a baking tray with parchment and keep the pol roti on it.
2. Mix some chicken curry gravy with tomato sauce to form a pizza sauce for the base. Spread it on top of the pol roti.
3. Add chunks of the curried chicken as a topping, with slivers of creamy Brie on top.
4. Bake the pol roti pizza at 350 degrees until cheese has melted and begun to crisp on top.
5. Take out of the oven, quarter and sprinkle some chilli flakes and your favourite greens on top.
6. Serve immediately.

*Chef's note: You can add other ingredients such as onion, tomato, green chilli and mushrooms as toppings with the chicken.

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