Rolex (Uganda)

No, it has nothing to do with watches, Rolexes are a favorite any-time snack or light meal that is distinctly Ugandan, easily found in the Masaka and Kampala districts. Its name is derived by saying "roll of eggs" quickly in a Luganda accent, though they are better known as Rolexes rather than as rolls of eggs. A Rolex might be compared to a breakfast-burrito or rolled omelette. In Uganda, this is a typical greasy street-vendor offering available at busy intersections at a cart with an umbrella (for shade), cutting board, and charcoal cookstove with rounded metal hot-plate.


Per Rolex:


  1. Break egg(s) into a shallow cup, add pinch of salt, and beat with a fork.
  2. Pour the eggs onto a large (preferably iron) saucepan into a thin 8" circle.
  3. Use a large spoon to rotate the eggs for even cooking. Flip once. Cook until the eggs are cooked through.
  4. Lift eggs with a spoon and place the chapati underneath the eggs and warm together for 10-20 seconds, rotating if cooking surface has uneven temperature.
  5. Remove egg-covered chapati from heat.
  6. Along the center of the chapati (but to the right side) sprinkle a stripe of cabbage, and slightly overlapped tomatoes.
  7. Sprinkle another pinch of salt over toppings.
  8. Roll. (First fold the right side not covered in toppings to cover toppings, then fold along center axis, and then wrap remainder around outside.
  9. Wrap in a lightweight plastic bag to control drippage when eating on the go!


Thinly sliced bell pepper or minced onions can be added as toppings. Other non-regional veggies like mushrooms or finely-sliced celery might work well too.

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