Ugandan Rolex

December 2, 2022mayurisjikoni




Ugandan Rolex has nothing to do with the famous watch brand Rolex. On the contrary it is a popular street food in Uganda which has a vegetable loaded omelette rolled up in a chapati or flatbread. The word rolex comes from rolled eggs. Enjoy Ugandan Rolex for breakfast, dinner, lunch or even as a snack.

It is easy to make, cheap, filling, nourishing and best part is that it is a handheld food item. Roll up the Rolex in an old newspaper and serve it. Some may offer it in a brown paper bag. Best enjoyed while it is hot.

Generally, the eggs are whisked with the chopped vegetables and seasoning in a plastic mug. Then, the omelette is prepared on a huge tawa or frying pan over coal fire. While the top of the omelette is still wet, a chapati is placed over it. This actually ‘sticks’ the chapati to the omelette. Roll it up and serve.

What Vegetables Are Added To The Omelette?

In fact, the cheapest available vegetables like onion, cabbage, tomato are added. That makes it authentic. Some variations may have fresh coriander, chopped green chillis, ginger, green capsicum.


What Is Chapati?

East African Chapati is quite different from the traditional Indian chapati or roti. It actually is a flaky, soft, slightly chewy flatbread made from all purpose flour. Check out the recipe for Kenyan Chapati here. It is the flaky, layered chapati that adds a different taste and texture to this popular street food. I have tried this recipe with regular paratha and it does not taste the same.


A Bit About The Group

This group has been running for a very long time. A member of the group chooses a theme for a particular month. The admins pair up the partners. They give each other 2 secret ingredients to include in their dish. Other members have to guess the secret ingredients. This is a fun theme and also helps us to foster friendship between members.

This month’s theme, World Street Food was suggested by Preethi who blogs at Preethi’s Cuisine. For this theme she has prepared super tempting Firi Firi which are Tahitian Donut.

My Partner

This month my partner is Anu Kollon who blogs at Ente Thattukada. She asked me to use coriander and cabbage in my dish which worked out perfectly well for the Ugandan Rolex. And I requested that she uses seaweed sheet and garlic. Using those two ingredients she has made finger licking Korean Street Food, Kimbap.

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Ingredients Required For Ugandan Rolex

  • Kenyan Or East African Chapati – find the recipe for homemade Kenyan Chapati here.You can easily use any flaky flatbread or parathas that are available in restaurants and in the Indian shops.
  • Eggs –  2 eggs per person.
  • Tomato – fresh tomato, finely chopped.
  • Onion – peeled and finely chopped. The red variety is a popular choice. However, you can use any that you have, white or yellow.
  • Cabbage – finely chopped or grated.
  • Fresh Coriander/ Cilantro – an optional ingredient as some don’t use it. It does add a lovely flavour.
  • Salt – add according to your taste.
  • Black Pepper – an optional ingredient. I have added some black pepper powder.
  • Oil – for cooking the omelette.


Watch How To Make Ugandan Rolex



Ugandan Rolex has nothing to do with the famous watch brand Rolex. On the contrary it is a popular street food in Uganda which has a vegetable loaded omelette rolled up in a chapati or flatbread. The word rolex comes from rolled eggs. Enjoy Ugandan Rolex for breakfast, dinner, lunch or even as a snack.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, dinner, Lunch, Snack
Servings 2


  • 2 chapati
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup tomato finely chopped
  • ¼ cup onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cabbage finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander/cilantro chopped
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil


  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat.
  • Crack two eggs in a bowl or jug.
  • Add half amount of the chopped tomato, onion, cabbage and coriander.
  • Add half amount salt and pepper.
  • Whisk the egg mixture.
  • Add 1 tbsp oil in the frying pan.
  • Pour the egg mixture.
  • Allow it to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • When the top is just a little wet, place the chapati over it.
  • Flip the omelette and chapati over. This way the chapati is at the bottom.
  • Allow the chapati to become warm for 1-2 minutes.
  • Roll the chapati and omelette.
  • Wrap in a foil or parchment paper and serve immediately.
  • Repeat the above steps for the second Ugandan Rolex.


  • Add vegetables of your choice.
  • Can add chopped green chillis and ginger.
  • Use ready made flaky paratha if you can't make the chapati at home.
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  • Archana

    December 15, 2022 at 3:55 am

    5 stars
    Wow, this Ugandan Rolex is very much like the omelette roti that was served in my canteen. I love the use of veggies here. I am making it for breakfast tomorrow. Will love some coffee on the side!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 15, 2022 at 5:02 am

      Thank you so much Archana, hope you enjoyed rolex for breakfast.

  • Anu

    December 15, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    5 stars
    Ugandan Rolex – I really like the name. It looks so delicious and it makes a perfect snack or a meal option. I make chapati egg roll but I should try this version with veggies in it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 23, 2022 at 2:15 am

      Thanks Anu, enjoy rolex when you try out the recipe.

  • Renu

    December 16, 2022 at 10:30 am

    5 stars
    When I saw the pic, I thought it is similar to egg roll available in Kolkata. This rolex looks good, and I love the added veggies in the omelette. Perfect for my son’s lunch as he prefers something which he can grab and eat instead with spoon or in a box. A perfect balanced meal

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 23, 2022 at 2:13 am

      Now I have to try out the egg roll in Kolkata. Yes, this is a perfect handheld lunch option.

  • Radha

    December 21, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    5 stars
    This is amazing! This Ugandan rolex is simple, budget friendly, and satisfying meal. With added veggies, this would be the perfect nourishing meal.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 23, 2022 at 2:09 am

      Thanks Radha, it is a budget meal and quite famous with most working people as it is not only filling but a bit healthy too.

  • Seema Sriram

    December 22, 2022 at 12:46 am

    5 stars
    Ugandan rolex just caught me by surprise. Such a delightful; recipe and a fantastic easy-to-carry meal. As we have a huge workload during this season, this has been my lunch, dinner and snack. Thankyou for the recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 23, 2022 at 2:06 am

      Thanks Seema, am so happy that this rolex recipe came in handy at the right time for you. Enjoy.

  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    December 30, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    5 stars
    I am totally giggling at the name of this sandwich. Whoever named it is a genuis! 😀 I hope Rolex didn’t sue them for using their brand name. Hehe… This egg sandwich sounds like a total killer…Yum!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 4, 2023 at 9:24 am

      Thank you so much Rafeeda. It was the unique name that prompted me to try out the dish. I too hope Rolex does not sue Uganda 🙂

  • Preethicuisine

    December 30, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    5 stars
    Ugandan Rolex sounds so royal . I am so intrigued to try this recipe at home. Thank you for sharing this amazing street food from Uganda. Absolutely irresistible!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 4, 2023 at 10:56 am

      Thanks Preethi,the dish is not too royal. It actually makes use of basic every day ingredients but it is filling.

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  • Priya vj

    January 3, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    5 stars
    Ugandan Rolex , the name itself is so interesting ,so very similar to kaati roll . I love the fact there is so much similarity in the street food of India and Kenya/Mombasa. Healthy and tasty egg roll with veggies makes it perfect for a breakfast or lunch box .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 4, 2023 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Priya, Ugandan Rolex as the name suggests is Ugandan. For kathi roll we make the stuffing and then roll. Here, the chapati becomes a part of the omelet and then rolled.

  • Priya Iyer

    January 5, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    5 stars
    I love the name of this dish – Ugandan Rolex! 🙂 This is such a nutritious roll, filled with the goodness of eggs and veggies. Sounds delicious and not too difficult to whip up either.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 9, 2023 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Priya, I too agree with you, the name is so unique. As for the roll, it is so nutritious and filling too. No wonder it is a popular street food in Uganda.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    January 27, 2023 at 6:08 am

    5 stars
    Ugandan rolex, tha name is interesting itself !
    Looks so simple and satisfying meal. With added veggies, this is a perfect meal.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 27, 2023 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita. This dish definitely has an interesting name.

  • Sarah

    March 6, 2023 at 10:24 pm

    5 stars
    My family loved these! Filling, easy, and delicious. We served with some spicy salsas. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 10, 2023 at 9:28 pm

      Sarah I am so happy that your family enjoyed Ugandan Rolex. Love the idea of serving it with spicy salsa.

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