Rolex for breakfast: Recipe for breakfast from Uganda

Updated: 17.04.2022 – 17:26

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Uganda Street Food: A Rolex for Breakfast?


Rolex refers to rolled flat cakes that are traditionally eaten in the morning.

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Rolex refers to rolled flat cakes that are traditionally eaten in the morning.

This Uganda breakfast street food has nothing to do with clocks. But you should still taste the wraps. Trust us!

Ingredients for 6 servings:

  • For the filling:
  • 300 g spinach leaves
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 200 g red cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • lemon juice
  • Salt pepper
  • For the chapati flatbreads:
  • 250 g flour
  • 125 ml water (hot)
  • 30 ml oil (plus a little more for the forehead)
  • For vegan omelette:
  • 250 grams of tofu
  • 1 onion
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 80 g chickpea flour
  • 200 ml of plant-based milk
  • 1/2 ts Kala Namak
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • oil (for the forehead)

And this is how it is done:


  1. For the filling, sort, wash and empty the spinach. Wash the tomatoes as well as the red cabbage. Cut tomatoes into small cubes, red cabbage into thin strips. Peel the carrots and grate them with a grater.
  2. Now prepare the flatbreads. Sift the flour and form a well. Pour the water and oil into this and then work everything into a dough. Divide this into six pieces that are all the same size. Sprinkle flour on a work surface and shape the dough pieces into flat cakes (diameter approx. 25 cm).
  3. Fry the flatbreads one by one in a pan with oil. If bubbles form on the surface, turn the flat cakes over and let them drain on kitchen paper.
  4. While the flatbreads are frying, wrap the tofu in a clean kitchen towel and weigh it down with a couple of books. Peel the onion and ginger and cut into fine cubes.
  5. Now puree the tofu, chickpea flour and plant-based milk in a blender and then mix with the other ingredients for the omelettes. Heat the oil in a pan again and fry a total of six omelets of the mixture.
  6. Finally, first place a flatbread on a large plate and place an omelette on top. Spread some of the filling on top, drizzle over lemon juice and season with salt and pepper and then gently roll the flatbread together. Continue in the same way with the other ingredients, so that in the end a total of six Rolexes have been rolled.


Who would have thought that mornings in Uganda are so cordial and above all creative? Because that’s where you can get Rolex, a kind of lunch burrito, for lunch. You can have the rolled flatbread straight to your hand as street food. Of course, they are usually served with a “real” omelette, and you can of course choose the vegetarian instead of the vegan alternative. Then the name of this finger food also explains itself: It has little to do with a watch. In this case, Rolex is an abbreviation for “roll of eggs”.


Do you not want to make the flat cakes yourself? Then just use tortillas from the supermarket. For more flavor, you can grease the (homemade) flat cakes with a dip of your choice. For example, a tzatziki with avocado or vegan sour cream goes well with this. And now you get some more unusual international breakfast ideas from us. In Israel, for example, it is sabich in the morning, which is also eaten on the go. Or why not travel to Ireland thanks to a serving of crispy box pancakes. If that’s not enough for you, you can find more inspiration in the following video:

We present several vegan recipes for breakfast in this gallery:



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