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Ugandan Cooking Class - Join Us

It's 2020... "Social" doesn't have to mean "sitting next to you."

If you've hung out with us before, you know that global culture is built on the idea that food is a means of connection. But recent public health directives to practice social distancing have made upholding that a little, well, difficult—but not impossible. Thankfully, it's 2020, and "social" no longer means "sitting next to you."

On behalf of Empower Through Health, we are excited to invite you to an hour of cooking, conversation, and community with our Ugandan team! Purchase your own ingredients and follow along with Ibrahim, Sumaya, and Kazungu as they walk you through step-by-step instructions to prepare a Rolex, one of Uganda's tastiest street foods.

When: 12:00pm CST; Saturday, November 21 Where: Virtual meeting room via Google Meet - CLICK HERE What to bring: Below are a list of ingredients if you would like to follow along at home

This event is supporting the Annual ETH Holiday Campaign that enables us to sustain our core operations in rural Uganda. This is a free event and everyone is invited! While donations are not expected, please know that any contribution you are able to offer advances our mission of providing healthcare to enable individuals to take control of their own destinies.

About Rolex

The Ugandan Rolex is a popular street food that can be found on any corner of any busy street. It is a unifying food eaten by people of every social stature. Rolexes can be eaten at any time of the day, at any meal, and can be adapted to include personal preferences as well as seasonal availability. Initially called rolled eggs, the beloved dish earned its name because when said very quickly, “rolled eggs” sounds a lot like “Rolex.”

We also have a Rolex festival which takes place every October.

Everything you need...

Ingredients needed for the chapati:

1. 3 Cups of Flour

2. Salt

3. 5 tbsp. Sunflower Oil

4. 1 ¼ cup warm water

5. Oil for frying

6. Onion

7. Carrot

8. Sweet pepper

Ingredients needed for the egg filling/omelette:

1. 3 eggs

2. ½ small cabbage, shredded

3. 2 tomatoes, 1 minced and 1 sliced

4. 1 onion, ½ diced and the other ½ sliced

5. 1 carrot, finely grated

6. 1 green pepper, finely grated

Cooking utensils needed:

1. Frying pan

2. Spoon and fork

3. Chopping board and knife

4. Chapati board and rolling pin

5. Cup

6. Cooker

7. Plate

8. Bowl

How to ROLEX

Our Ugandan team will be cooking with you on Saturday, demonstrating one step at a time. In case you want a heads of up what's coming, here is the Ugandan Rolex Recipe - step by step.

Making the Chapati:

  1. In a large bowl, sift in the flour. Add the salt, onion, sweet pepper, carrot and mix well.

  2. Make a well in the flour and add the 3 tbsp of sunflower oil.

  3. Add warm water, a little at a time and knead it into a soft dough.

  4. Lightly grease the bowl before putting the dough in it to rest. Keep it aside for 10 minutes covered with a damp dish towel or flour sack.

  5. After the dough has rested, pinch small amounts of dough to form smaller balls and Place them on the side covered with the damp cloth.

  6. Then take the small balls one at a time, and roll them into thin chapati 9 inches in diameter. Note: make sure you keep your surface lightly floured to prevent the dough from sticking.

  7. Preheat a frying pan over medium-high heat, when hot add a chapati after Dusting off the excess flour.

  8. When bubbles begin to form on one side of the chapati, it is time to flip it over (about 30 seconds).

  9. Drizzle 1 tbsp. of sunflower oil over the charred side and when bubbles begin to form on the other side- flip it over and drizzle oil over the second side.

  10. When both sides are oiled, cook until they are lightly browned, about 1 minute on each side. Lower heat if the chapati is cooking too quickly or burning.

  11. Placed cooked chapati on a plate in between aluminum foil to keep the chapatis warm and soft.

Making the Rolex:

Pro tip ~ It is easiest to make one Rolex at a time.

  1. Break two eggs into a glass measuring jar then add the cabbage, minced onion and tomato, grated carrot as well as freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.

  2. Using a fork, whisk until all the ingredients are combined.

  3. Preheat the same pan used to make the chapati and when hot, add 2 tbsp. of sunflower oil.

  4. Pour the egg mixture onto the pan, swirl the skillet to spread the mixture over the pan. Cook the omelette until lightly browned on both sides.

  5. After flipping the omelette over, place a chapati on top of the omelette to warm it up as well as to start the process of making the Rolex.

  6. When the second side is cooked, flip both the chapati and omelette onto a plate and roll the Rolex.

  7. Before rolling up the chapati and the omelette, place some of the sliced raw onion, tomato if you want.

  8. Serve and eat.

  9. Enjoy!

Any questions, comments, or concerns? Feel free to send us an email at

We look forward to cooking with you!

Several of these photos featuring a Ugandan Rolex are from Global Table Adventure - check out their global recipes here! All other photos are provided by our ETH Staff, please email us for any inquiries.

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