The Rolex that You Can Eat (…and it tastes oh so good)

4 December 2012 at 05:45 4 comments

Laura Sellmansberger | KF19 | Uganda

Uganda offers its visitors a wide variety of foods to sample, but many would agree that the most delicious of these is the rolex. What is a rolex, you ask? I have heard many people describe the Ugandan rolex as something similar to the “breakfast burrito,” a peculiar food item that can be found at a number of American fast food chains. For purposes of basic mental imagery, this description may not be too far off; however, I personally believe that this comparison fails to give the rolex the credit that it deserves. That’s why I have decided to dedicate an entire blog post to this uniquely Ugandan culinary delight.

A rolex costs 1,500 Ugandan Shillings ($0.60) and is available on almost every street corner in Kampala. The name “rolex” has nothing to do with the luxury Swiss watch company, but rather relates to the ingredients of this scrumptious delicacy and the way it is made: roll + eggs = rolex.

The rolex first appeared about a decade ago in the Kampala suburb of Wandegaya near Makerere University, Kampala’s oldest institution of higher education. After appearing in Wandegaya, the late-night student snack took the region by storm and has since become a staple street food throughout all of Central Uganda.

My favorite rolex stand in Kampala

My favorite rolex stand in Kampala

Here I will outline the basic steps in the creation of a rolex.

1. First, the chapati is made. Chapati is a tortilla-like flatbread made from flour, water and salt. Chapati was first brought to Uganda by Indian migrant workers in the early 1900s. The dough is rolled thin, placed on a circular frying pan, and cooked until it has reached a solid yet soft consistency.

Frying the chapati

Making the chapati

2. Next, the omelette is mixed. Two eggs are blended together with pieces of fresh tomato, cabbage, onions, bell peppers and salt.

Mixing the omelette

Mixing the omelette

3. On the same pan where the chapati was cooked, the omelette is fried.

Cooking the omelette

Cooking the omelette

4. The omelette is placed on the chapati and is topped with cold tomato slices and salt. The chapati is then rolled into a burrito-like form.

Putting on the finishing touches

Putting on the finishing touches

And that’s how a Ugandan rolex is made. I can’t think of a more delicious way to spend $0.60. Bon appétit!

The finished product

The finished product


Laura Sellmansberger is a member of the 19th class of Kiva Fellows, working at Grameen Foundation AppLab as well as two other nontraditional Kiva partners. 

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  • 1. Linda Wilson  |  11 December 2012 at 13:59

    I enjoyed your post, Laura.

  • 2. hopeforlifekatanga  |  7 December 2012 at 01:11

    Reblogged this on Working at Living and commented:
    I decided to Reblog this post because not only do I have links with Uganda and enjoy a good Rolex from time to time but more so for the Charity, Kiva.
    My wife and I run a Charity in Uganda (see About page) and so part of our work is seeing where we can improve; this is partly done by seeing how other charities do their work and finding which are the best bits we can ‘steal’ to change the lives of the people we work with as best as possible.
    This might be weird but I have a top 5 Charities. This is based on the work they do but is also based a huge amounts on how they use the money donated from people like you or me. is joint top in my league of top 5 charities. Perhaps i’ll tell you why another time, or perhaps you can find out for yourself…?

  • 3. jjim9  |  4 December 2012 at 15:22

    i like your posting about Rolex.

    What an adventure!


  • 4. The Mind of RD Revilo  |  4 December 2012 at 07:10

    Reblogged this on RD Revilo.

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