Rolex (food)

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Rolex is a popular food item in Uganda, combining an egg omelette and vegetables wrapped in a chapati. This single-portion dish is quick to prepare, and can be eaten at any time of the day, from breakfast to a lunch or supper meal or snack. The name "rolex" comes from its method of preparation, with the chapati and the omelette rolled together.

This idea originated from a chapati seller's creativity in the Busoga region "the basoga" then the idea spread to Wandegeya next to Makerere University in Uganda, fueled by students who needed a quick meal because of time and budget limitations.

The delicacy soon spread throughout Uganda. It became a popular food choice for its combination of convenience, low cost, and taste.

Other terms and variations related to rolex include:

  • "Titanic": two or more chapatis used together in rolling the portion.
  • "Kikomando": the chapati is sliced and mixed with beans. This name is inspired by the commando soldier or unit eating quickly in the field, or to the casual style of "going commando." It can also refer to someone unafraid of getting messy by eating street food with the hands.[1][2]


  1. ^ CNN, Phoebe Parke, for. "Why African chefs think you should eat Rolex". Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ "The Ugandan town selling rolex for 40p". Retrieved 29 August 2016.