Monday, March 16, 2020



When you speak of the local cuisine from my home State of Karnataka, a few dishes spring to mind. One of them is the popular Akki Rotti, made with rice flour. Another Rotti,  made by mixing different flours is called Berake Rotti . Yet another variation is the Avarekalu Menthya Akki Rotti which  is made with hyacinth beans and fenugreek leaves.

Today's recipe is for a variation of the Akki Rotti in which we use drumstick leaves ( Nugge Soppu in Kannada). This is quite easy to make and turned out to be delicious. This is high on nutrition too as drumsticks leaves have several properties which make it good for our health.

This has been adapted from Nugge Soppina Rotti by Swayam Paaka. The quantities given in the recipe below yielded me with 6-7 rottis.

I hope you will enjoy today's dish for your breakfast or as a snack. This is best served with a chutney of your choice.

  • Nugge Soppu ( Drumstick Leaves), 1 cup, loosely packed
  • Akki Hittu ( Rice Flour), 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Large -sized Onion, finely chopped, 1
  • Green Chillies, finely chopped, 4-5 
  • Jeera, ( Cumin Seeds), 1 tsp
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/4 cup
  • Water, 1 cup
  • Salt, to taste 
  • Oil,  as required to make rottis

Remove the drumstick leaves from the stems. Wash them thoroughly and allow them to dry. Keep the smaller tender leaves as such but chop the bigger leaves roughly

Boil 1 cup of water in a pan and keep aside

In a large bowl mix together the rice flour, finely chopped green chillies, finely chopped onion, coconut gratings, jeera, salt and the drumstick leaves
Add the boiling water to this mixture and mix well with a spoon to form the dough for the rottis
Cover the bowl and keep the dough aside for about 10 minutes
After 10 minutes, when the dough has adequately cooled, take fistfuls of dough and make balls until all the dough is used. The dough should be soft and pliable.

Tip:- As rice flours differ in quality and texture if the dough is too dry to make them into balls, you can add a little more water and if the dough is too wet you can add little more rice flour

To Make the Rottis:-

Grease the tawa and spread the ball of dough and flatten it uniformly on the tawa by patting it with your fingers after greasing your palm

Sprinkle oil around the rotti, make a few holes in the rotti,  and drizzle oil over it.
Cover and cook the rotti on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes or till one side gets done
Next flip and cook the other side by drizzling oil over it till it becomes crisp and golden
Serve hot with chutney of your choice.

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