Saturday, May 19, 2012

Akki Rotti / Rice flour pancake
Pancake is the closest term I got to translate rotti(in Kannada) in English.
Preparation Time - 15 mins
Cook Time - 5 mins per rotti
Serves - 3
Measurements & Ingredients:
  • Rice flour - 2 cups
  • Carrot - 1, grated
  • Onion - 1 big, cut into small pieces
  • Mint leaves(Pudina) - 5-6 sprigs, leaves only, finely chopped
  • Green chillies - 3, cut 
  • Salt
  • (Optional)Any other vegetables of your choice, cut into small pieces

Mix rice flour, salt well.  Then add carrot, onion, pudina, green chillies and mix the flour well.
Add water in little quantities to make a dough like chapathi dough.  It should neither be too hard(tight) nor too soft(porous).
 On a flat griddle(tawa) smear 2 tsps of oil evenly through out the griddle.  Take a big ball of the dough and place it in the center of the tawa.
 Dip your fore fingers in water and start flattening the dough evenly and thin.  It is okay if the dough is thin when flattened.  The thinner you spread it, the thinner and tastier your rotti will be.  It can be made crispy by letting it cook for longer or softer by taking it out of the stove sooner.  While flattening, it is important to dip your forefingers in water every 2 secs. 

Place this tawa(non stick or iron) on the stove and turn the heat to medium high for 5 mins.  Add 2 - 3 tsps of oil around and on the flattened dough.  Now turn the heat to just a little higher than medium(6 on a scale of 1-10) and let it cook until you see it getting brown.  

You could also cover the tawa with a lid.  Flip the rotti to the other side and let it cook for another 2 mins.
Serve this rotti with Gheecoconut chutney or pickle or plain yogurt(curd.
To make another one, you need to cool down the griddle/tawa completely else you will burn your fingers.  You can cool it by letting it under cold tap water but this may spoil your tawa(if it is non-stick).  You can also let it cool on its own, this may take a while.  The best option is, if you have 2-3 flat pans you can use them simultaneously.  Any flat pan will do, it need not be a griddle/tawa.

Excellent addition:
If you wish, you could add fresh grated coconut(or frozen grated coconut) to the dough when mixing with other ingredients.  This gives a fantastic taste to rotti.

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