For a novice like me, making Akki Rotti was a Herculean task. Earlier, my mother did try her best to teach me how to, lest she didn’t want my future-in-laws to be complaining about it. ;)
However, during one of my summer vacations at my Doddamma’s (My mother’s elder sister) village, I made an attempt to learn. Doddamma is very kind and sweet lady. She taught me in an easiest way to make one. I did try making a few and it came out pretty good. And after that I never got a chance to make one.
So today, I tried. And it’s for all you to see how it turned out. Of course, for those who have seen it or eaten it before may laugh at the look of it, but believe me for a second timer it was not bad at all. I made ‘badenekayi palya’ (Eggplant/Brinjal) to go along with it.
Akki Rotti’s are made in a variety of way. One way is to add onions, carrots, jeera etc...
But this version is a little bit different. And one good thing about this is that, there is no need to use oil – healthy isn’t it!
Rice Flour: 2 cups
Water: 1 cup
Salt: 1 teaspoon (may vary as per your taste)
Makes about 4 Rotti’s.
In a bowl, mix rice flour and salt. Boil the water and pour it on to the flour mix. Let set for couple of minutes or until the water gets warm enough to knead the dough.
Make dough just fine enough to be able to spread. (Similar to chapathi dough). Add cold water if required while mixing.
Make lemon size balls of it. Wet a kitchen cloth (I used a new hanky) and spread it over the flat base. Now, spread the dough on the cloth with your fingers/palm until u get a round flat Rotti.
Heat the tava. Carefully, transfer the Rotti from the cloth onto the tava. Using the same cloth, spread a layer of water over the rotti, just enough to wet it. Wait for a minute. Turn it over. Allow it to cook for another minute. Turn it over again. And with a wooden saddle, gently press the Rotti on all sides, so that it slowly blows up. And then, transfer it to a plate. Serve it with your favorite curry.
- I have used a wet cloth to spread the Rotti dough. Typically back home, they use rice flour instead.
- The rice flour we get here in the US Indian grocery stores is not ideal for making this type of Akki Rotti. Back home, I remember my mother, washing rice with water several times and then allowing it to dry by spreading it over a cloth for days. And then taking it to the Flour Making Mill to get Rice Flour. Akki Rotti’s made from this flour turns out very soft and white too.
Mamatha's version of Akki Rotti is good. It solves the problem of me trying to use a wet cloth to spread the Rotti. Have a look : http://karnatakarecipes.blogspot.com/2007/06/akki-rotti-with-badanekai.html