We are starting the BM#39, a Mega Marathon running for all 30 days of April. The theme we selected was Indian States. During the start of this marathon, there were 28 states and 7 Union Territories. Even before we could finalize the list, there were talks of the 29th statehood being given to Telangana. We simply chose to go with what we had and out of the total 35, we selected 30 States/UT.
The first in alphabetically order is Andhra Pradesh. A state that my family if from and it became extremely important to select a region I am not familiar with.
Andhra Pradesh on a geographical basis is divided into Telangana, Coastal Andhra, and Rayalaseema. AP is mostly clubbed as one of the four states of South India. And has quite a resemblance to the neighbouring states. My family is from Rayalaseema, and our everyday cooking is mostly that, with lot of influence from Tamil Cuisine.
Andhra Dibba Rotti
I decided it has to be either Telangana or Coastal Andhra. Since I had planned to do Breads from all states, the choice was getting harder by the day.
When you talk about Indian Breads, apart from wheat based breads, we have Dosas falling under this category as well and are common in Andhra too. Besides from regular Chapatis, Jonna Rotti, Biyam Rotti and Bajra Rotti are also made on regular basis. Akki Roti which is supposed to be famous Karnataka, is very popular in Andhra as well. We call it Biyam Roti and all these are made for Breakfast, evening snack or as dinner.
I then remembered Dibba Rotti / Minapa Rotti. Dibba Rotti is not typically a Dosa nor an Idli. It’s more of a thick pancake, cooked in a Kadai with loads of oil and with spices, chilies, it can be eaten as such.
I was discussing this with Amma, and she remembered their friends, who were from Coastal Andhra. Dad was first posted in Tirunelveli, and later moved to Dindigul. As a young bride, hardly understanding the local language, it was quite tough for Amma to manage. Her only contact to anything she understood, was this family. She still remembers all the cooking that Aunty used to make, some she has written down, some in memory. Though the memory seem more to do with the experience, the final product than the actual recipe.
Anyway she remembered that Aunty making these Dibba Rotti and she browsed her diary to get me the recipe. I made it for dinner along with Tomato Uruguaya and Kobbari Pachadi. It was a delightful combination of not so soft thick Idli like pancakes, dipped in spicy pickle and a mild ginger chutney. Since it was our first time experience, hubby dear nor me had any idea if it was matching the recipe as it ought to be. However Dad confirmed that’s how he remembers Dibba Rotti to be.
Traditionally as my cousin who recently visited us told me, that this is mostly made with store bought Rice Rava, that gives a typical grainy texture. So even if you are making the batter yourself, make sure you don’t grind it very smooth. The rice needs to be little coarse.
Before going into the recipe, wanted to share some details on Andhra cuisine. For more elaborate information on what’s made for each course and time, you can check this out, has exhaustive details.
This is what we made for my Indian Thali Mela, a typical Andhra Bhojanam, though this is considered small scale on many levels. As with most other Indian Cuisine, Andhra cuisine also places lot of importance on a thali. A Thali is typically a plate or spread/served on festival occasions on a banana leaf. How each dish is served in sequential order, and how many items are served is also very important.
We do have a pure vegetarian thali and a non vegetarian thali as well. However on festival occasions, it is always only vegetarian thali that is made. I know a single post on this topic is impossible to cover. However it is one of my favourite topic.
So moving forward to the post, I am going to share a dish that either can be served as a breakfast or a dinner item. It is normally served with chutneys. I paired it with Andhra Tomato Urugaya, a recipe given by my Aunt. A very spicy, lip smacking one on it!
Other similarities to this Dibba Rotti would be Thattai Idlis made in Tamil Nadu.
How to make Dibba Rotti
Raw Rice – 2 cups
Urad dal – 1 cup
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves handful
Green chilies – 2 -3 long
Oil for cooking
How to make Dibba Rotti
Wash and soak these separately for 4 hrs soak
Then when you are ready to grind, change waters, and grind urad dal to a smooth paste. Remove
Then add the raw rice to the grinder and grind to a coarse batter. Mix in salt and give the batter a good stir. Let it ferment for two hours.
Then refrigerate until usage
When you are ready to make the Dibba Rottis, season a kadai well. The vessel used for making these Dibba rottis, should be curved in.
Remove a portion of batter what you want to use, add cumin, curry leaves, finely chopped green chilies. Mix well.
Once the kadai is hot, add about 2 -3 tsp of oil and spoon in a 2 -3 ladleful of batter. The thickness should be around 1 – 1 ½ inch. The batter will automatically spread. You don’t have to move or spread as you would do with an Appam.
Simmer, sprinkle oil on all sides. Cover with lid and cook for nearly 5 -6 mins.
After that, gently tilt the pancake and check if the underneath is cooked well. If the bottom is not cooked yet, cook for some more time. Then flip over the other side and cook again.
Then remove and serve with chutney.
It’s important to use Rice rava, if you grind it as smooth consistency as you do for regular idlis, the dibba roti will turn out very differently.
The batter once ground need not be left ferment as well. You can use it right away. Since I was making it for dinner, I left it out for 2 hours and then used it.
How to make Andhra Tomato Uragaya
Andhra Tomato Uragaya
Andhra Tomato Pickle
Naatu Tomato – 1 Kg
Tamarind – 200 gms
Dry Red Chilies – 15 – 16 nos
Methi – 1 tbsp
Mustard – 1 tbsp
Oil – 250 gms
Salt – 1 tsp
Hing – 2 pinches
Mustard – 1 tsp
Curry leaves handful
Garlic – ¼ cup
Dry Red chilies – 5- 6 nos
How to make the tomato uruguaya
Dry roast the methi, mustard and dry red chilies. Once cooled, powder it finely.
Saute the chopped tomatoes, salt in a kadai till the moisture evaporates
Once the moisture leaves, add the tamarind extract, simmer till the paste becomes thick.
Add the mustard, methi and red chili powder.
Heat oil in another pan, add hing, mustard, red chili, garlic, curry leaves. Then pour on the cooked tomatoes and mix well.
My aunt says the local variety of tomato is best suited for this and not the Bangalore Tomato.
This is a long shelf life Pickle, so always use a dry spoon to scoop out.
Serve Dibba Rotti with Tomato Uragaya and Allam Kobbari Pachadi
Allam Kobbari Pachadi | Ginger Coconut Chutney
Fresh coconut – 1 cup
Green chillies – 5
Ginger – 2″
Tamarind – 1 inch
Water – 1/2 cup
Salt to taste