Avarekalu Akki Rotti is an Indian Flatbread made with rice flour, along with Hyacinth beans and other ingredients. It makes a healthy delicious breakfast dish.
We are starting the final week of BM#108, where I will be sharing AtoZ Indian Breakfast Dishes. For the month of Jan, it is going to be A, B, and C. I tried my best to select a breakfast dish from each Indian State. Having posted so many popular dishes already on both my sites, it was quite a challenge.
However, I have managed to pick some not so commonly known dishes from each state and some popular that I seem to have missed. So for A, it is Avarekalu Akki Rotti from Karnataka. Averekalu or Indian Broad Beans are a popular vegetable that eaten as both the pods and for its bean. It is a popular vegetable in Andhra as well.
During the winter season, we make use of the tender beans as such and with its skin removed.
Since these beans are available in plenty during the winter season, we cook it in different ways. Pitikina Pappu Kura that we make during the winter as a side dish for Dosa, is one of my family’s all time favorite dishes.
We won’t miss making it during the season. Even my boys love this gravy when I make for Dosa, so it’s mandatory on the menu during our so called winter seasons in Madras.
What is Avarekalu?
Avarekalu/ Anvare is the Kannada name for the bean Dolichos lablab (botanical name). This bean has many common names including Hyacinth Beans, Val (Hindi), Surti Lilva (Gujarati), Avarakai – Mochai when dry (Tamil), Annumulu (Anapakaya), Avarekaya, Chikkudu (Telugu).
If you are interested to know the different beans, dals we use, check out this site.
The fresh beans are available during the winter season, where the beans are soaked in water overnight and then the outer skin is removed. The inner tender bean tastes fantastic when added to any dish. We use the fresh pods as vegetable and the dried beans as such either soaked or as sundal.
When I was going through the dishes that I could make, I came across this dish that seems to be popular in Karnataka. Though these beans are popular in Andhra and Tamil Nadu, I don’t remember using these beans in Akki Rotti or Biyam Rotti, though I have known Athamma using different ingredients added in Biyam Rotti.
It’s like this in most cases, even if the same dish is prepared in other states, the one that gets the exposure first becomes popular for it.
Anyway, it works best for my series. So starting the series with Averakaya Akki Rotti.
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Avarekalu Akki Rotti
2 cups Rice flour
1 cup Avarekalu / Lilva Beans
1 /2 cup Onion finely chopped
3 tbsp Coconut freshly grated
3 nos Green Chillies finely chopped
1/4 cup Curds / Yogurt
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
2 tbsp Chana Dal
Handful Coriander Leaves chopped
A pinch Asafoetida / Hing
Salt to taste
Water to knead the dough
How to make Karnataka Style Avarekalu Akki Rotti Recipe
Wash and soak the chana dal in a bowl for 30 mins. Drain it and keep it ready to be added to the dough.
Take all the ingredients in a wide bowl, and mix in lukewarm water slowly.
Knead to a soft dough and rest it for 10 mins.
Divide the dough into small equal balls, Heat a nonstick tawa and grease it with oil.
Meanwhile, using a plastic sheet or a wet cloth you can pat down the dough. You could even pat it down directly over the hot pan.
Once you pat the dough into a thin disc, make three holes on the top to make sure the rotti gets cooked in all places.
Gently lift the sheet and transfer it to the hot pan.
Drizzle the oil and cook over low flame for the rotti to be cooked evenly all over.
Serve the Avarekalu Akki Rotti along with your favorite Chutney