Friday, May 22, 2009

Chokha na Rotla - Rice Flatbread

I always thought Rice Bhakri is the speciality of Maharashtra/Konkan. I never knew that it is also made and relished in Gujarat. South Gujarat is the region that borders Maharashtra and rice is cultivated in the area. They too have their own variety of red rice. and generally, at nights the dinner is almost always "chokha na rotla" . I learnt this rotla recently during my MIL's visit.

Chokha na Rotla - makes 5
Rice Flatbread
1/2 cup rice flour
1/3 cup water (approx)
2 tbsp rice flour for dredging

1. Take rice flour in a big plate or paraat.
2. Add water gingerly to make a dough.
3. Keep kneading till the dough does not stick back to your palm anymore. This is the most crucial step in order to pat the rotlas perfectly.
4. Make 5 small balls.
5. Using only palm of your hand (without using fingers), pat the ball dredged in rice flour. As you pat, the rotla should get bigger in the circumference and also should rotate circularly.
6. Heat a griddle or a pan.
7. Place the rotla on the pan. As the bubbles appear, flip and let it cook on the other side till brown spots appear.
8. Now put it directly on the flame. Roast well. It should puff up beautifully.
9. Serve hot off the flame with laal vaal nu shaak or adad ni daal.

Note -
1. Make rotlas ready just before serving. It tastes the best right hot off the flame.


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