Onion Rottis/Eerulli Rotti

A.k.a Akki rottis. Not a dish I liked before but now I do, because I know how to make it well and also my tastebuds have become more accommodating, in regards to Eerulli rotti – Onion Rotti. There are many versions of this rotti, but this is how we like it best. If you like Onions, this is the dish for you!

You will need:

2 Cups Rice flour (I use Swad brand, works best)

1 Cup chopped Red onions

2 large carrots, grated

2 tsp Cumin seeds

2 tsp Green chilli paste

Salt to taste

2 tbsp Oil

Warm water, as required

Combine all ingredients except water, in a medium bowl. Slowly stream in warm water and begin to mix dough. Everything should come together and if scooped to one end of the bowl, the dough should hold. That’s the consistency of the dough. Cover and let sit for atleast 2 hours, so that the flavours can come together. The longer the dough sits, the better the taste of the rotti.

Oil a non-stick pan or an alluminium plate (which is stove-top safe).These rottis need to be shaped by hand so don’t heat the pan. Place a small ball of the dough on the pan.Pat into thin rottis, wet fingers as you go so that the patting is easier. Drizzle ¼ tsp of oil on top and place the pan on the stove.

Cover and roast on medium heat. Covering helps cook both sides. When the upper side is done, uncover and roast for another minute or two, this makes the rotti crisp . When done, fold and serve hot with your favourite pickle, ghee and/or plain yoghurt.

To make the next rotti, cool the back of the pan under cold running water and you can immediately pat another rotti on the pan. And if you are using non stick pans, wait till pan cools rather running it under cold water, could make the pan bend.


  1. slurrp! thalipittu (what we call in c.durga, dvg side) superagi ide ri..this is pure torture Nams that you publish yummy posts on a fasting day! :P Happy Shivaratri to you and family

  2. Namratha..these are perfect roti's..i wil try, when i dont have my idli/dosa batter.

  3. An easy and tempting roti.I will try it soon.

  4. Thats awesome! Nice presentation.

  5. I will try this soon. Looks yummy.

  6. these look oo easy and delicious..will have to try them soon!!

  7. That's Ikea stuff, right?... the plates and the tiny bowls.. I have the same ones too in black.:D

    The rotis look good. Wouldn't it be simpler to use 2 pans though? One for cooking and the other for the patting part.
    Checked out your caramel custard too... looks gorgeous!

  8. Boy-o-boy Namratha,
    Is it not a piece of heavenly comfort!! , I wish i could just grab them and tuck them into my mouth... My mom makes it too... me not as dexterous. We call this version 'balida-rotti' because it needs to be spread with fingers :)

  9. Haha, thanks Lakshmi...oh idhanna thalipittu antheera, didn't know :)

    Thanks Lavi!

    Thanks Ankita, nice to have you over :)

    Thanks Anu! :)

    Thanks Meera and Superchef :)

    It sure is TBC, all from Ikea :) Thanks! Yup you could use any number of pans, but the problem is you have to put the pan on heat once the rotti is patted on, can't transfer it to another pan just for cooking. Having more pans, cuts the waiting time between rottis.

    Thanks Smitha! :) Nice to know the different names this is known by.

  10. Hey, I made them. Delicious. Didn't come the shape round and didn't look as beautiful as your picture but taste was too good. I need some more practice.:-D


  11. We call this masala rotti.. tastes awesome with white homemade butter and garlic chutney :) Oh! now I miss my mom :(

  12. This looks so lovely! Never had this but have to give it a try now.

  13. This looks so yummy and easy .Will try it soon.

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  15. that's recipe looks like a perfect brunch

  16. rotti looks fab namratha. simple food like this is what cheers me up everytime. :)

  17. hi Namratha
    came across your blog ! interesting stuff! You have made really cute cakes ! just awesome ! i just want to give a humble suggestion..
    i learned the recipe for this from a friend of mine. though i dint get the round shape, i did the patting on a banana leaf and then just put the roti on the stove along with the leaf(facing top) after 2 secs the leaf can be removed..2 leafs can be sufficient for this.


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