Dibba Rotti

Dibba Rotti Recipe | How to make Andhra Minapa Rotti

Dibba rotti with step by step pictures

What is Dibba Rotti?

It is a very interesting, healthy and delicious dish from the state of Andhra Pradesh. Dibba roti is also known as minapa rotti. It is made up of urad dal and idli rava. It is crisp as a dosa from the outside and soft and spongy as idli from the inside. It can be served for breakfast or brunch with chutney or pickle.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Dibba Rotti

Idli rava and urad dal are used to make dibba roti. Idli rava is not the regular semolina or rava. It is made up of idli rice or any rice for that matter. Idli rava is available at the grocery stores or can be purchased online. It is a very healthy ingredient and there are many recipes using idli rava, few coming up on the blog too, so I would suggest you get your pack. However, coming back to dibba roti, fermentation of the idli rava and urad dal batter is optional but recommended. I got the best results with fully fermented batter.

You might also like the foolproof recipe for the batter of idli and dosa. View it here. Also on the blog is a very flavorful variation of idli, i.e. rava idli. View the recipe here.

Dibba Rotti Recipe

Preparation time Soaking and fermentation time 24 hours
Cooking time 8-10 minutes
Total time 24 hours 10 minutes
Serves/Makes 4 persons

Ingredients for Dibba Roti

  • 1 and ¼ cup idli rava
  • ½ cup urad dal
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds (dana methi)
  • 2 tbsp oil for frying

How to make Andhra Minapa Rotti Recipe

  1. Wash ½ cup urad dal and soak with ½ tsp fenugreek seeds (dana methi) for 3-4 hours.dibba roti recipe
  2. Separately soak 1 and ½ cup idli rava for 2 hours.dibba roti recipe
  3. After 4 hours, drain off the water in which dal and seeds were soaked. Transfer soaked dal and fenugreek seeds to a grinding jar. Add ice cold water, only as much required to grind the dal. Important: It is important that the dal doesn’t heat up in the process of grinding. That is why ice cold water is added.dibba roti recipe
  4. To check dal paste, put a drop in a bowl of water. It should float.dibba roti recipe
  5. Dal should be ground to absolutely smooth paste. Transfer to a mixing bowl.dibba roti recipe
  6. After soaking idli rava for a couple of hours, squeeze off all the water. To do that I transfer the whole soaked idli rava and water in a colander lined with a muslin cloth.dibba roti recipe
  7. Tie all the ends and squeeze.dibba roti recipe
  8. Transfer idli rava to the mixing bowl having urad dal paste.dibba roti recipe
  9. Mix urad dal paste and soaked and squeezed idli rava.dibba roti recipe
  10. Beat it well with your hands hand.dibba roti recipe
  11. Leave it to ferment for 6-8 hours or till properly fermented.dibba roti recipe
  12. Once the batter has fermented, heat a kadai. Add 2 tbsp oil and rotate such that the sides are properly greased. I have to mention this. While going through the recipe for dibba rotti I observed many variations. However, one thing was constantly mentioned by everyone. Do not use nonstick pans to make dibba roti. Heavy cast iron or Indolium give best results. I used my anodized kadai. Whatever you use it should be a thick bottom. To avoid any sticking of dibba roti to the bottom you can add some mustard seeds in the oil.dibba roti recipe
  13. Once the oil is hot, pour 2-3 ladles of batter in the kadai. Do not make the dibba roti too thick. The height at the centre should not be more than 1 and ½ inch.dibba roti recipe
  14. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes.dibba roti recipe
  15. Check after 8th minutes. The sides will be cooked.
  16. Once the sides appear cooked, carefully flip.dibba roti recipe
  17. Now you can continue to cook it in the kadai but I prefer to transfer it to a greased skillet/tawa. And cook for 1-2 minutes.dibba roti recipe
  18. Serve hot or at room temperature. Dibba roti remains crispy from outside even when it is not hot. Bon appétit!dibba roti recipe


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