September 12, 2013

Jolada Rotti Oota (Sorghum / Jowari rotti meal) | North Karnataka Meal | ಜೋಳದ ರೊಟ್ಟಿ

One of the advantages of living in a city that is a melting pot of many cultures is that you get to taste many different cuisines. While Mumbai is known for its fusion food & street food, the authentic local food is sadly available only in pockets - mostly the old suburbs sprinkled across town. Same with Bangalore... (at least while I grew up)... a handful of eateries served food from across the state, and Kamat Yatrinivas in Bangalore was one such very famous restaurant where I happened to partake of this dish several decades ago...

Fiery spicy Yennegai (recipe coming soon) accompanied Jolada Rotti (unleavened bread made of Jowar or Sorghum) washed down with icy cold glasses of buttermilk, in what was a very satisfying gastronomic experience.There is an entire floor in this hotel dedicated to North Karnataka delicacies, and while there might be other restaurants which might have popped up in the last decade and half serving this fare, my vote would always go to this restaurant for that cuisine.

 I still remember eating in the open air restaurant on the top floor (with a canopy to boot) with my dad at first, and many years later with my colleagues from office (driving all the full 15+ kms) as the rotis came quick and fast, and we literally stuffed ourselves full, and thought wouldnt last another day...It became such a rage for about 2-3 years that we had colleagues competing how many rotis and how many green chillies they could bite into as part of the meal - While I type this out, I can hear the laughter, mischief and total entertainment of those days, and it never fails to bring a smile to my face...

Today I have recreated that eating experience, and both the hubby and me loved it a lot... The Yennegai (or stuffed brinjal curry) would feature under Alphabet Y at the end of this marathon, but for now, I am more than happy to share the recipe for Jolada rotti - Alphabet J for BM # 32.

I have got this recipe from a friend of mine whose family migrated from Belgaum (North Karnataka) to Mumbai many decades ago, but still preserve their eating preferences of that region. Jollada Rotti is eaten with the following curries (Palya): Stuffed bell pepper, stuffed brinjal (yengai), Bijapur style Brinjal (Tumbagayi) and Jawari Pundi Pallya, hesar kaalu, jhunkad vadi and any fresh salads. 

Chutneys that go well with jollad rotti include Shenga Hindi (a kind of peanut chutney with garlic), and aradidda khara. Jollad rotti can also be eaten with hot jhunka or pitla, known as jhunka bhakri or pitla bhakri; this is a famous combination in Belgaum and Maharashtra.

Notes : 
  1. Jowar atta (Sorghum flour) contains very little or no gluten at all, so the kneading process is very vital. 
  2. Some use both hot and some use cold water - the former is preferred to knead the dough (I shall update the step by step pictures soon, but for now the final dish is presented here).

Prep time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Makes : 6 medium sized rotis

Unleavened sorghum flatbread served in North Karnataka style

  • Jowar flour - 1.5 cups
  • Salt - to taste
  • Hot water - approx 3/4 cup (more or less)
  • Ghee (clarified butter) - optional - about 1 TBSP

In a large plate, sieve the flour twice. Add salt and mix well.
Draw little flour at a time and adding hot water - about 3-4 tsp at a time - make a soft dough with all the flour. Add water very carefully 
Rest for 5 - 10 mins  - covered with a moist kitchen towel.
Make equal portions, pat slightly with your fore fingers and palm to a circular disc, about 1/4 inch thick. Use dry flour only if absolutely necessary.
Heat a tava (skillet), and place the roti on that. Once done, apply little water on the top and flip without adding oil till brown specks appear. Press lightly with a soft cloth to ensure equal cooking.
After 1 min, flip the roti onto a naked flame and toss quickly twice to puff it like a phulka.
Remove from flame and tava to a lined container. Apply little ghee on top (if using)
Repeat for remaining dough, and make all the rotis
Serve hot with Onions, Green chillies, Yennegai, buttermilk and salad.


  1. so healthy and so tasty tooo:) lovely clicks!!


  2. I want that plate, jolada rotti with hot spicy pickle..Slurp,mouthwatering here.

  3. wow i too have tried this jolda roti :) love to have it with spicy currys !! very nice click !!

  4. Never heard about it but these surely sounds delicious and healthy!

  5. i crave for this often now taht i am on a weight loss (yoyo diet) plan...i loved your healthy thali in toto

  6. Such a tempting platter. Perfectly made jolada rotti.

  7. What an inviting platter Kalyani, my mil makes this so well..

  8. This roti, garlic chutney and an onion, Soul Food indeed.

  9. bread looks soft and fluffy...yummy for sure

  10. One of my fav rotis!! Love the inviting pictures!!

  11. Looks so nice Kalyani and really healthy rotti. I am really enjoying your posts :)

  12. The thali looks so inviting Kalyani. Nice to know about the Norht Karnataka cuisine...

  13. lovely platter... Looks yummy..

  14. That plater looks so inviting yummm

  15. Nice to know about the roti and what to serve it with...

  16. Amma makes this and send from blore..i wish i could do ...some day inspired by you, i shall try:-)

  17. Such a healthy roti! love your presentation and that eggplant gravy looks awesome..

  18. This platter makes me hungry and healthy too.

  19. Looks yummy. The whole platter is so very inviting. Wish I can have some of these now.

  20. wow...!!!! Nammoor rotti andre saku bayalli neer barutte, Jolad rotti is my fvt food..

  21. AnonymousJuly 24, 2015

    this look so wonderfully i just have to try thank-you for the recipe


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