Angakar Roti (Rice Roti from Chattisgarh)

A delicious, gluten free Flatbread variety from the Chattisgarh cuisine

Angakar Roti

A Rice based Flatbread from the Chattisgarh Cuisine.

Chattisgarh has been named as the “Rice Bowl of India” and it shares its borders with States like Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Uttar Prades. Most of its dishes are rice based along with the prominent use of Urad dal too for the protein quotient. The dishes are pretty much mildly spiced too.

This is my first blog post as part of the Facebook Group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge and the theme this month was Chattisgarh Cuisine. I was paired with Mayuri Patel who blogs at Mayuri’s Jikoni. Do check out her blog for some lipsmacking recipes, especially the Gujarati Fare. She gave me two secret ingredients (1) Rice (2) Black til / sesame seeds and I made this absolutely delicious flatbread, called Angakar Roti for the challenge.

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If you go through the recipe below, you will find that this flatbread is very similar to the Akki Roti in South India with the exception of few ingredients. Some versions in Chattisgarh add finely chopped onions whereas the others serve it as plain and simple just like what I have tried to do. Some people add ajwain or carrom seeds while the others don’t. I, however, had the secret ingredient i.e. black sesame seeds to incorporate in the dish so thought that it would provide the perfect nutty taste to this rice flatbread. Finely chopped green chillies in the flatbreads packed a good punch too.

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These flatbreads or rotis are not like your regular whole wheat flour based ones and are not pliable. These need to be made, rather shaped by hand and cooked over low flame to ensure they don’t burn while cooking.

Texture wise these flatbreads are slightly hard and not very soft like our rotis / phulkas. A lipsmacking gravy curry dish or a dry sabzi would be a perfect accompaniment to this flatbread. I loved eating this flatbread with a Coriander chutney that provided a spice kick too.

You may check out some ideal combinations for this dish, recipes of which are on the blog-

For some people who are gluten sensitive, this Angakar roti / flatbread comes as a real blessing. Also, with dietitians and nutritionists encouraging people to consume rice over wheat in their quest to lose weight, this recipe is a clear winner. It is quite filling and is delicious even when eaten on its own, preferably hot.

Let us check out the easy recipe of these beautiful flatbreads from Chattisgarh cuisine.

Recipe for Angakar Roti (with step by step pics)

Prep time – 20 mins

Cook Time – 10 mins for 7 medium sized flatbreads

(Please note the prep time includes mixing ingredients and the shaping of the flatbreads)

Ingredients

  1. Rice Flour – 1 & 1/4 cup
  2. Black Sesame seeds – 2 tsps
  3. Jeera or Cumin seeds – 1 ½ tsp
  4. Chopped green chillies as per taste
  5. Chopped coriander leaves
  6. Oil – 2 to 3 tblsps for 7 flatbreads (including greasing) 
  7. Salt as per taste
  8. Water as required for kneading into a soft dough

Method –

  • In a mixing bowl, add the rice flour, finely chopped green chillies and coriander leaves.
  • Add the cumin seeds, sesame seeds, salt as per taste and mix all the ingredients well.
  • Slowly incorporate water and knead into a soft dough.
  • Rest this for just 5 minutes before preparing to make the rotis.
  • Heat a griddle or non-stick tawa on low flame.
  • Take a butter paper or parchment paper and just pour few drops of oil on it. Spread the oil on the surface well, as it will prevent the dough from sticking on the surface.
  • Now, take a portion of dough ball in your hand and place it on the paper surface. Slowly pat and give it a shape of the roti. Smoothen the edges, if you feel the dough sticks at any time, just grease your fingers with few drops of oil and resume the process.
  • Once the tawa is hot, slowly lift the roti from the parchment paper and place it on the tawa.
  • Let it cook slowly and then flip it on the other side.
  • Apply few drops of oil on the sides to enable cooking.
  • Once the roti is cooked on both sides, place it in a casserole so that it stays warm and soft while serving.
  • Repeat the process with the other dough balls.

Recipe Notes

    • One should be careful while using the water to knead the dough. The dough should be just soft. It is always better to add water slowly while kneading.
    • While making rotis, since this is rice flour based, the dough might get dry. Ideal to cover it with a wet cloth so that it stays moist and doesn’t crack while shaping.
    • You can add ajwain or carrom seeds too as it aids digestion.
    • You can also opt for white sesame seeds instead of black ones.
  • The parchment paper should be greased before making each roti. That way, the flatbreads don’t crack / break once they are ready to be placed on the tawa for cooking.

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  1. I am a fan of all types of rice rotis and am looking forward to trying this recipe, Vidya.

    1. Same here Aruna. I was very happy with this and moreover, husband is slightly allergic to gluten so he happily digged into these.

  2. The angakar roti looks so inviting Vidya !! A new dish to me ..would love to give it a try sometime .

  3. Well done Vidya. You did great for the challenge!

  4. We use to call this utta rotti(plain rotti)…only one thing is, I don’t add sesame seeds, rest and all is the same… it’s really such a comfort and quite filling with food ✌✌ nice share Vidya ✌✌

    1. thank you so much. Sesame seeds were one of my secret ingredients for the theme, hence I had to use it.

  5. The rotis look delicious Vidya. In akki roti we add rice flour to boiling or hot water. This procedure is a little different. Are we adding water at room temperature.

    1. Thanks so much. Yes the procedure is different. Even when making rice bhakris (Maharashtrian cuisine) we tend to add boiling water to bind the dough. However, in this recipe, normal room temperature water is just fine. This roti is a bit hard in texture.

  6. Perfect roti Vidya. I never tried this before. I should try this recipe soon 🙂

    1. Thanks dear. We at home loved it too. Do try!

      1. Sure 🙂

  7. This is a new recipe for me Vidya! Love reading about recipes from different parts of India!

    1. Same here. So much to learn and cook, a blessing to the blog, in turn! Thank you so much.

  8. Looks amazingly delicious Vidya. I love the flavours here. Was planning Akki roti for breakfast tomorrow so you can guess what the addition will be. 😀 You can send this as an entry for Cooking on Tawa, Kids Delight happening at my place. Fits to the T.

    1. Thank you so much my dear. I shall check out the details on your blog about the Cooking on Tawa series for sure. Thank you for considering!

      1. Thanks can you add a link to my post and Srivalli’s post. Thanks. Appreciate it.

  9. Sounds interesting and delicious ,love rice flour rotis, we make something similar in Kerala called Pathiri but its just plain flour and salt with no ingredients in the dough!

    1. Yes did taste the Pathiri during my Kerala trip and loved it. Also there is Akki Roti which is similar to this except some cook it with water and then make the dough others directly knead it with water and cook it over the tawa. It is really nice to read and try the recipes from the Indian cuisine.

  10. Lovely recipe and a loved the information attached. Seems like a very comforting recipe Vidya.

    1. Thank you dear. This is a Chattisgarh staple!

  11. Akki rotti we call it though we don’t add black sesame seeds. Last month, I bought black sesame seeds thinking it is onion seeds(fogot to take my glasses) and was thinking what to make using those. Now I can. Thank you Vidya.

    1. I have added the black sesame seeds as the post was part of a challenge in which I participated. Akki Roti is slightly different than this for sure. Each region has its speciality and am happy to learn about it. Glad you found the post useful. If you want to use black sesame seeds, you can find another recipe on my blog that makes a delicious spiced lentil powder for idli dosas. Thanks.

  12. Oh my Vidya, you are one talented lady 🙂 Roti turned out so well, feel like grabbing one right now. This recipe reminds me of Gujarati recipe KHICHI or KHICHU.

    1. Oh Jagruti, I love Khichu. Though I dont make it at home, there is a famous restaurant in Mumbai that serves delectable Gujrati cuisine and Khichu is their speciality, I love ordering that whenever I visit. Such humble options are so healthy, Thank you for all the kind words.

    1. This was the first time I came across something like that too and now I have already made it twice, as we loved it over the normal rotis. Gluten free too.

  13. It sounds almost like the akki roti but the sesame seeds would make it more flavorful, I guess. Love the fact that they are gluten-free and healthy too.

    1. Thank you dear. The gluten free is a huge plus, i agree.

  14. Super tasty,super soft and delicious looking Roti!

  15. This sounds super delicious with some spicy chutneys…have well explained the method

  16. This is new to me but it does look similar to akki roti. Do need to try this version sometime.

    1. Yes very similar to Akki Roti, yet it has its differences. Do try dear, Thank you so much

  17. When I saw ur post in IG I read it as ahankaar roti! 😂 Love the roti and it is very pleasing to the eyes all those sesame And cumin looks stunning ! Hot hot straight from the tava, I bet these must taste divine !

    1. Priya, you have me laughing my guts out here with your “Ahankaar” confusion.. haha.. Gosh!! This roti is a huge hit at home now, made it twice already. Thanks dear!

  18. When I first this rice roti on the internet, I wanted to try it. With your tips on how to make them perfect like yours, I’ll make them. A great gluten free option.

    1. I agree about the gluten free option and I am so glad I did this instead of the Fara / muthia. I have a great roti option at home these days. Thanks dear.

  19. I thought of making this roti with the secret ingredients i got, but changed the recipe….. should make it soon……

    1. Oh is it? I too planned to make the fara earlier but then thought this would be more interesting. Thank you so much.

  20. Nicely laid out recipe, Im sure it will be easy to follow. I like the thought of sesame seeds in this angakar roti! Thanks for sharing this recipe from Chhattisgarh cuisine, one more new recipe for me to follow!

    1. Sujataji, thank you so much. I loved the inclusion of sesame seeds too & i agree this theme was really fun, with delicious and healthy choices.

  21. I love the look of these Angakar Rotis! I’m definitely going to try these out. 🙂

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