Orotti - Fried Rice Bread from Kerala


  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 10 shallots (kunjulli)
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds (perumjeerakam)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black cumin seeds (karimjeerakam)
  • Oil, preferably coconut oil to deep fry


  1. Bring water to boil and add salt. Add rice flour to the boiling water and mix well so the rice flour is partially cooked. Take off heat and mix again.
  2. Pulse all ingredients labeled 2 in a food processor. It should not get mushy. Mix with rice flour. Mix in sesame seeds and black cumin seeds.
  3. Wet your palms and flatten a small portion of the flour mix using fingers into a slightly thick circular shape about 7 cm in diameter. 
  4. Heat oil in a wok. Deep fry each orotti on both side till golden brown. Serve hot with spicy curry of your choice.

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