Odape (Cucumber and rice flour flatbread)
Many might be hearing this name for the first time, but this is a very common dish, otherwise called southekayi (cucumber) akki rotti. This is a very common breakfast dish in Havyaka households and the method of preparation is a little different from that of normal akki rotti, but the resulting rottis are a class apart! These rottis remain extremely soft even after they have cooled down.
Measuring cup used - standard 1 cup = 240 ml
Yields around 10 medium large sized rottis
Dosa rice (good quality) 1 cup
Water for soaking and grinding
Rice flour 3/4th - 1 cup
Roughly chopped cucumber 1 cup
Finely chopped onion 1 cup
Finely chopped green chillies 2
Chopped curry and coriander leaves 2 tbsp
Rinse and soak dosa rice in water for at least 4 hours or overnight and grind it into a fine paste. The consistency of the batter should resemble dosa batter. In a mixer jar, grind cucumber to a fine paste without adding water. Add this to the rice batter and transfer the mixture to a thick bottomed wok. On a medium flame, stir the mixture till it reaches dough like consistency. Cover it and let it sit till is warm enough to handle. Then, add chopped onions, chillies, curry leaves, coriander leaves and give it a good mix. At this stage, the dough will be sticky and this is when you add rice flour in increments of quarter cups till you get a dough that is soft, but not sticky. The quantity of rice flour to be added will depend upon the quality of rice used, so add it little by little.
Once the dough is ready, heat an oiled tawa on medium flame. Take a ball sized portion of the dough and spread it thinly on a well oiled banana leaf or on parchment paper. You can refer to these photos on how to spread the dough. Now, carefully transfer the parchment paper/banana leaf on to the tawa with the rotti side facing the hot tawa. Wait for 10 seconds and carefully peel off the paper/leaf and lightly roast each side of the rotti till you see golden spots appearing. Continue the same process for the rest of the dough. You can enjoy Odape without any accompaniment and with just ghee/butter. But if you are a chutni pudi person like me, you are in for a real treat, as Odape tastes amazing with chutni pudi and ghee!!