Jan 19, 2007

Biscuit Rotti (Mangalorean Kachori)

Biscuit Rotti
Biscuit Rotti, A Mangalorean Style Kachori with coconut filling

When I was a kid, eating in the restaurants was a luxury. I usually spent my summer holidays helping my Dad in his little shop. He would get some munchies from the near by Hotel Taj Mahal(thats how we would call restaurants back in India) or sometimes got it delivered by the catering boy. BiscuitambaDe, TairambaDe, Puri Bhaaji, GoLi bhaje and Biscuit Rotti were my favorite picks. Yeah I know, for many of you these names might sound alien. They are just the Mangalorean names for Urad vadas, Dahi vada, Maida bonda & Mangalorean Kachoris in the same order!

Biscuit Rotti is a Mangalorean style Kachori. The filling is made with coconut, spices and a pinch of hing. Here is the recipe. For the filling I followed the recipe in Jaya V Shoenoy's Konkani cookbook 'Amgele KhaNa jevan'.

for the outer cover
1 cup soji
3 tbsp maida
1 tbsp oil
little water

for the filling
1/2 cup shredded coconut
pinch of hing
2 tsp soji
2 tsp besan
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp urad dal
1 sprig curry leaves
3 green chillies
small piece ginger
1 tsp oil

Soak rava in little rava for 15 minutes till its absorbs all the water. Add salt, oil and knead in the maida to make it into a tough ball as hard as you would do for puris.

Biscuit Rotti Ingredients
Ingredients for the filling, ginger, coconut, seasoning made with mustards, urad, curry leaves, green chillies and hing, rava and besan

For the filling, finely chop green chillies, ginger, curry leaves. Heat oil in a pan and make a seasoning of mustard, urad dal, green chillies, curry leaves and hing. Mix together the seasoning, ginger, coconut, rava and besan. Adjust salt and mix thoroughly.

Heat the oil for deep frying the biscuit rotti's. Divide the dough to form smaller balls of ping pong ball size. Working on one at a time, roll into small circles.
Place 2 tsp of filling and fold the outer cover like you would for puranpoli or paratha.

Roll into 3 or 4 inch diameters. Deep fry till golden brown on both the sides.

Biscuit Rotti


Unknown said...

Looks crispy n' delicious.Thanks for this authentic snack.

Menu Today said...

Biscuit Rotti sounds good. It looks so nice and a good partner for masala chai. Thanks for sharing.

Asha said...

Excellent recipe Manjula.I had heard of it but never tasted it.Thanks for authentic dish!:)

Sia said...

my all time fav.... i guess its every mangalorean's fav manjula... my FIL everyday weekend gets this from his court canteen... it just tastes yummmmmmmmmmmm...

Anonymous said...

Oh wow !!! Looks so good...It reminds me of a "calzone"

Thanks for sharing this with us..


Aruna said...

Manjula...This is my all time favorite. I somehow have not got biscuit rottis perfect till date. You are lucky to have Jaya V Shenoys book. Is it avble in English. I am going to try your method now. Thanks for posting.

Manjula said...

Hi Maheshwari, Menu Today, Asha, Sias corner, Mythili, Aruna,
Thanks for those encouraging words.

Yes, Jaya mais books are available in Kannada "Oota Upahara" & in English "Dakshin Bharat Dishes"


Mandira said...

Manjula - the kachori looks delicious and crispy. perfect for this wintry evening. Thanks for sharing.

Seema Bhat said...

I love biscuit rotti so much. You made my day gal!!!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog so much - except that every time I visit it makes me feel so hungry. These I must make - I haven't come across them before.

Alex in England

Unknown said...

can I have the authentic charmure upkari (puffed rice) recipe? recently I tasted it in mangalore carstreet. It was good.

Manjula said...

Hi Mandira, Seema, Alex, Prabha,
Glad you liked my Mangalorean Biscuit Rotti.

Will surely post your request soon. Hope to find charumburi in the next visit to Indian Grocery Store. Meanwhile try some of my other Mangalorean delicacies.


Raaga said...

I also blogged about Biscuit Roti... my pics back then were lousy to say the least :-)

Nice to see some amchi recipes. My blog has some too.

Anonymous said...

wow...i love biscut rotis
do u know how they make the shev puris in mangalore..they r quite different from the ones i have seen on various food blogs...i would love to have its recipe

Pradnya said...


Looks lovely...there are so many mangalorean dishes and they are simpley awesome!!!
Thanks for the recipie.