Friday, January 15, 2010

Avarekayi-Menthya soppu rotti (Fenugreek leaves-Flat beans Roti)

During my recent visit to India, the initial days were tough for me & my son. We reached Bangalore at midnight & the next day morning, we were all set to travel to Mangalore via Chikmagalur. Boy!!, it was a long & tiring journey. We were traveling for more than 24 hours with a short break of 4 hours at my native :(

We had to pass through Charmadi Ghats (curvy roads on the western ghats) & my son puked at almost all the curves. He got so frustrated seeing the car that he was weeping & saying, " amma car beda amma" (mummy, no car please). But, after we reached this place, he slowly settled down & was happy to play with the other kids.

I thoroughly relished South Canara food as we attended 2 weddings & also spent some good time with hubby's relatives. We also took blessings from Sringeri Sharadambe, Kateel DurgaparameshwariKelamata Venugopalaswamy, Someshwar Ganapathi, Durga (I have spoken about that here) & safely reached my native. Will continue later on this.

It was raining avrekayi during my visit to India this time. Now that my mom & mom-in-law knows that we do not get avrekayi here, they drenched us with this. I had avrekayi upma, avrekayi rotti (flat bread), avrekayi palya (stir fry) & what not!!

In this post, I will be talking about avrekayi rotti (Flat beans Indian bread). Just dive in !!

Ingredients: (Makes around 8-10 rottis)

Rice flour: 3-4 cups
Avrekayi/Surtipapdi/Flat beans: 1 cup (choose very tender & small ones)
Fenugreek leaves/methi/menthya soppu: 1 cup (finely chopped)
Onion: 1/3rd cup (finely chopped, optional)
Grated coconut: 2 tbsp (optional)
Green chilli paste: 1 tsp (optional)
Water: 1.5 to 2 cups
Salt: According to taste

Oil: 1 tsp for each roti


  • Mix all the above ingredients (except water). Add little water at a time & prepare soft & smooth dough.
  • Make equal sized balls & pat them on the griddle or a plastic sheet & transfer it to the griddle. (refer here for step-by step procedure). Wet your hands with water to ease the patting. Add oil around the rotti & also few drops on top of the rotti.
  • Cook on a medium-high heat on both sides & serve it hot with a side dish of your choice.
  • If the flat beans is not tender enough, pressure-cook them for one or two whistles and then use it.
  • You can substitute fenugreek leaves with any other leafy vegetables.


  1. Nice recipe, my mom used to make it before but am yet to try this out...adding methi leaves is a nice and healthy option ...nice one sush and i tried your rawa idli and just superb and me and my family loved it..thanks for sharing it sush

  2. Oh, lovely combi of avarekayi and menthya! Will have to do that soon, while avrekayi is still available. Happy New Year to you and your family, Sush! We chose Jayanagar coz it's one area I know well & have some close relatives there (though I stayed in Malleswaram when I lived in BLR). Good to know u had a nice trip.

    Hugs to you. Take care!

  3. Poor kid! I can imagine the ride thro' the ghat section I don't enjoy it and usually take a night bus so I can just sleep thro' it.

    I LOVE avrekaalu! I haven't tried mixing averakalu with methya soppu I will definitely try it next time. And ayyo that palya :|

  4. I love avarekallu rotti...looks yummy..

  5. Hey Sushma!
    rotti super agide ri...nange tumba ista da combination idu

  6. What a rotti that is.... Very KILLING!!! Certainly in a good way...
    I miss them a lot, prepared by my mom.... Real good rottis.... & they are picture perfect..... Kudos to you.....for posting them.....


  7. I am craving for some avarekayirotti, looks so good.
    so did u get them from India..?

  8. Never tried this combo roti but it looks yum and worth the try.

  9. Lovely .looks great ,.try madatene weekend :) Thanks kanri!

  10. Beautiful roti, looks fantastic..

  11. nice healthy roti..looks yumm..

  12. tempting rotti. looks sooo delicious :)

  13. Looks super delicious and very healthy too.

  14. This looks interesting. I have bookmarked it.

  15. Wow nice idea of adding both methi leaves and avarekalu. Bookmarked :)

  16. This is a different way to have avarekalu and mentya soppu...Healthy. Got bored of only akki rotti, this is new, will try...

  17. Hey Sush,

    For all those unique creations,I tag u with a practice.... kindly accept & collect it....from my blog..
    If not u hardly visit my place... now... May be u don't like it anymore... ;-) JUST KIDDING.... But do collect your TOFA!!!!


  18. rii..yavaga madidri? 1 SMS madidre odi bartha idde avarekaalu rotti tinnoke ;) Looks yummilicious..I am all drooling now..

  19. rii..yavaga madidri? 1 SMS madidre odi bartha idde avarekaalu rotti tinnoke ;) Looks yummilicious..I am all drooling now..

  20. Nice to know that u had a trip to could have left a msg before...we would have made plan to meet up dear....this is something new and Iam getting catched up by this look yummy...

  21. Gorgeous looking rotis,excellent pictures,never tasted before like this!

  22. @Parita,
    Extremely sorry, your comment got rejected by chance :(
    Here is what she says :
    "Fantastic timing, we just bought 2 bunches of fresh methi, i m tempted to try these asap and they look lovely! "

  23. Oh boy looking at the list of items where you had avarekaya as an ingredient I was astounded... This definitely havent tasted before would love to make them for sure@!!

  24. This is too good and different. Do visit my blog when time permits.

  25. I tried this recipe. We all liked it.




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