Oatmeal Rotti

This is a 100% handmade fresh Indian flat bread. The most popular South Indian roti is the Rice/Akki roti (recipe here) and Millet/Ragi roti (recipe here). Here is yet another soft and tasty roti, only healthier.

What you will need: Makes about 12 to 14 medium sized rotis
2 cups quick oatmeal or regular old fashion oatmeal
1 cup Rice flour/Akki hittu ( Finely ground rice flour )
1 cup finely chopped scallions and greens ( dill, cilantro, fenugreek are some options )
1 medium sized onion chopped thin and lengthwise,
1/2 cup grated fresh/dry coconut--Optional
2tsp Coarse red pepper flakes with seeds
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
Salt as needed

Get about 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Add in the oatmeal and let it cook completely. Turn off the heat and pour the rice flour over it.

Let the mixture cool down to warm. Put into a large enough mixing bowl, and add all the chopped vegetables and salt.  Show some love, mix the baby with your bare hands. Now add hot water if its too hard, and some more rice flour is its too soggy. Bring the consistency to a soft dough.

Knead a handful of dough gently to form a ball with greasy hands, preferentially hands dipped in oil or melted butter. The softer the dough, the softer will the roti turn out.

Place the dough on a greased wax paper, pan proof paper or a fresh banana leaf. Pat it down to flatten it trying to seal any cracked edges by dipping your hands in a bowl of water and sealing the cracks.

Use a flat nonstick pan or regular flat bread fry pan. Prep the pan by coating with a non stick spray. The easiest and cheapest way would be to heat the pan on medium to a smoking consistency, wipe it with half a shallot dipped in oil, this gives a nonstick coating, the old fashioned way :-)

Turn the flattened roti/bread, face down on the pan and pat down gently. Carefully peel out the paper holding one edge. Let it cook on medium heat. You may add a little oil or butter to the edges.

Lift the edges a bit to see the color, if its golden brown, flip it to the other side, carefully and gently.

Let it cook the same way on the other side too. That's it, flip it on to a plate now. If you flip it too many times on the fry pan, it might tear.

This goes great, when served with spicy garlic paprika chutney or mint chutney and a tiny dollop of butter! Yum! Enjoy.