Akki Roti – Ellu Pajji ~ Rice Roti with Sesame seeds Chutney

Akki Roti – Ellu Pajji

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Akki Roti ~ Ellu Pajji (Kodava breakfast dish)

Nestled in the Western Ghats, Coorg is one of the most beautiful places in South India and a traveler’s must see destination. The Kodavas are born foodies, warm and hospitable people. During my boarding school days, I was fortunate to have good friends who belonged to Coorg. I learnt a lot about their culture, traditional attire, age old customs that are followed to date, rich cuisine, the tea and coffee estates including spice plantations. Last summer we had a memorable trip to Coorg. It was absolutely rejuvenating and we were treated to some scrumptious traditional Kodava cuisine.

I tried to replicate a popular breakfast fare that we relished during our stay in Coorg ~ Akki Otti (aka roti) served with Ellu Pajji (sesame seeds chutney) and drizzled with honey. Akki Roti is basically a flat bread prepared with cooked rice and rice flour and Ellu Pajji is a nutty flavored roasted sesame seeds chutney.

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Akki Roti – Ellu Pajji ~ Rice Roti with Sesame seeds Chutney

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 5

 Main Ingredients:

  •  cooked rice
  •   rice flour


  •   For Akki Otti/Roti:
  •   Cooked rice - 3 cups (fresh cooked rice is best)
  •   Rice flour - 1 cup
  •   Salt to taste
  •   Rice flour for dusting while rolling ooti/roti
  •   For Ellu Pajji:
  •   Sesame seeds - 1/3 cup (ellu/til/nuvvulu)
  •   Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
  •   Shallots - 2, roast over fire till skin darkens (sambar onions) remove the skin (optional)
  •   Green chilies - 3 or 4
  •   Tamarind paste - 3/4 tbsp
  •   Jaggery - 1 tbsp
  •   Salt to taste

Method for making Akki Roti – Ellu Pajji ~ Rice Roti with Sesame seeds Chutney

1: To prepare Akki Roti: In a wide plate, knead the cooked rice with salt till smooth and soft. Add rice flour, a little at a time and continue kneading until the dough is like roti dough consistency. There is no need to add water.
2: Make lemon sized balls and keep aside covered. Roll out rotis dusting with rice flour. Heat a cast iron tawa, plae rice roti and roast on medium high flame for a mt on one side. Flip over to the other side and cook for a mt or so. Use a clean cloth to press the roti gently along the edges so that it puffs. Remove from the tawa and place over direct flame for a few seconds so that it puffs fully.
3: Place the rotis in a bowl that has been lined with a cotton cloth. The rotis taste best when eaten hot off the pan.
4: To prepare Ellu Pajji Grind all the ingredients called for to make Ellu Pajji to make a slightly coarse paste. It need not be very smooth paste. Its best to use a grinding stone to make the chutney but you can use your mixer grinder to make the chutney.


  •   It is best to use freshly cooked rice. Alternately, you can use left over rice as well.
  •   Shallots are optional for sesame seeds chutney


Akki roti with Ellu pajji is a classic breakfast dish among Kodava food recipes. Rice roti is served with roasted sesame seeds chutney and a dash of honey.
  • Nagalakshmi V

    love this sailu! will try this weekend, if not the roti, definitely the chutney!

  • Hari Chandana P

    Looks fantastic.. I love anything with akki hittu.. Yummy 🙂

  • Kalyani

    new recipe to me.. will def try it soon, Sailu 🙂

    bookmarking this..

    btw, tried ur Set Dosa recipe – came out well.. thanks..

  • Krithi Karthi

    This type of akki roti is new and looks so perfectly done!

  • pepper bowl

    Akki roti looks very soft and fluffy…very perfect recipe! love it!

  • pepper bowl

    Akki roti looks very soft and fluffy…very perfect recipe! love it!

  • Nalini

    Never heard of this-shall try it out surely.The way you have presented it is very tempting. Thank you,Sailu.

  • Anu N

    I am from Coorg & was thrilled to see this post 🙂

  • tharika

    hi im from b’lore good receipe n can i make this roti with any rice variety