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

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.
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.
Place the rotis in a bowl that has been lined with a cotton cloth. The rotis taste best when eaten hot off the pan.
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kalyani

    new recipe to me.. will def try it soon, Sailu ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • tharika

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

  • Sanghamitra Chatterjee

    Hi ,
    Tried making akki roti but it hardened with time and the dough is too sticky and breaks while rolling.

    • http://www.sailusfood.com/ Sailu | Indian Food

      Do not allow the dough to sit. If you find it sticky add a little more rice flour. The key is in kneading it to a soft dough. You have to spend sometime kneading to allow it to form a smooth dough.

      • Sanghamitra Chatterjee

        Ok thank you will try again.