BM #97 Week 3 Day 2 - 

Minapa Rotte or Dibba rotte, as it is referred to sometimes, is a thick pancake/Uthappam without any vegetables, crisp on the edges and soft in the center. It makes for a very filling meal. It is perfect for dinner or on-the-go meal.

Traditionally, it is prepared in a deep wok with loads of oil and cooked on a low heat for over 30 minutes. The resultant rotte is about 7-8 inches in diameter and about 2 inches thick. It is then sliced into 3-4 portions. I stick with the mini version for portion control and ease of preparation.

When we go on long drives, I make a few of these, allow them to cool and pack them in aluminium foil. I make either Peanut Chutney or Tomato Chutney or Coconut Chutney depending on the time and resources. The kids apply the chutney on the Minapa rotte and eat it like an open sandwich.

So some nutritious food, some junk food like chips, cookies, some books and some playing cards - perfect for long drives. Their Phones and earbuds do not require a special mention :).

Ingredients - 

Idli Batter 2 cups (1 part Urad Dal , 2 parts Idli Rava)
*Coconut Oil 3-4 Tbsp

*Regular cooking oil also works but our personal preference is coconut oil.

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated 6-inch non stick pan, add about 2 teaspoons of oil and about 1/2 cup of batter. Make sure not to spread the batter around too much. 

[This is supposed to be at least an inch thick. But our preference is to make it 1/4th inch thick and the coconut oil makes sure that the edges are crispy and the center is soft.]

Make sure the oil is all over the edges. Cover and cook until the underside is brown. Flip and cook the second side until crisp without the lid.

Remove and continue for the remaining batter.


Sending this to Srivalli's Kid's Delight event, guest hosted by Renu themed on Travel Food for Kids.

Preparation Time 15 minutes
Makes 3-4
Posted by Harini R on Monday, February 18, 2019


  1. I have made Dibba Rotte from Suma’s Site and have loved it , but this mini version totally rocks ! I am definitely making these soon ,.

  2. I made the huge dibba roti once and loved it so much. But the amount of oil that goes into it is a bit scary. This tiny version looks so crisp and delicious.

  3. Swati Says:
  4. I love uttapams, but this version is new to me.Looks delicious and filling!!

  5. I made these delicious dibba roti for one of our MEga BM, these lil ones look perfect for dabbas, love them crispy and hot straight from the tava!

  6. cookwithrenu Says:
  7. I make this as like for my kids but never knew any name existed for this. Love this.

  8. Pavani Says:
  9. I love these chubby little rotte :-) My mom makes them quite often. I am too lazy to grind and make them, but they are perfect for lunch boxes and long journeys. I like your mini version idea.

  10. Srivalli Says:
  11. Oh those small ones look so cute! I have two versions of Dibba Rotti and we frequently make it in a month. Love this to core!

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