Post no 250: Plain Akki Roti on Banana leaf (Mumbri)

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Mumbri is the delicacy of North Kanara Konkani people. I borrowed this recipe from my mother-in-law and this is one really tasty recipe. All we need is a good quality rice atta, little coconut and a dollop of pure ghee or butter to make the dough. Mumbri is the roti that is roasted with banana leaf and then just tossed in the burning fire. These days we just make it on the banana leaf and then just turn over on the tawa itself adjusting the flame. One can use either milk, water or coconut water to make the dough. Asafoetida chutney, eggplant bhaji or bharith are among the classic combinations for this roti. Without further ado.

What you need to have:

1. Plain rice atta – 1 cup

2. Fresh grated coconut – 1/4 cup

3. Butter/Pure ghee – A dollop

4. Salt – to taste

5. Banana leaves – A few pieces

Picture 091 Ingredients of Mumbri

What you do with what you have:

1. Sieve Rice atta in the siever and keep it aside. Grate coconut as well.

2. Mix pure ghee and salt to rice atta and add water to it to make the dough. The dough should be such that one should be able to spread it easily on Banana leaf.

Picture 094 Mumbri dough

3. Clean the banana leaf with a wet cloth and spread the dough dipping your hand in water and level it as shown in the image below.

Picture 095 Mumbri dough being spread on Banana leaf

4. Place one more piece of the banana leaf over it. Place a chapathi griddle on high flame. On heating place Mumbri on it.

Picture 096 Mumbri being roasted

5. When the leaf on the tawa is roasted just reverse the Mumbri and remove the blackened leaf.

Picture 098 Mumbri being roasted on the reverse

6. When it is roasted on the reverse as well roast the roti on the griddle itself adjusting the flame. It puffs up as and when you press with your spatula. Picture 099

Picture 100 Mumbri being roasted on the griddle

7. Just reverse the roti and dry roast it on the other side as well pressing light with the spatula and it puffs up at certain places to form a layer within the roti.

tulsi pooja 041 Ready to serve Mumbri with chutney & chutney powder

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Number of Rotis: 4-6 of the above size

12 thoughts on “Post no 250: Plain Akki Roti on Banana leaf (Mumbri)

    Supriya said:
    November 11, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    The recipe looks very traditional. I have never heard of this recipe till now. I will try it some time as I know of a store near my home which sells fresh banana leaves.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 12, 2009 at 7:18 am

      Hi Supriya,

      I think this is a very popular recipe of North Kanara people. Even to this day this is the favorite of most of the people there, like the khotto which is the favorite of south kanara people.

    Madhu said:
    November 12, 2009 at 2:55 am

    congrats on your 250th post, Ilike your blog.. love all your traditional recipes.Like the rottis on bananna leaf.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 12, 2009 at 7:19 am

      Hi ,

      Thanx Madhu for sweet words .

    leela kamath said:
    November 12, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    hi prathiba
    im a konkani from kerala…somehow luckly i came across your blog…i took one week to go thru ur whole blog..really its an excellent blog…saved almost all recipies in my folder..think it will come in handy …when try will update here..wish you all the success…looking forward to further recipies…thanks a lot..
    leela kamath

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Leela,

      Thanx a lot 4 ur comments. Please do try out and as you said update . I can even correct my mistake if any.

    leela kamath said:
    November 13, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    hello prathiba
    today i hav done mumbri which turned out so good..i used to do rice puri(rhontoz in konkani) is my all time favourite but now i feel to avoid it as its an oil consuming one..so i seemed this mumbri is a good alternative for this..thanx for sharing the recipe..someday i shall try other recipies too…

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 14, 2009 at 10:00 am

      Hi Leela Kamath,

      Thanx a lot 4 ur comments and the feed back.

    gowri said:
    November 14, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Hi Pratibha,
    I am from north canara and this is our most loved breakfast. We generally eat this with baigan bartha(konkani style) … my mouth is watering just looking at your step by step pics.
    Thanks for posting… great pics.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 14, 2009 at 9:59 am

      Hi Gowri,

      As you said though i hail from south canara and married to a North canara guy, my dishes is a combination of both and my kids too love this roti very much. It is oil free healthy and filling as well.

    gowri said:
    November 14, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Oh ok.. my husband is from south canara. Lots of difference in food habits. I made your banana paratha today…it was reallly good. thanks for posting.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Gowri,

      Thanx a lot for urcomments.

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