Biscuit Roti

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Biscuit Roti is a very popular recipe from the Mangalore region. This was requested by Vidya. Surprisingly and unlike the usual puris, this puri will remain crispy for more than a few hours (maybe up to a day) and hence can be served for parties without much trouble where you don’t have to keep making fresh puris when people turn up in large numbers. The stuffing varies though – some stuff it with Daliaa-dal spicy powder, some with roasted fresh grated coconut with sujee masala etc. I have stuffed it with sujee masala with grated dry coconut. It will be yummy and can be relished plain or with tomato sauce.  Here goes the recipe:

What you need to have:

Ingredients of the stuffing:

1. Chiroti sujee(Thin sujee) – 1 cup

2. Dry grated copra – 1/2 cup

3. Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

4. Dhania-jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

5. Chilli powder – 2 teaspoons

6. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

7. Asafoetida powder – 1/2 teaspoon

8. Chopped Jaggery – as per taste

9. Tamarind – a pinch

10. Curry leaves – 3-4 strands (Preferably tender)

11. Salt – As per taste

12. Cooking oil  – 3-4 teaspoons

Ingredients of stuffing

What you do with what you have:

1. Place a skillet with chiroti sujee in it on low flame. Just warm it up for about 5 minutes in such a way that you get a pleasant aroma stiring continuously, but do not burn it or let the color change.

2. Place a skillet with 3-4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. When heated add mustard seeds to it. When it sputters add curry leaves, chilli powder, Dhania-Jeera powder, Turmeric powder one after another. Stir it well and add chopped jaggery and tamarind and salt to it.

Seasoning in progress

3. Mix well and add the roasted sujee from step 1 to it and also add grated dry copra to it. On cooling mix it with your hands in such a way that you get a wonderful color and the mixture looks as below.

The stuffing mixture

Ingredients of the outer puri dough:

1. Maida – 2 cups

2. Chiroti sujee – 1/2 cup

3. Raw cooking oil – 5-6 teaspoons

4. Oil for frying -2-3 cups

Ingredients of the outer puri dough

4. Stir in both sujee, maida, salt in a bowl and add cooking oil to it and mix well. Slowly add water in steps and make a soft paliable dough. Pinch out the required quantity of the dough and roll it into a small disc on a thick plastic sheet dusting slightly in atta (if necessary) and place 2 teaspoons of filling from step 3 in it. Fold the edges and roll it again as shown in the image below. Repeat the same process for the remaining puri.

The dough, pinched out ball, roti with filling and the rolled roti

5. Place a skillet with 2-3 cups of cooking oil in it on medium flame. When heated just drop in the rolled and stuffed roti from step 4. It would fry and when done reverse it and fry till done. Just drop it in a colander with tissue paper in it to drain out extra oil if any.

Swollen Biscuit Roti

6. Enjoy hot either plain or with any sauce of your choice. Yummy I say !

Swollen, Yummy, Crispy Biscuit roti

How long it takes: 60 minutes

Number of rotis: 15-20 of above size


31 thoughts on “Biscuit Roti

    Shilpa Rao said:
    June 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Hi PAchi,

    You’ve made my day (You always do!!!) I just love biscuit roti, shall make it tonite and give you the feedback tomorrow morning. I used to always think this is very difficult, but your pictorial presentation and explanation makes me feel that it should be simple.



      prathibalrao responded:
      June 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Shilpa,

      It is actually very easy and can be served as lunch-box for your kid as well!!!!

    chitra said:
    June 16, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Very nice .new to me..

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Chitra,

      Thanx a lot and do try out the recipe and send me the feed back.

    FoodZone said:
    June 16, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Never heard of this dish before. They look so delicious. will try this soon.

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm


      This could be new to you and so please try it out!!!!!!!

    Tes said:
    June 17, 2010 at 7:14 am

    It looks so stunning. You make the recipe sounds simple. Can’t wait to try it.

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm

      Hi Tes,

      Thanx a lot for your comments.

    Apu said:
    June 17, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Love this roti! I have not had itin sometimenow – your post inspires me to make it:)

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      Hi Apu,

      You are really great . Do try out this dish and lemme know.

    Purnima said:
    June 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Pratibhamaiyye, tks for sharing this recipe, ur technique is giving out such lovely output..reminds me of Mulki, amma’s place, small restaurant along the steps of Venkatramana temple, which was popular for ‘Ruchiest’ biscuit rotti n banana bun! Tonda udda aile attonuchi! Pictures speak volume of the rotti u made!! Thanks!!

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 18, 2010 at 7:37 am

      Hi Purnima,

      I just prepared after a long time and it turned out well, so thought why not share with my fellow bloggers!!!

    praniskitchen said:
    June 18, 2010 at 2:22 am

    this sounds interesting..nice recipe..nicely presented too..good one

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 18, 2010 at 7:35 am

      Hi Paniskitchen,

      This not only sounds interesting but tastes heavenly!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Ramya Ragukiran said:
        September 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm

        Hi Prathiba, I tried these biscuit roti’s today and it turned out great. My family loved it.
        Only changes i made was, i added double the quantity of chilli powder and 4 times the quantity of salt to the filling. Also the dough felt short for the filling. But overall, it turned out excellent. Thanks for sharing.

        prathibalrao responded:
        September 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm

        Hi Ramya,

        Thanx a lot for ur comments. Always chilli powder salt etc., should be adjusted as per one’s taste and also depends upon the spice level of the powder as well. Lesser the quantity of the outer dough crispier the roti would be.So once again thanx a lot for ur feed back.

    Neethu Harikishan said:
    March 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Prathibha,

    Thanks for this recipe. We enjoyed it very much.

    Do you recipe for mal puri ? please post the recipe if possible.


    xyz said:
    August 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    thank u for such wonderful recepie.had been searchin for biscut roti’s recepie from so long and finally got the perfect recepie.thanks a ton.keep up the good wrk

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

      Posting the feed back would be the better option to me.

        xyz said:
        August 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        i commented only after trying this recepie and they came out perfect.. thanks.

        prathibalrao responded:
        August 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm


        Thanx a lot for ur feedback which is welcome!!!!!!!!!!!

    xyz said:
    April 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    do u have recipe for buns( made with banana) , very popular in mangalore .thanks in advance..:)

    vyshnavi said:
    May 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    i tried this recipe yesterday and it came out very well. everybody at home just loved it. very tasty and crispy ….
    thanks for sharing. the photos u have put up were very useful


      prathibalrao responded:
      May 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Hi Vyshnavi,

      Thanx a lot for your feed back.

    ameeta said:
    March 27, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Thank you. Remember fondly eating this at the the small roadside ‘hotels’ in Mangalore.

    Arundathi said:
    April 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I tried this recipe yesterday and it turned out excellent !! Thanks a lot for making it look all simple in the recipe 🙂 enjoyed this mangalore delicacy miles away from home !!

    prathibalrao responded:
    April 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Arundathi.

    Thanx a lot for your comments. Do try out other recipes of your choice from this blog and do pass on the link of this blog among your friends community. By the way where are you put up now???????????/

    Anu said:
    August 15, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    brilliant! the pics are superb too!

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Anu,

      I would like you to please try out the recipe and send me da feed back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Anu said:
        August 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm

        will do…

        Anu said:
        September 6, 2015 at 9:41 pm

        Hi Pratibhal,
        I made these today -with some minor differences – in terms of the puri covering – using a mixture of flours. They were totally delicious, absorbed hardly any oil and everyone loved them! Here’s a link to these on my blog –

        Thanks so much for a wonderful new addition to my repertoire!

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