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Dibba Roti | Minapa Roti (Vegan & Gluten Free)

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Dibba Roti also called Minapa Roti is a dish from the state of Andhra Pradesh. It basically means fat bread. Dibba means Fat and Roti means Bread. Generally served for breakfast but can be equally enjoyed for your lunch or as a snack. 

Dibba roti  being served in a blue dish with tomato chutney. The Minapa roti looks nice an crisp.

Dibba Rotti is a flatbread which is made using Idli Rava and urad dal. The roti is made in a thick kadai/wok and cooked on slow to medium. A perfectly made Dibba roti is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. 

It is completely vegan and gluten free snack or a breakfast dish which can be enjoyed by all ages.

I choose this Minapa Roti for one of my flatbread themes, as we like to have crispy pancakes or parathas at times. I make a similar crispy Vegetable Rava pancake which uses rava/semolina instead of rice and idli and loads of vegetables. 

Bottom look of Minapa rotti, looks nice and crisp served on a blue plate with tomato chutney
The bottom part of Dibba Roti

Dibba Roti Batter

As said it is generally made using Idli Rava and urad dal. However one can make this with Idli Dosa Batter too.  The difference between the Dibba Roti batter and Idli Dosa Batter is that this Roti is made without fermenting the batter. So relatively quicker than uttapam where fermentation is required. Secondly, uttapams are a bit soft and not that thick. However many even ferment the Dibba Roti batter as they prefer the taste.   

Idli Rava

Traditionally the Rava is made at home and kept for instant use. And I believe this is and must be the practice followed in most telegu homes. The rice rinsed, soaked and drained. Dried completely and then grinded to rava texture. This can be stored in an airtight container and used as required.   

Recipe process

The dal is rinsed and soaked for 3-4 hours. In another bowl add the Idli rava, rinse it well, drain the excess water and squeeze it. Let this soak for at least an hour. This is done so that the rava gets soft. The dal is then grinded, mixed in idli rava along with cumin, salt, green chillies and coriander. The batter is then poured in a kadai or a wok and cooked until done. This is generally served with Avakaya, a popular pickle from Andhra. I have served this with home made green tomato chutney. One can even serve this with coconut chutney or chutney of your choice.

Close up look of the roti, golden brown in colour

I think my Dibba roti should have been more thick. But my wok was more wide. So best is to use a something which is a bit deep. Unfortunately with flat bottoms for vessels, here I cannot use anything else. Also I forgot to take a slice of the roti, but the roti was nice and soft from inside.

Sharing this as a part of my Thali’s featuring Indian flatbreads. As you all know we a group of bloggers are doing a month long BM featuring thalis and platters. In flatbread series, I have so far shared, Rajasthani Dal Baati Churma, Horse Gram Stuffed Paratha, Puran Poli , Rajasthani Tikkar Paratha. Last week I have shared Simple Everyday thali’s and you can check all my Thali’s here.

Close up look of the bottom of roti which is perfectly golden brown and crisp

So here goes the recipe of Dibba Roti | Minapa Roti

Dibba Rotti is a thick and crusty bread made using Rice Rava and Urad dal and generally served for breakfast or snack.

Dibba Roti | Minapa Roti

Dibba Roti is a thick and crusty bread made using Rice Rava and Urad dal and generally served for breakfast or snack.
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Course: Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Keyword: Breakfast, Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Soaking Time: 4 hours
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 1 Cup Rice Rava
  • ½ Cup Urad Dal
  • 2-3 Green Chilli
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
  • Oil as needed


  • Wash and soak the urad dal for 4-5 hours
  • Rinse and soak the Rice rava for 1 hour
  • Grind the urad dal to a fine consistency.
  • Add it in the Rice Rava, along with green chillies, salt, cumin seeds and fresh coriander.
    Adding of cumin seeds, green chilli and coriander
  • Give everything a nice mix.
    Adding of cumin seeds, green chilli and coriander
  • In a kadai or a wok, add in 2 tablespoon of oil.
  • Pour into a ½ cup of batter, cover it.
    Pouring the batter in the kadai
  • Let this cook on low heat for at least 8-10 minutes.
  • Once the edges start turning brown, it is a good indication that is being cooked.
    The bottom being cooked and ready to turn
  • Flip and cook on the other side again for 7-8 minutes or until done.
    Cooking the other side of Dibba Roti
  • Once done cut into wedges and serve with chutney or pickle.



  • 1 Cup = 235 ml, 1 tbsp= 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml
  • Dibba roti can be made using Idli Dosa batter too.
  • The batter can be fermented and used too.
  • The cook time mentioned as 20 minutes is for each Dibba Roti.
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Thursday 1st of October 2020

Interesting recipe with idli bater.. never know about this kind of flatbread.. Soon I will try it for breakfast..

Renu Agrawal Dongre

Thursday 1st of October 2020

Thank You Swati. Hope you like it

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

I have heard a lot about this dish but never made it. We make something similar with a well-fermented idli-dosa batter called vanali/elupachatti dosai. Vanali or elupachatti means kadai and that's how it got its name. Good one Renu.

Renu Agrawal Dongre

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

Thank you for this info Srividhya, New for me. Will check this out.


Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

I love dibba roti with crispy outer and soft inside. Yours looks perfectly made and looks so delicious. Its been long since I made and this is tempting me to make soon.


Friday 11th of September 2020

I got introduced to Dibba Roti by Suma , and how I love it , yours looks perfectly done and is tempting me to make again . Super choice .


Friday 11th of September 2020

Valli is right , so many recipes for these basic dishes. Dibba roti is a good way to break the fast in the morning