Jolada Rotti #Mother’s Day

Aka Jowar Roti. A flat bread made of jowar flour.

One of the staple foods of the North Karnataka region. One that always reminds me of our Belgaum days… of my mother.

She had perfected the art of making Jolada rotti. Not an easy feat this. Not even for the natives of the region.

Madurai, of the renowned Meenakshi Amman temple, is where she was born and raised. She had moved to Belgaum on her very first posting there. Its another story altogether that she ended up staying there for a good 20 years.

Though a real challenge for a girl in those days (early 70s), she adapted beautifully to the new place, which was hundreds of miles away from her hometown. The ways of the city, the languages, the food and food habits… all of these eventually became hers too.

And, the humble Jolada rotti signifies all of that for me. Her grit, her tenacity, her willingness to learn and adapt. We got our love for the Jolada rotti from her.

The perfectly puffed up rotti, the melt in the mouth softness, accompanied with fresh greens or veggies prepared by her, was a dream meal for us. It was one of our absolute favorites.

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My mother left us more than 20 years ago. We have terribly missed her and her Jolada rotti.

Post moving to Bengaluru some 15 years ago, we have been delighted whenever we came across a place that served Jolada rotti! In fact, we went to great lengths to get it.Β  Later, the Jolada rotti oota at Kamat became one of our favourites. Till they moved.

Luckily, we have found smaller outlets that serve authentic Jolada rotti and palyas. And, we regularly have our quota of this humble meal.

I now realise that, all along, it has perhaps been an effort to re-live the Jolada rotti experience. Not so much for the Jolada rotti itself but for what it signifies to us.

On this Mother’s day, thinking of my mother and of her perfect Jolada rottis…

Happy Mothers day everyone!

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P.S: The picture is courtsey a dear friend, a schoolmate, who is blessed to live in Belgaum and enjoy such lovely meals πŸ™‚ . It was this picture that had triggered this trail of thoughts..

 

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  1. Sorry to hear about your mom… i can relate to this rotti.. Even my mom learnt making it after moving to Dandeli from Udupi… she too make it perfectly as if done by those north Karnataka people do.. I love hot one than kataka rotti.

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  2. What lovely memories. I’m glad you remember your mom with a smile. I always thought Jowar rotis were a Maharashtra thing – we call it bhakri here. My maid introduced me to them. She makes HUGE ones. They’re delicious, specially during winters. The ones in the picture look very different from the ones I’ve had, though.

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    1. Yes. Its called Bhakri in Marathi..i do remember that. Its a staple in North and Central Karnataka regions as well. We were raised in Belgaum which is in the border and are hence familiar with Marathi language, culture and cuisine πŸ™‚

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  3. Jowar rotis are popular in telengana too, but the one you posted looks so soft. The ones I have tasted is slightly hard. I am happy to know that your mom was a great in her cooking. No one can replace a mother, and its these little things that keeps them alive in our hearts and lives. Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. Yes. There are 2 varieties. The hard variety is made and stored for use over a couple of weeks or so.
      What mom made at home was the soft ones πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts Angela πŸ™‚ Have a lovely week.

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