I still remember the first time I ate “mumbri”! My mother’s cousin had just been married and invited us home for breakfast. His wife was from North Kanara and she would prepare this delicious dish called “mumbri” he said. So, one fine morning, we trooped into their house for breakfast. I was seven years old. It was love at first bite! Mumbris are these delicious rice pancakes seasoned with onions, cilantro, green chillies and grated coconut. It became a staple at our house, the only downside is that it takes a little long to fry on the pan. Each time my mother would prepare one, I would devour it and then wait in anticipation for the next one. Aparna has solved that problem by having two griddles going on at the same time!
- Rice Flour - 1 cup
- Water - 1.5 cups
- Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
- Cilantro - 1 small bunch, finely chopped
- Green chillies - 3, finely chopped
- Coconut - 2 tbsp, shredded
- Salt - to taste
- Oil - for frying pancakes.
Heat the water in a sauce pan until it comes to a boil
Add the finely chopped onions, cilantro and green chillies and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes
Add the shredded coconut and salt and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat, add the rice flour and keep stirring with a spatula so the rice flour does not form lumps.
Let the mixture cool down.
Now heat a griddle on medium heat and oil the surface
Cut 2 squares of parchment paper (10x10 inches)
Form a ball of dough with the cooked mixture, place it on a sheet of parchment paper, place the other sheet over it.
Flatten the ball of dough by pressing on the sheet of paper above the ball of dough and then using a rolling pin roll the dough till in a circular shape until it has the thickness of a roti/tortilla.
With the flattened pancake still resting on the lower sheet of paper, remove the top sheet and upend the pancake on the heated griddle and cook it till it browns slightly, flipping once to cook on the other side.
Serve hot with butter or a chutney of your choice.
- You can use an ice cream scoop to scoop out the dough to get consistently sized pancakes
- My mother used to use banana leaves to flatten the dough, parchment paper works as a substitute.
- I think mumbri is a variation of the popular Akki roti (rice bread/pancake) a favorite from Karnataka. The difference as far as I can tell is that in mumbri the vegetables and shredded coconut are pre-cooked in boiling water and the rice flour is mixed into the hot water. In akki roti on the other hand, the ingredients are mixed in luke warm water and are not pre-cooked.