Ottada is a simple and healthy snack item. I am quite sure this is made differently in different parts of Kerala. My mom usually makes it with wheat flour and she made this for me when I was in Kerala two months back. It is really easy to prepare ottada. The flour is mixed with water and salt to make a thick batter which is then spread on a banana leaf. It is then topped with grated coconut, folded and then roasted on a tawa…and for kids, you can add jaggery along with grated coconut or even sugar. I have no idea whether this is the authentic recipe for ottada but this is how my mom makes it. I guess there is no need to mention the aroma generated when the ottada is being roasted. Do make sure that you eat it as soon as u make it.
Roasted rice flour or whole wheat flour – 2 cups
Salt – To taste
Grated coconut – 1/2 – 3/4 cup or as required
Water – As required
Place the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a very thick batter by adding water little by little. Taste-check for salt. Flatten the batter on a rectangular banana leaf using your finger tips or using the back of a thavi/ spoon. Top it with some grated coconut. Fold the banana leaf in half. Repeat until the batter is finished.
Heat a tawa. Roast the prepared banana leaf ottadas, on both sides at medium heat, until the banana leaves are browned as you see in the above picture. Serve immediately.