Kanamia style Kaata Piyaaj and Rotla

Written by on November 3, 2011 in Easy Recipes

Apparently Kaata Piyaaj is a famous Kanam dish. Decided to find out from everyone I know regarding the recipe. Phoned my mum, aunt, bachoo’s Dadi.  Then decided to go straight to the source and asked my Nanima how Kanamia style Kaata Piyaaj is made. I can’t remember ever eating it though. Can recall seeing it only at my Nanima’s house. I can’t recall if my mum ever made it, but from what I gather it seems like a unique Kanam dish. My brother seems to remember it cos he knew it was made with Rotla as well.


Kaata Piyaaj Recipe – Sour Onion

  • 2 Onions sliced
  • half cup water
  • optional little limri leaves and whole jeeru
  • 1 tsp salt
  • little bit green chillie masala
  • half tsp red chillies
  • 1 tsp dhana jeero
  • 1/4 tsp arad
  • 1 tablespoon chana flour
  • half teaspoon garlic
  • Sour milk
  • green dhana
1. Slice the onions preferably in strips
2. Put onions in half cup water
3. Cook on medium heat until onions are finger soft, transparent and water burnt out.
4. add all the  rest of the dry ingredients
5. Braise little
6. Add sour milk
7. stir until it boils
8. Add dhana for garnishing


Attempted to make Rotla. Must admit found it much easier to make then normal roti even though I used a spoon instead of rolling pin. Also the first batch was trial run. Some looked like folded pancake. Managed to get the second lot much better.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup mealie meal
  • half cup oil
  • water
  1. Add all ingredients together in a bowl. Put enough water so it is like soft dough
  2. let it stand for about 10-15 minutes
  3. Roll Roti  or drop spoonfuls on tawa and spread it.
  4. Fry on high heat
  5. Put ghee or oil or in my case i used the spray Olive oil
  6. turn and fry until those brown patches come on.



Some terms explained

Kanamia or Kanam – A group of people whose forefathers came from a few villages in India in Gujrat near District Bharuch. Go to India and ask your family members in the village,  are you also Kanam?  and they will look at you weirdly and ask you what you talking about. i.e if you understand each other cos they only speak Gujrathi and we only speak English. So personally I don’t know who made this term up and what it means. If anyone can enlighten us, will be appreciated.

My nanima and my dada are both from a village called Tankaria and they have a website – My Tankaria. My nana bagie comes from a village called Nabipur. My  dadi comes from quaint village called Watersaa near Tankaria. Madala’s family are from Dayadara, Sansrod, Palej and Bharuch.  Anyway so they all from District Bharuch in Gujrat. Surat is about a couple hours if I remember correctly from  from Bharuch. We had an awesome time at the village. Such great memories especially in Sansrod and Nabipur. These  two  seem to be the only 2 villages that still have family people staying there. Nostalgia – can click here to read about our India Trip in the comments section.


Kaata – means Sour

Piyaaj – Onions

Rotla – Mealie Meal Roti


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  1. ani says:

    please fix the word bowel to bowl.bowels are intestines and the scottish have dish called haggis thats cooked in the stomach of the sheep.also some other cultures use bowels to stuff sausages in.wouldnt want to cause any unnecessary confusion…lol.

    please will all the nanima fans not jump beacuse i am joking…

  2. Nanima says:

    lol thanx, we need more grammar nazi’s on this page to help us edit these posts..