How to make soft Pathiri?



Pathiri is a kind of soft roti made with rice flour. This traditional dish is mostly popular among the Muslim community in the Malabar region of Kerala.

Pathiri is served as a breakfast or dinner recipe along with gravy type dishes. It is usually served on special occasions like marriages and also during Iftars in the Ramadan season. Pathiri is called by different names like Pathil, nice pathiri or ari pathiri. Meat or fish recipes were normally served as the side dish for this thin flat bread. Poricha pathiri, Meen pathiri, Erachi pathiri, Kaipathiri, Kattipathiri and Neipathiri are the popular Pathiri varieties. Roasted rice flour is an essential ingredient in making delicious pathiris. The softness of the dish depends on kneading of the dough. Have a look at the ingredients required and the method of preparation of delicious pathiris.

Ingredients required for making Pathiri
  • 2 cups of roasted rice flour
  • 2 cups of water
  • Salt as per the taste
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Method of preparation of Pathiri
  • Sieve the roasted rice flour through a fine sieve to get a fine flour.
  • Heat the water to boil in a pan, add the salt and simmer it for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly add the roasted rice flour and continuously stir the mixture over low flame. Make sure that the rice flour doesn’t burn at the bottom of the pan.
  • Cover the lid and keep the pan on low flame for about 10 seconds.
  • Since the dough will be too hot, knead the dough with metal spoons.
  • Once the dough is warm, thoroughly knead the dough with the hands for about 5-6 minutes. No more water should be added while kneading and dough. Knead the dough to a smooth surface and it shouldn’t be sticky. (If needed you can wet the hands or use coconut oil on the palms.)
  • Once the dough is ready, make it into small lemon sized balls.
  • Roll out each lemon sized dough in a chapati press to form a circular shaped thin roti or pathiri.
  • Heat the chapati pan over a medium flame and keep the pathiri on it. Once the pathiris starts to bubble, turn it upside down.
  • Press the pathiris with the back of a spoon, this will help the pathiris to bubble and become soft. Take out from the pan if both sides are evenly cooked.
  • Repeat this process until the whole of dough is turned to delicious soft pathiris.
  • Serve it hot with Chicken curry, mutton curry or any other recipes of your choice.