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Malabar Pathiri

Pathiri is part of the cuisine of the Muslims of the Malabar region of Kerala. It is fluffy and soft flat bread made with roasted rice flour and coconut paste. There are different varieties of pathiris and some have more  elaborate procedures. This is a simple basic pathiri and it is a delicious combo with spicy chicken or mutton curry.


Roasted rice flour- 2 cups
Water- 2 1/2 cups
salt -to taste
sugar- 1 tsp
coconut oil/butter- 1 1/2 tsp

Grated coconut- 3/4cup
shallots- 2
cumin - a pinch
Rice flour- 1/3 cup

Make a fine paste of coconut, shallots and cumin. 
Bring water to a boil. Add salt, sugar and butter and the coconut paste and stir well. Now add the rice powder little by little and mix in till all the water is absorbed by the flour and it comes to one mass. Close with a lid and switch off the flame. Let is rest and cool down. 
Now knead this into a smooth dough by greasing your hands with little oil. Make lemon shaped balls and flatten and roll  like a chapati using rice flour. You can use plastic cover or butter paper to avoid sticking to the board. Place on greased hot tawa and cook evenly on both side. When it puffs up remove from the pan. Serve with any spicy curry.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. Looks delicious and soft pathiri..

  2. Omg, pathiri makes me hungry..Soo tempting!

  3. aha pathiri..reminds me of pathiri that i had at a friend's house...

  4. very new to me and nice texture and delicious too

  5. wow suja perfect pathiris....great recipe dear.

  6. hey suja...pathiri adipoli ayittundu...chicken curryum koode undengil kushal....

  7. O my god !!! It's my to do list Suja, thanks for sharing..Simply superb and it's perfect

  8. looking soft and white colour is attractive

  9. They are tempting me a lot..I love rice flour rotis and this recipe sounds really authentic!

    US Masala

  10. Pathiris look so inviting and mouthwatering.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  11. Pathiri is too tempting and new to me. Superb!

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  12. Pathiri looks so perfect and yummy..Njan eppozhum try cheyyannamenne vicharikkum pashe okkumonnu doubt adichu undakkiyittilla..This looks simple, will give it a try sometime..

  13. yummy pathiris.........feels like having nw with some chicken curry..............

  14. Very new to me..looks so soft and nice.

  15. pathiri nalla soft aanallo.kothiyavunnu

  16. looks so yummy.. i want some...

  17. you have done it so perfectly...just so yum

  18. Pathiri looks absolutely marvellous, yet to try at home,thanks for sharing Suja..

  19. super duper ! pass on this !

  20. Totally new to me..looks very soft n yumm

  21. Wow looks real gud ...and nice pic...I shall try some time

  22. Wow definitely worth trying with spicy mutton curry. Might try making it this weekend.

  23. Quite a new recipe for me ...... will try making it.

  24. I love them with some mutton curry...yummm

  25. Perfect ayittundu suja..nami paranja pola spicy mutton curyy kude..entammoo..Kothiyavunuttoo..

  26. Another new recipe.Love the color and softness. Seems a nice rice roti with spicy mutton curry:)

  27. Hi Suja, Its has been a long time since I last visited your blog...seems to have missed on great dishes..
    This is something totally new to me..looks superb.

  28. very new recipe to me, thanks for sharing!

  29. pathiri is one of my favs..just tht i dont know how 2 make it :(

  30. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments :)

  31. great. a well laid down recipe and method. thank you!

  32. Just what I was looking for :-)
    In the konkan muslim houses, they make a special rice chapathi called 'chonga'. They use special rolling board which has intricate designs on it. The outcome is a beautiful patterned chapati. I use to love watching them being made. While I could try to find(though difficult) this rolling board but I don't have the recipe. So I will use your recipe for it since even those chapatis are soft. Will bookmark this and hopefully will be able to post it some day.

  33. Thanks Sara, Kitchenmorph and Bergamot..
    Do try this,they are definitely soft and you will surely love this
    Chonga sounds interesting recipe, must be very pretty with beautiful designs..please share the recipe whenever you get a chance:)

  34. i tried this!!!!!!!!!!!!!very good. my first attempt at pathiri. i served it with mutton shahi korma from KK-kavitas kitchen. wonderful it was.
    kavita had sent me an email abt kewra water but i notice you'd asked abt it. thot it was sent to me by mistake...doesn't matter coz it not much appeals to the malayalee taste...

  35. Thanks for sending the feedback,glad you enjoyed and hope you will find more interesting thing to try from here :)

  36. i usually do it with store-bought pathiri podi. Thanks fr the original recipe.


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