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Pathiri – Soft Rice Bread from Kerala !!

It’s the smell of Christmas everywhere.How amazing most of these festivals bring us those fond memories.The sweet bundle of memories,the pains,the farewells all are there.The beauty of the season tempts me to go back to childhood.I thought I will post something very nostalgic.

Pathiri,the soft and light rice bread from kerala is believed to have borrowed from the Muslims of Malabar region.Once been regarded as a Muslim specialty,now it’s available in almost all roadside restaurants in Kerala.Many still think it’s hard to prepare soft and perfect pathiri.I don’t know why.If your measures are correct and you enjoy making them,it will easily come to you.Kneading is another important process which we may have to be keen.The perfect kneading will bring you perfect pathiris.

To the few who have mailed me for the detailed recipe,I have sincerely tried to bring you step by step pictures to make it easy for you.Thank you so much for writing.Here is your recipe for Pathiri…

Makes 21 medium sized pathiris


3 cups fine roasted rice flour*
3 cups water
1 tsp oil
salt as needed


In a heavy bottomed vessel boil the water adding salt and oil.When the water boils,reduce the heat and slowly add (kind of sprinkle will do) rice flour.Keep this for one minute.Now mix with a spoon and switch off the stove.At this point the mixture will be like this.

Next stage is very important in Pathiri making.You have to knead the dough thoroughly when it’s still hot.That too without adding water or oil (for the beginners,they may start at a stage they can put hands on).Knead it to a soft dough like this.

Now start making lemon sized balls from the dough.

To roll out the balls,you may use a press or rolling pin.If you are doing it for the first time,or if you are not getting uniform size pathiris,you may use cutters to shape.Generally,if your balls are in a uniform pattern,it will come out perfect,which obviously is the result of practice.

Before starting this keep a plate near you with handful of rice flour to dip the pathiris.This will prevent the pathiris from sticking each other.Like this:

After finishing your rolling job dust each of your pathiri and keep it in another plate.

Heat a pan to cook pathiris.Non stick pans are now available in market.Once the pan is heated properly,reduce the heat to medium.Now place your pathiris on the pan and cook both the sides almost one minute.

When it start puffing,you can remove from fire.

Now your pathiris are ready to serve.

How to serve : Traditionally while serving, pathiris are dipped in coconut milk,which can make it more soft and tasty.Serve with Chicken Curry,Chicken Masala or any meat/egg/veg curry of your choice.Chicken is the best pair anyway.Enjoy !!

* Fine roasted rice flour is a must for Pathiri.If you don’t have the same,better not attempt.Now that many companies are exporting ‘pathiri flour’ especially for Keralites around the globe,it’s available in all Kerala grocery stores.

** If you have left over pathiris or if you prepare in large groups,you can wrap it in aluminium foil and keep in fridge.Next time when you take them, simply steam for two minutes,fresh pathiris are again ready to serve.

  Sending this Pathiri to Kerala Kitchen Event hosted by Kaveri ,an event from Kerala Kitchen.


24 comments on “Pathiri – Soft Rice Bread from Kerala !!

  1. Sobha Shyam
    December 19, 2011

    delicious and soft pathiris..looks perfect !!


  2. faseela
    December 19, 2011

    Pathiri luks so soft n perfect…..Superb dear


  3. Priya
    December 19, 2011

    Looks excellent, am yet to try this incredible soft rice breads.


  4. anilkurup
    December 19, 2011

    Honestly attempts at imitating Pathari were all resulting in disasters. Now let me see if I can dish out one with your recipe. The problems always have been that pathari turn out as chappathi made of rice .


  5. Jay
    December 19, 2011

    completely new recipe..sounds irresistably divine..:)
    Tasty Appetite


  6. Ganga Sreekanth
    December 19, 2011

    this is just awesome dear..my fav….looks great..:)


  7. Insignia
    December 19, 2011

    This is something like neer dosa isnt it? I have tasted pathiri. Yumm 🙂


  8. Julie
    December 19, 2011

    Wow..well explained n soft ones!!
    I too have these in my draft since long,will post soon..
    Ongoing Event -Christmas Delicacy (15 Nov-31 Dec 2011)
    Erivum Puliyum


  9. JishasKitchen
    December 19, 2011

    wow..pathiris looks so perfect, soft and delicious…I love to have it with some fresh coconut milk and sugar…


  10. Suja
    December 20, 2011

    Soft and tempting pathiri..delicious spread.makes me hungry


  11. anilkurup
    December 20, 2011

    @ Insignia,
    B, Pathiri is not like Neer dosa . You may have mixed up for sure.


  12. DV
    December 20, 2011

    Such a neat step by step explanation! I would definitely wish to try this for sure!


  13. Maayeka
    December 20, 2011

    very new recipe..looks so soft and delicious..will surely try this..


  14. Thommy
    December 20, 2011

    Is it also called “velleppam”? its the ultimate…with Thenggapal. One of my fav.s being from Thrissur, the HQ of Velleppam


  15. Thommy
    December 20, 2011

    Is it also called “velleppam”? its the ultimate…with Thenggapal. One of my fav.s being from Thrissur, the HQ of Velleppam


  16. Vidhya
    December 22, 2011

    Delicious looking pathiri


  17. Sonali Pradhan
    December 23, 2011

    wow….these soft bread looks awesome dear…perfectly made …will definitely giv it a try sometime 🙂



  18. Anzz
    January 9, 2012

    Pathiri looks perfect. My husband loves this and I ma making it today for sure. Thanx. First time here. Am following you on GFC. Check out mine when time permits.


  19. Hema
    January 13, 2012

    Thank u for dropping by my blog, this is a new recipe, the pathiris look so soft, I don't know whether I'll get such soft ones, but will definitely try.


  20. Thommy
    January 18, 2012

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  21. Roshu
    January 18, 2012

    perfect pathiri…ice presentation


  22. Kaveri
    January 23, 2012

    Wonderful looks pathiris…
    Do link this to the Kerala Kitchen Event happening at my space.



  23. JishasKitchen
    February 13, 2012

    You made pathiri perfectly dear…looks so soft and tasty..Love to have it with some sweetened coconut milk…:)


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This entry was posted on December 19, 2011 by in Breakfast, kerala food, Malabar Recipes, Paratha/Indian Bread.


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