Monday, July 7, 2008

Pathiri or Rice Roti

This is one of my most favorite kerala delicacies. I just love it. I have had really good ones from lot of restaurants in Kerala but I equally love the pathiri my mom makes. And I proudly present the yummy soft pathiris made by my mom as I still have not been able to master the skill to make these lovely rice rotis.
Making pathiri is actually a skill, which comes out of practice and perfection. There are 3 stages in it and all the 3 stages are very important. Making the perfect dough, rolling it into nice perfect rounds and cooking it... ha ha short its a pretty difficult task. But all the hardwork is worth it!!
  • 2 cup - Rice Flour
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Heat water and salt in a vessel.
  • When it boils well, put the rice flour into it and mix well with a spoon till it kind of binds. This should be done on low flame.Remove the vessel from fire and allow the content to cool. Knead it to a fine dough using hand without adding water. Ensure that the dough should not stick to the walls of the vessel. (Note:-This kneading part has to be done before the flour is completely cooled.)
  • Make it into small lemon sized balls.
  • Roll the ball on some rice flour and roll it into rotis. Make it as thin as possible. Dont worry about the shape as you may cut it into perfect round shape using a round and sharp edged steel plate.
  • Heat a flat heavy bottom tawa and cook both sides till done. Make sure that its cooked on medium flame and try pressing the rotis gently with a cloth so that it puffs up.Serve hot with chicken curry.


sri said...

wonder why they have named it a pathiri ?This is what wikipedia has to say - Rice Pastry - kool,ain't it

Pathiri is also known as Ari Pathil or Pathil in some parts of the Malabar region. The word Pathiri has its origin traced to the Arabic word fateerah فطيرة, meaning "pastry". It is believed that Pathiri is a result of the Arab influence in Malabar, when they came centuries ago to spread the message of Islam

Comfortably Numb said...

I will ask mom to make this for me :)


andback said...


I sure like to eat. I live in Kerala, but not a keralite. And I love couple of items from this state! Pathiri has gotto be one of them. Had it a couple of times in restaurants.

sri said...


i don't know if you should go with the black background,black enu parayumbol oru karinja effect,ha ha.bhakshnam & karinja effect ,iam not too sure.
well u know best.