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.
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.