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Indian Cooking Tips: How To Make Aripathiri – A South Indian Bread From The Malabar Region

This super-thin south Indian flatbread form Kerala needs just a handful of ingredients.


  • Aripathiri is a Malabari bread popularly paired with mutton curries
  • It is made with rice flour
  • Here is an easy recipe to try this paper-thin south Indian bread at home

Only a passionate south Indian food lover would know how diverse the cuisine actually is! Much beyond the realms of idli, dosa and vada, there are a plethora of interesting dishes that the cusine offers, especially on to the coastal region where the hidden gems lie. Malabari cuisine of the south is known for its vibrant range of preparations made with exotic local produce – be it the fluffy, flaky parottas and meaty robust curries or aromatic Pollichattu dishes of Kerala. Let’s not even get us started on the countless seafood delicacies from the region! But these are still some of the most popular delicacies. Have you tried the Malabari breads yet?

No, we aren’t talking about the Malabari parotta. Aripathiri, for instance, is a Malabari rice roti that is often served with their mouth-watering mutton curries and is extremely popular in the Muslim community of the region. Simple and soft rice bread, Aripathiri is typically made during the fasting season of Ramadan but is loved across occasions and dinner parties as light and comforting flatbread to pair with spicy Malabar curries. Also known as Pathil, it has many variations such as Erachi pathiri or Chatti pathiri that is stuffed with mutton. Ari pathiri is a paper-thin bread on which you won’t be able to stop at just one!

(Also Read: 13 Best South Indian Coastal Recipes You Must Try)


How To Make Aripathiri | Aripathiri Recipe

This super-thin south Indian flatbread form Kerala needs just a handful of ingredients. All you need is some cooked rice which is grounded and combined with rice flour, salt, ghee, coconut milk and water to make a smooth dough. Make sure to mix the rice flour well until it reaches a smooth consistency. Try to use warm water to make dough with rice flour and stir continuously. The dough is then rolled into thin rotis and cooked over a hot griddle (tawa). That’s all! Quick, easy, fuss-free and absolutely yummy!

Find the full recipe of Aripathiri here.


Pair Arithpathiri with your favourite curry for a wholesome meal!

Try this south Indian flatbread at home and share your experience with us in the comments section below.

About Aanchal MathurAanchal doesn’t share food. A cake in her vicinity is sure to disappear in a record time of 10 seconds. Besides loading up on sugar, she loves bingeing on FRIENDS with a plate of momos. Most likely to find her soulmate on a food app.

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