Neypathal/ Neypathiri ~ Deep Fried Rice Puris

Whoever said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, needs a pat on his/ her back. So very true… Some men literally depend on their stomach to love their women, don’t they??? πŸ™‚ My D and B are very easy to please – you give them anything, they eat. They don’t even give opinions, which is a tad a bit irritating, especially when you expect them to give feedback for improvements. But then I take it this way – they don’t say anything, means it is fine to their tastes!!!


But the case of my HD is different. He does not complain, nor does he demand that he needs so and so. That’s the biggest problem. If I ask him about the food, he says it is good, and then just eats one chapathi with the curry or has just one peice of the snack or cake prepared. That kind of frustrates me. I then ask him, “You told me it’s good, why don’t you eat more then?” He smiles and says, “If it tasted bad, would I even touch it?” My tongue gets tied…


Then slowly I realize what he likes is more of “naadan” (country) food. He is a thick Payyolian at heart. Nothing for him is as good as the “tyre pathiri” (thick rice pancakes, steamed through a banana leaf) along with fish curry, or tapioca cooked along with sardine. Unfortunately, whatever he wants me to cook, I have no inkling how to cook!!! And just like my umma, my in-law also gives approximates, but HD wants me to match her by taste, which I definitely cannot – she is such a gifted cook! Just like my umma, her cooking is limited but whatever she cooks, tastes extraordinary. So to cut the story short, I know now that if I have to get my HD to eat properly, I have to learn some northern Malabar delicacies!


This is the first one I tried – the Neypathal. When we were at his cousin’s house and were served this, he sarcastically remarked, “Ninakithokke undakikoode??” (Why can’t you make this?) So I made it a point to get the recipe from her and make it. This is an easy version, there is another where you soak the rice, grind it, put it on a thick cloth for it to become like dough, etc. etc. But that can wait! I should say that he was so satisfied that whatever I had made up was finished by him and B, I didn’t have any to carry to office next day for lunch. πŸ™‚Β I served this with Erachi Varattiyathu/ Mutton Masala Curry which went so well with it! πŸ™‚



Neypathal/ Neypathiri ~ Deep Fried Rice Puris

Course Flatbread
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1-1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  • 3-4 shallots
  • 3/4 tsp fennel seeds
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Boil the water along with the salt till it comes to a rolling boil. Lower the flame and add the rice powder into it.
  • Mix vigorously using a spoon until well mixed. Switch off the flame and keep aside.
  • Pulse the coconut, shallots and fennel seeds till just grinded - 2 pulses should do.
  • Add this to the rice flour mixture. When the flour is warm enough to handle, slowly mix well and form into a dough. Do not add water, however, if it is feeling sticky, wet your hands and knead together till it forms a ball.
  • Heat a deep kadai and pour oil. Let it heat.
  • Take a large lemon size ball from the dough. On your rolling board, spread some oil and slightly press by your hands till it forms a round shape.
  • It is not necessary to use the rolling pin, just shape it by the hand and keep the pathal slightly thick.
  • Slowly pick it up and slide into the hot oil, frying both the sides till golden brown. Repeat till dough is finish.
  • Serve with spicy chicken or mutton curry - devour!!!!


1. Only make the round shapes by hand, and that too with oil only, otherwise, the oil will all get dirty with the rice flour burns!!!
2. Keep the pathiris thick, and fry them on low-medium flame till nice and brown so that the inside gets cooked well.

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  1. My HB is the same Rafee. He is a complete gaurani person(loves country food). But one thing is there, he is very critical & quite vocal of what I cook & presents me with some unknown name dish now n then. Phone calls to my ma in law becomes my rescue.
    We being from different states add another factor of same thing called by different name.
    At least dear you know your country food.
    This pathiri looks adipoli.

    1. oh humi, being from two different states must be really hectic!!! i really don't know their food, however, it's very similar so adjusting… hehe… thank u so much dear… πŸ™‚

  2. know what..i really like to read the small personal write ups you have before each recipe…it's nice to know about ech other, a bit more beyond your kitchen too..ella…yummy pathris, Raffeds.

    1. thank u so much sona… glad u njoy reading them… πŸ™‚

  3. love the story, Rafee! My husband is just the same, he hates anything sweet so every weekend I will make something that he loves:p..this dish is new to me, so I will definitely want to give it a go!

    1. i guess most of the hubbies are the same… hehe… thanks a lot dear!

  4. Lovely reading through πŸ™‚ Pathiri looks lovely Rafee.. Makes me hungry!! Time for my dinner!

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  5. this is absolutely yummy.don't mind a few of these.

    1. thank u so much dear… πŸ™‚

  6. The pathris look awesome and nice post….

    1. thank u so much priya… πŸ™‚

  7. new to me.. Looks so delicious

    1. thank u so much veena… πŸ™‚

  8. loved reading.. this is a new recipe to me.. πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much laxmi… πŸ™‚

  9. love to taste it now with the mutton curry u say

    1. thank u so much babitha…

  10. Great intro to the recipe. Pathris is new for me but I am certainly excited over the lovely outcome.

    1. thank u so much nava… πŸ™‚

  11. Ahha neipathal…orkumbol kothiyavunnu.My friend used to make this for me.
    she used to put the dough in the middle of an oiled plastic wrap and roll with rolling pin that way cleaning is easy.
    Rafee,my husband also likes country food.It sometimes annoys me when he says it is good and takes only one.When I ask he says it is good so u want me to finish the whole thing??:)))But like u said I know when he likes it.He will ask is there some remaining:))

    1. yes, i've seen my HD's cousin's wife doing that… πŸ™‚ just like u say, if he really loves, he will ask, "ellarkum eduthu vechitundo?", once u say yes, that means whatever is there on the table is his!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  12. Something very new for me dear πŸ™‚ but loved the dish… My hubby appreciates the dishes that I make.. But he is also naadan at heart. Prefers authentic Kerala food most of the time and keeps asking me why dont u prepare this and that from Kerala whose recipe I dont know!!!

    1. there is always google to help nowadays for naadan recipes u don't know, so just get googling my dear!!! πŸ˜‰ thanks a lot dear…

  13. looks sooo delicious…

    1. thanks a lot…

  14. Looks tempting..I always wanted to make this..but ithu vare dhairyam vannittilla…puthiya experiments cheyyumbo athra nannayale hus nallathanennu parayukayulloo……

    1. njan kure kalamayittu vicharichirunnu it's so difficult but it is easy, do try… πŸ™‚

  15. Ahhh yes, it is so easy to tell when they really like something right? My greatest test for curries is the way he will eat kerala rice with them. He is generally a rice hater (which doesn't keep me from making rice though ;)) and won't eat much. If he really loves a curry or a cutlet or something – 'Chorano ennu parathiyonnum parayathilla' – we will see second helpings too πŸ™‚

    Between, the neypathal looks so good dear.

    1. haha priya… loved reading ur comment… thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  16. Hi Rafee awesome dsh …i love it

    1. thanks a lot biny…

  17. My hubby is the same Rafee.. He will always eat the same quantity of dish. No matter if it's his fav or not.. He might not tell me what he thinks.. Most of the times it's very nice or good.. But when he mentions it to his friends or family.. I realize he had actually liked it…

    Nice tempting and mouth-watering puri's Rafee.. Have a great week ahead πŸ™‚

    1. ah nilu… same pinch!!! if it's too good, then he brags to his frnds, exactly!!! πŸ™‚ thank u so much dear…

  18. nice story… and yummy recipe…

    1. thank u so much…

  19. Even my husband is very much like this…
    this is new to me…Looks very good Rafeeda

    1. thank u so much kaveri… πŸ™‚

  20. I love malabar food…your recipes are really good. I have never tried Neypathiri so thanks a lot for sharing this recipe…seems to be doable !
    Shema | LifeScoops

    1. Thank u so much shema… πŸ™‚

  21. neyyi pathiri…thanni nadan recipe…its always yummy when we can bring our kerala taste to food right rafee…got to try this…

    1. yes definitely divya… naadan is always the best!!! πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  22. This is such a universal hubby phenomenon- keep us always guessing?! Seems your neypathiri did the trick, Rafeeda. I had a friend in college who'd bring me some. After that never had some in nearly 20 years.

    1. i guess that's the only time when they can play "hard to get"!!! πŸ˜‰ thanks a lot tisa…ur comments always brighten up my day… πŸ™‚

  23. have had this at a friend's place . loved it back then. ur recipe makes me wanna try this one !

    1. hope you try it shree… only the deep frying part scares me!!! πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  24. This is something new to me πŸ™‚ Looks yummy & crisp.. Actually my hubby too is more of a Nadan person.. Whenever I make cookies & cakes, he will be like 'Ninakku enthenkilum Indian sweets endakki koode??' Men are always the same !!

    1. haha chitz… the base of all indian men must be the same!!! πŸ˜‰ thanks a lot, dear…

  25. Hi Rafeeda, excellent posting. Agree with you, Chinese men too the same thing. Mine is one of them. What he don't like he don't even touch it. πŸ™

    Your this recipe very interesting, look inviting. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Regards.

    1. Hehe…thanks a lot, dear… πŸ™‚

  26. I have had this only once but I really liked it. I resist any temptation to deep fry but I guess I should let go this time.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Even I make them very rarely because of the deep frying… This is a simpler version, would love to hear your feedback… Thanks Ria…

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