Traditional Kai Pathiri in Clay Pot – ചട്ടി കൈ പത്തിരി Recipe

Traditional Kai Pathiri in Clay Pot - ചട്ടി കൈ പത്തിരി RecipeTraditional Kai Pathiri in Clay Pot - ചട്ടി കൈ പത്തിരി RecipeTraditional Kai Pathiri in Clay Pot - ചട്ടി കൈ പത്തിരി Recipe
  • Yield : 2
  • Servings : 2
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 60m

Traditional Kai Pathiri in Clay Pot Recipe – Malabar ചട്ടി കൈ പത്തിരി

Traditional Kai Pathiri – Ramadan Iftar special Recipe

Kai in Malayalam language means hand and Pathiri means rice bread. Hence from the word itself kai pathiri means rice bread made with hands.

Kai Pathiri is a traditional breakfast item in Malabar. Kai Pathiri is famous in Malabar as an Iftar special.

The Kai Pathiri is made round with hands and hence experience is required to make the Pathiri in exact shape. My grandmother makes the best Kai Pathiri which is thick still very soft. She usually add fresh coconut milk soon after the Pathiri is cooked. This makes the Pathiri stay soft for long time. But one thing you need to note: if coconut milk is added you cannot keep the Pathiri more than 3 to 4 hours.

Traditionally we cook Kai Pathiri in clay pot called chatti in Malayalam language. This adds a special traditional flavor to Kai Pathiri.

Traditional Kai Pathiri goes well with any spicy gravy especially Non Vegetarian ones like Nadan Chicken Curry – നാടൻ ചിക്കൻ കറിSpicy Mutton CurryHot And Spicy Nadan Beef Curry etc.

Do try this soft Traditional Kai Pathiri recipe!


  • Rice powder - 1 cup
  • Boiled Water with salt to taste - 1 cup
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tbsp
  • Grated Coconut - 3 tbsp
  • Finely chopped Shallots - 2 tbsp


Step 1

Boil water and add coconut, cumin seed, shallots and salt to taste. Once water is boiled reduce flame and add rice powder slowly. Mix well and switch off the flame.

Step 2

Pour the mixture to a saucer and make a soft dough.

Step 3

Make balls of big size. With hands press the balls into round shapes.

Step 4

Heat clay pot and cook Kai Pathiri by occasionally turning on both sides.

Step 5

Serve with fresh coconut milk and spicy egg roast or Kerala Fish Curry or Chicken curry or Beef Curry. Enjoy!

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