Neypathil or neypathiri is yet another very popular and tasty bread from the Malabar cuisine. You may think of neypathil as a puri made of rice! Puri, as you might know is a deep fried fluffed up bread made of wheat flour. Similarly we make neypathil using dough made of soaked rice and some spices. Usually we pair neypathil with meat, chicken or egg curry. And it makes for a great dinner or breakfast recipe.
A party at any Malabar Muslim household would be incomplete without making neypathil. With a little prior preparation, you could make a delicious and flavorful fried bread! You may not get it right the very first time. But practice definitely helps. (Shown below is one of my failed attempts ;P ) Here I have added pictures of all the important steps to make things easier for you. Hope it helps. So now let us check out the recipe outline. Make sure to read the detailed instruction below in the recipe box!
Boil around 5-6 cups of water. Once it boils, switch the flame off. Use par boiled rice to make neypathil. Add the rice to this hot water and soak it covered with a tight lid for at least 6 hours. After 6 hours, drain the hot water and wash the rice. Now grind it to a coarse dough by sprinkling minimum amount of water. In the last batch, add in the coconut, onion, fennel seeds, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. Grind this to a coarse paste. Add this masala mix to the prepared dough and mix well. Now add the rice flour (starting with 1/2 cup), little bit of all purpose flour and salt and mix well. Knead to form a soft dough.
Heat oil in a kadai/ heavy bottomed pan. Making neypathil needs lot of heat. So try to use cast iron kadai if you have one. Take a washed and cleaned plastic cover, and cut it to form a rectangle. Next apply oil on one side of this sheet and on your palms to avoid sticking. Now take small balls of dough and place on the oiled side of the sheet. Then cover with the other half of the sheet. Place a flat plate on top of this and press. You get a circle like that of puri, but do not make it as thin as puri. Now flatten a bit with your clean fingers and smoothen the edges.
Once the oil is really hot, place the rolled out pathiri in oil and fry till golden brown, flipping the sides once in between. And repeat the steps until all the dough is used up. Serve hot with egg,mutton or chicken curry.
You may relish this spiced up pathiri even without any curry. It is flavorsome and super delicious when served hot. So the next time you prepare for a family gathering at home, do not forget to try out this neypathiri recipe.
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