Pathiri and Olan



1 cup rice flour
1 ½ cups water
5 – 10 ml oil

Bring water to the boil and add salt and oil. Add the rice flour to the boiling water and stir well. Then take out the dough and knead it by hand until it’s soft and smooth.

Make small balls out of the dough and then flatten them into round and thin wafers like pancakes. If you don’t get the shape right, you can cut them out with a cookie cutter or a round lunch box. Make sure that the center of the pathiri is thicker than the edges.

Heat up the frying pan and cook the pathiris. A perfect pathiri will puff up when cooked on a frying pan.

Can be eaten with olan, stew, or other curries.



1 cucumber (or around 100 gms)
½ piece green chilli
50 ml coconut milk
Coconut oil
Curry leaves

Cut the cucumber into small pieces. Add sufficient hot water to cook the cucumber. Add salt and chilli. Ideally the cucumber gets cooked within 5 minutes. Add coconut milk and you are ready to go! You can also temper with curry leaves sauted in coconut oil.

You can make olan with different kinds of cucumber. The slices should be thin and use minimum chilli. It’s a very simple side dish, but very healthy too.

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