Madikki Pathiri or Kannuvecha pathiri is the mappila version of the chapathi or roti. The name comes from the multiple maddukku (folds) that gives it its distinct layers.The other rotis are called unnaka chappathi (meaning dry rotis), by my grandmother. She makes one the night before and has this for breakfast with leftover fish or beef curry.It actually tastes better the next day.
A word of warning: This recipe tastes authentic only when the pathiri is fried well. Don't try to make it without oil or ghee.
Sometimes you can add a bit more of whole wheat flour to the mix to vary the flavour. This goes well with almost any curry but I like it best with sugar.
You'll need:for 4 rotis
All purpose flour-2 cups,
Whole wheat flour- 1/2 cup (you could make it fully out of whole wheat flour too)
1. Add salt and water to the flour to make a dough. The dough should be hard like that for puris, else it would be difficult to roll it out.
2.Keep aside for 15 mins. Divide into even sized balls...about the size of a medium lemon.
3. Roll it out thick and smear ghee or oil over it. Fold as shown in the pictures. Roll out into a 5" square.
4. Heat a griddle or saute pan and cook each side for a minute.As the raw color leaves the pathiri,add about 2tbsp oil or more to let each side fry well.
5. Turn over and fry the other side till golden flecks appear.
Drain and serve hot.