Pupathiri and mutton chops: Malabar special recipe


Pupathiri which looks like a flower is a traditional Malabar fried bread that goes well with pepper mutton chops. Though it is mainly prepared during Ramadan, this has gained popularity in Northern parts of Kerala.


For pupathiri

1 cup rice powder

1 coconut

2 tsp black cumin seed

Oil as needed

Warm water as needed

For mutton chops

6 small onions

2 tsp ginger (chopped)

2 tsp garlic (chopped)

1 tomato

5 green chillies (slit)


Pepper, cardamom, cumin seeds, cloves, cassia bark, fenugreek (ground together)

2 tsp turmeric powder

3 tsp coriander powder

Salt as needed

1 cup coconut milk

3 tsp ghee

1 small onion

Curry leaves as needed


To make pupathiri

In a bowl, mix rice powder and water

Add black cumin seed and coconut

Pour water and knead it into a smooth dough

Roll out the dough into the shape of a flower to make the pathiri

Heat oil in a pan

Deep fry the pathiris in oil

Remove it from the pan once it gets a golden brown colour

Hot pupathiri is ready

To make mutton chops

Heat oil in a pan

Add onion and sauté well

Add ginger, garlic, tomato, and green chillies

Add the mutton cooked in pepper and salt

Mix thoroughly

Add pepper, cardamom, cumin seeds, cloves, cassia bark, and fenugreek ground together

Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt to this mixture

Pour 1 cup of coconut milk

Close the lid and let it cook for 10 minutes

In another pan, add ghee, small onions, green chillies, and curry leaves

Put this mixture on top of the mutton masala

Garnish with coriander leaves and pudina leaves

Mutton chops is also ready

Serve it with the pupathiri.

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