wash rice and soak in hot water for 4-5 hours.drain well and grind along with coconut,onion,salt and aniseed in to a smooth thick and little coarse paste,adding little water.
Transfer the mixture in to a large bowl and knead well with your hands.if you feel the dough is very loose you can add little rice powder and retain the consistency.the dough should be smooth coarse and thick.
From the prepared dough take a lemon size ball,place it on a thin plastic sheet or banana leaf,gently flatten it by using your fingers exactly like a poori(puri).
Heat oil in deep bottom pan(cheena chatti) set over medium flame and gently slide the prepared pathiri in to the hot oil.Turn the pathiri once it puffs up and floats on top.fry to a golden brown.remove and drain.repeat with the remaining dough.
serve with beef curry or chicken curry or mutton curry