May 20, 2011

Athisaya Pathiri !! (layered pancake with a rich stuffing)

To repeat what I have written here earlier,Malabar,the northern tip of Kerala is a food haven.It's a food lover's paradise.The rich and varied Muslim flavours mark the speciality of Malabar cuisine.They have unique  Biriyanis,Pathiris (pancakes),polas (cakes),pathils (pie) and so on ,which,we the other parts of Kerala could only dream of once ! Ever since Ummi Abdulla cookery books  specialising in Malabar cookery made their presence in the market,Malabar food is so much an excitement for any cook to embark upon.I feel immensely proud whenever I make these foods,since one needs lot of patience and care to prepare them.Believe me,I haven't tasted anything so delicious in my whole culinary experience.Such a brilliant cooking pattern they have,to say.Being very rich and fatty,it's better to have them once in a while I may suggest.

Here is one such special layered pancake bake called Athisaya pathiri.If you translate it word by word,Athisaya means something which make us amaze or surprise and pathiri is a pancake.In fact this pancake,or the layers of such pancakes stuffed with a meat filling is sure to flabbergast you in all ways.Just prepare & see...


To cook the meat

 250gm minced mutton/chicken
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
water if needed

For Stuffing 

2 big onions,chopped
4 green chillies,chopped
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
small bunch of coriander leaves,chopped
1 tsp garam masala powder
2 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp chopped cashews
3 tbsp ghee/oil

For Pancake

150 gm Maida/flour
2 eggs
1 cup milk/coconut milk
2 tbsp ghee/oil

For Egg Mixture 

4 eggs
2 green chillies


Cook the meat with coriander powder,turmeric powder and salt till it is tender and the water is absorbed.Heat 1 tbsp ghee and sauté onion and chillies.Fry till the onion is transparent.Add the ginger and garlic paste.Roast till the raw smell disappears.Add the cooked minced meat and cook till dry.Add the coriander leaves,garam masala powder,cashewnuts and raisins (keep some for garnishing).Keep aside.

Egg mixture 

Beat the Eggs well .Grind the green chllies and salt.Now add both and mix well to prepare the egg-green chilly mixture.


Make a thin batter with the flour,eggs,milk and salt.If the milk is not sufficient,then you may add little water.Heat a frying pan and pour in 2 tbsp of the batter (or the size you want to prepare in the baking dish) and turn the pan in a circular way to form a thin pancake.Apply a little ghee and when it is cooked turn over.When the other side is also cooked,remove.Finish all the batter the same way.Keep aside.


Grease a heavy bottomed small vessel or a cake tin (in which the pancake fits) with 3 tbsp ghee.Take a pancake and dip it well in the egg mixture.Put it in the vessel and place a layer of minced meat mixture over it.Cover this layer with another pancake dipped in egg mixture and proceed thus till all the pancakes have been used.On the top layer pour the remaining egg and garnish with cashewnuts and raisins.sprinkle 1 tbsp ghee.Place the vessel on a slow fire if you are into stove top method. Cover the same with a heavy tight-fitting lid.Place some coals on top and keep for about 20 mts till it is cooked and golden brown on top.You can bake in an oven too.Bake it in a pre-heated oven for about 15 mts (180 degree).Remove to a plate and serve.

*Recipe Source-Malabar Muslim Cookery (Ummi Abdulla).


  1. Delicious pathiri, traditional dishes are always best.

  2. Great job dear..looks perfect and delicious...will surely give this a try

  3. Interesting recipe..looks delicious..nice pathiris

  4. even i have this post in my draft from ummi abdullas book......will post soon....

  5. An amazing dish. I can just imagine the fabulous texture! Totally fascinated by the end result, can not wait to try it ~ will figure out a way to make a vegetarian alternate :)
    US Masala

  6. Wow.. this is an amazing dish, the name of the dish truly fits the end product:) ... Love all those layerings and textures - egg + meat + pancake ... wow it satisfies all the senses and I don't think I can stop with a single slice.... Thanks for sharing and keep posting such amazing dishes - so different from the rest:)

  7. I'd love to try this out soon! I'd munch them off right away!

  8. Fantastic pathiri,even its time consuming i dont bother to give a try..yumm!

  9. hey melange,
    Bowled over by the look of the dish, amazing amount of ingredients...would love to feast on it

  10. That looks very very delicious:)

  11. Thank you for stopping by :) I have never heard of this recipe but looks very tasty!


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