CHATTY PATHIRI / CHATTY PATHAL


                Chatty pathiri is one of my favourite dishes. Actually chattippathiri has got different names in different places, like chattippathal, attippathal, athishayappam and God knows what all… whatever the name is, the taste is superb. And this is also made in both ways…sweet or spicy fillings… I chose it to be spicy. Normally this kind of dish is made during Ramadan, but as soon as I saw this recipe in a magazine I couldn’t wait to try it. So let’s get on with the proceedings…

Ingredients for masala

Chicken              –   500 gms (breast piece)
Onion                 –   3 (finely chopped)
Garlic paste        –   1 tsp
Ginger paste       –   1 tsp
Red chilli powder-   1 tsp
Turmeric powder  –   ¼ tsp
Green chilli          –   2 (finely chopped)
Pepper powder    –   ½ tsp
Coriander leaves  –   2 tbsp

Ingredients for pancakes / pathiris

Maida        –   200 gms
Cornflour   –   1 tbsp
Salt           –   to taste
Water        –   as per requirement
Egg           –   1

For coating

Egg             –   6
Green chilli  –1 finely chopped
Curry leave  –   a few, finely chopped

Method

Cook chicken by adding turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt. Once it’s cooked remove the bones and shred the chicken. 
Heat oil in a pan and add onion and red chilli powder. Sauté till the onion becomes transparent. Add ginger and garlic paste and finely chopped green chillies. Sauté till the raw smell evaporates. Add shredded chicken and 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. Sauté for another couple of minutes and remove from heat.
Next, we have to make pancakes. In a large bowl add maida, corn flour, salt, lightly beaten egg and water. Make a batter of medium consistency (neither too thick nor too watery). Make about 5-6 thin pancakes(I made 5). First decide in which cooking dish you are going to make the chatty pathiri and make pancakes according to that size. You don’t have to measure it. Just an approximate size would do. I used a medium sized non-stick saucepan.
Next, take a bowl and lightly beat 6 eggs in it. Add chopped green chillies and curry leaves in it and mix.
Next heat the saucepan for the water to evaporate, if there is any. Take one pancake/pathiri and dip it in the egg mixture and place it in the saucepan. Spread masala filling on top of it. Dip another pancake in the egg mixture and place on top of the masala filling. Spread the filling again. Repeat the process to make 4 layers. Dip the 5th pancake and place it on top and pour the remaining egg mixture over the chatty pathiri. Cover and cook. When it’s done, invert the chattypathiri carefully and cook the other side for a few minutes. 
Chatty pathiri is ready.
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