Friday, November 12, 2010

Meen Pathiri / Steamed Fish Pathiri

This is my husband's favorite snack. This is a traditional malabar snack which finds a prominent place in Ifthar parties. This can be called as rice pancake stuffed with fish and then steamed. Any fish can be used for making the fillings. Fish masala can be used according to once wish.

For marinating
Fish – 6-8 medium slices ( I used tilapia fillets)
Kashmiri chilly powder – 2 ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Ginger – Garlic paste – 2tsp
Salt – 1tsp
Water – 1-2tsp
Oil – 6-8tsp for shallow frying

For the masala
Fennel seeds – ½ tsp
Finely chopped onion – 1 medium size
Sliced ginger – 1tsp
Sliced garlic – 1tsp
Chopped Curry leaves – 2-3tsp
Kashmiri chilly powder – 1 ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Meat masala powder/ Garam masala – ½ tsp
Water – 2-3tsp
Oil – 3-4tsp
Salt – ½ -1tsp

For making pathiri
Rice flour – 1cup
Water – 1cup
Fennel seeds – ½ tsp (optional)
Salt –as reqd

How to prepare
Frying fish
=►Mix all marinating ingredients together (except oil) and marinate fish pieces well.
=►Leave it for 30-45min and heat 6tsp of oil in a pan and fry fish pieces till it turns light brown color. Mash it nicely with hands.

Fish masala
=►Heat 3tsp oil in a pan, put ½ tsp of fennel seeds.
=►When it cracks add sliced ginger, garlic and curry leaves into it.
=►Saute it well till the raw smell of garlic goes off.
=►Next add chopped onion and salt into it and fry it well .
=►When the onion turns golden brown add turmeric, chilly and meat masala powder into it.
=►Saute it some more minute (1-2min) add 2tsp of water along with mashed fried fish into it
=►Mix it well for 2-3 min on medium flame and switch off the flame .Keep it aside.

For pathiri
=►Make pathiri dough as explained in Malabar rice pathiri. Add little bit feenel seeds in to that.
=►Take samall dough balls press it untill it get round shape.
=► Cut corect round shape(like poori) using round cutter or lid (like horlicks lid..etc)
=►Place fish masala mixture on one pathiri.
=►Spread evenly and cover it with another pathiri. Press edges well with fork carefuly.
=►Steam each fish pathiri for 10-12min on medium flame (Use idly cooker).
=►Remove from the vessel and serve hot.


  1. Hi Lisha,

    I love it dear...Looks so delicious...:)


  2. Looks delicious and flavorful,Yum!

  3. Pathri adipoli.looks delicious.

  4. wow...meen pathiri looks delicious and tempting

  5. Slurp, very tempting pathiri..

  6. Wow adipoli pathiri,love malabar recipes..
    First time here,lovely blog..happy to follow u.