Layered Savory Cake, Athishaya pathiri is a layered meat pie or a savory cake traditionally made in the North Malabar side of Kerala mostly in Muslim homes during Ramadan.Every evening a different snack is served to break the fast.
Athishaya pathiri is heavy snack enjoyed with tea.
The layers holds it shape very well because eggs seal the sides and keeps it intact.
If you are looking for options to take something savory for sweet haters or gatherings this is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I have followed the recipe to the dot and myyy I was totally impressed ... have a look... is it not cool looking layers!!!
PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
The making is in three parts.Make the chicken filling ,crepes, layer it then cook it together that's all.
I must say that it is pretty much easier than I thought.Do think in terms of planning it ahead and coordinating the steps well to cut short on the time actually spent on making it.
I made the chicken filling well ahead of time while I was cooking my regular meal. When it was time to make crepes I kept the greased saucepan and the beaten eggs ready so as soon as I made one crepe I dipped in the egg mixture and directly layered it by then the time next crepe was getting ready .So there is no hassle of crepes sticking to each other or waiting till all are made.
My nonstick pan and saucepan are almost the same size which ensures right sized crepes and it fits in correctly without too much folds.
I have included all the steps I could possibly get with one hand while the other juggled with eggs and chicken.:))I mean doesn't that count 🙂
250 gm boneless chicken
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
2 .Heat the coconut oil/veg oil and saute the onions and green chilies with a pinch of salt,turmeric powder and chili powder till transparent . Pulse the cooked chicken in a grinder. Add the chicken to the onion and mix well. Leave it to become dry on a low flame..
3. Heat oil fry cashew nuts till light brown ,keep aside.Use leftover oil to grease the pan:)
4. To make crepes add all the ingredients and sufficient water (a cup should be fine) and blend well to form a thin batter. Heat a small frying pan and make the crepes without using any oil. Only cook one side, Don't flip over. The quantity mentioned gives around 10 crepes. Do not stack as they will stick instead keep each separately on a flat surface.
5. Heat up a nonstick saucepan for layering(the one that you use for making your curries!) till dry. Grease the bottom and sides of the saucepan .
6.Beat the eggs along with the salt and pepper well with a spoon.Immerse one crepe at a time in it and put it into the greased pan spread two tsp of chicken filling prepared and some cashew nuts.
Keep layering until the last crepe.
7.Pour the remaining egg mixture onto the sides of the towered crepes and top of it. This will ensure that the sides are locked. Keep the saucepan with the lid tightly closed on the lowest flame for around 15 minutes. The top pathiri may look raw with eggs (second last pic) but if the sides are done slowly pullout al foil .
8.To cook both sides .Slowly turn the pathiri out onto a plate to flip the pathiri upside down .Cook it in the same saucepan for another 15 minutes to ensure both top and bottom are cooked evenly.
Ensure the flame is really low so that the sides don't get burned.
For serving, flip it onto a flat plate and cut it just like a cake. Serve warm with a hot cup of tea or coffee!!!
- I did not glaze my savory cake with ghee in any step instead used vegetable oil thru'out it would stay good in the refrigerator even on the next day.
- Ensure that the crepes are really thin. Thicker crepes would destroy the taste of the whole pathiri !
- While layering do not stuff too much chicken filling , spread only sparsely. .
- You can bake it in oven as well. Just keep at medium temperature (around 170°C or 300-350°F ) for 15-20 minutes, or till the top gets baked well.
I have always loved Malabar delicacies from my friends' homes,they feed me till I am in some sort of food induced coma 🙂 but never got to try this one.So when Rafeeda of The Big Sweet Tooth posted this one for Kerala Kitchen's cook out I had to try it even though I had no clue what to expect I ran out of ingredients every time I planned,troubled Rafee with so many trivial questions,worried if the layers would fall apart (I don't buy nonstick pots any more as I have enough teflon inside my stomach from the earlier pots:)) so will it work with steel pot and aluminium foil (it worked like a charm and was easier to pull out pathiri) and so on..
..In spite of all that I wanted to make it fail proof because I wanted it as savoury cake to celebrate ...
Hope to hear from u guys..
seems like lot of work but the outcome is amazing.
I had tried it some time back and it was a disaster... ur recipe with step by step pictures would help when I try next 🙂
Looks Lovely!! Ever since I saw Rafeeda's post, I wanted to make it and now yours seem too tempting 🙂
wow looks awesome Meena, really want to try this out but vegetarian, any suggestions for filling??
yummy...one of my fav.
Oh Wow.. this looks so lovely. Only y'day I told Vinee that I was going to make this and now you too..:-) I can't wait to try this. Perfect!
BTW forgot to tell you, I was planning to make your Pina colada and my dear daughter accidentally saw the pic. Now she wants the dolphin with the drink. She thinks I can make anything with fondant..Hmmm
Awesome. We have something similar but basically just one layer. I am impressed and trilled that you made this savory layered cake. Thumbs up to you patience and the fabulous outcome.
meena... in the morning, when my hubby was driving and i was on the passenger seat, this is what i saw... aah... looks so so good... beautifully done, darling... really... 🙂
What a beautiful pathiri cake. It looks droolalicious... I soo wanted to make it, but ... maybe some other time:).
Meena, This is wonderful creation...I didn't know about Athishaya Pathiri. You have nicely explained the recipe, great clicks. Thanks for sharing...I have made a mental note of this recipe.
Ya Linsy ,I too thought like that but once I began it got over in a breeze.
Hi Anupa thanks a lot for dropping by.Ya ..it is slightly delicate work to get it right.
Thank you so much for stopping by ,Avika. U should try it was really tasty.
Reks u should try this I am sure u will like.
Dolphin with fondant he heee.. is that not a cool idea, why did I not think of it !!U are so good with fondant that shdn't be difficult for u :))
Thank you,Preeti.You can try with any filling that goes for samosa or stuffed parattas. Replace chicken with mixed veggies then do all the rest same.I am sure it will taste great.There are few eggs coming in the binding part I am not sure how far egg substitute can work in the finishing and holding together.
A sweet version of this is also made by filling just coconut,dry fruits and sugar and all the rest same.Hope that helps.
Thank you Ruxana now my favorite too:)
Thank you, Nava.would love to see ur version of layered cake soon.
Hey Rafee thank you so much for bringing athishaya pathiri for KK cookout.I really enjoyed making it.Hope u bring more of such forgotten dishes to light.
Anisha,Thank you.U shd try, it is not as difficult as it looks.
Usha,Thank you so much for dropping by,Please try it and let me know how it turned out.
Yum!! i just love the very look of it, am a savory lover will definitely try this and let you know!! Nice presentation btw!!! 🙂
Divya,thank you so much for dropping in.I am eagerly waiting to hear from u.
Thank you Divya,those words mean a lot to me.
Hi Aysha,thank you so much for stopping by.
this looks like lasanya...but they are so perfectly layered...yummy meena.....also happily letting you know that logo of priya's series is super good
My all time favourite!
Thank you, Priya.Please do try.
So perfectly done and explained Meena 🙂 I will have to try this out 🙂
Our Indian Lasagna looks so yummy and beautiful clicks.
Hee..hee Sabee...thank you for those lovely words.I seriously miss those iftar invitations all varieties of food they serve.
Please do try and let me know.
Hey Meena, hw cool is that. I have never seen such good looking chatti pathiri even in my Muslim friend's house. Few years, we lived near a Muslim community. This is one nostalgic dish to me all about breaking fast and lovely friends made over those meals. Would love to try this some day. You made it all look beautiful and super easy. Kudos
Very impressive and well made Meena.. Droolworthy Athishaya Pathiri 🙂
They look so perfect. Beautifully done:)Yummy indeed.
Priya Kheroun Tessy
It was just the other day that my friend told me about this layered pathiri...it sounded a very long procedure to me. But here you have explained it very well and moreover have given the assurance that it isn't as long a procedure as it sounds. Thankyou,that has inspired me more to making this magical pathiri:)))
Thank you, Sweta.
Thank you so much PKT.Please go ahead and try I bet u will be glad u did it.
first time here..you have made this pathiri perfectly..i cant take my eyes off:)
grt to be a part of this beautiful blog..
Ambreen (Simply Sweet 'n Savory)
Wonderful work, Meena! That sounds perfect for Iftar. Can't wait to try this, hopefully I can get them to look as good as yours 🙂
Oh my gosh I saw this on Fb and had no idea what it was. All I knew was that it looked so good and gloriously tall. I want some. I shall make this one day. Thanks Meena:))
Thank you so much Rani,for stopping by and for lovely words:).
Ambreen,Thank you.Please take some care in the egg part all the rest is just a breeze.I am sure it will come out well.
He heee..I like the comment gloriously tall,please take all that u want Tisa!!Do give it a try and u can literally see athishayam on kids faces:)
Luks great Meena. I wanted to participate too, but couldnt :). Nice step by step pics too !
Sona - quick picks/pick quicks
oh God ! how did i ever miss this post. its too tempting, Meena..and i simply loved the clicks. You have a lovely "font text" in there ! The name is apt for this ..allae...athishaya pathiri !!
Hey Sona,thank you dear.I know..its so apt..my daughter was asking.. what did u do to make it like this? :))
This very innovative and interesting recipe....First timer and Love the clicks in your space Meena!
Yum! Yum! Yum!
Thank you so much ,Mythreyi,also for joining me here.
As Im in middle of making this pathri, I just came across ur blog 🙂 wow wat a lovely presentation 🙂 Following u here by, hope u visit my blog too 🙂
I'm drooling at your mouthwatering Pathiri ..your clicks are awesome as always dear..i love checking your space