Malabar's favourite fish pathiri

Malabar's favourite fish pathiri

The Malabar region in Kerala is known for its mouth-watering fish delicacies, and it is often said that the people here can't think of having a meal without the accompaniment of fish. Puttu and spicy fish curry is a super hit breakfast combination loved by the people of Malabar. There is hardly any restaurant here which does not serve finger-licking fish delicacies.

Pathiri (thin rice pancakes) is another favourite dish of Malabar. Chatti pathiri, petti pathiri, nice pathiri and kannuvacha pathiri are some of the popular varieties of this dish. Fish pathiri (fish packets) is a perfect combination of the two, in which spicy and flavoursome fish masala is used as a filling in soft, steamed pathiri.

Here is a simple recipe of fish pathiri:


200 gm mackerel

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp black pepper powder

2 onions (chopped)

1 tsp ginger (chopped)

1 tsp garlic (chopped)

4 green chillies (chopped)

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1 tomato (diced)

1 bunch coriander leaves

1 bunch curry leaves

1 cup rice flour

Water, oil, and salt as required


Boil some water and add into the rice flour

Mix well into a smooth dough

Keep it aside

Marinate mackerel with turmeric powder and black pepper powder

Cook the marinated fish

Shred the cooked fish into small bits after removing the bones

Heat oil in a pan

Add the chopped onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies, fennel seeds, tomatoes, coriander leaves, curry leaves, and salt

Sauté well

Add the shredded fish

Mix well

Turn off heat and keep it aside

Make small balls from the previously prepared dough

Roll this into thin pathiri using a rolling pin

Place some fish masala in the centre of pathiri

Place another pathiri on top of it and seal the edges

Steam the pathiri packets.

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