Nov 15, 2013

Chatti Pathiri- Kerala Sweet Layered Crepe Recipe

Chatti Pathiri isa layered pastry made in the North Malabar and Malabar region, of Kerala, India. It is made in both sweet and savory variations. But this time we prepared sweet vegetarian version. This is a little time consuming recipe but really tasty and delicious.

For this recipe, we have to prepare three portions; one is pathiri (flatbread), second is nut filling and third is coconut milk mixture. This filling is made with nuts and condense milk. The flour is kneaded with oil and water into soft dough and rolled into thin pancakes. These pancakes are soaked in milk to soften them and arranged in layers. The fillings are added between these layers. Once layered, it goes in for baking at 180 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. You can bake this recipe in oven or cook on stove too. I prefer stove cooking rather than oven.

For this November month, Srivalli choose Chatti Pathiri, authentic recipe of Kerala for ICC- Indian cooking challenge. I never heard and tried this recipe, and suggested Anita Menon’s Slice of my life for reference. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with us.

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Kerala Cuisine
Recipe Source: Slice of My Life

For Pathiri’s
1 Cup Flour/ Maida
Pinch of Salt
1 Tbsp. Oil
1/3 Cup Warm Water

For Filling
200gm Condense Milk
3 Tbsp. Cashew Nuts, chopped
3 Tbsp. Raisins
3 Tbsp. Almonds, chopped
4 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds, (white)
6 Tbsp. Coconut Powder
1 1/2 Tbsp. Cardamom Powder

For Coating
1 Cup Coconut Milk
2 Tsp. Cardamom Powder
3 Tbsp. Sugar (as per taste)
2 Tsp. Desi Ghee/ Clarifying Butter

For Pathiris

Combine flour, salt and oil together and gently mix with fingertips.
Add warm water slowly to knead smooth dough as chapatti. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes. 

Divide the dough into eight equal portions and roll it out into thin chapatti.
Heat the griddle or tawa and cook like a chapatti lightly. Keep this pathiris aside.

For Filling

Roast the sesame seeds, cashews, almonds and raisins together with 2 tsp. of ghee until to golden brown. Now add coconut powder and sauté until to slightly color change.
Combine roasted nuts, cardamom powder and condense milk together in separate bowl and filling is ready to further use.

For Coating
Combine Coconut milk, cardamom powder and powdered sugar together in bowl and keep aside.

How to Assemble

Take a non-stick baking tray or a deep skillet and spread couple of tsp.  ghee / clarified butter all around. Keep one pathiri as the first layer.
Spread the nut and condense milk filling on the top of pathiri. Dip the second pathiri or flat bread in the coconut milk mixture, coat well and place it on top of the filling.
Spread the nut mixture again and repeat this until all the pathiris, the coconut milk mix and the nut mixture is used up and pathiri being the top layer.
Pour the remaining coconut milk mixture on top of pathiri (a generous amount) so that it drains on all the gaps on sides and form a thin layer on top.
This is important to keep the Chatti Pathiri moist. If you run out of the coconut milk mixture after coating, make more and mix with sufficient sugar and cardamom and pour on top.
Bake in oven for about 15 minutes or until the top of pathiri turns golden. Alternately you can do what I did, which is to cook it on a stove top in a non-stick deep skillet or deep pan.
All you have to do is to place it at a very low flame and flip it carefully to cook on the other side.
Flipping of such a heavy set block of flat breads with filling is a mean feat.  The flipping becomes a bit easy when the lowest layer of flat bread/pathiri is a little hard.
When both the sides have cooked well, it is easy to slide it out of the pan into the serving plate.
After it cooled down a little, Pour some leftover creamy nut filling and decorated it with glazed cherries.

Tags: How to cook chatti pathiri, Malabar dessert, kerala dessert or kerala recipes, step by step chatti pathiri recipes, how to prepares chatti pathiri at home on stove, sweet recipes, Indian traditional sweet recipes. Chatti Pathiri submitted in Indian Cooking Challenge hosted by Srivalli

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  1. Wonderfully made ...looks so perfect !

  2. perfectly made chatti pathiri :) looks fabulous dear !!

  3. wow... look fabulous... beautiful presentation.

  4. Wow , the sweet is looks so tempting , very nicely presented....

  5. Very tempting.. i was searching this recipe since the day I saw this on Twist of Taste. Thanks for the post.

  6. Your chatti pathiri looks awesome.


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