Ayala Pathiri

Ayla Pathiri is One of the favorites from Malabar cuisine i.e. rice pancakes stuffed with fish and steamed. Pathiri is a term used loosely in Malabar region of Kerala to mean roti/chappathi/ or flatbread. This is another of those traditional Malabar recipes that is getting endangered and should be on a protected list.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


For frying mackerel:

For grinding:


  • Soak the rice in water for 2 hours.
  • Crush the coconut and onion separately in a mixer grinder.
  • Grind the soaked rice, crushed coconut and onion together in a grinder.
  • Put some fennel into it. Putting of turmeric powder is optional.
  • Make chili powder, salt and little water to make a paste. Apply the paste well on the mackerel.
  • Take a pan. Pour some oil and fry the mackerel.
  • Cut the mackerel into slight big pieces and remove the thorns of them.
  • Grind the coconut, fennel seeds, and chili powder and turmeric powder in a mixer grinder with little water as if to form a paste.
  • Put the chilly, ginger and garlic into the paste and crush them.
  • Take a pan and add some oil. Add curry leaves to it.
  • Put chopped onion into it. Sauté them well till it becomes brown color.
  • Add chopped tomato to it and sauté them well.
  • Add the coconut paste to it.
  • Cook them well. Put coriander leaves and off the stove.
  • Take a banana leaf. Apply little oil. Make a ball of the rice mixture and flatten the ball as if for a pathiri.
  • Put some masala over it.
  • Put one piece fried mackerel over it..
  • Fold the banana leaf.
  • Continue this process for every pathiri.
  • Steam these pathirees for some time.
  • Remove the banana leaf, cut them and serve hot.
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