This is my first ever post for MFB monthly challenge and the theme is “Ramadan memories”. Thank you so much Rafeeda letting me know about this group and events!! I would have chosen something with plantain as ramadan’s most memorable snack, but unfortunately I can only dream of preparing plantain snacks here 😦 , plantain not available here.Then came to my mind was famous and very own Malabar snack – Chatti pathiri. We make it both sweet and Savory versions. For sometimes I was thinking to make sweet chatti pathiri with a twist to usual egg filling. And finally here it is – Layered with apple and recotta/farmers cheese.
In malabar which Iftar table will pass without chatti pathiri atleast once?!They can be prepared easily and very filling too. And this version of mine was absolutely delicious. Apple and recotta with hint of cinnamon really paired well! And those ghee fried cashew gave our kerala touch. You just need to prepare the filing and crepe, then layer and cook in very low flame!!
Here is my Savory Chatti Pathiri if you have not tried yet!
Lets see the recipe of sweet version. Dont worry by seeing the lengthy process, it’s very simple to prepare 🙂
- Ghee – 1 1/2 to 2 table spoon
- Ricotta/farmers cheese – 1/3 cup
- Sugar – 2 table spoon
- Milk powder – 2 table spoon
- Ghee (Clarified butter) – 1 table spoon
- Cashew nuts – 1/4 cup (Roughly chopped)
- Apple -1 1/2 cup chopped (about 2)
- Sugar – 1 1/2 table spoon
- Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tea spoon
- Salt – a pinch
- Milk – 1/4 cup
- Water – 1/3 cup
- Egg – 1 small
- All purpose flour (maida) – 1/2 cup
- Oil/Butter – 1 tea spoon
- Salt – to taste
For Egg coating:-
- Egg – 1
- Milk/water – 2 table spoon
- Sugar – 2 tea spoon
- Cardamom powder – 1/4 tea spoon
- Ghee – for greasing the pan to assemble
For cheese filling :-
- Heat ghee in a pan in medium/low flame and add ricotta/farmers cheese with sugar. Cook for 1 to 1:30 minutes or until sugar melts completely.
- Then add in milk powder and mix well. Switch off the flame and keep aside. (they will dry out as it cools down).
For Apple filling :-
- Heat ghee in a pan, add chopped cashew nut. When it lightly change its color, add in chopped apple,sugar,cinnamon powder and pinch of salt and mix well.
- Cook apple for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly soft. Take it off from the flame and keep aside.
For making Crepe and assembling chatti pathiri :-
- In a bowl take egg,milk,sugar and cardamom powder, beat well and keep aside for egg coating.
- In another bowl, take all the ingredients under “For Crepe”. make batter by mixing really well using a wire whisk without any lumps. You can also use food processor or blender.
- Keep ready the pan which you gonna assemble the Chatti pathiri by brushing enough ghee.
- Heat another non stick pan and pour 3 table spoon batter, spread and make round crepe (I made 5 1/2 inch diameter crepe for assembling in 5 inch diameter round pan. Crepe should be little bigger than the pan you assemble the chatti pathiri)
- Now dip the crepe in prepared egg mixture (step 1) and place it on to the greased pan where you going to assemble chatti pathiri (step 3)
- Divide apple and cheese filling into four equal portion. Then spread each one portion of apple and cheese filling on the first crepe.
- Again make another crepe using the batter and dip the crepe in egg-milk mixture and keep it on top of previously layered apple-cheese filling.
- Repeat the process until you finish apple and cheese filling (ie. 4 layers of filling and 5 crepe layers). Top most layer will be crepe.
- Now pour any remaining egg-milk mixture on very top of the final crepe.
- Now cover the pan and keep a simmering plate/aluminium plate on stove top, and place the pan on which Chatti pathiri layered. Then switch on the flame to lowest possible and cook it for 13 to 15 minutes.(It depends upon flame and pan you used).
- Then Flip the Chatti pathiri and put it back to the pan, cook the other side for 2 to 3 minutes. (To flip it, keep a plate on top of the pan and revert it. then put back the previous top portion down).
- Now cut it into desired shape and enjoy with a cup of tea.
Tips Tricks :-
- Use sugar and cinnamon as per you liking.
- A small pinch of nutmeg can also be added to apple filling.
- Indian paneer / dried cottage cheese can also be substituted for ricotta/farmers cheese.
- This can also be baked in the oven, if you are using your oven, assemble the Chatti pathiri in an oven proof pan and bake it in preheated oven at 180 C untill the top become light golden brown.
- You can make it in any size, just make 1/2 inch bigger crepe than the pan you gonna assemble it.
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