Chatti Pathiri | Aduku Pathal | Athishaya Pathiri ~ Malabar Baked Layered Pancakes

Sometimes, things come as it comes, giving you surprises all across the way. Blogging has just been that way for me. I started it at a whim on things, but believe me, now I am enjoying each and every bit of the cooking, clicking, typing and random rambling!!! Not to mention, all of you out there who have been extra supportive… 🙂


You may have noticed that from the beginning of the year, we have had two cook-along for the Kerala Kitchen – the first one being the Kappa Masala and the second being the Chammanthi Podi, both which were hosted by Nagalakshmi from Edible Garden, who I don’t think needs any introduction – she is such a seasoned blogger! The whole purpose of Kerala Kitchen blog was to introduce to all the beauty of Kerala cooking – how much it varies from north to south!!!


This month, when things were silent, I casually popped up the question if I could host this month’s cook along and quickly came the response in the form of a big YES. What I had in mind was a very traditional Malabar spicy delicacy, which people think is intimidating, when actually it is not. I was also among the first category of people who did not want to make this at all, considering the time that goes into preparing it and the so-called complicated look of the dish. Yes it does take some of your time, but for the effort, it is really worth. Actually, it is a couple of simple dishes plugged into two that gives you such a lavish yummy tea time snack.




Yes, I am talking about the Athishayapathiri. I found some reference online which calls it the Malabar Lasanga, which sounds so true!!! It is basically pancakes, layered with chicken filling and baked till it gets binded by the egg poured onto it. Slightly time consuming, but it is quite easy to make. My umma learned it from one of her friends and every now and then, when she is in an elaborate mood, she goes on to make it. So you can say, I learned it from her.


On an ending note, if you want more descriptions to this, then you can refer to what Shab of Shab’s Cuisine – who I love to call the Cooking Queen of Malabar: refer to her list of recipes to beleive me!!! – had posted at the beginning of the year… Here is the link to it…


Now do you want to be a part of the cook-along? Just be a part of the Kerala Kitchen Facebook page and get cooking!!! This cook along will be for a period of one month starting from today till June 6 and anybody of you who tries it out, can link it to this page…






Updated with new pictures on January 19, 2018: Update on this post was long overdue. This was one of my earlier posts and definitely one of my favorites too! I had made this post when I had no clue of SEO and searches, so I named the recipe as “Athishaya Pathiri”, the way I have always known it as. But as I got to know more, I learned of its multiple names – Chatti Pathiri/ Pathal and Adukku Pathiri. I always thought that “Chatti Pathiri” was the name for the sweet version of it, which I am yet to try, since I am not a fan of it, but then I realized this was also called by the same name. Athishayam means surprise or awe, and I am not surprised by this name! As you cut the layers, it definitely will leave you awed! A dish which takes its own time to get done, but is a labour of love and deserves a special place in the scene of Malabar cooking! I hope you have enjoyed the updates to the pictures. I took too long a time to get this updated – I had done the reclicks in Ramadan last year! 😀 Hehe… Keeping the old pictures below too…










5 from 1 vote

Athishaya Pathiri ~ Baked Pancakes

Course Tea time snacks - Spicy
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda


  • For the masala:
  • 250 gm boneless chicken
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 large or 2 meduim onion sliced thinly
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • For the pancakes:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour maida
  • 1 large egg
  • 200 ml milk
  • Sufficient water
  • A pinch salt
  • Others:
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 10-15 cashewnuts
  • 10-15 raisins
  • 4 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash and cut the boneless chicken. Cook in the pressure cooker along with the ingredients from turmeric powder to salt for one whistle.
  • Once the pressure goes on its own, keep the chicken on high flame till the stocks dry up and coat on the chicken.
  • Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil and saute the onions and green chilies with a pinch of salt till well cooked.
  • Pulse the cooked chicken in a grinder. Add the chicken to the onion and mix well. The masala is ready.
  • Now let's make the pancakes. 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, you do not need to flip over. The quantity mentioned gives around 10 pancakes.
  • Keep aside.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the ghee. Fry the cashews till brown and set aside.
  • Then fry the raisins till puffed up and keep along with the cashews.
  • Heat up a saucepan (the one that you use for making your curries!) till dry.
  • Pour this ghee in the saucepan and nicely brush all over the pan. Use more if required. We will use this pan for the layering.
  • Beat the eggs along with the salt and pepper well with a spoon. Now dip one pancake both the sides and place it in the saucepan.
  • Sprinkle some chicken masala and the cashew/raisin on the top of the pancake.
  • Dip the next pancake into the egg and lay on the top, again sprinkle the chicken masala and cashew/raisin on top.
  • Keep repeating the process till the last pancake is layered on the top.
  • Pour the remaining egg mixture on the top and ensure that the egg mixture onto the sides of the towered pancakes. This will ensure that the sides are locked.
  • Keep the saucepan with the lid tightly closed on the lowest flame for around 15 minutes.
  • Now slowly flip the pathiri onto a flat plate, and then flip it again on another plate and back into the saucepan for cooking the top portion properly (I hope you got what I meant!!!).
  • Keep for another 15 minutes. Ensure the flame is low so that the outers 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 chai or coffee!!!


1. Ensure that the pancakes are really thin. Thicker pancakes would destroy the taste of the whole pathiri!
2. Do not stuff chicken too much, sprinkle sparingly. The best thing to do is divide the chicken mixture based on the number of pancakes available less one, and sprinkle each portion wise.
3. You can add some coriander leaves for the sprinkling if you love the flavor. I have avoided it here.
4. You can bake it in your convection oven as well. Just keep at medium temperature (around 170 degrees) for 15-20 minutes, or till the top gets baked well.

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    1. thank u so much rita…

  1. looks fantastic,i agree it will taste fabulous.

    1. thank u so much meena…

  2. I had chattipathiri at a Muslim friend's house. Loved it. some time i will try this. Yours look very delicious. thnx for posting

    1. hi sebeena… i guess you can do it this month dear as a part of the kerala kitchen cook along… 🙂

  3. Wow this is tempting .. Baked pan cakes are new to me ..interesting recipe

    1. thank u so much shey…

  4. The layers have come so beautifully.Bookmarking it.

    1. thank u so much humi… do let me know in case you try it…

  5. Looking great Rafee!!Have no energy to make these now!!:(

    1. thank u so much shabs… this is just my second attempt, actually making it kind of scares me because of the time it takes… 😀

  6. looks yummy and tempting….will try it soon…heard about this dish but never had it…

    1. thank u so much sini…

  7. Pancake looks delicious and tasty.

    1. thank u so much neela…

  8. This looks super good….hope I get the time to make it for this months cookalong 🙂
    Shema | LifeScoops

    1. would love to get your entry shema… i'm sure you would enjoy making it… 🙂

  9. wow! never heard of thios one before….looks yummy 🙂

    1. thank u so much farah… 🙂

  10. My all time favorite Rafeeda.Has come out super good for you.Athisayapathiri,as far as I know is different from chattipathiri.I think we may get confused with the many almost-alike pathiris from Malabar.And people comes with different versions..(For a real authentic version you may check with the Ummi Abdulla Recipe)

    1. i get ur point dhyuthi… i actually have the book "malabar cookery" by Ummi Abdullah and the book itself says the spicy version is Athishayapathiri and the sweet vesion as Chattipathiri, so I updated my post accordingly, deleting the Chattipathiri from my post… thank u so much dear… 🙂 i've always known this at athishayapathiri, so i get confused when people say chattipathiri… whatever it is, it is yummy… athrathanne!!! 😀

  11. Looks so yummy. Can I make with 50:50 (wheat and maida). This is in my to do list for sometime. I think I will make this soon.

    Happy hosting!!

    1. i'm not sure about the 50:50 but why don't u try? maybe the texture will be slightly different… do try it out and link it in here… 🙂

  12. Oooh looks really yummy !!.. Will try to join the cook along!

    1. thank u so much avika… hope to receive your entry… 🙂

  13. Looks very delicious and lovely, thanks for sharing…

    1. thank u so much priya… 🙂

  14. OMG…what a clear layer's rafeee….deliciously struk in layer's 🙂

    1. thank u so much divya…

  15. Hey Rafee that looks really YUMMY! I haven't tasted this before so book marking 🙂

    1. thank u so much rekha… do let me know if you try…

  16. Deliciously done and this is new to me and is definitely very interesting!

    1. thank u so much dear…

  17. this is just lovely esp the layers …….never tried this though i make lasagna often – so adding this to my to do list 🙂

    1. thank u so much vidhya… 🙂

  18. Oh wowww.. Your athishayapathiri looks amazingly tasty and beautiful Rafeeda.. Loved this recipe.. Bookmarked it dear 🙂

    1. thank u so much nilu… 🙂

  19. OMG, i need a slice Raf….OMG i need it….

    1. thank u so much arthy… 😀

  20. Rafeeda, now this is a challenge! I am in crepe and pancake and pathiri mood these days but layering them..hmm, this looks so good not to pass tho!

    1. u should try this jehanne… u'l definitely love it!!! 🙂

  21. Very unique and absolutely delicious!

    1. thank u so much dear… 🙂

  22. Luvd ur pancakes, drooling here.

    1. thank u so much kauser… 🙂

  23. Wow this looks amazing and tempting rafee…Will try to join the cook along!

    1. hope you would saranya… i'm sure you'l enjoy the experience… 🙂

  24. I've heard of pathiri with chicken curry and not together like your pathiri lasagna- wow! I had a friend in college who'd bring me some. After that I've never had pathiri in my life. You're right it is intimidating when you see it at first, but you make it seem so easy. Thanks Rafeeda and great job on hosting!

    1. thank u so much tisa… in fact, this is different from the neriya pathiri we make, i'm yet to master it… :T

  25. Looks so perfect 🙂 In our region it s chattipathiri.. whatever the name it has the same delightful taste 🙂

    1. thank u so much saneeba… actually what i've come to know is that athishayapathiri is the spicy version and chattipathiri is the sweet version… whatever it is like you say… 🙂

  26. I've been wanting to make this for a long time now…will give it a try if poss this weekend 🙂

    1. thank u so much manju… if you do try, then link it in here, OK??? 🙂

  27. Hi Rafeeda, another interesting recipe. Love this baked pancake, look so tempting. Love the masala and very nice layering. Regards.

  28. thank u so much amelia… 🙂

  29. Chatti Pathiri is always so spectacular! Have been dying to make this again since our very first challenge back when KK was only a blog was Chatti Pathiri! Hope to join your cook along this month and make one again too! Thanks for sharing your Umma's recipe Rafeeda 🙂

    1. thank u so much for your lovely comments, rose… hope to see your cookalong entry… 🙂

  30. Thnx a lot 4 dis wnderful recipe dear…i did prepare it & posted in my blog tooo..

    1. so glad to hear, sajina… thank you so much for letting me know… 🙂 🙂

  31. Rafee,I am so going to make this. I saw a show on Manorama channel y'day where the host made something similar. But she used white sauce. Anyway what a neat name, Indian lasagna indeed :))

    1. hey tisa… if u do try it… pls share the pic, dear… 🙂

  32. have always wanted to make this! haven't scraped up enough time with my three kiddies. would make it oneday inshaallah..n then I would let you know:)

    1. yes, definitely when u try it, do let me know… a little bit of effort, but then just manage time and it is all worth it… 🙂

  33. so, I began the process and made the crepes, masala etc but I couldnt find a vessel to make the layers that will fit exactly like the crepe size. 🙁 My bad! didnt do enough prework! but I did it on a tart pan and microwaved as I do not have an oven. Then moved to a stove to cook the top side. I made two of 5 layers each.. and served it for dinner (made burger patties as a backup! :-P) but he loved the pathiri… its up on instagram. Thank you for making this dish look simple. Actually it is simple but time consuming.

    1. So good to know dear… actually you can make it in a normal flat plate if you are able to keep it one on top of the other. I have a small frying pan and a small saucepan, which is the same diameter, I use both for making it. Just like you say, it is simple, but the time it takes to make is discouraging! I am glad your hubby loved it… actually I have seen the men in the house love this whenever it is made… thank you for your trial and feedback… 🙂

  34. 5 stars
    Hi, you have done a good job and helped a whole lot of mom’s. Keep those interesting recipes coming, you’re recipes are really great.

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    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much…

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