Erachi Pola ~ Malabar Chicken Cake

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It is good to see that the world wants to know more about the beautiful month of Ramadan, especially during a time when Islam is being battered more by its own people than by others, Naoozubillah – May Allah protect us and keep us safe, Aameen… How else would you explain this article that appeared in The Kitchn last week or this one on Huffington Post? πŸ™‚ It is easier to understand the month when you are staying in an Arab country, since everywhere here it is filled with the “feel” of the month. You are already updated on what not to do, and what you can do. However, when you live in a country where Muslims are in minority, it is a source of amazement as to how we can go hungry the whole day. Even here, my non-Muslim friends and colleagues keep asking me. Yes, it is not easy, especially when it is blazing hot outside, but it just happens because we do it for Him, as simple as that. For every good deed, the blessings are defined, but for Ramadan, it is not.Β Allah has said, “Every act of a person is for himself, but fasting is for Me, and I will reward him for it.” (Sahih Bukhari). May Allah make it easy for all of us and bless us to make the most of what we can during this holy month… Aameen…


As I have been indicating, another easy snack recipe it is for today. Pola is Malabar style cake loaded with eggs, which is mostly sweet. The only pola I seemed to have posted till date is this Kaipola, definitely another easy snack recipe! InShaAllah, I have a couple of pola recipes waiting in my drafts, which will slowly appear but since now I am off eggs, I am trying not to make any too. πŸ™ OK, coming to the recipe, the first time I had pola with chicken was at my ammayi’s house. Her DIL (the one who introduced me to the croquettes!) had made this for Iftar. And it sounded really simple! Since she had no measurements – I am seriously surprised to see somebody who cooks like that these days! πŸ™‚ – I took help of Googlemaa to go through whatever was available online and made up my own version. This is just so easy to make! And delicious too… You can very well replace the chicken with a meat of your choice, even mince too! Off to the recipe…


5 from 1 vote

Erachi Pola ~ Chicken Cake

Serves 4
Course Snacks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda


  • 250 gm boneless chicken
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 2 green chillies minced
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 slices bread sides cut off
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp ghee


  • Cook the chicken with salt and pepper. Allow to cool and grind/ shred.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan. Saute onion with chilies till wilted.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell is gone.
  • Add in the shred chicken, turmeric and garam masala powder and cook for a couple of minutes. Check for seasoning and adjust.
  • Grind the bread and eggs to a thick paste.
  • In a saucepan, add the ghee and rotate to coat all over.
  • Combine the chicken and egg mixture and pour into the saucepan. Sprinkle the coriander leaves.
  • Keep on the lowest flame possible and cook till the top gets done, ie. when you touch, it will be non-sticky.
  • Flip onto a plate and serve warm.


You can replace chicken with boneless beef or mutton.
You can even use mince to make it easier!

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  1. Ah! the legendry pola! :-p I stir away from making these as we are just two and it is no good unless at least 2 to 4 eggs is going in it. But when served at any iftar party at home, both sweet or savoury – my hands pick them up first! πŸ˜› Your erachi pola looks so well done and perfectly cut! Look who cooking Malabar dish! πŸ˜› Always makes me wonder why I being from Malabar am not keen in cooking them! πŸ™ Guess husbands choice dominates our cooking style.. May be I should try and make an individual serving size πŸ˜›

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      When we were alone, we used to make them in small fry pans with 3 eggs, just enough to cut into half and enjoy… but not this one, the sweet ones… I have seen my family seems to be loving our type of food so want to concentrate more on it… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Fami…

  2. Absolutely divine rafeeda itha… Perfectly done

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sherien…

  3. Aameen!!the articles were a Good read and that too on western platform is more surprising !!! Until mentioned this doesn’t look like a savoury one .that perfect crust and cut resemble sweet tea time cake .Worth a try recipe!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I thought at least the coriander leaves would give it a savory cake look… hehe… Thanks a lot Nusrath, it is nice to see that Westerners are wanting to know more abut the actualities…

  4. The erachi pola looks yummm. A very filling snack during nonbu I guess.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      It is easy and quick Meena… thanks a lot…

  5. Tempting yummy pola

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  6. Kothiyavunnu, absolutely yum

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  7. Ramadan mubarak. May Allah give strength to all.
    The erachi pola looks delicious rafee, it kind of reminded me of quiche(crustless)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jyothi…

  8. 5 stars
    How interesting!
    That’s like what the British would call a savory pudding or we Americans would call a bread pudding. Although we would bake it instead of cooking it atop the stove.
    Ramadan Mubarak!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      It can be Bibi… Malabar had a lot of British and Arab influences, which side is first is not sure… All our bakes are on stove top! Thanks a lot dear…

  9. Erachi pola adipoli ayitunde…I have never had it though…Got to try it…there are so many recipes from your blog that I have bookmarked and yet to try…need to start experimenting one by one

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… don’t we all do that? We bookmark from each other’s blogs and never end up trying… I can understand… Thanks a lot Anupa…

  10. Adipoli pola πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Ruxana… πŸ™‚

  11. Ayesha latif says:

    Could we bake this too like a flan?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I have not tried baking it, but I am sure you can…

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