Eylanchi ~ “Love Letters”

I was wondering why this snack never appeared on the blog! Hmm… this happens to be one of HD’s favourite chai time snack. I don’t know how much he loves it but whenever we have sudden guests and he runs down to the restaurant to get some snacks, he would pick up a few of these. The restaurant ones would be so sweet that the guests wouldn’t eat it much, however once they are gone, he would happily sit and have them.


Umma would also make them each time she would run out of ideas for tea snacks. I don’t understand why they have a tag name “Love Letters” – may be it is because of the sweetness hidden inside a normal cover! πŸ™‚ There is another interesting name for Β this snack in my place – mayyithappam. “Mayyith” actually means dead body… grrr… I would always tell umma not to call it by that name! Sounds so gross, right? Hehe… Anyway, this is the way that umma used to make – coconut filled in plain maida dosa. When I checked up a recipe book I had, it involved making rice dosas, and I have noticed that even restaurant ones we get here have a mix of rice flour and maida… Till I try out the more authentic version InShaAllah next time I get time to try it – this is so much more easier! – let us see the way umma, and I make it for a quickie…




Eylanchi ~ "Love Letters"

Course Snacks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup all purpose flour maida
  • 2/3 milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup water
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp ghee


  • Whisk all the ingredients to make crepes till smooth and watery.
  • Make thin crepes out of the same on a crepe pan with a little oil brushed. You only need to cook one side, no need to flip.
  • Heat ghee in a saucepan. Add all the other ingredients for the filling and saute on low flame for a couple of minutes, just till the sugar melts and the coconut starts to look crispy. Switch off.
  • Spread a thin layer of the coconut filling in the centre of one crepe and roll.
  • Fold the centre (like seen in the picture) and transfer to a serving plate. Repeat till all crepes are done.
  • Serve warm with a cup of chai!


You can use the coconut without sauteing in ghee. Just mix all ingredients without the ghee till combined, though this sauteed version is slightly more delicious! πŸ™‚

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  1. A delicious and easy tea time snack. ….

    1. Thank you so much Nusrath…

  2. This was a regular in our hostel at 4 with tea..like it a lot..but have never made it at home..looks delicious

    1. Thank you so much Kaveri…

  3. Look delicious Raffe!!

    1. Thanks a lot Gloria…

  4. I love it anytime….I knew that it was called loveletter too…but other names were kind of new to me…glad to know about it

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  5. Looks delicious Rafee.. My kids will love it

    1. Thanks a lot Jyothi…

  6. Its one of my favorite too… We used to make with sweet egg filling and call it Allahu a'ala(Allah knows).. it seems when sum1 asked its name, the reply was so, as it wasnt given a name before… It must be called mayyithappam may be is wrapped like one… Wierd how malabari ppl give such names.

    1. Haha… I like that name, Febi! The filling with egg sounds like the one for unnakkaaya… Thanks a lot dear…

  7. Looks yum rafee, what is in a name, it is all in the taste, and definitely it looks delicious!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Priya… πŸ™‚

  8. very interesting names for such a lovely desert or do you eat it as a snack?

    1. Thank you so much Nammi…

  9. Looks like a delicious snack!

    1. Thanks a lot Beulah…

  10. hmm…lipsmacking…and nice to know it has so many names…

    1. Thank you so much Amrita…

  11. wow rafi, i never heard of this dish. Sounds interesting.

    1. Thank you so much Shweta…

  12. This is something new to me.. interesting name and looks delicious too..

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  13. Simple yummy snack. we called it mutta patire

    1. Thank you so much Beena…

  14. Love this snack..yummy..

    1. Thanks a lot Shabbu…

    1. Thanks a lot Ruxana…

  15. Yummy & tasty snack!!

    1. Thanks a lot Sony…

  16. crepes version,filling version both luks great n easy too…

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

  17. we call this mutta churul and love letter too..You have made them perfectly rolled,I just stick by folding it in half πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie… πŸ™‚

  18. We make it with an egg in the batter …a staple at home for 4 oclock snack..ok myith may be because the dosa roll is limp unlike other stiff ones we make.

    1. At our home too, Meena… Thank you so much dear…

  19. this is so beautifully made

    1. Thanks a lot Monu…

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