Erachi Pathiri (Steamed-Layered Rice cake with meat stuffing)

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As you get to the northern part of Kerala, you will come across various pathiris. Pathiris are basically a flat bread. Some are made with rice flour some with All-purpose flour and the other with wheat flour. It can be plain, stuffed, steamed, fried or cooked on a tawa. The names you hear for the pathiris are very interesting. The names can be confusing too. The pathiri that you know by a name in one region will be an entirely different thing in another region.
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Entering the second phase of the Blogging Marathon, conducted by Srivalli of Spice your life . I am joining in for the Picnic Hamper theme. I have chosen erachi pathiri. This is a stuffed pathiri. This pathiri is steamed rice cake with layers of filling. As this version of the pathiri is called erachi pathiri in my part of Kerala, I am sure it will be known by other names elsewhere in Kerala.
The pathiri is a complete meal in itself. It is hassle free to pack and transport. Can be served on a paper nakin at the picnic. This is a good addition to any picnic basket.
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For the beef masala
  1. Beef– 250 gm
  2. Onion -1 large (diced)
  3. Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  4. Tomato – 1
  5. Green chillies – 2 or 3 crushed
  6. Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  7. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  8. Coriander Powder – ½ tsp
  9. Garam Masala – ¼ tsp
  10. Salt – 1 tsp
  11. Coriander leaves – a handful
  12. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  13. Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp.
For the Pathiri
  1. Basmati rice / Jeerakasala rice – 1 cup (uncooked, washed and soaked for 3-4 hrs)
  2. Coconut milk – ½ cup
  3. Egg – 1
  4. Salt – ¼ tsp
  5. Small onion – 2
  6. Fennel seed – ¼ tsp


For the beef masala
  1. Pressure cook the beef with the salt and turmeric for 4 whistles. The beef must be soft.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the beef a couple of times to make shreds of it.
  3. In a pan, heat the oil and sauté the onions till it becomes a light brown colour.
  4. Add the ginger garlic paste and the crushed green chillies to the pan and cook it off till the raw smell goes away ( 2-3 min)
  5. Now add the tomato and cook it will the oil can be seen at the sides (5 min approx.)
  6. Put all the powders and let it cook for another 2 min
  7. Add the beef to this and let it cook on a low heat for 10 min. If there is stock in the cooker that you cooked the beef, add a couple of tbsp. of that to the pan
  8. Lastly, taste test it and add the chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves.
  9. Let it cool
The pathiri
  1. Grind the rice with the coconut milk. If the mentioned quantity is not enough add maybe a ¼ cup of water. The batter you get should be like crepe batter. Grind till smooth.
  2. Crush the small onions and fennel seeds together and stir it into the batter
  3. Beat the egg into the batter
  4. Take a idli steamer and a cake tin or any circular dish that will fit in the steaming section of the steamer.
  5. Fill the steamer with water and put it on the stove and let the steam build up
  6. Grease the cake tin liberally with ghee.
  7. Pour a small layer of the batter in the cake tin and place it in the steamer (for a 6” tin 2 medium sized ladle is good enough)
  8. Bring the flame to a medium low and steam for 5 min
  9. Open the steamer and add the masala on top of the first layer of the pathiri
  10. Ladle some more batter to cover masala (2 ladles for 6” tin)
  11. Steam for 5 min
  12. Continue till the pan is ¾ full
  13. The last layer should be the batter
  14. After the last layer is added, reduce the flame to low and let the pathiri steam for 10 min


A sweet version of this can be made by making a filling of coconut, sugar sautéed in ghee and flavoured with cardamom.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#76


15 Comments Add yours

  1. ruchi indu says:

    I was searching for this recipe. now that ramadan is starting, I guess kerala muslim will make this often. Will definitely try. Just a doubt, I didnt find the use of egg in the ‘method’

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    1. Zerin Bobby Hussain says:

      Hi Ruchi, i realized that and edited the post


  2. We don’t have this towards our side, but last time (or was it the time before?), I made it with prawns and everybody loved it. I guess it is more called as Kinnapathiri… 🙂 As long as it is food and tastes delicious, what’s in a name! 😉

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    1. Zerin Bobby Hussain says:



  3. Priya Suresh says:

    Wow this rice cake with meat stuffing looks a complete dish. And have heard about this dish but never tried at home, now you are tempting me to make some soon.

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  4. gayathriraani says:

    I have made the sweet version of this and loved it to the core. Your savoury version looks good..

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  5. It’s a meat dish , but looks so good ! Can it be made into a veg one ?

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    1. Zerin Bobby Hussain says:

      I have not tried or seen this dish in veg version. We make it with some coconut and sugar/jaggery filling as a sweet version. But I think a nice veg masala would make a great filling.


  6. wow this is something totally new to me but I would love to try. It looks so good although I might try with lamb, goat or chicken which I eat more of!

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    1. Zerin Bobby Hussain says:

      We make with chicken and prawns filling as well.


  7. Now, this is an interesting recipe. Must try it for my elder daughter who is a rice fan. Will try with mushrooms maybe.


  8. Pavani says:

    This is a totally new dish for me. Can this be made with a vegetarian filling?


  9. Nalini says:

    Eraichi mathiri looks so delicious and the filling sounds interesting.

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  10. Srivalli Jetti says:

    Oh yes talk about recipe names and being used differently..:)..I have made rice flour Pathiris and enjoyed it so much..I have also tried some sweet versions of steamed ones…each one as delicious as it can be on its own..this one sounds fantastic..I am sure we can replace the stuffing with a kadala curry thick stuffing..:)


  11. cookingwithsapana says:

    It sounds like an interesting dish to try. I would love to try the sweet version first. Dou you have the recipe for that?


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