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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Whole Wheat Steamed Fish Pancakes (Meen Pathiri)

           It's a very healthy dinner or snack filled with  protein, and steamed not fried!  This is one of the main items on the Iftar menu... This is traditionally steamed in banana leaves...but since I didn't have any handy, i used whole wheat flour so it wont be sticky....It was really juicy & spicy...

Ingredients (for dough)

1.Rice powder-3/4 cup
2.Whole wheat flour(Atta)-1 1/2 cup
4.Fennel Seeds powder(perum jeeraka podi)-1/2 tsp(optional)

Ingredients (for filling) 

6.Onions-2 (chopped finely)
7.Tomato-1/2 of a medium one(chopped )
8.Green chillies-1 or 2 (according to taste)
9.Curry leaves-chopped finely 
10.Coconut-3/4 cup (grated) (mix it with little red chilly powder(1/2 tsp)in a bowl)
11.Coconut Milk-4 tbsp (just to make the filling moist)
12.Pepper-1/2 tsp

Dough Preparation

~Mix the three ingredients in a bowl with spoon.
~Add little water slowly & keep mixing.
~Make it into a soft dough like for roti & keep it aside.


Filling Preparation

~Marinate the fish in red chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt for half an hour
~Half fry the fish & let it cool.
~Remove the bone and skin and shred the fish.
~Add 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and saute onions till transparent.
~Add the tomato & saute for 3 mins.
~Add green chillies and curry leaves.
~Add the mixed coconut and saute on low flame for 5 mins. 
~Add coconut milk & saute for 1 min & remove from flame. 

Pancakes Preparation

 ~Take a small ball of the prepared dough.
~Dust with atta & roll it into a small roti.
~Spread filling on top evenly on half of the roti.
~Cover the filling with the other half of roti like an envelope.
~Now seal the sides with your fingers
~Transfer it into the idli steamer or pressure cooker and cook for 25 mins or till done.

             If in the pressure cooker, keep a lid inside & fill with 1/4 water of the cooker & place the vessel containing the pancakes inside & close the cooker without the weight on in high flame.When the steam starts coming with full force reduce the flame to low.

~Take out the vessel with the pancakes & place them into a plate & slice them into 2 halves & serve..

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