Veethi pathil /steamed rice pancakes with shrimp stuffing

Yet another malabar delicacy, veethy pathil is a perfect treat to your tastebuds. The batter for the pancakes is made in a pouring consistency and the shrimp stuffing is dropped into the batter so it sinks in between and when steamed, we get a perfect blend of tasty shrimp alongside flavored soft rice. The shrimp is cooked completely in the gravy, so the gravy is rich and contains a heavy flavor of the shrimp. The rice batter for the pancakes is made of good quality basmati, generous amount of coconut, shallots and aromatic fennel seeds. Shallots are my recently found love and is the magic ingredient that multiplies the taste of any food by a factor of a thousand.

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Ingredients:

For the stuffing:

  • Shrimps – washed and cleaned thoroughly
  • Onions – 2 sliced
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 teaspoons
  • shallots – 5-6 roughly chopped
  • Green chillies – 2 chopped
  • Fresh coriander – a handful
  • Chilly powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • fennel seeds – 2-3 teaspoons
  • Salt to taste

For the batter:

  • Basmati rice – 1 cup washed and soaked at least for 5 hours
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Shallots – 5-6
  • Salt to taste

Method:

Stuffing:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add the onions and shallots and saute well
  2. Add ginger garlic paste, green chillies and continue to saute until onions are translucent.
  3. Slightly crush the fennel seeds and add to the onions.
  4. Add Chilly powder, turmeric poiwder, coriander powder, pepper powder and continue to cook.
  5. Add the washed shrimps to the masala, add some water and cover and cook until the gravy thickens and oil comes out.
  6. Add fresh coriander (optional)

Pancakes:

  1. In a blender, add all the ingredients for the batter along with sufficient water and blend until you get a pouring consistency.
  2. Pour all the batter into the vessel intended for steaming.
  3. Using a small teaspoon drop the stuffing into the batter so that it sinks well into the batter. leave spaces in between, do not overdo this step.
  4. Steam this for around 5-10 mins, insert a toothpick to see if the pancakes are completely cooked. Do not overcook. (You can use a rice cooker, idly cooker or any kind of steamer for this)

 

Notes:

  1. You can also cook the shrimps separately and add to the gravy, but cooking the shrimp in the gravy gives it a better flavor and adds to the taste.
  2. you can use any kind of meat for the filling, but, trust me,  nothing like shrimps!!
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