Thursday, December 30, 2010


I called this dish “meat pie” because it’s got meat and some crust...but the method of preparation is none like the English meat pie. Taste wise, it’s "SPICY" and absolutely awesome!! Its a regional preparation of North Kerala called "Adhishaya Pathiri" in Malayalam.

Once more, I should warn's a very very spicy dish! I love a lot of meat and thin layers seperating them but you could thicken the layers and adjust according to your taste. Addition of cream to the egg mixture will give you the custardy texture. I have not added it though because the authentic recipe does not have cream.

Here the recipe calls for baking. You can cook it on the stove too, at medium heat in a heavy bottom and heavy lid non-stick vessel. Meat can be replaced by vegetables or chicken too. 

Happy cooking J.
Ingredients: (serves 6)

For pie layers:
Flour - 2cups (adjust according to size of your baking dish)
Coconut oil- 1 tablespoon
Water to knead dough
Salt to taste

For meat filling:
Tender Beef or meat of your choice - 1/2 kg cut, clean and deboned
Freshly ground ginger garlic paste - 3 tablespoon
Onion- 4 medium size sliced (use only 3/4th for cooking beef)
Green chillies- 5 finely chopped
Tomato- 1 large chopped finely
Cayenne pepper/chilli powder- 1tablespoon
Turmeric powder- 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder- 1 tablespoon
Garam masala- 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs roughly chopped
Salt to taste

For setting pie:
Eggs- 7
Green chillies- 4 finely chopped
Garam masala- 1 teaspoon
Poppy seeds- ½ teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil for coating pan


1.       Marinate beef with the ingredients listed for meat filling and leave for 20 mins.
2.       Mix flour, salt and coconut oil. Add water little by little by little and knead into dough as done for chapatti. Make into 4 equal balls. Cover and keep aside.
3.       Cook the mixture with 3 cups of water in pressure cooker for 20mins on a medium flame. Adjust water level according to size of cooker and quantity of meat.
4.       After 20mins, open and cook till water content is reduced to almost zero. Let it cool down.
5.       Shred meat mixture coarsely in the grinder.
6.       Heat oil in pan and sauté the sliced onion till it’s transparent. Now add meat mixture and mix well. At this point if there is any excess moisture, let it evaporate.
7.       Leave aside to cool.
8.       Roll the dough into circles of similar thickness and size. Their size should be almost the size of your baking dish.
9.       Heat a pan and cook the 4 layers one by one on both sides till it’s cooked. But don’t let it brown.  Refer picture below for texture.
10.   Beat eggs with the listed ingredients.
11.   Grease the baking pan with oil.
12.   Dip a layer in the egg mixture and place in baking pan.
13.   Spread meat mixture generously.
14.   Dip next layer into the egg and repeat process.
15.   On top of the last layer pour the egg mixture. All the layers should be submerged in egg mixture.
16.   Bake at 200⁰C in preheated oven for 30mins. Time will vary from oven to oven. The top layer will turn light brown when pie is ready.
17.   Serve hot. There’s no need of accompaniments.


  1. THAT looks fantastic! I am definitely on board with this, and I love spicy bring on the heat! Thanks for sharing this, looks awesome!

  2. I can't eat very spicy food so I may tweak this recipe a bit - but other than that, it sounds mmmm mmmm good! I was sold on the picture to begin with - great job!

  3. This meat pie is absolutely mouthwatering. I love the spices you've used. This is nice hearty dish to counter all this cold weather and snow!

  4. Wow! All I can say is Wow! A good recipe with a really impressive outcome. Great Pics! Thanks so much for sharing this!
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  5. Oh wowww..that looks amazingly tasty and beautiful!!! Happy New Year!!!

  6. 'Very very spicy.' Sounds like the perfect dish for us. AND we both love pie. This looks like a fabulous alternative!
    Best wishes for 2011. Happy New Year.

  7. Wow! Lots of great spices in here...I know I would definately like this. Thanks for sharing!

  8. That looks so tasty! Happy new Year!

  9. This sounds like a great dish for winter. Plus with the layers it looks very elegant!

    Have a great new year!

  10. This pie looks amazing. Saving the recipe.

  11. This looks great. I'm going to try it with some smoked chicken I've got on hand... thanks for the inspiration!
    Oh, and by the way - Happy New Year to you!

  12. Wow, I bet it taste even more delicious than it sounds! All the best wishes to you and your family in 2011 ^_^

  13. I've decided for the new year, that I'm not going to try to re-capture your amazing recipes...instead, just enjoying, and feasting my eyes!
    These are your creations, and I applaud your great talennt!
    I wish you the best, for the new year!

  14. Awee....I love all those comments in here!!! Thanks guys & a very happy New Year.

  15. Oooooh, this looks really delicious. I'm a huge fan of any sort of layered, one-pot meal anyway, but this sounds extra amazing. Yum!

  16. Just bookmarked this! I love it... will definitely want to have a go at this delicious and spicy meat pie

  17. This looks incredible! I will definitely be trying this!

  18. Nice work. Its looks amazing.

  19. Happy New Year! This sounds like a great recipe - just the perfect amount of spices for some zing! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Beautiful, beautiful dish! Love something so dense and meaty at this time of the year AND spicy! Yum. Glad to see you! Look forward to 2011!

  21. exaggerating dishsh...............
    thnk u

  22. Spicy is good in my book...your meat pie looks perfect :)

  23. I have never in my life seen anything like this. It's gorgeous and the kind of meal that would cause conversation; good conversation. Thanks so much for passing along the recipe.

  24. Oh my gosh I love this! I did a sort of Mexican dish where I layered meat and tortillas. So wonderful!

  25. This is my fav dish , we call it chatti pathiri .

  26. Thanx shabs! Actually the sweet version is called chatti pathiri and this one is called adhisaya pathiri....err..tats wat i learnt form folks of tat region...correct me if i am wrong! :)

  27. hahahah we call the sweet version athishaya pathiri . I actually have no idea what is the correct name and btw whr r u from ? I am from Mahe , kannur district .

  28. Your images are fantastic and everything looks so tasty! :) Thanks for the add, again.

    - Anthony


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