Pettipathil or vattapathil is a Ramzan special recipe that is common in Thalassery. The dough filled with Chicken masala and boiled egg is a tasty snack that can be prepared so easily. You may be doubtful why it is named pettipathil, if it is cut in the shape of square we call it Pettipathil or if you cut it in the shape of circle it is called Vattapathil. You may have it at your evenings or a tea party. I like the flavor of the onion masala along with boiled egg and it is a little bit spicy to. In Ramzan almost all houses will have this snack at evening. It is enough for filling the stomach that was hungry during fasting. In my home pettipathil is must for my father at Ramzan evenings.
Petti means box and vatta means round in Malayalam and pathil is a term commonly used for roti/ appam. This snack has a special place in our parties like thakarrams and all.
Malabari recipes will not be completed without this pettiapathill. It is just like irachipathil(chicken pathil ) but the shape and egg stuffing is 'extra' in this snack. The making is simple. If you have the chapatti dough in your home just prepare a chicken/meat/fish masala and stuff it in the dough and fry it. Try and share it with your relatives to know the feedback.
Making the Masala
Marinate chicken pieces with salt,turmeric powder and chilly powder
Heat a pan and pour 3 or 4 tbsp of oil and fry the chicken pieces in it until brown color
Remove it from the pan and keep it aside.Crush it into small pieces.
Saute onion in that oil until golden color.Add 1/2 tsp salt in it while sauteing.You can pour some more oil if needed.
Add green chillies,crushed ginger-garlic into it.Stir well.Let the flame in medium temperature so that the onion masala will not stick on to the pan.
Put turmeric powder and chilly powder into it.Mix well
Add fried chicken pieces and mix.
Switch off the flame and keep it aside.
Boil egg in a vessel by pouring water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove the peel and cut it into two pieces.
Making the dough
Mix All purpose flour and wheat flour or you can take only maida flour itself and add salt.
Pour 1 cup of water and mix well with your hand and form a dough.
Roll the dough into smaller lemon sized balls.
Flatten the balls into a circular shape with a roller.
Filling the Masala
Put 2 tbsp of onion masala over the flatten circular flour .
Put half of the egg over it.
Cover it with another flatten dough.
Press the sides with your finger.
Cut along the sides of the dough filling with a cutter or knife and remove the cut portion.
Heat a Frying vessel and pour 3 or 4 cups of oil in it.Let it boil.
Put the filled dough into the oil and fry it until golden color.