Fish Pathiri is popular in Northern Kerala. I tasted Fish Pathiri for the first time from a friend’s house and liked it a lot. I decided to try Fish Stuffed Parathas similar to Fish Pathiri. I had a few Tilapia Fillets and prepared the stuffing using it. These Fish Parathas tasted yummy and we enjoyed it. If you love Fish, you should give this recipe a try.
This is an excellent tiffin for kids. If you have fish fillets, you can make this quickly.
For the stuffing
- Tilapia Fish Fillets – 2 (You can use any Fish of your choice)
- Finely Diced Onions – 1 small
- Diced Tomatoes – 1 large
- Finely Diced Green Chillies – 2 (Optional)
- Minced Ginger – 1 tbsp
- Minced Garlic – 1 tbsp
- Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Red Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp (Alter according to your Spice Tolerance)
- Fish Masala Powder – 1 tbsp (I used Eastern Fish Masala powder)
- Black Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 to 1 tsp
- Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp + 2 tsp
- Salt – to taste
For the Paratha
- Wheat Flour – 2 cups
- Salt – to taste
- Warm Water – as needed
- Oil/Ghee – few teaspoons
- Wheat Flour (for dusting) – as needed
Making the dough
- Combine wheat flour, little salt and 1 tsp oil in a bowl.
- Slowly, add warm water and start kneading to form a smooth dough which is not sticky.
- Drizzle a few drops of oil to coat the outer surface of the dough. Cover the dough with a wet cloth and keep it aside for 15-20 minutes.
Preparing the Fish Masala
- Wash the Tilapia fillets and soak it in water along with 1 tbsp lemon juice. Rinse and drain after 5 minutes.
- Marinate the fillets with salt, turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp red chilly powder.
- Microwave the fillets for 4-5 minutes. Shred the fish with a fork and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and saute onions until translucent.
- Add ginger, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves and saute for a few minutes.
- Add tomatoes along with salt to taste and cook until soft and pulpy.
- Reduce heat and add 1/2 tsp chilly powder, 1 tbsp fish masala powder, 1/2 tsp black pepper powder, garam masala powder and saute for 2 minutes.
- Add the shredded tilapia pieces and mix everything well. Sprinkle 2 tsp lemon juice.
- Cover the pan and cook on medium low heat for 5-7 minutes till it is completely cooked and dry.
Rolling out Parathas
- Make big lemon sized balls from the dough using your palms.
- Flatten each ball by dusting it lightly in wheat flour.
- Place the flattened dough on a rolling board and start rolling to form a thin circle of 4-5″ diameter.
- Make 2 such Parathas and keep aside.
- Take a spoonful or two of the fish masala and spread it on the surface of one paratha.
- Take the second Paratha and place it on the first Paratha and seal the edges thoroughly by pressing it.
- Continue to make Stuffed Parathas with the remaining dough.
Baking the Parathas
- Heat a tava or non stick pan/griddle on medium high heat. Place the stuffed paratha on the hot tava.
- Cook both sides of the Paratha on medium heat till it is starts puffing and small brown spots start appearing.
- With the back of a spoon dipped in oil, you can dab oil on both sides of the paratha to make it soft.
- Serve these Fish Parathas with any Raitha and Pickle.
- You can also use Canned Fish for this recipe. Canned Tuna is an excellent choice.
- Fish Masala Powder is optional. You can use Coriander Powder and Fennel Seeds Powder instead of Fish Masala Powder.