Meen Ada/ Steamed Rice Pancake with fish masala filling

Meen Ada is very tasty malabar delicacy in which spicy fish masala is filled in rice pancakes and steamed.As the name implies, ‘meen’ in Malayalam means ‘fish’. Here, I have used kingfish which is fried,then shredded and then spicy fish masala filling is prepared.Adding roasted coconut and fennel seeds gives this dish a unique flavour and aroma.This is a healthy snack as it is steamed and not fried. Perfect for dinner, tea-time snack , family gatherings . It is also an ideal option for tiffin box.

Preparation time : 15 minutes

Cooking time : 20 minutes (for masala) + 15 minutes (for pancake)

Makes : approx. 15 pancakes

Ingredients :
For Fish masala filling :

  1. King fish – 1.5 cup (fried and shredded)
  2. onion – 2 (chopped)
  3. Tomato – 1 (chopped)
  4. ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  5. green chilli – 1 (optional)
  6. Kashmiri red chilly powder – 1 teaspoon
  7. Coriander powder – 3/4 teaspoon
  8. Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  9. grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  10. Fennel seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
  11. salt, oil
  12. curry leaves – 10 no.s

For the rice pancake :

  1. Rice flour (pathiri powder) – 2 cup
  2. Coconut – 1/2 cup
  3. fennel seeds- 1/4 teaspoon (optional)
  4. water, salt

Method :

1. In a pan, dry roast coconut,1/4 turmeric powder and fennel seeds for about 5 minutes. Switch off the flame. Once it is cooled, grind it to a coarse powder (without adding water). Keep it aside.

2 : Heat oil in a pan. saute onion till translucent . Add ginger-garlic paste and green chilly(optional – for extra spice requirement ). Saute until raw smell disappears . Now add tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes are soft and mushy.

3 : Now add kashmiri red chilly powder , coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Combine well.

4 : Now add the roasted and ground coconut powder to it. Give it a good mix.

5 : finally add fried and shredded king fish. Combine well. put curry leaves. Sim cook for a couple of minutes. remove from Flame.

6 : Mean while, Take a deep bowl, put rice flour, fennel seeds and salt. Grind grated coconut with little water coarsely. Pour this to the bowl and mix well with the rice flour. Now add water(luke warm) as needed and knead it into a soft dough. make approx. 15 balls out of it.

7 : Roll out a ball to a circle (size of that of a puri). Top half of the circle with fish masala. Cover it with the other side to form a semi circle. Repeat the same with all the balls.

8 : Steam cook the pancakes for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked.

Open the steamer. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes.

Transfer it to a serving dish, and enjoy!

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