Chatamari is a thin crepe/ pancake made with rice flour, topped with chopped or ground meat with seasoning. Chatamari looks similar to the popular south Indian dish dosa. Dosa is thinner and crisper than Chatamari and dosa is also rolled with potato masala whereas Chatamari is not rolled. This is an excellent and delicious appetizer from the Nepali cuisine.
Chatamari looks very similar to an Asian pizza and is very popularly prepared in the Newari cuisine in Himalayas. Chatamari is a kind or rice crepe and is a special dish of Newars. It is a special form of Newari roti made by rice flour is used specially during the guthis of Newars. Traditionally it has been popular among the other cultures as well. Many restaurants of Kathmandu serve this delicious dish and some restaurants also have names like Chatamari restaurant.
Traditionally the Chatamari did not have eggs in the rice flour but the meat topping was cooked over the rice flour. The most common problem with Chatamari is that the flour batter sticks on the pan. Hence it is made as a stiff rice flour pancake that is heavily loaded with beans, potatoes and any ground meat (red meat or chicken), seasoned with herbs and targeted with a well fried egg. Chatamari is unique in its own way and has all the ingredients similar to Pizza.
This is an excellent savory appetizer made of rice pancakes and stuffed with or without vegetarian or non-vegetarian mixture. The original recipe does not normally contain soaked Lentils, but the addition of black lentil paste to the rice flour not only make makes the rice flour base thin but also makes it non-sticky to the pan. South Indian Food Dosa also has black lentil mixed with rice flour to give it thin crispy texture without sticking to the pan.
Crêpes or pancakes are made by pouring a thin liquid batter (dosa batter) onto a hot frying pan or flat circular hot plate, often with a trace of butter on the pan’s surface. The batter is spread evenly over the cooking surface of the pan or plate either by tilting the pan or by distributing the batter with an offset spatula. There are also specially designed crêpe makers with a heatable circular surface that can be dipped in the batter and quickly pulled out to produce an ideal thickness and evenness of cooking. A cooked crêpe is a very thin pancake.
There are a variety of dosa that are being prepared in southern India like the Masala Dosa (spicy dosa), Rava dosa, Rava dosa (quick version), Banana dosai, Pesarattu green gram dosa and so on…. You could also prepare a variety of sweet and savory pancakes which are favorites to many.
For preparing these delicious and crispy stuffed Chatamari, mix the rice flour with 200 gram water and some salt and bake 6 very thin pancakes. In meantime, stir fry the ginger and the green onions for about 3 minutes and add the minced meat and the cumin seeds and stir fry for 8 minutes more. Mix the tomato sauce with the chilies and distribute over the pancakes. Spoon the mince meat on top. You can serve them like this or else roll them up and bake them in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes (thus, you can also prepare them in advance). Serve hot with spicy Achar or chutney.
Do try this exceptionally delicious and yummy dish which would make your kids delightful. Click on the below link for the detailed recipe:
Chatamari or rice pancakes from the Newari cuisine has always been popular in the valley be it for lunch, dinner, breakfast or tea. Newari cuisine is always a culinary delight with its unique taste, peculiar cooking style and natural spices that became as popular as Chinese and Indian cuisine.
Nepali cuisine is very popular for their authentic recipes like the Aloo Tama (Bamboo shoot and potato), Masu (meat with spices (curry) and gravy. usually served with rice. Most Nepalese eat chicken, mutton. Some eat buffalo and pork), Gundruk (dried and fermented green vegetables leaves. when made to soup gives a slightly sour, slightly tangy) etc.