Chicken sandwich pola

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Preparation Time : 30 minutes

Cooking Time : 15- 20 minutes

Serving : 10 members


Chicken sandwich pola . The word Pola is used in malabar cuisine , referred to a dish sweet or savoury which is made with bread , eggs and milk as the main ingredient with a filling in between . I have heard about kaayapola which is made with ripe Kerala plantains . But the savoury pola was an eye opener to me as I didn’t know about it at all . I got know about this dish through UAE food guild where nawal althuaf had posted this recipe . Loved the look , recipe and easy procedure . Gave it a try and I was like ” I always use these ingredients in my kitchen but why didn’t my mind think of such an innovative concept  ” . The key to making this dish is slow cooking in very low heat to seal the sandwich together .  This particular recipe is a twist incorporated with modern interpretation to the authentic savoury malabar pola as in malabar cuisine they don’t use capsicum’s or bell peppers in their cooking . The dish had a lovely moist crisp outside with a hot juicy filling in between with a surprising array of aroma that is impeccable with  a delicate , alchemical infusion of flavours and textures . This made to impress dish will remain in your memory list of scrumptious food .


Big Eggs5
flour/Maida5 tablespoons
Milk 1 cup , ( this is an additional ingredient I added to get a moist pola )
bread7 to 8slices ( depends upon the size of your pan , in case your pan is too small take less amount of total ingredients)
capsicum (red , yellow and green cut into round shaped slices ) 1 slice each
coriander leavesfew
seasame seedswhite
black1/2 tablespoons
green chillies2 crushed
salt to taste

Ingredients For Masala Filling

Boneless Chicken300-400g( you can use mutton keema , fish , prawn , mixed vegetables , paneer or soya flakes instead )
Kashmiri Chilly pwd1 teaspoon heaped,
Turmeric powder1\2 teaspoon
Oil1 1/2 tablespoons
Onion finely chopped3
Green chilly finely chopped4 - 5 or more to taste
Ginger garlic paste1 teaspoon
Garam masala1\2 teaspoon
Curry leaveschopped few
Coriander leaveschopped few

Method for filling

  1. Marinate cleaned chicken  with chilly powder , turmeric powder and salt .Shallow fry Chicken pieces , cool and Mince by blitzing in the food processor .
  2. Heat oil in a board pan , sauté  onion and green chilly, till transparent.Add salt,  ginger garlic paste  and sauté to crisp .
  3. Add garam masala,  1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder ,curry leaves, coriander leaves and Mix well.
  4. Add shredded Chicken . mix well and remove from flame and set aside .

How to proceed

  1. Beat the eggs using an egg beater till frothy along with one cup milk . finally fold in the maida , salt and crushed  green  chillies till well mixed.
  2. Grease some ghee in a non stick shallow pan and heat the pan in a very low flame . pour half of the egg mix place the bread slices tightly Making sure there is no gap or holes in between the bread slices .
  3. Press and level with your  hand . the bread must be soaked in the egg mixture .  now add the masala all over it.again spread the bread (place it carefully making sure there are no  hole ‘s in between the bread slice’s ) .
  4. Now top with the remaining egg mixture and fill the sides with egg mix . after 2 mins ,add the capsicum rings , coriander leaves and sprinkle  sesame  seeds .8 cover and cook on a very low flame for 10 minutes .then turn other side carefully.
  5. Its very diffcult to turn over the sandwich pola using a spatula so place a greased non – stick dosa tawa over the non – stick shallow pan and tilt over the sandwich pola carefully .   ( this is a hassle free method ) .
  6. Place the tilted sandwich pola in the dosa tawa , over a very low flame and cook further for 2-3 minutes . Making sure you do not burn or brown the upper crust too much .
  7. We want a pale or bright yellow colour on the crust .  Check if the sandwich pola is cooked by inserting a tooth pick in the Center of the sandwich  pola , if it comes out clean . The  sandwich pola is cooked .
  8. Place the serving plate over the cooked sandwich  pola in the dosa tawa and turn over  to get the capsicum decorated side on top . Cut into wedges and serve hot as it is