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Pattis | Crispy flaky Sri Lankan Street Food

Pattis is a Sri Lankan street food. It has a flaky exterior and yummy chicken, Tuna, or Veggie Filling inside. This recipe will show you my tricks on how to make Pattis

With Sri Lanka’s long history as a land of spices, it seems only natural that the local food even the cheaper food sold on the street corners uses local ingredients and traditional cooking styles into tasty, thrilling dishes. 

Every street corner there is a wide variety of short eats available for travelers to buy for a cheaper price. In this recipe, I will show you how to make one of these yummy street foods. Pattis is one of the most common and famous Sri Lankan foods ever. 

This recipe I have developed by myself. The flakiness of the outer layer is to die for. Filling inside made with a verity of spices brings back memories of my childhood. 

Scroll to the bottom of the page for step by step instructions and photos. I hope you will give this a try.

Remember to tag Ceylon_tastes on Instagram if you make this or any of my recipes. 


  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour

  • 1/2 cup Cold Butter

  • 10 tbsp Cold Water

  • 1 Tsp Salt

  • 1 Can of Tuna or Chicken

  • 2 Carrots

  • 2 Boiled Potatoes Optional

  • One Jalapeño

  • Garlic 2 cloves

  • 1/2 cup Onion

  • Spices: Chili Powder Chili Flakes, Cumin, Salt, Pepper & Turmeric


  • For the Filing – Heat a few tablespoons of Oil, Sautée Garlic and Onion. Into that add Jalapeño

  • Once everything is fried well and tender, add Shredded Carrots

  • Let Carrots tender, Mix in Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, Chili Flakes, Cumin Powder, and Turmeric

  • Once everything is mixed well, add the boiled potatoes. Mashed the potatoes and add to the mix, Combine well ( this is an additional step) 

  • Add Tuna Or Boiled/ Grilled Chicken into the mixture at the end and mix everything

  • Let it cook for a few minutes. Taste little of the mixture to make sure it’s season well

  • How to Make the Dough – In a bowl, add flour, Add Salt 

  • Take the butter Right away out of the fridge and cut into small cubes. Incorporate into the flour

  • Now mix everything, I have used a fork to crumble butter and mix in with the flour. Refer to the video for more clarification. All the butter pieces should be incorporated with the flour

  • I have tried mixing with a food processor, It makes everything so much easier 

  • Now add little water at a time and make the dough ball, the mixture should form into a ball and it should not be sticky

  • Divide the ball into two and cover with plastic wrap

  • Keep in the fridge for 40 minutes

  • Take one dough out of the fridge, flatten the dough using a roller

  • Cut rounds, Place the prepared filling inside and fold onto half

  • Seal the edges, use a fork to press the edges and also to get the shape

  • Deep Fry both sides until golden color. Flip every few minutes

  • Let all the oil drain, Store these in an airtight container in the fridge for days ( Although I doubt it will last much longer as everyone loves these so much!)