Chatamari | How to make Nepali Pizza

Chatamari from Nepali

Chatamari is a Nepali Pizza or Newari Pizza popular as a street food comes in different versions like Egg Chatamari, Keema Chatamari and Plain Chatamari. This popular Street food has Rice crepe as the base, with various toppings made just simple vegetarian toppings to meat toppings along with Nepali spices. Most street version often has cheese and egg on top.

The Chatamari is cooked on the stovetop with all the ingredients going one after the another to get done in one shot. This dish hardly takes more than 5 to 7 mins to get done.

The pizza crust has a delicious crunchy texture because thin rice batter is used. I heavily adapted this dish to suit my own taste. I referred a couple of online sites and majorly got inspired by this recipe. However, since this is a street food, I took the liberty to mix based on different sources to my own preferences.

Since the popular versions seem to have egg omelette included, I made a vegetarian version by using Chickpea flour or Besan and added all the other spices, topped with vegetables and cheese. If you want you can top it with minced meat or omelette as your choice.

Finally, in addition to this Chatamari, I had a choice to pick like Coxinha, Cha Gio, Chalupas, Carrozza. However, since I was also keen not to repeat countries, I had to skip all these and stick to Chatamari from Nepal. So for the A to Z International Street Foods, it was a delicious Pizza with a twist. If you are interested to know theย Flatbread for C, check this post.

This Nepali Pizza is actually so easy and hardly takes time, that I literally procrastinated making this and attacking other dishes that sounded complicated.

As I had mentioned Konda has been busy but I made she was around during the tasting part as she was the only person who would willingly test my creations. So we had a good in between meal and with all those cheese and the crispy rice base, it was so delicious. I suggest you really have a thin Rice pancake cooked in Butter.

This is a Vegan dish if you replace the butter, in fact, the original dish calls for cooking oil, I replaced it with butter. I thoughts what’s street food if not for indulgence.

Chatamari from Nepali

In this A to Z International Street Foods:

A for Arancini / Arancini di Riso: Sicilian Rice Balls
B for Bunny Chow

How to make Chatamari

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Chatamari | How to make Nepali Pizza

Ingredients Needed:

For the Rice Layer

1 cup Rice Flour
Salt to taste
Pepper to Taste

For the Besan/ Chickpea layer

1 /2 cup Besan / Chickpea flour
Salt to taste
Pepper to Taste
1 /2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 / 2 tsp Cumin Powder
1 / 4 tsp Coriander Powder

For the Vegetable Layer

1/2 Onion finely chopped
1 no Tomato diced
1 / 4 Capsicum
1 no Green Chilli finely chopped
A PInch Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander

Other Ingredients
4 tbsp Mozzarella Cheese
1 tsp Butter per chatamari

How to make Chatamari

For the Rice Layer

In a bowl, mix the Rice Flour, Salt and Pepper. The consistency should be very thin and you should be able to pour the batter and swirl it on the pan.

For the Besan/ Chickpea layer

In a bowl, take the Besan, add Salt, Pepper and other spice powders. Add water and make a thin batter. Let this set for 2 mins, while you prep the vegetables.

For the Vegetable Layer

Shred all the vegetables very fine or thin. You can mix all the vegetables together with the seasoning and let it sit for a couple of minutes, while you prepare the layers

Assembling the Chatamari

Heat a nonstick pan with butter, quickly pour a ladleful of Rice batter and swirl it around to coat well.
Simmer and pour the chickpea batter into circles and not completely covering the rice layer.
Top it with the chopped vegetables and finally garnish with grated cheese. Cover with lid for the cheese to melt.
This entire Chatamari needs to be cooked in slow flame.
Serve hot with a sauce on side.

Vegetarian Chatamari

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Chatamari | How to make Nepali Pizza
Chatamari is a Nepali Pizza, popular as a street food. This is a sort of pancake made with Rice flour, topped with eggs and vegetables, cooked on the stovetop. Popular versions include chatamari topped with minced meat or even just vegetables and mostly topped with cheese and egg.
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Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine Nepal
By Cook Method Stovetop
Occasion Evening Snack
By Diet Kid Friendly, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 to 7 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
For the Rice Layer
For the Besan/ Chickpea layer
For the Vegetable Layer
Other Ingredients
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine Nepal
By Cook Method Stovetop
Occasion Evening Snack
By Diet Kid Friendly, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 to 7 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the Rice Layer
For the Besan/ Chickpea layer
For the Vegetable Layer
Other Ingredients
Chatamari from Nepali
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Instructions
For the Rice Layer
  1. In a bowl, mix the Rice Flour, Salt and Pepper. The consistency should be very thin and you should be able to pour the batter and swirl it on the pan.
For the Besan/ Chickpea layer
  1. In a bowl, take the Besan, add Salt, Pepper and other spice powders. Add water and make a thin batter. Let this set for 2 mins, while you prep the vegetables.
For the Vegetable Layer
  1. Shred all the vegetables very fine or thin. You can mix all the vegetables together with the seasoning and let it sit for a couple of minutes, while you prepare the layers
Assembling the Chatamari
  1. Heat a nonstick pan with butter, quickly pour a ladleful of Rice batter and swirl it around to coat well.
  2. Simmer and pour the chickpea batter into circles and not completely covering the rice layer.
  3. Top it with the chopped vegetables and finally garnish with grated cheese. Cover with lid for the cheese to melt.
  4. This entire Chatamari needs to be cooked in slow flame.
  5. Serve hot with a sauce on side.
Recipe Notes

The original recipe calls only for cooking oil. I added butter to make it more interesting. This is a typical Vegan dish.

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19 comments

  1. Nepali Pizza, am hearing for the first time. Seriously even Nepalis do pizzas, wondering here. However this stove top pizza is totally very interesting and quite new to me.

  2. Me too, hearing for the first time. And love the fact the it doesn’t use any all purpose flour for the base and it’s a perfect gluten free base for pizza !!! Looks delicious,Valli. Bookmarked to try !!!

  3. wow such an delicious looking nepali pizza , My daughter would like this kind of pizza too, will make it for her some day.. Stove pizza are my favorite as am too lazy to make the yeasted pizza base in the oven, The base with rice flour sounds really Interesting.. Your daughter is so generous in showing love for you creations valli ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. What an interesting pizza recipe Valli. This one is totally new to me. All those layers with rice flour, besan, veggies and cheese sounds so unique and delicious. I would love to try this some time.

  5. Totally new concept, Valli. My older one just told me that she is willing to try it. I am amazed by the simplicity of this. A distant cousin of our uthappam:)

  6. I was reading about chatmari the other day and was fascinated by the name , really it gives the feel of chat ! Itโ€™s an excellent take on pizza and I am sure it will be a big hit with adults too , specially my hubby ! Will be trying it very very soon .
    Super pick for the alphabet C !

  7. Reading about it for the first time. What a wonderful pizza to have and that too based on rice and besan! The final pizza looks amazing Valli and it is so good to have Konda to relish your creations..

  8. You will be only one to go for hard ones ignoring the easy recipes. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love your passion. Awesome and this Nepali pizza sounds delicious and as you mentioned its easy to make too. Love it.

  9. Valli, seriously this is such a great pick and love that you have made it egg less. This is such a great alternate our regular dosai and with the name if the pizza, the kids would happily eat it. First time, seeing two different batters vein layered one on top of another.

  10. Ohh yumm, that looks delicious valli! I remember making chatamari for one of our mega BM! Thanks for reminding we sometimes never get to cook these dishes again, would love to go back and try certain dishes which we enjoyed making! Do think about a BM theme on this please!!! ????

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