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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Besan Pancakes


I bought a big packet of besan , or chick pea flour to make pakoras and ever since then it has been left around my kitchen  for an inspiration to make it into something new.
So did some searching around and discovered this recipe by Madhur Jaffery. Its quite easy to make and goes well with either vegetarian or non vegetarian dry curries. its more like a crepe than a fluffy pancake.

Recipe : Adapted from   Besan Pancakes   :Madhur jaffery

Makes about 6 medium pancakes :

150g besan or chick pea flour
250 ml water
1 small finely chopped onion
1  clove garlic, pound to a paste
small handful coriander leaves ( finely chopped)
1/2 tsp paprika
a pinch of freshly ground cumin ( optional)
a tiny pinch pepper
Salt
Optional, if making for adults only  add a finely chopped green chilli and replace paprika with chili powder
oil

1. Place besan,  salt and  spices, and stir in water till you  get a lump free batter, a little thinner than a pancake batter.

2. Add the remaining ingrediants and stir well. Let it sit for a while in the fridge for about 30 minutes to one hour.

3. Heat a small non stick frying pan . Take  a small piece of kitchen cloth or a crumbled up kitchen paper,  dip it into a bowl of  oil and spread a thin layer of oil on the pan.

4. Pour a ladle of batter and swirl it around quickly to spread it around. Let it cook for a minute till the top is almost cooked and you are able to lift it out easily. Flip it over and cook the other side and remove. Repeat with the rest.

Now what shall I do with the remaining besan ?

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