Pasta and Paratha is a simple manifestation of my own struggle to bring flavor and pleasure to the mundane task of eating.
The process that finally culminates into the crucial decision of “what’s for dinner” can be exasperating. So, along the pages you will find menu ideas, party food, cooking tips, everyday fare and an occasional gossip!
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Wikipedia defines pancake as a thin, flat, round cake prepared from a batter or dough and cooked on a hot griddle. Therefore, technically speaking, this recipe qualifies to be a pancake.
This is one of my favorite foods for the kids. The lentils provide necessary proteins and use of brown rice only makes it healthier. Grated cheese on top is a necessary evil, calculated to tempt my kids into eating this pancake.
Chana dal – ½ cup
Green moong – ½ cup
Urad dal – ½ cup
Brown rice – 1 cup
Diced onion – 1 small
Diced jalapeño – 1 small
Curry leaves – a few
Ginger – small piece
Oil – as needed
Salt and pepper
Grated cheese – as preferred
Soak all the lentils and Brown rice for 6 hours in water. Add curry leaves, ginger and grind everything using as little water as possible to make a batter. Store the batter in an airtight container.
Just before making the pancakes, add diced onion, jalapeño, salt and pepper and mix well. Heat a griddle or a non stick pan. Spread a ladle full of the batter and spread evenly on the pan forming a circle. Add half a spoon of oil along the edges. Flip sides to cook evenly. Press the pancake lightly while cooking to make it crispy. Sprinkle grated cheese (pepper jack cheese has been used in this recipe) of your choice and serve right off the pan.
·With coconut chutney/mint chutney/ketchup
·Diced bell pepper can be a nice addition.
·The batter can be made beforehand, making this recipe a very good last minute meal.
·Lentils are regarded one of the five healthiest foods the other four being Olive oil, Soy, Yogurt and Kimchi (as stated in the Health Magazine).