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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lentil Pancake

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.

Serving suggestions
·         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.

 Interesting fact
·        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).

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  1. I absolutely love the idea of adding cheese to this adai and the jalapeno is a neat touch! I love my mexican chilies too:) Lovely one dear!

  2. Healthy pancakes...makes a super breakfast...

  3. Now this is something I can eat for my breakfast everyday - loved the cheese in it :)
    US Masala

  4. Nice twist to the traditional dish with Jalapeno and cheese. Delicious.

  5. Would make a yummy breakfast..Love the addition of cheese!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. Wow this is really creative..jalapeno and cheese nice combo.

  7. Thanks for taking part in Breakfast Club, I love this pancake packed with protein!

    There is now a page for the event here, with links to all the round ups and next month's theme.

  8. Wow this is lovely entry and I love Paranthas Being a Punjabi but this is definitely something which is simply great . a combination with pancakes.

    I am sure you will be able to cook something good for my event