This is wonderful recipe to make either pancakes or a flatbread using lentils rather than wheat flour. The choice of pancake or flatbread is up to you, whether you spread the batter thickly or thinly, as the photos show. Either way, serve alone as a snack or to accompany a meal along with a tomato chutney at any spiciness level you enjoy.
Servings: 4 people
1 cup Moong dal lentils*
½ cup Urid dal lentils*
4-6 scallions finely chopped
4-6 small tomatoes
2-4 teaspoons fresh cilantro chopped
½ teaspoon ginger chopped
1 small green chili chopped
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon salt
*Both types of lentils can be purchased at grocery stores specializing in Indian foods, as well as in some types of markets that have international foods.
- Soak both lentils together for 6 hours in ½ cup warm water to start. If lentils become dry after a few hours, add ½ cup more water and mix again. The amount of water depends on how dry the lentils have become in storage.
- Blend the lentils in an electric blender until the batter is smooth.
- Add all other ingredients into the batter and blend again.
- If desired, add more diced green onions, tomatoes, and cilantro to the batter without blending them in.
- Heat a nonstick skillet to medium-high temperature. Add a few drops of oil if desired.
To make pancakes: Drop 2-tablespoon portions of the mixture into the skillet and flatten with a spatula. Cook until crisp, about 2 minutes, then flip on other side. Remove after 2 minutes.
To make flatbread: Drop enough batter into skillet to spread a thin layer. Cook until crisp, about 1 minute, then flip on other side. Remove after 1 minute.
To accompany lentil pancakes or flatbread.
4 medium size tomatoes
1 medium size red onion
3 dried seedless red chilies
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Sauté onions and chopped chilies in oil until onions turn brown.
- Cut tomatoes into quarters and add them with the salt to the onions.
- Cook until tomatoes are soft, approximately 10 minutes
- After cooling, blend to a smooth consistency. Add water, if needed.
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
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