Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Holy Pancake

It is a pancake with a hole in the middle of it!

It is called Adai or Dal Dosa, an Indian pancake. Last Sunday, I decided to try another type of dosa which is made of Lentil, Bean, and Grain: White Gram Lentil(Urad Dal), Yellow Split Pea (Chana Dal), and Jasmine Brown Basmati rice. It is not as thin as crepe but not as thick as American pancake, more like a Korean pancake, so I call it a pancake.

Throughout my Indian cooking this week, I realized that I am using the combination of lentils, beans, and grain all the time. I think it is a smart way of cooking vegetarian dishes, since you know, I got this question all the time from non-vegetarian friends: ‘Where do you get your protein?’ I learned something from the South Indians, they know where to get their protein. Maybe because vegetarianism has been a way of life for thousands of years in India so they know how to include protein in almost every dish.

I had to soak the lentil, bean, and grain in water and then ground them into a coarse batter. I also added some Indian spices, chilies, and lots of chopped cilantro into it. The dough was much thicker than American pancake batter, more like a muffin batter, so I had to spread it round with a spatula on a hot cast iron skillet. The Indian way is to use your hand but I was not going to sacrifice my pretty fingers to the hot skillet, knowing that I am a novice. According to the recipe, I need to make a 1/2–inch hole in the middle of it. ‘What’s the hole for?’ my husband asked since he has never eaten a pancake with a hole in the middle of it. It is to put 1 teaspoon of oil in the middle of the hole so the oil can spread to the sides of the pancake and the bottom while it’s cooking, to make it crispy. I made it like that for my husband but I opted not to add the oil for mine.

According to the recipe, this pancake is scrumptious to be eaten with butter (we use Earth Balance, of course) and powdered jaggery (a natural Indian vegan sugar) on top. My friend, Val, gave me jaggery a few weeks ago in the form of cubes that I crushed into powder. I chose not to add Earth Balance too, to be in a lower fat diet. My husband did eat it with both and it was indeed scrumptious!

The picture above displayed the pancake served with Earth Balance on top and Tomato Rasam (soup) and powdered jaggery on the side. Both recipes were taken from Chandra Padmanabhan's Dakshin: Vegetarian Cuisine from South India .

Nutrition Facts (without the oil and Earth Balance):
Nutrition (per serving): 148.5 calories; 11% calories from fat; 2.1g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 200.8mg sodium; 197.0mg potassium; 26.9g carbohydrates; 3.6g fiber; 2.4g sugar; 23.3g net carbs; 6.1g protein; 2.4 points.


Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

This looks scrumptious, as always! I have been meaning to try this recipe, and I will when I get back from the vegAwakening Conference in Michigan. I've always been amazed at the delicious things Indians can make from combinations of beans, grains and spices. You could really cut your budget down eating like this, too!

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Check out this sprouted moong dal dosa-- looks interesting!

Dori said...

It's a good thing you have redeemed yourself after the last post you made. ;-)
I saw finally saw your comment about the bran and responded. Now I will read through the makings of this Holy Pancake.

Unknown said...

Wow, sprouted mung bean dosa! Interesting! I have never sprouted any bean myself.

You are right about the cutting down the food budget. I bought dals for $2.49 for 2 lbs in the Indian market and I haven't made a big dent.

I was interested in the recipe because of the hole in the middle and want to surprise my American husband who likes American pancakes.


I have to check your response at your blog now . This is funny that we are communicating via blogs. Email would have been easire. LOL! But this is more fun!


Unknown said...


Ha ha...I just got your joke. True, I redeemed myself after the previous sinful dosa post. Sorry...a bit slow is late in the day. ;-)


Harmonia said...

I can't believe this is my first time to your blog! It's wonderful!!! Could I link you? I noticed you have two blogs...I will be over to the other soon! Please visit me and let me know which one(s) you want me to link. URLs and all.

Lovely place you have here!

Unknown said...

Hi Harmonia,

Thanks! Sure you can link my blo. The other blog is just for my original recipes only. Please link the Thanks!

I am new to blogging.


Amy O'Neill Houck said...

Mmmm... delicious! I found you at Harmonia's blog--what a great site!

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

I love your blog & I linked to you so that I may expand my international vegan dishes. I found you through the Bakehouse...

Anonymous said...

Deb!! What a great blog. I love it.
the dosa looks good. The ingredients sound like poppadoms! I wonder if this could be made into poppodoms??
I've been meaning to try making homemade ones, myself. I bought some packaged yesterday and the ingredients are so simple.

Keep up the great blogging! :)

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