Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cucumber Pancakes

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I tend to gravitate towards simple recipes with minimal ingredients and minimal steps. So, when I saw these soft and melt-in-your-mouth pancakes on Nupur’s blog, I knew I would be making them soon.
I understand this is a common preparation in many Konkani homes but using cucumber in a dosa was a first for me.

1 large cucumber, peeled and grated

1 cup rice flour
½ cup rava/semolina/sooji (cream of wheat)
1/2 - 3/4 cup buttermilk
4-5 green chillies, chopped finely
A handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
Salt to taste
2-3 tsp sesame seeds

Peel and grate the cucumber into a large bowl. Throw in the rest of the ingredients (except the sesame seeds) listed above, and mix well to prepare a relatively thick batter. A little bit of water may be used to bring the batter together.

Grease a hot skillet with oil; pour a ladleful or two of the batter. Tilt and move the skillet around a bit so that the batter spreads out a little and then use the back of the ladle to do the rest. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on the pancake.

Cook on medium heat until the bottom is cooked and turns brown. Flip over and cook the other side similarly. Repeat with the remainder of the batter.

Serve hot with your favorite
chutney. I think this batter gave me around 7-8 pancakes.

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15 Burps:

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

pancakes look very delicious.. nice clicks and they r very inviting.

Unknown said...

Sounds delectable! Have never tried these!

A_and_N said...

I've been planning these forever now, TBC. I think it shall be done soon.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow healthy and a filling breakfast... I like the way its been topped!!!

Finla said...

Pancake with cucumber is real new to me.
Looks really yummy.
Lov eth pic.

shyam said...

I may well try this, although usually I dont like the taste of cooked cukes. :)

Red Chillies said...

We love cucumber pancake at home. I make 2-3 varieties. I loved the addition of buttermilk.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

looks very tasty...

amna said...

very interesting! i'd love the crunch given by the sesame seeds!

Anonymous said...

Looks amazing! We used to make these in mangalore. Your pics are superb!Feel like taking a bite right out of the screen :)

Vani said...

Looks great, TBC! Love the addition of sesame seeds.

Laavanya said...

I'd never have thought that cucumber would make pancakes.. they look soft and the sesame seeds must add a nice touch.

TBC said...

Mahimaa, Divya, A & N and Ramya- thank you for visiting me.:)

Happy Cook: And it was to me too! But I'm so glad I came across the recipe. It's one more way for me to make dosas now! :D

Shyam: It tastes good in this recipe, believe me.:D However, if you do end up trying it and not liking it, please blame Nupur.;-)

Red Chillies: the buttermilk gives it a nice tang. You're konkani, right? I should check your blog for your versions....:)

Vanamala & Nags: thank you.:)

Homecooked: you are so sweet! :D Thank you. You sure do know how to make a gal feel good.:)

Vani- thank you. I think I did not add enough to make a discernable difference in taste. They do make the pic look a bit better though.;-)

Laavanya- another kind of dosa for me to add to my dosa-list now.:)

Madhuram said...

I've seen something similar in Red Chillies' blog. I think she used idli rava instead of rice flour. I also didn't know about adding cucumber to dosa until then.

TBC said...

Madhuram- yeah, that's what RC said. I have to check out her version when I get a chance. How are you doing? Hope you got my mail.:D

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