Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pudla (Chickpea Dosa) or Chilla

Besan Pudla or Chilla
If you thought the last few recipes were a bit time consuming, then here is an instant & quick recipe. These savory pancakes can be made anytime and are great for a quick breakfast or even for fast dinner after a long day at work. This is a traditional Indian recipe that I have modified slightly so that everyone can enjoy eating something new. :)

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins

For the pancakes
Chickpea flour - 1 cup
Sooji or Semolina - 2 Tbsp
Chopped Green Chilies -  to taste
Minced Ginger - 1 tsp
Cilantro or Coriander leaves - few
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Oil  - 1tsp & for pan frying

For Stuffing

Grated panner or tofu - 1/4th cup
Crushed black pepper - 1 tsp
salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Parsley & basil leaves - 1 tsp (optional)
you can also use chopped cilantro or coriander leaves

Add the Chickpea flour, Sooji, Turmeric powder, Red Chili powder and Garam Masala in a bowl. Mix them well. Add water, little at a time, to make a batter with pouring consistency. Whisk well so no lumps remain. Add green chilies, ginger, cilantro, oil and salt to the batter, mix well and set aside. 

In another small bowl mix all the ingredients for the stuffing and set aside.

Heat a skillet or tawa and sprinkle some oil or oil spray. When the tawa is hot, pour some batter on the skillet and spread it to form a big circle approximately 6-7 inches. Sprinkle some more oil or spray on the top and sides of the Pudla. Allow it to cook.

Check the bottom of the Pudla, if it has changed to golden brown color, flip it and allow the other side to cook. You can also make some indents with a fork to know whether it has cooked or not. If batter sticks on the fork, it is uncooked.

Remove from the skillet and continue making Pudlas from the remaining batter. 
Pudla Paneer Pancake

Once the Pudlas are made, take one Pudla and apply ketchup on one side. Applying ketchup is optional. Spread 1 tsp of the Paneer filing on the Pudla.  Put two slices of fresh tomatoes. Put another Pudla on the top of them.

Pudla Sandwich
Cut the sandwich into two or four pieces, as you wish and enjoy with Ketchup or pickle. You can also spread some pickle on the Pudla instead of or even in addition to ketchup. 

If you want to make this heavier, Toast two bread slices and put the stuffed or plain Pudlas in between. Enjoy with ketchup or green chutney. :)

This one works even for those of you who are health freaks. So go on, try it and let me know how you like it.