Thursday, June 16, 2011

Savory crepes- yum!

I finally got my hands on the June edition of Oprah magazine.  This is one magazine that has a lot of interesting and inspirational articles, and I love getting into it.  This issue is her "Thank you" issue at the end of her 25-year old show, and looks back on two and a half decades of memorable moments.

Now I just had to come up with something easy to make for dinner, to allow for some time to look through the new reading treasure on my nightstand. about savory gram flour crepes? Crepes for dinner?  You are right - this is typically a breakfast or evening snack item, but make a dinner of it on a weekday and you will be pleasantly surprised at how early you can retire from the kitchen, with smiling faces and full tummies round the table in no time.  Wrap up is a breeze as well, leaving you some time before you turn in for the night. 

Here is the basic recipe for savory crepes (or pancakes if you make them thicker):

2 cups Besan (gram flour - I buy this from an Indian grocery store)
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp ginger/garlic paste
1/2 cup finely chopped Onion (optional)
2 finely chopped Green Chilli (optional - this is to make them spicy)
1- 1 1/2 cup water to make batter
Oil for cooking
  • Mix all the ingredients and water to make a smooth batter.
  • Heat a frying pan, put 1 tsp oil & spread 1 ladle of batter evenly on it.
  • Cover it with lid to let it cook, then flip and allow it to cook until brown and crispy.
  • Serve hot with condiment of choice.

To alleviate any guilt I felt on not offering healthy vegetables at the dinner table, I added shredded baby carrots and finely chopped spinach to the batter.  Eaten with yogurt or hummus, it makes for a fairly good meal.  Ketchup, chutney or marmalade complement the crepes well.  Yum!

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