Broccoli fusion pancake

Years ago broccoli was a rather unknown vegetable on the Indian table. We Indians know all about the sister counterpart of broccoli , that is the cauliflower or more popularly known as gobi , every region of India has its own tasty version of gobi, with gobi aloo heading the list, imagine eating gobi aloo accompanied by a hot elaichi flavoured moong dal khichdi ,washed down with a glass of  chilled lassi, hmmmm comfort food at its best.

The advent of broccoli in India is quite recent, though India is among one of the top producer of the vegetable, Its popularity is more in the chinese food world. This lovely emerald green vegetable is a storehouse of nutrients and is a great anti oxidant too. It also does not require too much cooking. Having it sauted with garlic and seasoning accompanied by steamed rice makes for a very healthy and tasty dish. This vegetable is also very versatile and can blend with other vegetables such as mushrooms , tofu and young baby corn, it’s also very delicious with a cheddar cheese sauce poured over it and gratinated until golden.I have used broccoli in various ways at home, right from a broccoli tikki up to a broccoli pancake. Today i will share with you a very simple pancake made with semolina and broccoli. This pancake is a great evening snack or it can even be had for breakfast, its made in a jiffy and can be made beforehand and reheated before serving. I normally serve this with a coconut chutney, do try it

BROCOLLI PANCAKE

FOR THE PANCAKES

1 CUP SOOJI( SEMOLINA)

1 CUP SOUR CURD (YOGURT)

1 CUP COLD WATER

1 TSP ENO FRUIT SALT

METHOD…

MIX TOGETHER THE SOOJI, YOGURT AND COLD WATER TILL SMOOTH, KEEP ASIDE FOR HALF AN HOUR, MIX IT GENTLY ONCE AGAIN AND ADD MORE WATER IF IT IS TOO DRY. NOW ADD THE BROCCOLI MIXTURE AND MIX GENTLY. THE CONSISTENCY SHOULD BE  MEDIUM, IT SHOULD NOT BE WATERY .20160601_165108FINALLY ADD ENO AND ADD 1 TBSP OF WATER ON TOP OF ENO, IT WILL FROTH IMMEDIATELY, MIX GENTLY AND DROP SPOONFULS OF THIS BATTER ONTO A GREASED NON STICK PAN. WHEN LIGHTLY BROWNED ON THE UNDERSIDE, FLIP TO COOK ON THE OTHER SIDE, POUR LITTLE OIL DURING BOTH SIDES OF COOKING.. YOU SHOULD GET A PANCAKE WHICH IS CRISP ON THE OUTSIDE AND SOFT INSIDE..

SERVE HOT WITH COCONUT CHUTNEY

 

FOR BROCCOLI MIXTURE

1 CUP FINELY CHOPPED BROCCOLI

1 TSP CUMIN SEEDS

1 TSP MUSTARD SEEDS

10 FINELY CHOPPED CURRY LEAVES

2 OR 3 GREEN CHILLIES SLICED INTO THIN RINGS

SALT TO TASTE

METHOD

HEAT 1 TBSP OIL IN A PAN, ADD MUSTARD SEEDS FOLLOWED BY CUMIN SEEDS. NOW ADD THE GREEN CHILIES AND BROCCOLI, SAUTE FOR ABOUT 5 MINS AND ADD SALT TO TASTE.. REMOVE FROM HEAT , COOL AND ADD TO THE SOOJI BATTER.

 

 

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