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24 March, 2016

Chana dal cheela: Savoury Husked split desi chick peas pancake. GF

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Ki  Shundor,  How  beautiful.  Ki  Shundor  we  kept  repeating  these  two  words.

N,  my  husband  and  I  took  a  break  from  the  harsh  Prairie  winter  and  travelled  to  India  last  month.  We  had  a  fantastic  time  with  our  family.  We  also  managed  a  few  days  in  the  Pink  city,  Jaipur.  More  about  the  trip  later.

Shundor  rong,  beautiful  colour.  That’s  what  it  was.  There  was  colour  everywhere.  Having  spent  the  last  four  months  in  the  great  white  Northern  Alberta,  our  eyes  were  taking  in  the  surroundings,  as  parched  throat  takes  to  water.

I  think  it  was  the  walls  that  were  painted  pink  throughout  the  city  and  the  brightly  coloured  saris  and  turbans  of  the  locals  that  stood  out.  Or  was  it  the   resident  peacock  with  his   iridescent  blue  neck  roaming  around  the  property  unabashedly?

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No,  No.  It  was  the  brilliant  colour  of  the  flowers  carpeting  the  walls  with  the  playful  Hummingbirds  busy  gathering  nectar.

I  am  confused.  You  see  what  I  mean?  After  all  it  isn’t  called  pink  city  for  no  reason.

We  did  the  Palaces  and  Museums  which  were  breathtaking.  The  food  blogger  in  me  always  longs  for  local  food  and  produce  markets.  I  don’t  mean  the  big  supermarkets,  but  the  village  lady  hawking  fresh  vegetables  in  her  big  wicker  basket  or  the  basic  kitchen  gadgets  from  the  weathered  hands  of  the  Iron smith.

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There  was  a  lazy  day  when  we  had  breakfast  in  the  hotel  lawn.  The  white  wrought  iron  chairs  neatly  arranged  in  the  well  tendered  garden.  We  had  these  Cheelas  served  with  a  spicy  potato  curry.

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The  hot  masala  chai  took  care  of  the  early  morning  nip  in  the  air.

There  was  something  else  in  the  air.  The  Pergola  in  the  middle  of  the  lawn  housed  the  flutist.  Adjusting  the  big  turban  on  his  head  he  blew  air  in  the  little  piece  of  wood.  Out  came  the  notes.  Exhilarating  in  one,  melancholy  with  the  other.  It  felt  like  he  held  the  strings  to  my  soul.

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I  had  to  pinch  myself….

Recipe:

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Made  16  small  pancakes.

Ingredients;

Chana dal                                                                       1  cup

Shallot  cut  in  small  pcs                                                1

Cilantro                                                                            1/4 th  cup

Green  chillies                                                                  2  ( optional )

Turmeric powder                                                             1/2  tsp

Baking  powder                                                                1/4  tsp

Ajwain / Carom  seeds                                                       1/2  tsp

Salt                                                                                    To  taste

Water                                                                               As  required

Canola  oil                                                                        For  frying

Method;

Soak  the  chana  dal  in  water  for  about  couple  hours  and  grind  it  to  a  paste with  little  water.  Cut  the  shallot,  green  chillies  and  Cilantro  in  small  pieces.

In  a  bowl  mix  the  ground  dal,  shallot,  green  chillies  (  if  using  ),  cilantro  pieces,  turmeric,  baking  powder  and  carom  seeds.  Add  salt  to  taste.  Add  water  to  form  a  crepe  batter  consistency.

Heat  one  tsp  oil  in  a  non  stick  pan  on  medium  heat.  When  hot  pour  a  ladle  of  the  batter  on  it.  With  the  back  of  the  ladle  spread  it  to  about  21/2  inches  in  diameter.  Cook  for  about  4  minutes  one  side.  Add  a  tsp  of  oil  on  top  and  sides. Flip  over  and  cook  for  another  4  minutes.

Collect  them  on  a  plate.  Serve  them  hot  with  chutney,  pickle  or  yoghurt  of  your  choice.

I  served  them  with  Gongura  chutney  which  I  made  recently.  Here  is  the  recipe  for  it.

If  you  are  wondering  whether  Maple  syrup  can  be  used.  You  betcha.

Inside  Scoop;

If  the  batter  thickens  towards  the  end,  sprinkle  a  bit  water  to  bring  the  desired  consistency  back.

These  pack  well  for  kid’s  lunches  and  camping  trips  too.

Make  it  into  a  wrap  with  the  filling  of  your  choice.

 By  Ratna

4s COMMENTS

4 thoughts on : Chana dal cheela: Savoury Husked split desi chick peas pancake. GF

  • April 4, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Looks like a lovely little break for you. That is one thing about India. The colours, like no other. These pancakes are so so good. I’d love to make them on the weekend. Have a wonderful holiday:-)

    • Ratna
      April 5, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      It was indeed a wonderful break for us Sonali. Still working on the pictures before I can tell you more about our trip. Hope you enjoy these savoury pancakes. Thanks.

  • March 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I so making these, Ratna. I will look for Chana dal at my regular market. In case they don’t carry them, I found them here: http://www.bobsredmill.com/chana-dal-beans.html. Beautiful story, and thanks for your regular words in Bengali. I’m catching a few. Love your off-center images and the flutist made me travel in time… Enjoy the weekend! 🙂 xo

    • Ratna
      March 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      That is the correct dal. Let me know how it turned out. I’m glad you liked the story. Thanks so much. Have a wonderful Easter.

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