Remember eating Tomato omelette in the cafeteria’s. I always wondered whether they used eggs in it. As I started understanding the basics of cooking, especially Indian, I realised that it actually had no egg in it!! It was made of chickpea flour, mixed with spices and the tomatoes arranged on top:)
Last night, I prepared these chickpea flour pancakes with grated carrots and chopped spinach. A Mint-Coriander chutney complimented it very well.
For this I used:
Chickpea flour 1 cup
Rice flour 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Asafoetida a pinch
Turmeric 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Green chillies chopped 1
Carrots grated 2
Spinach chopped 1/4 cup
Water 1 cup
Mix all the dry ingredients first. To this add the vegetables. You may vary the quantity of the vegetables or substitute them with cucumber/cabbage/potato. Add the water and mix well.
Place a pan on the heat. Drizzle it with oil. When hot, spoon the mixture and spread it over the pan evenly in a circular motion. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook on one side till the sides start coming off. Flip and cook the other side.
Serve with green chutney or even a ketchup. This is a whole snack or even a good meal if you serve with raita or plain yoghurt.
See how I managed packing nutrition and tricked my son!!! He just loved the pancakes and finished them without a fuss!! An off season trick and treating from me:))
Chickpea flour: This provides the most required dietary fibers. you’ll also be getting vitamin A, vitamin K and several B-complex vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and a good supply of folate. Chickpea flour provides iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper and selenium.
Spinach: These contain loads of phytonutrients giving us all the antioxidants we need and very rich source of Vitamins A,K ,folates and manganese.
Carrots: These again are notably rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins,dietary fiber, Vitamin A and C, minerals and B-complex vitamins.
Green chillies:The fresh green chilli is rich in Vitamin C, Potassium,Iron, Vitamin B and E.
Cumin Seeds: This helps in digestion. It is a good anti-oxidant, carminative( prevents formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract) and works as a good anti-flatulent( prevention of excessive intestinal gas).
Asafoetida: This is kind of a gum which is powdered and used in a minute quantities. This helps to do away in flatulence caused by the lentil spices or chickpea flour dishes.