Mixed Lentil Pancakes

This is a complete balanced nutritious meal by itself. It’s also vegan, like many vegetarian dishes in India and really delicious.

Lentils contain lysine while rice contains sulphur based amino acids missing in lentils. Therefore, a combination of rice and lentils makes it a complete protein, supplying the body with the essential amino acids that it requires. In fact, rice and dal is a great food for weight loss.

The Indian word for this preparation is called ‘Adai’. The mixture has to be very thick and it should not be ground fine – rather like semolina. The mixture should not easily fall off the spoon. And the pancakes are quite thick. It will take some time to cook through and hence the heat should be low.

I have included the Indian names of the lentils also, in case you want to purchase them from an Indian grocery store.

The best accompaniment for this is the coconut chutney that I had shared earlier with the Split Mung Pancakes. It’s best to have this for breakfast (if you have the time to soak the lentils) or for lunch. I like them golden brown at the edges and on the inside. The addition of raw rice makes them crunchy.

20190901_140225-01

 

PREP: 11/2 hours+10 minutes COOK TIME: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw rice
  • 1 cup boiled rice
  • ½ cup split pigeon peas (Toor dal)
  • ½ cup yellow split peas (Channa dal)
  • ½ cup split black gram dal (Urad dal)
  • ¼ cup split mung dal (Mung dal)
  • 10 dry red chillis
  • 1 tsp asafoetida powder
  • 3 tbsp curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

Wash the rice and lentils. Soak the raw rice, boiled rice, pigeon peas, chickpeas and black gram dal with just enough water to cover them for 11/2 hours.

Soak the split mung dal separately in a little water.

Grind the rice and dal mixture with the red chillies, asafoetida, curry leaves and cumin to a coarse paste. Do not add too much water. Add the soaked mung and salt. Mix well.

Heat a frying pan and spoon about a cup of the batter. Spread it into a thick pancake – the batter will be difficult to spread. It cannot be spread thin. Use a little vegetable oil to pour around the edges and cover the pancake. When the edges are golden brown, flip the pancake and cook on the other side until it turns golden brown. Serve hot with coconut chutney. This recipe makes about 8–10 pancakes.

Rainbow Frittata with Coconut Cream

Fresh, light and delicious – this frittata ticks all the boxes. Easy to prepare with ingredients that anyone more or less has in their pantry. The plus is the high content of fibre and protein.

This is especially important for people of all ages, who have greater nutritional needs. The combination of lentils with veggies, eggs, cheese and coconut make it a remarkably healthy dish. You might want to skip the take-out and prepare this tasty dish instead.

I got this recipe from a book called ‘Cooking Vegetarian with Flair’. However, I have made a few changes to it. The addition of the spices make it more tasty.

IMG-20190619-WA0029

I used the packaged sweetcorn kernels and also extracted the coconut cream from freshly grated coconut. The mung dal helps to set the frittata and the eggs give it an airy softness.

The benefits of coconut are widely known and the flavoured coconut cream is the perfect combination.

Rainbow Frittata with Coconut Cream

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup dried yellow mung dal, soaked in water overnight
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 Zucchini, grated
  • 125 gms sweetcorn kernels
  • 3 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 100 gms Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Coconut Cream

  • 125 ml coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped

Instructions

Drain the mung dal and place in food processor or blender with eggs and process until smooth. Place the mixture in a large mixing bowl.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a fry-pan and cook the onion gently for 3-4 minutes. Add potatoes, carrots and zucchini and cook, stirring for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften and they are fairly dry. Add the vegetables to the mung dal mixture along with the sweetcorn and fresh coriander. Mix and season to taste with salt, pepper, turmeric, cumin and chilli powder.

Heat the remaining oil in a large fry-pan, add the vegetable mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Cook over a low heat for 5-8 minutes or until just firm, shaking the pan occasionally to ensure that the frittata does not stick. Place the pan under a preheated grill for 3 minutes or until the frittata is browned on top.

To make cream, place the coconut cream, lemon juice and mint leaves in a screw-top jar and shake well to combine. Invert the frittata onto a plate, cut into wedges and serve with coconut cream.