Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pudla! Get in My Belly!

Pudla? What the heck, huh? Pudla are traditionally xgfx Indian pancakes made out of bean flours. Sometimes they're called cheela, but thinner more crepe like pancakes are often referred to as cheela, too. Pudla are always decked out with chunky veggies, along with delicious savory spices like turmeric, coriander, cumin and ginger.

EDA:  Welcome Bonzai Aphrodite Readers!  If you click on this POTM  (Pudla of the Moment) link, it will bring you to all of the pudla variations I've posted.


Pictured here are Besan Pudla, or chickpea flour pancakes. They save the day when I want protein but don't want to eat soy or a bowl of beans. Also, when I'm craving something bready, these hit my xgfx spot. They're also super for folks on a budget--besan or gram flour is super affordable, especially if you buy it from an International Grocery, and easy to store in the pantry or freezer. I used only 1 cup of besan flour and made four medium pancakes, enough for a filling lunch for two days in a row. You could even make these stretch by adding more water and going the thinner more cheela route. If you want to try these, but don't live near an Indian market, Bob's Red Mill sells a garbanzo bean flour, although there's a tiny negligible difference between the type of chickpea the two are ground from.

Chickpea flour mixed with water, spices and peas, onion, tomatoes and cilantro! That's it! Mine are a little fancier, because I also added a tiny bit of leavener and some lemon juice.

I usually eat pudla for lunch or dinner, but in India they're super popular for breakfast. They're also perfect for dippin'--I often eat mine with coconut yogurt that's been slightly salted and hit with a dash of cayenne, pickle or some kind of chutney. Yesterday's were dunk in yogurt and homemade fig preserves and today's were slathered in a homemade cilantro/yogurt chutney.


These look pretty eggy, I know--but I despise eggs. They don't taste that way at all, if you are averse, just leave out the turmeric.

Steamy!
In the coming weeks, I'm going to be making other varieties of pudla, including some from soaked whole mung beans.

xo
kittee
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18 comments:

  1. So pretty! It kind of makes me think of funfetti cake, except savory and pancakey and not full of artificial ingredients...so kind of different I guess. But big love for pudla!

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  2. Pudla, I MUST have you. They look so very pretty and absolutely perfect for dippin!

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  3. O0o0o0 I like the sounds of this! I was in India but never spotted these on the menu. Love the gluten free option made with yummy chick pea flour. Looks satisfying and delicious!!

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  4. @Jill--these are from Gujarat!

    xo
    kittee

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  5. Mmmm, these sound fab! My omni hubby and I both love pancakes, and these are the best-sounding pancakes ever. I'm all over this!

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  6. ooh I actually made something similar a couple of weeks ago, but with wheat flour. I want to make them with chickpea! Unfortunately, it can't be found here. But I'm looking forward to the recipe with mung beans :)

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  7. I could totally go for a breakfast pudla! In fact, I think I will this weekend. mmm yum!

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  8. Yum! they are so pretty too.. besan rocks my socks!

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  9. i can get down with some pudla, kittee! never heard of them or had them, but they sound like something i'd soooo super love! it also sounds like i need to start spice'n up my coconut yogurt. brilliant!

    i can see myself eating mucho pudla for breakfasts. i love a savory breakfast & a filling one that's cheap to make rocks socks.

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  10. Oh, I'm so running to the Indian grocery tomorrow straight after work. <3 <3 <3 kittee!!

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  11. I like the appearance of the chunky veggie.

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  12. They look totally psychedelic with all the veggies.

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  13. are these what i tried when i came over to your apt and michelle c was there and you were eating some kind of pancake shaped thing with a weird pickled something-or-other?
    in any case, these look tasty!

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  14. Ho damn, you eat well! This looks delicious. I love Indian food, but I've yet to try this!

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  15. These look amazing. I've recently discovered your blog and love it. What spices did you use in the pudla and did you just add water to the flour to make the batter? Thanks.

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