NC boasted of an insipid and listless weather. It did not quite make up its mind on the sunny scale and we the poor residents were left with drizzle and chills , and added winds. So what do you do on a cold and lousy weather day. Adding to the list of variables, 3 kids with cranky temperaments in various level in the crank-o-meter scale . And it being Navrathri, we were fast exhausting the tolerance for steamed lentils ( aka sundal). Coming to my rescue was a packet of 16 bean soup mix which I had bought some time ago. And this recipe was born !
- 16 bean soup mix – 2 cups ( check my notes for substitutions)
- Brown basmati rice – 1.5 cups
- ginger – 2 inches ( skinned )
- whole black pepper – 2 tsp ( but please adjust according to your spice levels)
- Byadagi chilli – 2
- Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
- Fresh grated coconut – 2 tsp ( optional)
- Curry leaves – 2 healthy sprigs
- Coriander leaves – a fistful, washed and finely chopped.
- Salt : 1.25 tsp or to taste
Preparation time :
- Soak the 16 beans in sufficient water for 4 hours at least so it can get rehydrated very well. Soak it along with the ginger , black pepper,cumin seeds and red chillies.
- Soak the brown basmati rice in a separate bowl with sufficient water. 4 hours should do for this.
- Grind the beans soaked along with ginger, red chilies and black peppers to a coarse paste.
- Grind the soaked rice to a fine paste.
- Mix the two to yield a nice semisolid batter.
- Add salt , and finely chopped coriander and the curry leaves
- The batter is now ready for shallow frying, deep-frying or to make thin or thick pancakes.
Shallow frying process:
- If you own a mini pancake pan in cast iron or non stick for stove top cooking, cyber high five for you! . This is exactly what I use.
- Heat the pan, add a drop of oil or more in case of cast unseasoned cast iron pan, drop in spoonfuls of the batter , just until the holes are 3/4 full.
- Make sure you cook in medium heat. You will know the pan is ready when you add the batter in and it sizzles !
- In about 2-3 min, you can find the edges browning , you can flip it over. I used a bamboo skewer ( make sure it is dipped in water) to ease the process.
- Once flipped, you can see the reddish golden orbs of goodness glistening.
- The bottom side should take another couple of minutes to cook.
- These are sizzling hot, make sure you wait a couple of minutes before you put it in your mouth.
I will commend you on taking this bold step ! Oh ye brave soul, if you decide to go for this process , you just need to drop spoonfuls of batter in hot oil in a wok.
Points for consideration/Notes:
- Make this more nutritious by adding grated carrots, zucchini, squash, chopped spinach etc.
- Batter a little runny? No worries ! Add in a tbsp of rice flour. No rice flour at home ? Improvise. add in corn meal, wheat flour etc. Yes, the taste will differ , but you would you rather not try it before you decide?
- Make think pancakes out of this. It’s quite yummy.
- Don’t have 16 bean mix – add a variety of lentils that you have. This is protein packed , so a missing lentil or 2 or 5 should not matter.
- Sprouted lentils, beans? is even better.