Traditional Gujrati snackof rice paste cooked between banana leaves
Preparation time: 10 minutes+ fermenting time Cooking time: 4 minutes per piece Serves:6-8 Recipe Ingredients:
2 cups rice flour ½ cup curd, beaten salt to taste 1/4 tsp asafetida 1 tsp coarse jeera powder 1 tsp ginger- chili paste 2 tsp garlic paste 2 tsp refined oil ½ cup urad dal atta 4-6 banana leaves cut into 4” circles with a cookie cutter Refined oil for greasing and cooking
Recipe Method :
Combine the rice flour, curds, salt and 3 cups of warm water together in a bowl and mix well to make a thick batter. Cover and keep aside for 3 to 4 hours to ferment.
Add ¾ to 1 cup of water, asafoetida, cumin seeds, ginger-green chilli paste, garlic and ghee and mix well.
Apply little oil on one side of each banana leaf and keep aside.
Put 2 tbsp of the batter on one half of the greased side of a banana leaf and spread it evenly to make a thin layer.
Cover with another greased banana leaf and place on a moderately hot greased tava. Flip after 2 minutes. Cook the panki on both sides till light brown spots appear. Peal and serve immediately with chutney.
I like to serve it with masala chana dal.
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