The start to this year 2020, has been a terrible one, where food is concerned. If I have cooked 10 homemade dishes, then that is a lot.
My new addiction is the Mr D food app, it is just so convenient a girls dream man I tell you.
Then came the fasting period, so early in the year and it meant cooking 10 days of veggies, which meant that it was only potatoe based food, because we were having a heat wave and seriously who wants to stand in front of the hot stove in those weather conditions.
Let’s not forget loadshedding, waking up to darkness and going to bed with darkness, wow I can’t remember signing the dotted line for his kind of lifestyle.
With the heat and there being no electricity to make the fan go round and round who sleeps??? I haven’t been sleeping that great meaning my eating habits have gone down the drain and my half dozen hamburger stomach rolls are making their way back into fashion L
On Friday, Eskom announced that they would be taking a break and give everyone some relieve from this nightmare of loadshedding…. Praise the Lord.
Everyone, even myself believe it or not was over the moon that there was finally light and finally I could drink coffee that was made from kettle water and not flask water and that I could have a shower in the light and not in the dark, praying that I was washing all the important parts and praying even harder that nothing would reach out of the dark and grab me…. I am terrified of the dark.
As soon as Eksom made the announcements, my parents were just giving orders for food that they needed me to make, food that they were apparently craving while I was busy melting in the heatwave. Food that when I asked if they wanted the previous week, they declined stating that it was hot and I should take it easy. You see what I have to deal with here.
Roti was on the major things my mother wanted, but roti is soo boring, we have it every other day, I can make it in my sleep and with my eyes closed, I really wanted to make something that would require to use my grey matter and chase away those cobwebs.
I came across this recipe in Kaushy Patel’s recipe book and it seemed like a pretty straight forward recipe, she stated that this pancake could be eaten as a savory pancake or as a sweet pancake served with ghee and jaggery, which is just unrefined sugar…. Supposed to be healthier, but I have no evidence to back it up, meaning with or without jaggery I still get fat
Anyway, I did hit a bit of a hiccup when it came to fresh fenugreek leaves, I have never seen them in my hometown, but I had bottles and bottles of the dried stuff in my pantry, so being me, I substituted the fresh fenugreek leaves with the dried ones and the pancakes came out deliciously soft and fluffy and incredible delicious, even if I must say so myself.
My mum loved them, my dad on the other hand, saw green and was like this taste like spinach and complaining that it tasted like grass and he was going to have an upset stomach, but with all the complaining he ate two. Men can sometimes be a tad bit dramatic man.
My recipe is an adaption to the original recipe as I have adjusted the measurements and used ingredients that were readily available to me.
- 2 x tsp ginger garlic paste.
- 220g x cake flour, sifted.
- 60g x chapatti flour, sifted.
- ½ x tsp turmeric powder.
- 1 ½ x tsp salt.
- 1 x tsp cumin seeds.
- 150g x plain yoghurt.
- 2 x tsp coriander powder.
- 1 x tbsp. castor sugar.
- A handful of dried fenugreek leaves.
- In a bowl, and all the ingredients and whisk to combine.
- Pour in roughly 375ml warm water or enough water to create a pourable batter.
- Heat a little oil in a flat pan.
- Ladle some of the batter into the pan and move the pan around to evenly spread the batter.
- Cook both sides till evenly brown.
- Flip onto a plate and continue till all the batter has been used up.