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Pankis a Gujarati delicacy
Last Updated : Jul 12,2018
What is a Panki?
Anyone who enjoys Gujarati cuisine would have heard of panki, a very thin pancake made out of any of several varieties of flour mixed with curds and lightly spiced with green chillies and ginger. As you may have guessed, the name originates from the word paan or leaf, and this delectable snack is actually cooked between two well-greased banana leaves. The leaves impart a special flavour to the pankis.
Light on the stomach, pankis are easy to digest and ideal for weight watchers and diabetics. They also make a good option for parties for small groups of people. If you are particularly health conscious you can experiment with different combinations of flours or dals such as Yellow Moong Dal, Urad Dal, gram flour or soy flour. The nutritive value of this snack can be further enhanced by adding vegetables like spinach, suva bhaji (dil) or mint leaves. Mothers who despair of getting their kids to eat veggies will also find this a great alternative.
Ideally prepared and eaten fresh, pankis can be made in advance if you are pressed for time. Re-heat them in the microwave or on a tava and serve piping hot with green chutney or mint chutney. Try some of these variations to the traditional panki and get prepared for the compliments that are bound to follow!
what is a panki
Panki is an all-time favourite traditional Gujarati
snack, which can be thought of as thin and tasty pancakes cooked between banana leaves to get a unique, rustic aroma. This innovative panki recipe is a zero-oil variant, made with a batter of sprouted moong, oats and other flours, flavoured simply and elegantly with green chillies and coriander.
Cooking between banana leaves is a must, because that is what gives the Moong Sprouts Panki its authentic aroma and flavour. However, you must remember to spread the batter a little thickly in this case, because this recipe has absolutely no oil, and therefore thin pancakes will not peel off easily from the banana leaves. It is also important to serve this sumptuous and fibre-rich snack immediately, before it becomes stiff.
Quick Rice Panki steamed in between banana leaves is a favourite Gujarati snack. Urad dal flour helps to bind the panki batter and make very thin pankis. Serve the pankis hot from the tava and let your guests peel off the banana leaves and enjoy the steaming hot pankis with spicy green chutney.
Innovation is not just about finding new recipes every time. It is about rethinking old recipes with new ingredients and new cooking methods. That is how the microwave version of panki came to be. Much-loved by almost everybody, a panki is also a filling and wholesome snack that is easy to make, easy to have. In a microwave it becomes even easier! however, even if the means and methods are new, some aspects of tradition are to be maintained—all said and done, a panki is best baked between banana leaves. So, make sure you find some. Serve hot to enjoy it at its best.
Were you thinking that traditional foods can be made only with kadhais and tavas? pankis can be made quite swiftly in the Microwave
too. Here is how! but, ensure you spread the batter very thinly for fine results.
A wonderful snack to make when corn is in season. While the coriander and green chillies pep up the panki, the innate flavour is heightened by cooking it wrapped in banana leaves. Serve fresh and hot.
Green pea panki is a popular Gujarati snack made of a rice flour batter that is cooked between 2 banana leaves. Green peas added to the panki batter make it look more appealing and enhance its fibre value. Serve these steamed hot pankis with green chutney.
Chola Dal Panki, this popular Guajarati snack has been tweaked by using chola dal instead of rice flour to increase the protein, iron and fibre content. Adding palak gives a nice green colour and also enhances the fibre, folic acid and vitamin A content, all of which make this dish light and filling too.
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