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 Pankis a Gujarati delicacy

  Last Updated : Feb 07,2020






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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.

Green Peas Panki ( Non- Fried Snacks )

Green Peas Panki ( Non- Fried Snacks )

Healthy panki recipes

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. This innovative moong sprouts 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. 

Moong Sprouts Panki

Moong Sprouts Panki

The nutritive value of this snack can be further enhanced by adding vegetables like spinach, suva bhaji (dil) or mint leaves. Chole dal panki nutritive value is increased by adding spinach to it. Mothers who despair of getting their kids to eat veggies will also find this a great alternative. 

Chola Dal Panki

Chola Dal Panki


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

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 by Tarla Dalal
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.
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 by Tarla Dalal
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.
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 by Tarla Dalal
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.
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 by Tarla Dalal
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.
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 by Tarla Dalal
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 peas panki recipe | Indian style vegetable panki | steamed snack recipe | Gujarati snacks | green peas panki is a popular Gujarati snack made of a rice flour batter that is cooked between 2 banana leaves. Learn how to make Indian style vegetable panki. To make green peas panki, combine the rice flour, urad dal flour, green peas, coriander, green chillies, salt, cumin seeds powder and ¾ cup of water in a deep bowl and mix well to make a batter of dropping consistency. Add the fruit salt and 2 tbsp of water over it. When the bubbles form, mix gently. Apply a little oil on one side of each banana leaf and keep aside. Place a banana leaf on a flat, dry surface and pour 2 tbsp of the batter over it. Cover with another banana leaf with the greased side over the batter, press it gently to spread the batter evenly to make a thin layer. Cook on a non-stick tava (griddle) till light brown spots appear on both the leaves and the panki in between peels off the leaves easily. Repeat steps 5 to 7 to make 7 more pankis. Serve immediately with green chutney. Pankis are steamed snacks and hence considered a light snack. Gujarati’s love the different types of pankis that feature on their menu. This Gujarati snack recipe features green peas which when added to the panki batter make it look more appealing. Pepped up only with cumin seeds, coriander and green chillies, when the Indian style vegetable panki is cooked in between 2 banana leaves and served hot with green chutney, it is 100% excitement. You can think beyond green peas and try other varieties of pankis like Moong Dal Panki, Corn Panki and even the healthier version – Moong Sprouts Panki. This steamed snack recipe is definitely a tad healthier than the fried snacks as green peas add in fibre which is important for a healthy digestive system. However, to make it enormously healthy replace rice flour with wheat flour, oats four or ragi flour. Adjust the consistency of the batter with water accordingly. Ensure that the batter is thick enough to spread but not of pouring consistency. Tips for green peas panki. 1. Crush the green peas coarsely as you would enjoy the mouthfeel in the panki. 2. Buy dark green coloured banana leaves as peeling the panki from these leaves is easier. 3. Remember to serve them immediately with green chutney to relish the perfect Gujarati snack. Enjoy green peas panki recipe | Indian style vegetable panki | steamed snack recipe | Gujarati snacks | with step by step photos.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Chola Dal Panki, this popular Gujarati 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. Do try other low calorie snacks like Moong Dal Dahi Vada, Cauliflower and Oats Tikki, Whole Wheat Vegetable Tartlets and Methi and Moong Sprouts Wrap.
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Pankis a Gujarati delicacy
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 on 08 Jan 21 12:40 PM


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Tarla Dalal    Thanks for the feedback !!! Keep reviewing recipes and articles you loved.
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08 Jan 21 08:42 PM
Pankis a Gujarati delicacy
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 on 30 Jan 18 06:38 PM


This is also one of the common konkan maharashtrian recipe. We call it pangi.
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Tarla Dalal    Mugdha, thanks for the update. What Panki variety do you make?
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31 Jan 18 03:19 PM
Pankis a Gujarati delicacy
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 on 25 Mar 17 05:43 PM


Chanadal panki is well known. Others are also good options. My mother was expert in chanadal and wheat floor sweet panki.Would you share sweet panki recipy?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, We are very sorry but we do not have a sweet panki recipe.
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27 Mar 17 09:34 AM
Pankis a Gujarati delicacy
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 on 04 Mar 17 04:42 AM


Pankis a Gujarati delicacy
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 on 17 Feb 17 01:16 PM


Thanks for Panki selection recipes
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Rajesh , we are delighted you loved the article. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review the articles you have loved. Happy Cooking.
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17 Feb 17 01:28 PM