Monday, 21 October 2013

SPICY GLUTEN-FREE PUMPKIN PANCAKES W/ GREEN PEA CHUTNEY & MINT RAITA


Man proposes and God disposes. I had travel plans last week but some unforeseen and unexpected developments led to revision in my schedule. But just as every cloud has a silver lining, I look upon it as a chance to shift the focus back to the blog. I had been focusing all my energy and attention on this travel which was for my spiritual being. I had no plans of uploading a post till 24th of this month and had nothing in my mind about what my next post would be about.

Since I have not posted anything on pumpkins yet, which have been ruling the roost on the pages of most bloggers, I decided it would be a post on the currently most celebrated ingredient. The pumpkins have hit the Mumbai market just recently. There were so many recipes and dishes that I had been contemplating upon to post on this much loved ingredient and I finally zeroed in on this savory one. The dessert recipe on pumpkin will follow soon in the coming month.

Although I have no writers block hitting me yet, thankfully, but I am going to keep this post short since there are other things demanding my attention. I am leaving with you this gluten free pumpkin pancakes which I have tried for the very first time especially for this post. These delicious and healthy pancakes are ideal for even those picky eaters. J


1 ½ C besan (Chick pea flour)
2 green chillies, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
2½ - 3 ½ tbsp Madras curry powder (adjust to taste) - Any regular curry powder would do
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp red chili powder (I used chili flakes which happened to be hotter)
Salt to taste
1 ½ - 2 tsp flax seeds (optional)
1 tsp Eno fruit salt or baking powder

½ C plus 2 tbsp (extra if needed) water
3 C pumpkin, shredded
1 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 medium sized onion, finely sliced

2 tbsp oil plus extra for cooking 
2 tsp mustard seeds


In a mixing bowl, stir together the first nine ingredients. Adding water gradually (use half a cup initialy) make a thick batter. Now add ginger garlic paste along with onions. Stir in the pumpkin and give the batter a good stir. If it is too thick, add more water gradually and make a semi thick batter. (Remember that the pumpkin will release water so keeping the batter somewhat thick is recommended.) If you feel it is thick, add more water subsequently while cooking the pancakes.

Heat the oil in a small pan, reduce heat and add the mustard seeds. As soon as you add the seeds cover the pan till the seeds stop crackling. This will prevent the seeds from popping all around. Add this to the batter along with the oil and stir it in.

Heat a non-stick pan or skillet and add a little oil to grease it. Add two-three table spoons full of the batter on the pan and spread it to make pancakes. Once the bottom of the pancake is nicely browned and crisp, turn it over and cook the other side. Finish the whole batter this way and serve with Pea Chutney and Mint Raita. 

Yields: 12 pancakes

For Pea Chutney:
1 cup peas
1 green chili (mine was hot and one was sufficient)
Juice of half a lime
1 clove garlic
Salt to taste
Drizzle of any vegetable oil

Blitz everything together except oil. (I prefer to keep the texture a little coarse and not pasty) Mix in the oil and serve. (You can even add coriander leaves while making the chutney)


For Mint Yogurt
½ tsp roasted and ground cumin seeds
Salt to taste
A pinch of black pepper
1 tbsp mint leaves (torn with hands)

Whisk the yogurt and add salt, cumin powder and black pepper. Add the torn mint leaves and serve.

Suggestion: You can add shredded cucumber to the raita for some texture and more taste. 

Thanks for visiting and see you soon again! 

65 comments:

  1. Spiritual trip put aside that's sad but I am sure God has other plans for you.
    The pumpkin pancake looks really yummy.True, pumpkin is all over blogosphere.
    Madras curry powder ! Sorry for the ignorance no idea how it tastes :)

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    1. Thanks Meena. Any regular curry powder would do the job. Thanks for bringing that to my notice...I have updated the same in the post :-)

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  2. We get pumpkins all year ago, any time and any where. I seldom cook with it, basically my other half's concern about the effects on his diabetic. Yet when he is not around, I try cooking something simple and small quantity.

    The pumpkins are good but I am tilting toward the chutney and yogurt, both which if given a choice, my need for my rice. I am loving the flavors and the vibrant colors.

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    1. Thanks Nav. I hope you try these sometime coz they are simple and quick to make and delicious too :-)

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  3. Oh... but instead we were honored by your food blogging skills with this glorious gluten free pancakes, pea chutney and mint yogurt. Now that's the kind of food I need in this senseless heat. btw I love the addition of flax seeds in your pancakes and your pictures are amazing as always.

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    1. Awww...thanks Helene. It is very kind of you to say that.

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  4. Love the pancakes and awesome clicks..

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  5. I'm loving all things pumpkin right now! Your pancakes with chutney sound fantastic.

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  6. Oh these savory pancakes look great and I love the pumpkin in it. The pea chutney I have to try. Hope you plans get back on track soon!

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    1. I hope so too but I will now have to wait for another year to make it to the congregation.

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  7. A must try recipe! I've watched a show about Indian food yesterday and heard about Madras curry, first time. This is a pumpkin recipe but not just "another pumpkin pie" recipe, I'd really like to try it out ASAP :)

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    1. Thanks so much Daniela and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did :)

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  8. A very unique way to prepare pumpkin! I've never seen a recipe with shredded pumpkin, but yet it make a lot of sense. I'm definitely going to make because they look so very good and I LOVE that green pea chutney! What a fabulous recipe!

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    1. Thanks MJ :)
      It did all come very well together...much beyond my expectation ;)

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  9. Well what we say in Greece is that when God closes a door, a window is opened for you to compensate. Your pancakes look absolutely mouthwatering!

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    1. We too believe in that saying :)
      Thanks dear.

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  10. I believe that usually tings happen for a reason - and that reason is usually good - like these pancakes!
    What an amazingly interesting combo of flavors! Ooooh I would love some of these!

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    1. Thanks Shashi...I too believe that :)

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  11. Such unique pancakes! Even without a trip, sometimes it's good to slow things down with the blog. This whole recipe is amazing!

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    1. Absolutely Paula. In fact I am in awe of bloggers who do not take a break and are so diligent about their posts! I need the feel for a break once in a while :D
      Thanks for your appreciation.

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  12. It's rare to see savory pumpkin pancakes around the blogosphere but these look quite fabulous! A nice change!

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    1. Thanks Joanne...one major reason you are seeing a savory recipe here is coz I have soft corner for savories ;)

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  13. savory is the way to go for me - and I've been wanting to use besan in something for a while now. Never thought of pumpkin -those pancakes look very appetizing. Especially like the pea chutney. My kind of meal.

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    1. Me too Archana!
      I am sure you will love it :D

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  14. Love chickpea pancakes. Going through your ingredients just makes me hungry for these green goodness. Really like that madras curry powder in it, I can just imagine how delicious it must be.
    I've never made peas chutney, can't wait to try your recipe out.

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    1. Thanks Asha...the pea chutney paired well with the pancakes. I hope you give it a try...it tastes great even with curries.

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  15. This looks yummy and your photos are gorgeous!

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  16. Mouth-watering Taruna.. Unique and must-try recipe dear :-)

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  17. This savory version of pumpkin pancakes looks delicious! The colors in your photos really pop. I bet this would taste great with sweet potatoes too!

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    1. Not just sweet potatoes, Christin, the pumpkin can be substituted with so many other options - courgettes, bottle gourd, carrots, radish...

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  18. Guess everything happens for a reason. There is a better time in store for you to make that trip, I hope.

    Love savory pancakes, and you have indeed captured the pumpkin season beautifully.

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    1. True... and thanks for your kind words :)

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  19. Wow this looks beautiful and sounds so tasty. The green pea stands out so much, I'm sure all together they make a perfect marriage of flavors. Nice recipe.

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    1. They indeed went beautifully together :)

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  20. Feel like inviting myself to your place to enjoy this gluten free pancakes..Seriously inviting.

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    1. Anytime my dear! The door of my house is always open for friends :)

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  21. I love these savory pancakes... amazing!! :) Looks like we all have pumpkins on our minds. :)

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  22. Pumpkin pancakes are really seasonal right now. I was thinking along those lines just the other day. Pea chutney...okay, now that is something I've never heard of until now. ;)

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  23. I've made plenty of pumpkin pancakes with flour, but never gluten free. These look exceptional! Good stuff - thanks so much.

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  24. Your pumpkin pancakes look divine...I love that they have so much yummy texture! And spice! They're gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Liz...I love their crisp texture.

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  25. Your food looks like eye-candy, there are so many here I want to try!

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  26. What a great way to prepare pancakes during pumpkin season!
    Both the pancakes and the mint yogurt look delicious, mmh.
    Your pictures are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you so much Daniela. I hope you try them out :)

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  27. Beautifully presented and looks so good!

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  28. Yummy take on a savory pancake! Love the colors and it sounds wonderful.

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  29. OMG!
    This looks fabulous! I am starving right now and wish I could eat this for lunch!

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  30. These savory pancakes looks totally yum!! Loved the colors in it, nice clicks too :)

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  31. Savory pumpkin pancakes! Nicceeee! I'm usually more savory person, so these pancakes with your green pea chutney are perfect treat!

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  32. Am so making this! this is brilliant ! love the innovation

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    1. Thanks Simi...Do let me know how you liked them :)

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  33. Te ha quedado fabulosa los pancake, me quedo también con la receta,preciosa presentación, abrazos.

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  34. A savory version of pumpkin pancakes, brilliant I must say. The madras curry powder will lend such a nice flavor to the dish and with flaxseed a notch higher on health quoitient. Perfect with green pea chutney

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    1. Thanks Sukanya...I just kept adding ingredients that I thought would pep up the pancakes and also make it healthy and it truly came out very well :D

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  35. How lovely! I never thought about using shredded pumpkin in besan, what a great idea! I want use pumpkin in a savoury form and these sound perfect with the chutney. My mouth is watering :)

    Nazneen

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  36. wow, the pea chutney looks stunning...
    i guess spicy chickepea with the pancake will blow my taste buds once i give it a try....

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  37. Wow! It sure looks good! Truly mouth-watering.

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  38. Love this savory and flavorful pancakes!! Glad you graced us with yet another mouth-watering recipe!

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