Saturday, 5 June 2010

Kakadiche Thalipeeth ..Maharashtrian Style Cucumber Pancakes

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Hi Friends.
It is always challenging to make an interesting and healthy breakfast everyday. The most regular items that frequent my kitchen are Indori Kanda Poha, Avarekalu Uppittu, Upma, Shavage Upma, UkadpendiIdli, Dosa…etc. Do share what all you make for breakfast.
Summer invites more cucumber into our diet as it’s a good hydrating agent and  I do keep a good stock of them in my refrigerator. I love to eat it raw with some salt, lime and red chili pwd on it, it’s simply superb. Because of the heat I have lost much interest in elaborate cooking. One of these days when I was trying to fix a decent breakfast, I suddenly realized that I have not made Thalipeeth (pancakes) in  a long time. The name thalipeeth made me further realize that I have never fed my family Cucumber Thalipeeth, which happens to be my ‘The Favorite’ one. The self realization actually shocked me and made me wonder, how was that possible, how did I ignore it for such a long time especially when they have been my personal favorites… SurprisedAnyways, I did not waste a single minute after that and geared up to make these yummies.
Trust me friends these pancakes taste awesome and can make a wholesome meal too, in case one is planning a brunch. When served with curds and ghee, they make an excellent combo. The best part is that they are made with multi grains which adds to it’s health benefits. This particular pancake is also made during fasting, the recipe of which I will share later. To my delight my family just loved it and has asked to make it more frequently and to my utter surprise the fussy eater (my younger one) demanded to have some more of these again for the lunch, sadly they were over so have promised him that I will make them soon. I am sure to repeat these again but for now, let’s check the ingredients and how I made it..
Ingredients
3 cucumber grated
8-10 green chilies chopped finely
4-5 tbsp chopped cilantro
3 tbsp sesame seeds
3-4 tbsp sour yogurt
a cup of wheat flour
3-4 tbsp gram flour
a pinch of turmeric
1 tsp red chili pwd ( add only if the green chilies are not spicy)
5-6 tbsp rice flour (one can add more too)
salt to taste
oil for cooking
Method
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Cut the sides of the cucumber and rub it on the cucumber to remove the latex (do not avoid this step). Peel the cucumber and grate it. Do not squeeze.
Mix in all the ingredients and make a semi solid (tooth paste like consistency) dough, normally the juice of the cucumber is sufficient to make the dough else use a little water. A semi solid dough helps in spreading the pancakes easily on the pan/ tava.
Smear oil on a non stick pan. Wet hand and take a ball of the dough and spread it thin on the pan. Traditionally it is spread on a banana leaf and then pressed on the pan, else one can use a plastic sheet or a paper cutting to make the pancakes.
Put a little oil on top and along the sides.
Let the pancake cook from one side and then flip it. It should get a golden colour (kharpoos bhajane) on either side and cooking should be done preferably on medium flame.
Serve it with ghee/ curds or both.
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This taste too good to resist. The yogurt adds a mild sour taste, sesame a nice crunch and the cucumber a delectable flavor. I will personally recommend you to try this. I missed my father a lot while eating  as these are his favorite too.
Tips- Keeping the spice level high with green chilies is recommended else it tastes a bit bland.
Cilantro adds a great flavor so do not avoid that.
One can add more rice flour if they like the pancake more crispy.
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42 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful pancakes pari, i really loved the recipe,quiet interesting one from the usual...

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, nice pancakes...my brother makes zucchini pancakes...more or less similar to this. I liked it a lot, I should try ur recipe too:)

Kairali sisters said...

Great recipe for pancakes, quite interesting too Pari..Well done dear..

Love
Kairali sisters

Asha said...

I have Cucumber in the fridge, I will try this weekend. I also hate that waxy thing they put on the skin of the cucumber, always peel them before use.

Have a fun weekend, see you next week.

Pari said...

Malar I will surely try the Zucchini version.
Thanks Kairali Sisters.
Sushma, the cucumber surely adds a very unusual flavour.
Asha, do let me know when u try this.

Nithu Bala said...

This is something very new to me..thanks for sharing..

Preeti Kashyap said...

we leave home by 7 ..so no time to make yummy breakfast. We normally stick to omlette, toast and oats!

This recipe seems scrumptious. Bookmarked!

Rachana Kothari said...

This is a very interesting and a delicious recipe...will definitely try it out :-)
Have a nice weekend Pari!

divya said...

Such a delicious and flavorful pancakes..

Padhu said...

Healthy and interesting recipe with cucumber .Sure to try this

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Very interesting.......

Panchpakwan said...

Oh wow..I loves these..perfect for summer. Nice presentation.

Priti said...

Wow looks delicious and this is new to me Pari..nice one

Rach said...

Really nice :) Quite new for me

Angie's Recipes said...

A new and tempting dish!

Sayali said...

ohh this is great .i wud definately love to try this

Kiran said...

Very nice and delicous thalipeeth with cucumber.Just right for the hot weather.

Jay said...

beautiful click for a healthy recipe...very perfect.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Pari, bookmarked, they sound super yummy and delicious !!!

munchcrunchandsuch said...

very very well made pancakes.yum

Yummy Team said...

Delicious pancakes..It looks too good. I would love to give it a try since I have all the ingredients here. I will let you know how it came out.

Swathi said...

Pari,

Nice cucumber pancakes i need to try this one.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear pari
Absolutely new dish for me, I can imagine the taste now. Will try soon.
I am quite irregular at your blog ( and my blog too) ...must make it up on all the dishes I have missed.
Have a nice day
ushnishda

Chetana Suvarna Ganatra said...

Hey Pari,
Came across ur blog thru fb...loved de background autumn leaves.
Like dis thalipeeth....n ur systematic photographic illustrations.
Following u...will be bk.
Cheers,
Chetana
www.myrecipegalore.blogspot.com

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks delicious and very tempting dear :-)

Parita said...

My roomy makes this quite often, bookmarked for myself :)
your new blog outlook looks fab! One suggestion though if you dont mind...the font color on the side bar for labels is very much the same as the background so it gets mixed, if you use a contrast color, the labels will look more bright and attract users :)

sangeeta said...

very healthy indeed , even i like making uttapam style pancakes most of the times as they are so easy to rustle up and always healthy.

Jaya said...

These looks delicious , never can imagine cucumber can be used this way :)..thanks for sharing
hugs and smiles

Fathima said...

never tried Thalipeeth before... nice recipe and will try it soon...

Raina said...

These sound wonderful! The combination of flavors you have used and the health benefits make this a dish I would definitely like to try. Thanks for sharing it and for the great instruction too:)

Umm Mymoonah said...

Nice crispy pancakes, looks delicious.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Thalipeeth looks so good. Nice recipe. Really want to try this one... YUM!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow pari really drol wrothy pancakes...Too gud photography and that kuthuvilaku punch super.

Spice said...

HI Pari, thanks for nice option of adding cucumber to these kind of pancakes....I usually grate carrots & cabbage plus onions & cilantro, but will def. try with cucumbers now...

jeyashrisuresh said...

never heard about this pari, so easy and looks very yummy too. cool one for the summer.bookmarked

Pari said...

Thank you friends for liking the recipe, it's a simple one to try out but the flavour lingers on.

Priya said...

Very interesting pancakes, thanks for sharing dear..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy pancakes!

Apu said...

Delicious thalipeth Pari!! Thanks for stopping by at the blog. My blog list should be up shortly and I have added you to it :)

Rekha said...

THis is what i am going to make tom for breakfast.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

looks delicious pari, more interesting is the food pic with the lamp love it

Supriya said...

Love ur idea of adding grated cucumber to thalipeeth, I'm gonna try this over this weekend itself.

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