Saturday 5 June 2010

काकडीचे थालीपीठ | Kakadiche Thalipeeth ..Maharashtrian Style Cucumber Pancakes | Step Wise | Breakfast Recipe | Lunch Combo-2


Hi Friends!
It is always challenging to make an interesting and healthy breakfast everyday. The items that frequent my kitchen during breakfast are Indori Kanda Poha, Avarekalu Uppittu, Upma, Shavage Upma, UkadpendiIdli, Dosa…etc. I would love to hear, in which way you make your breakfast interesting, do let me know if you have interesting recipes to share.

Summer invites more cucumbers into our diet as it’s a good hydrating agent and  I do keep a good stock of them in my refrigerator all the times. Mostly I eat them raw with some salt, lime and red chilli powder on it, it’s simply superb. Because of the heat, I have lost the interest of indulging into elaborate cooking.

One of these days when I was trying to fix a decent breakfast and searching for ideas, I realized that I had not made Thalipeeth (pancakes) in  a long time. The name thalipeeth made me go down the memory lane making me realize further, that I had never fed my family Cucumber Thalipeeth, which happened to be my ‘childhood favourite’.  I was left shocked with the self realization and was pushed  deep in thoughts. I was wondering, how could that be possible!!! How could I completely forget making such an amazing preparation for so long especially when they have been my personal favourites… Sad smile. I gave a deep sigh and did not waste a single minute after that. I collected all the ingredients fast and geared up to make these extremely flavourful, spicy and savoury pancakes which are called Thalipeeth in Maharashtra.


Trust me friends these pancakes taste awesome and when served along with curds/buttermilk and some clarified butter, it makes a wholesome lunch combo or if served in the morning, makes a  filling breakfast item too. The best part is that they are made with multi grains which makes them nutritious and thus healthy. This particular pancake can also be made during fasting with minor changes in the ingredients, the recipe of which I will share later.
When I tasted the pancakes I was reassured that the taste of thalipeeth was too good to resist. The yogurt added a mild sour taste, the chillies gave a nice kick, sesame a nice crunch and the cucumber a delectable flavour. I would personally recommend you to try this. When I served the thalipeeth to my family, I was overjoyed by their response. The family just loved it and asked me to make them more frequently. Also, to my utter surprise the fussy eater (my younger one) demanded to have some more of those again for the lunch, sadly they were over so had to promise him, that I would make them soon. I missed my father a lot while eating  them, as they are his favourite too.
I am surely going to make them often in my kitchen but for now, let’s check the ingredients and how I made it..

काकडीचे थालीपीठ

Maharashtrian Style Cucumber Pancakes

Preparation Time: 20mins | Cooking Time:4-5mins/pancake | Makes:6-7 | Serves:2-3 | Difficulty Level: Easy



3 cucumbers grated
(5-6) green chillies* chopped finely (depends on how spicy the chillies are)
4-5tbsp chopped cilantro**
3tbsp sesame seeds
3-4tbsp sour yogurt
a cup of wheat flour
3-4tbsp gram flour
1/2tsp turmeric
1tsp red chilli pwd ( optional, add only if the green chillies are not spicy)
5-6tbsp rice flour*** (one can add more too)
salt to taste
oil for cooking


Cut the sides of the cucumber and rub it on the cucumber to remove the latex (do not avoid this step). I had used organic cucumber which has a thin peel so I avoided peeling else 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/ griddle.
Divide the dough into6-7 equal portions.
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 greased plastic sheet or a wet cloth or a greased aluminium foil to make the pancakes. I had used an aluminium foil as I was making many and I needed to make them continuously.
Transfer the patted pancake on the pan with the help of the aluminium foil. Leave it for a few seconds, once steam starts forming, pull out the foil. Put a little oil on top and along the sides.
Cover the pancake with a lid and cook on a medium flame. Let the pancake cook from one side and then flip it, put oil along the edges again. Cook till it gets golden colour (kharpoos bhajane) on either side.
Serve it with ghee/ curds or both.
*Keeping the spice level high with green chillies is recommended else it tastes a bit bland.
**Cilantro adds a great flavour so do not avoid that.
***One can add more rice flour if they like the pancake more crispy.
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Sushma Mallya said...

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

Malar Gandhi said...

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

Suji said...

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

Kairali sisters

FH 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 Vasisht 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 no time to make yummy breakfast. We normally stick to omlette, toast and oats!

This recipe seems scrumptious. Bookmarked!

Rachana 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 Sankar 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.

Indian Khana 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.

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Anonymous said...

very very well made pancakes.yum

Unknown 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...


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

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.

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 M 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...

Lorraine 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.

Suganya said...

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

Prema 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...

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

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

Pari Vasisht said...

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

Priya Suresh said...

Very interesting pancakes, thanks for sharing dear..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy pancakes!

AJ 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.

Unknown 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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