Friday, 18 January 2013

Flavors of India

Patisapta (A Bengali cuisine made in Poush Sankranti)


For the Batter for Crepes/Pancakes: 

  1.  Flour:                                         2 cups
  2. Semolina (suji):                         ¼ cup
  3. Rice Flour (Chaler guro):          2 tablespoons
  4. Milk:                                             to need
  5. Ghee/ refine oil:                          ½ cup

For the filling:

  1. Grated Coconut:                       3 cups
  2. Kheer/ condenced milk:           1 cup
  3. Jaggery / Sugar:                       1cup           
  4. Cardamom Powder:                 ½ tablespoon
   Cardamom Pods:                      3-4




For the filling:

The filling


  1. In a saute pan, mix the Coconut and sugar/ Jaggery together and then place the pan over a simmering flame stirring continuously.
  2. Add the kheer/ condenced milk and Cardamom Powder, and keep stirring till the mixture is moist and turns a little brown and sticky. The consistency should be granular.
  3.  Take out of the flame and keep aside.
For the Crepes/Pancakes:
The batter

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and add in the milk to form a medium thin mix with constant stirring   to avoid lump formation. The batter should be thin, smooth and free flowing.
  2. Let it rest for 1 hour or a minimum of ½ hour.

The pancake

  1. To make the pancake heat a non-stick flat frying pan.
  2. Add in a bit of ghee/ oil and let heat. 
  3. Then pour a medium ladle full of batter steadily and spread it evenly onto the pan moving the batter with back of the ladle (This has to be done quickly before the batter sets). 
  4. You will know the pancake is done when the top is all set. That should take about 3-4 minutes per piece.   


  1. Put in a bit of filling in the center and fold both the ends.
  2. If you want to apply some more ghee this is when you can do it.
  3. The pancake should not be very red but just well done and slightly reddish or it can be left white as well. 
  4.  Serve hot or cold.

* This will keep in the refrigerator for a week. Not that it’ll last even that day.

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