Rediff reader and food blogger Debjani Chatterjee tells you how to make Patishapta, a traditional pancake.
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Patishapta is a sweet dish prepared during the winters in West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Here's the recipe:
For the crepe batter
- 1 cup rice flour
- 2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp semolina
- 25 gm patali gur or date palm jaggery (this can be substituted with same amount of Sugar)
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk (optional)
For the stuffing
- 1 1/2 cup grated coconut
- 1 1/2 cup khoya/ mawa/ dried whole milk
- 100 gm patali gur or date palm jaggery (this can be substituted with same amount of sugar)
- 1 tbsp ghee for frying
- In a pan, heat date palm jaggery along with 1 and 1/2 cup water. Cook on medium flame to dissolve the jaggery completely.
- Switch off the flame and strain the jaggery water and keep it aside.
- Sieve rice flour, all purpose flour and mix semolina in a deep bowl.
- Add previously prepared jaggery water to the flour mixture to make a lump-free, thick paste. If required, you may also add milk to the mixture. I used approximately 1 and 1/2 cup of jaggery water and 1/2 cup milk to prepare the batter.
- Cover the batter and allow it to set for 30 minutes.
- For the filling, make small pieces of jaggery and khoya and keep them aside.
- In a non-stick frying pan, take freshly grated coconut and cook on a medium flame for about five minutes or till the water content of grated coconut is reduced.
- Add chunks of jaggery and cook for about five minutes or till it dissolves completely.
- Add khoya to the mixture and cook on a low flame. Mix well.
- Continue cooking on a medium flame for around 5 minutes to get a thick mixture. Stir continuously.
- Switch off the flame and transfer the filling on a plate and allow it to cool.
- To make the crepes, take a spoon and stir the batter well.
- Heat a non-stick pan and grease it with ghee.
- Take one ladle full of batter and pour it in the centre of the pan. Using the backside of the ladle, spread the batter to prepare a circular disc, much like a dosa.
- Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a low flame for around 30-40 seconds or till the crepe turns golden brown in colour. Do not cook the crepe from the other side.
- While it is still on the pan, place 2 tbsp of the filling at one side of the crepe lengthwise and start folding it from the same side to roll it completely .
- Remove the roll from the pan and following the same process prepare rest of the Patishapta.
- Serve hot.
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