Pudla are a type of traditional Indian savory pancakes, usually containing just chickpea flour, yogurt, and spices, which makes them a perfectly simple, healthy, and versatile meal. Here, a handful of spinach and finely chopped onions are thrown into the mix and they're served with spiced yogurt and crunchy radishes. They are best served thin and hot, right off the stove, although they can also be eaten cold.

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Pudla: Indian Spinach Pancakes With Chili Yogurt [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Ingredients

For the Pancakes:

  • Scant 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegan plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • A pinch of ground turmeric
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, ginger, and chili paste (recipe below)
  • 2/3 cup spinach leaves, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion, very finely chopped
  • A few tablespoons of coconut oil or other oil, for frying

For the Garlic, Ginger, and Chili Paste:

  • 4 cloves garlic, skin removed
  • 5-inch piece of ginger, skin peeled
  • 2-3 thin green chilis
 

For the Chili Yogurt:

  • 5 tablespoons vegan plain yogurt
  • A pinch of red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt or sea salt

For Serving:

  • Whole and thinly sliced radishes
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Preparation

To Make the Pancakes:

  1. Place the chickpea flour, yogurt, salt, and turmeric in a large mixing bowl and pour half the measured water into the mixture, mixing quickly using a spoon or fork or with your hand, then gradually pour in the rest of the water until the batter is smooth, the consistency of a pancake batter or thin cream.
  2. Add the rest of the pancake ingredients except for the oil. Whisk the batter thoroughly and taste, adding more garlic, ginger, chili, or salt if needed.
  3. Make the chili yogurt by mixing together all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. To make the pancakes, heat a non-stick pancake or frying pan (skillet) until very hot, then turn the heat down to medium. Pour around 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of the batter into the pan and immediately spread out in a circular motion using the back of the spoon, but do not press too hard.
  5. Lightly pour half a teaspoon of oil (a few drops on all sides) on the edges of the pancake so that the underside of the pancake becomes lightly brown. After about a minute the underside should be cooked and tinged golden brown, then flip the pancake. Leave the other side to cook for another minute, adding another few drops of oil on the edges of the pancake if you wish. If both sides are not golden brown, flip one more time on both sides.
  6. Place the cooked pancake onto a plate lined with a sheet of kitchen towel. Repeat with the rest of the pancakes, stacking them on the plate until they are all cooked.
  7. Serve the pancakes hot (or they can be eaten cold), with a generous spoonful of chili yogurt and radishes.

To Make the Garlic, Ginger, and Chili Paste:

  1. Chop the ingredients for each paste into small pieces, then crush into a paste using a pestle and mortar.
  2. Alternatively, blend them together in a small blender or food processor.


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