Molasses and jaggery are two of my favorite sweeteners. Honey comes next and maple syrup. However, the latter is out of the question . We do not get any maple syrup here in India.
We do get all palm sugars and molasses in India. However, modern living and the convenience of processed food has made it a bit difficult for all these palm sugars and molasses to reach our table. Besides these are marketed poorly in our country. You need to look out for them in health food stores or contact your village sources. It is time we start celebrating our own sugarcane and date palm molasses and a terrific variety of palm sugars available in many parts of India.
Today I am celebrating my organic sugarcane molasses with a desi yeasted pancake. It’s very easy to pull off and completely vegetarian. It’s dripping with sweetness on the surface but very mildly sweet inside …
Ingredients:To make 2-3 pancakes serving 2-3 for breakfastwhole wheat flour (atta) – 1 cupwheat bran – 1 tbspfresh yeast – 1 tsp ( or dry active yeast 1 tsp)fennel seeds – 2 tspsalt – a generous pinch ghee (clarified butter)- about 2 tbsp molasses – 2-3 tbsp or more if you like to drizzle the pancakes liberally.ProcedureRevive the yeast in warm water . Dissolve a tsp of molasses in 1/2 cup of warm water first , add the salt and the yeast and wait till the yeast becomes frothy.
Now add the flour, wheat bran, fennel seeds and some more warm water to make a tacky batter . The consistency should be something between a batter and a dough …tacky and difficult to flow. Keep covered in a warm place for 10-15 minutes and it will rise and bubble . In winters it may take longer so you can keep the batter in a warm oven ( 35 – 40 degree C ).
Heat a flat base pan or griddle ( I use the Indian tawa used for making chapatis ) , grease generously with ghee and pour a big ladleful of batter onto it . The batter may not make a nice round shape but you can use a spatula to spread lightly, not disturbing the naturally forming bubbles.
Flip when browned on one side and drizzle more ghee to fry nicely.
Serve hot drizzled with molasses (as much as you want). The lovely aroma of the fennel will be a nice fusion with the bread-like texture and aroma of this pancake…
It is a soft pillowy pancake , very mildly sweet inside but the generous drizzle of molasses makes up for the sweetness. See how it looks inside…
So here it is a perfect desi
pancake with a golden goodness found in our country. The syrup is rich in vitamins and minerals, not empty calories like sugar.
Honey can be used if you don’t find molasses in your part of the world.
The rich brown golden color give a nice kick start to your day…
~ Sangeeta Khanna