Jalapeno chilies are extremely high in vitamin C. These spicy pancakes help to build resistance to colds and flu. Also known as "anti-smog pancakes," these help to overcome the ill effects of living in a polluted environment. The amounts of spices may be increased, if you are so inclined.
2 cups garbanzo flour (besan)
1 Tbsp. whole coriander
2 tsp. ajwain
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. cumin seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
1 bulb garlic, minced
1/3 cup finely chopped ginger root
8 Jalapeno chiles, chopped
15 almonds, blanched & halved
1tsp. crushed red chilies
Mix besan with enough water to make a batter of pancake consistency. As the batter sits, it will thicken slightly. Add water in very small amounts to maintain consistency.
Add remaining ingredients except oil.
Heat 1/8 inch olive oil in a heavy skittet over medium high flame. Pour in enough batter to make a 6-inch pancake, spreading it evenly in a circle with the bottom of a spoon. They should be about 1/8 - 1/4 inch thick. Fry as you would pancakes, browning on both sides and draining on absorbent paper.
From Vegetables with Love available through KRI.