Indian Chickpea Crepes
Makes 6 crepes or approximately 2 cups
1 1/4 cups (300ml) lukewarm filtered water (*see note)
2 tablespoons safflower, grape seed, or olive oil, plus more for cooking
1 cup (125g) besan (gram flour) or chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour (*see note)
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon hot yellow curry powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon kala namak (Indian black salt) (optional)
1/2 cup (19g) firmly packed fresh cilantro leaves
Pour the water and oil into your KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender container, and then add the flour and the dry ingredients, except the cilantro. Process on variable speed 3 for about 5 seconds, just until the mixture is combined with no lumps. You don’t want to over process. Add the cilantro leaves, and process on variable speed 3 for about 3 seconds just until the cilantro leaves are roughly chopped, but not fully blended.
Transfer the batter to a jug, and let the batter sit for 10 to 15 minutes to thicken slightly.
Using a paper towel, very lightly coat an 8-inch (20cm) nonstick crepe pan or frying pan with about 1/2 teaspoon of oil. Heat the pan over low to medium-low heat (or higher if needed), depending on your stove. Lift the pan off the heat and pour in a scant 1⁄3 cup (75ml) of the batter, quickly swirling the pan to allow the mixture to evenly coat the bottom of the pan. I swirl the batter twice over the edges so that they don’t get too thin and crispy. Return the pan to the heat and cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until bubbles form on the top and the sides lift easily from the pan. Gently flip the crepe with a spatula and cook for about 1 minute more, until lightly browned. Transfer the crepe to a plate. Repeat this process with the remaining batter, lightly greasing the pan with paper towel between each crepe. Stack the finished crepes on top of each other so that they soften and remain pliable.
Serve with chutneys, dips, or stuffed with vegetables.
*Note: If using chickpea (garbanzo) flour in place of besan (gram) flour, use 1 1/3 cups water.
Prep Notes: I tested this with hot Indian yellow curry powder. I’ve deliberately left the curry powder and cayenne mild so that these crepes can be paired with curries, chutneys, dips, etc. You could use 1/2 teaspoon curry powder and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne to make these spicy snacks on their own.
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