Jalapeño 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.
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 Jalapeño 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 skillet 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.
The amounts of spices may be increased, if you are so inclined.
From the cookbook: From Vegetables with Love by Siri Ved Kaur Khalsa.