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Lollipop Lollipop... OOH Quinoa Quinoa pops!

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Don't you just HATE it when you wake up in the morning & have a tune singing, Nay, NAGGING inside your head?

Its been a mixed week in terms of kitchen capers, An extended lethargy, thanks to a wonderful week off with family, combined by a jumble of ideas that I needed to untangle inside my head before making anything, leave alone posting!.
During a never ending session of 'clearing out my cupboards', I came across an sealed, unopened box of Quinoa  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa ) prescribed  as a rice substitute when I had Gestational Diabetes... (a clue to how long this had been sitting ... My kid is WAAY over a year old!).
 Since Quinoa was touted as a cereal with the highest proportion of protein, I decided to add it to Dosa batter: Result: Delicious with a slight floral note that I couldnt quite place...
Step 2, got a bit bolder, decided to make a pesarattu batter using equal amounts of Quinoa & moong:
 BAM!! The flavor notes brought in by the quinoa was quite unlike what one associates with a traditional south indian pancake; Nutty, reminiscent of Molasses (gud), & Sesame (which works very well when using the oil to make the pancakes!).

For the Batter:
1/2 cup Quinoa
1/2 cup moong dal
Salt to taste,
Asafetida (optional)
finely minced green chillies (optional)

Soak the Quinoa & Moong dal for about 3-4 hours till they plump up, Grind until you get a smooth batter, adding the optional ingredients if desired. Add salt and mix well. leave to ferment & rise overnight in a warm place.

Potato Filling:
2 large baking potatoes boiled, peeled & mashed
 1 tsp fresh minced ginger
1 green chilli finely chopped
 a pinch of asafetida
a pinch of turmeric
water as needed,
1 sprig Curry leaves torn to bits.
For the tempering:
1/2 tsp each mustard, urad dal & channa dal
1 tsp oil

To prepare:
 In a skillet, heat oil till smoking, add the ingredients for tempering. Stir till the mustard seeds pop & the dal have turned a golden brown. add ginger, chillies & curry leaves & stir. Add the mashed potatoes &  turmeric & combine well. Use a potato masher to remove any potato lumps using water if required. combine till cooked & remove from stove. Set aside to cool.

In a hot griddle, add a tsp of sesame oil & spread with a kitchen towel. Add a ladle of the quinoa batter and spread thin like a crepe. drizzle sesame oil & cover with a lid till the top surface cooks & the underside of the crepe turns a golden brown. Spread the potato mixture evenly on the crepe and roll tightly like a swiss roll. Rremove from griddle  & set aside.

To serve as an hors d'oevre, place toothpicks over the outer edge of the rolled crepe at 1/2 inch intervals. Using a serrated knife cut into discs & serve with a chutney of your choice. (Styling inspired from a food network episode  featuring Chef Jose Andres from Bazaar restaurant, LA...I think!!)

This makes a great dish for diabetics who may be watching  their rice intake without overtly making it evident that it is a substitute!.
 Bon appetit!

Comments

  1. Dammit, I posted the comment before I'd finished. What I wanted to say was, I use red quinoa to make idli batter - grind 1 cup quinoa with your usual batter ingredients. Gives it a pretty pinkish colour and also a slight sweetness. Yum! :)

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