Thursday, 20 June 2013

Pesarettu / Green Lentil Crepes From a Blender!

Today's recipe is for my husband - for this is one of his favourite dishes. Pesarettu is a thin savory pancake, with whole green lentils being the main ingredient. I intend for every single dinner in my house to be healthy, and I'd be happy to have this as dinner for the rest of my life. It's healthy, tasty and easy - my kind of dish.

Time required: 20 minutes + Overnight soaking.
Yield: 10 pesarettus/pancakes

1.5 cups of whole moong dal
1/2 cup of raw masoori/andhra ponni rice
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
2 green chillies
2 dried red chillies
1/2 teaspoon of asafoetida/hing/perungaayam
1 strand of fresh curry leaves
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon of oil per pancake for roasting

Soak the whole moong dal and rice together overnight in hot water. Hot water speeds up the softening process.
Drain out the water. Put the dal and rice into a blender/food processor/mixie, and add the ginger, green chillies and red chillies. 
Add a bit of water as you go, and grind until you form a paste that is half way between smooth and coarse. It would be of normal pancake batter consistency, but a little bit coarse. Don't make it too dilute. It ought to be thick.
Add asafoetida and salt. Pinch the curry leaves by hand and all them too. Mix well. Batter is ready to use.
On a hot pancake/dosa pan, pour a ladle of this mixture. Use the ladle to spread the batter out in concentric circles. Add the 1 teaspoon of oil around the pancake so it evenly spreads around.
Cook for 2 minutes. Flip it over. Reduce the flame and cook for another two minutes. Plate it. Serve it.

Best enjoyed with hot tomato and onion chutney, or as the Andhra folk love it, with rava upma!
It's nice when things are easy. But we often don't appreciate the easy things if we haven't undergone the difficult. It's been a particularly difficult past month with various things having taken place, and it's often difficult to accept when things don't work out as we had hoped. But we can take solace from the fact that we have a Supreme power always watching over us, and knowing that everything happens for a reason. If we had everything, we wouldn't appreciate what we have. If we didn't experience difficulty, we wouldn't appreciate pleasure. My mother always tells me - "If you didn't get what you wanted, don't cry over it. It just wasn't supposed to happen for you, and one day you'll realise that you were probably better off without it! Good things will happen. Everything happens with reason."

Having said that, it triggered my memory to a song that I've always appreciated for the powerful lyrics. This beauty is from the movie Nenjil Oru Aalayam, and the song was written by Kannadhasan -

"Ninaippadhellaam nadandhuvittaal, Deivam yedhum illai,

Nadandhadhaiyae ninaiththirundhaal, amaidhi enrumillai.

Mudindha kadhai thodarvadhillai, Iraivan aettinilae,

Thodarndha kadhai mudivadhillai, manidhan veettinilae..."
Translation: If man was able to obtain everything he ever wanted, then there would be no need for God. If we keep continuing to think about what we don't have and what has happened in the past, we will never be able to attain any inner peace. A concluded story does not continue in God's books, and a continued story does not end in a man's house!

I often remind myself of these words when I'm feeling down about something. Then I give myself a piece of chocolate and life's dandy again! Ha... If only it were that easy.
Have a good week folks!