Recently I was looking for a tortilla alternative that allowed me to mess with the ingredients and flavors a bit more and I came across the Indian crepe known as a Puda! These crepes have a base of chickpea flour (think: rich in fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium and more) + greek yogurt making them super nutritious and full of flavor. They are the perfect vehicle for a wide variety of toppings and store really well ideal for making a large batch and use them throughout the week! OK so have I convinced you yet? Knew it... here is how you make them:
Basic Puda Recipe
Ingredients: Makes 16-18 pancakes
- 2 cups of chickpea flour (also called garam or garbanzo)
- 2 cups of water
- 6 tablespoons greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (if using fresh, grate with a microplane)
- 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves or sage OR 2 tablespoons of thyme or rosemary (optional but STRONGLY recommended- don't let a lack of herbs stop you from making puda but if you have the option I suggest you go for it)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Coconut oil
- Mix all ingredients together either in a bowl or in a blender. Consistency should be thinner than pancakes so adjust water/flour levels accordingly.
- Heat a nonstick pan + coconut oil over medium high heat
- Use a ladle to spoon out the batter into the pan and let it cook over med high heat for 2-3 minutes or until you can easily flip the crepe without it breaking
- Flip and cook for 2 more minutes on the other side until nice and nutty brown then set aside on a plate while you cook the next batch
Once all of the crepes are done the fun really starts, now you get to decide what to fill them with! They are an excellent vehicle for leftovers or extra fresh veggies you have on hand. See below for more ideas!
Here are a few ideas for how you can dress your crepes:
- Coconut Curry Hummus, Egg fried in coconut oil, dash of mango chutney, live pea shoots (pictured above)
- Leftover grilled chicken, Green goddess dressing (especially if made with cilantro), and live pea shoots (pictured above)
- Sauteed wild mushrooms, thyme, garlic, salt, and a bit of creme fraishe
- Use your puda as a soft taco shell for your favorite tacos!
- Other ingredients that are really complimentary to the puda: cilantro, goat cheese, curry, chutney, paprika, thyme, lemon or lime, thai basil.. really the list goes on and on but you will find sure success if you use any of the listed flavor profiles as the basis to your dish.
However you dress it, pudas are healthy, versatile, easy to make, and easy to store staples to have around the house. They are quickly becoming a favorite in our kitchen!