Monday, September 9, 2013

Whole Wheat Banana Aebleskiver / Gundu Pongal / Paniyaram

Now that the school has started, dilemma of what to pack for lunch has become a routine. It is very easy if I have bread on hand. It can be turned into some kind of sandwich even if there isn't lot of time. But since I have decided not to buy bread, that means I have to keep baking bread twice a week so that we have bread on hand or come up with something else that kids would eat. Today was one such day where there was no bread and not too much time. I packed these as lunch since they are not that sweet. I thought they taste less sweeter than the nutella sandwich that my kids love.

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Whole Wheat Flour -1 cup
Fine Soji / Semolina - 1/2 cup (See Notes)
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Milk - 1 cup (Use almond milk for vegan version)
Banana - 1 large ripe
Water - 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup (depending on how large the banana is and how much water the wheat flour absorbs)
Cardamom - 4 pods crushed into powder (You could use cinnamon instead)
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
Oil - for cooking

Mix the flour, soji, sugar in a bowl. Add the mashed banana along with milk to make a batter. Slowly start adding part of water and mix gently. It should be like a pancake batter, easily scoopable but does run down. Set it aside for 10 minutes. Flour will have absorbed some liquid. Add the remaining water to make the correct consistency batter. Add baking soda and cardamom powder and mix gently.

Heat the Aebleskiver pan / Pancake puff pan and add at least 1/4 tsp of oil to every cup. You might have to use a bit more if your pan is not a non-stick one. Pour the batter and cover with a lid. When you start seeing the steam and the top of the batter has crusted at the edges, gently flip and let the other side cook. Remove and serve with a glass of milk or if more sweetness is desired, with some maple syrup.
This post is written for weekend cooking post that I write with Srivalli  and  Vaishali.      

If you cannot get soji, you could use fine ground cornmeal or even quick oats.

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  1. The Paniyaram looks yummy :). Love the pics.

  2. This is nice and healthy. .a perfect lunch box recipe.

  3. Nice attempt....Gundu Pongal sounds very funny...sorry to correct you... it is called gunta pongaralu...

    1. Kalyani,
      What you are saying is the name in Telugu. In parts of Karnataka, it is called like that. In parts it is called paddu. That is a funny name too, isn't it?


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