Rice Pan Pole
Recipe for Rice Pan Pole
2 cup white rice
2 tbsp coconut, fresh or frozen
2 tsp jeera, optional
Soak rice in enough water for 3-4 hrs or overnight. Wash and rinse rice, grind together with coconut and water to a very smooth paste. Add salt and water to make a thin batter. You may add a tsp of jeera, this gives a nice flavor to your pan Pole. PanPole with Jeera was my fathers favorite.
Heat an iron griddle, spread oil all over, splash a serving spoon full of batter onto the griddle spreading it evenly allover. Cover and cook on one side till the top surface is cooked. Fold into triangles. This is cooked only on one side.
This dosa is soo versatile, it can be served with a variety of sides. This can be served with your favorite curries, Gashi, Samabar, Chutney or a homemade Jaggery Syrup.
To make a Jaggery syrup, Bring little water to a boil in a sauce pan, add jaggery. Simmer till the syrup becomes thick. Add cardamom powder. Maple Syrup or the pancake Syrup are the best substitute for the Jaggery Syrup.
Raagi Pan Pole
All these days, I made pan pole only with white rice. Recently my Mom-in-law saw a new kind of Pan Pole made with Raagi on a cooking show aired on the Kannada TV Channel. I am in love with this dosa since the day I first made it. The reason, it tastes as good as the rice one, plus has health benefits of eating Raagi.
1 cup Raagi powder
2 tsp jeera
Soak raagi powder in enough water for 30 mins. Pour the batter into a blender and blend for 2 mins. This makes the batter uniform by churning the powder into a smooth batter. Adjust salt and water. Add jeera and make pan poles as above.
Why use Raagi?
Ragi is rich in Tyrosine, calcium and iron. The sugar and carbohydrate in Raagi is much less than that found in Wheat and rice. Rich in fiber too. This makes it a best food for diabetic patients.
Ragi is a staple food of the farmers in Northern Karnataka where it is cultivated the most.
One of my reader, Vinayak has informed me that Ragi is mostly eaten among the southern Malenadu region of Karnataka rather than the Northern Karnataka as I mentioned.