Patishapta or light crepes with a coconut and jaggery filling

Method

Notes

To make the crepes, you can use any frying pan with a handle, which will allow you to swirl the batter. But we like using an appam chatti, as it is the most convenient tool for this job.

STEPS 

Step I: Mix the batter 

1. In a mixing bowl, take the flour, semolina, rice flour, salt, sugar and milk in the given proportions. Mix well. If you still see lumps of flour, smoothen them out with your hands rather than overmixing the batter with a spoon.

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In a mixing bowl, take the flour, semolina, rice flour, salt, sugar and milk in the given proportions

Patishapta

In a mixing bowl, take the flour, semolina, rice flour, salt, sugar and milk in the given proportions

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Add milk

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Mix well and smoothen out lumps

2. Set aside for at least 30 minutes. This will give the sugar a chance to dissolve and the semolina a chance to plump up and thicken the batter.

Step II: Prepare the filling

1. While the batter is resting, mix coconut and jaggery in a kadai.

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Mix coconut and jaggery in a kadai

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Turn on heat and cook coconut and jaggery mixture

2. Now turn on the heat and cook them slowly until the mixture, when pressed in your fist, holds its shape, that is, it doesn’t crumble. This needs constant attention, so don’t walk away from the pan. It should take you about 20–25 minutes.

3. While the mixture is still hot, divide it into 18–20g portions (you will get 16–18 portions) and roll them into thin logs the length and thickness of your index finger.

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The cooked mixture should hold shape

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Roll mixture into thin logs

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It should be the length and thickness of your index finger

Step III: Frying the Patishapta

1. Set your appam chatti or frying pan on the stove. Grease it with a little ghee.

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Grease appa chatti Image Credit: Supplied/Bong Eats

2. Ladle in about ¼ cup (25gm) of the batter.

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Ladle batter onto it Image Credit: Supplied/Bong Eats

3. Swirl it around until you have a thin crepe about 6–8 cm in diameter. Let it cook for 10 seconds on one side only.

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Swirl it around until you have a thin crepe

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Swirl it around until you have a thin crepe

4. Place the coconut-jaggery log on one end of the crepe and form a roll as tight as you can.

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Place the coconut-jaggery log on one end of the crepe

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Form a tight roll

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Form a tight roll

5. Remove from the heat and place it on a perforated dish such as a net so that it doesn’t immediately get soggy. Once it has cooled slightly, you can transfer it to a plate or box for storage.

6. Eat fresh or store it outside (weather permitting). If eating out of the fridge, reheat in the microwave for 15 seconds.

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Eat fresh or store it outside Image Credit: Supplied/Bong Eats

Insiya Poonawala and Saptarshi Chakraborty

Founders of Bong Eats, a popular Indian food blog

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