Besan Puda

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Growing up rainy day treats meant pakoras or pudas – never did kids hope for rain as much as we did. A besan da puda topped it with some Maggi Chili Sauce and you’re in heaven. Throw in a couple cups of chai after and food coma has been achieved!

When I grew up we had a very different notion of what was considered healthy. You routinely heard your grandmother say things like, “Oh have just one, it’s healthy.” Why was a besan puda healthy? Because of all of the veggies, it was cooked in oil versus ghee, and you ate it with yogurt (lol).

Pudas are crispy, savory, and so amazingly flavorful, that just thinking about them makes my mouth water. They’re incredibly easy to make and don’t need a lot of garnish or sides, which means a short time to table. As much as I adore Punjabi food, it’s traditionally time consuming and thus not always my go-to when I’m hangry. Luckily, this is one of my go-to’s when I’m craving something Punjabi but not willing to put in a load of effort.

They don’t reheat all that well, so unfortunately, it’s best to make these fresh. That said, I do keep the batter in the fridge for up to 3 days. It does separate a bit, so just stir and you’re off to the races.

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Besan Puda

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Course: Breakfast, Appetizers, Snacks, BrunchCuisine: PunjabiDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Total time

40

minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup 2 1/4 besan

  • 1 tbsp 1 chili flake

  • 2 tbsp 2 cumin, ground

  • 1 tbsp 1 coriander seeds, ground

  • 2 tsp 2 salt

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 baking powder

  • 1 1/2 cup 1 1/2 water

  • 1/2 1/2 medium-sized onion, diced

  • 1/3 1/3 bunch cilantro, chopped

  • 2 tbsp 2 ginger, finely minced

  • 1 1 chili pepper, diced

  • Oil to grease pan

Equipment/Specialty Items

Directions

  • Mix:
  • In a large bowl, combine besan, chili flakes, ground cumin, ground coriander seeds, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Add in water and whisk till smooth.
  • Mix in onion, cilantro, ginger, and chili pepper.
  • Cook:
  • Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Ladle batter into the skillet (1/4-1/2 cup per puda).
  • Make sure to even out the batter once it’s in the frying pan to ensure even cooking. Like you would with a pancake.
  • Flip puda after bubbles rise to surface, after 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Make sure to keep the skillet well oiled.
  • Crisp on both sides.
  • Serve:
  • Serve hot. Accompanies well with raita, plain yogurt, sweet chili sauce, or ketchup.

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories227
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 4.3g 7%
    • Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
  • Sodium 663mg 28%
  • Potassium 574mg 17%
  • Total Carbohydrate 34.7g 12%
    • Dietary Fiber 6.6g 27%
    • Sugars 6.5g
  • Protein 12.6g 26%

  • Calcium 5%
  • Iron 27%
  • Vitamin D 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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