The traditional Thalipeeth or the Maharashtrian Pancake, brings back those beautiful sepia memories of my childhood, every time I cook it even today. My mum used to make this as a tea-time snack. I remember queuing up alongside my little bro and sis, waiting for her to toss it into my plate. I always loved those slightly burnt edges and used to save them for the end.
Now, it is my best friend for those lazy afternoons when lunch just doesn’t wish to happen.
Whoever says fast food is unhealthy, this one humbly begs to differ.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Serving: Makes 6 – 8 medium size pancakes
100 gms Besan (Bengal gram flour)
100 gms whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 green chilies, chopped
3 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
Salt as per taste
Oil for frying
- Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl and add water enough to make a thick batter.
- Drizzle teeny bit of oil in a fry pan, preferably a non-stick one.
- Spoon the batter into the pan and spread it to form a pancake of around 2 mm thickness.
- When the top side starts to blister, flip it over and cook the other side.
- Cook both sides till golden brown.
- Drizzle more oil from sides of the pancake (only if needed).
- Repeat the process for rest of the batter.
- Serve hot with a dollop of butter.
P.S.: Best enjoyed with a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee. I relish it with my Maggie hot n sweet sauce. Sometimes even with sweetened curds. I know that sounds crazy 🙂
Sbarro was just another pizzta (that’s my version of pizza+pasta) haunt for me, until I got a peek of it in one of the daily sitcoms. Intrigued and a bit of RnD later, I learnt that it’s a franchise of the quick-service Italian food joint Sbarro, NYC.
Here, in Mumbai, Sbarro is one of the crowded joints on the third floor of R-City Mall, Ghatkopar West. Malad and Chembur are some of the other places they are branched out.
Ambience – Brightly lit space, vintage photographs adorning the wall and pleasant staff provide for the perfect peppy ambience.
Seating – Although tucked away inside the mall and space being a constraint, seating is quiet well-managed. Four tables and long wall-to-wall sofa-table seats can easily accommodate 25 to 30 people . I’ve mostly visited this place on weekends, so having had to wait dint come as a surprise. May be its different on the week days when the mall is less crowded.
Food – An array of eclectic Pizzas, creamy delectable Pastas, lip-smacking sidies like Cheese Sticks and Baked Chicken Wings, small range of salads and beverages all deck up the menu. Mouthwatering desserts like Chocolate Mousse, Blueberry Cheesecake, etc. sum up the course.
We’d ordered the Chicken Pepperoni Pizza, Garlic Breadsticks, Chocolate Mousse, Cheesy Dip, Cold Coffee and Ice Tea. The pizza portion was enough for the two of us, although it didn’t quiet satiate me. The base was soggy, a total turnoff for a pizza-gastronome. I absolutely loved the crunchy Garlic Breadsticks and Chocolate Mousse.
Service – is super-quick. Make the payment at the payment counter and get your order at the display counter… in a jiffy.
My Verdict – I am pizzta-obsessed. So whenever its R-City Mall for me, it has to be Sbarro…well…almost 🙂