Quick Aamboli (Savory Pan Cakes using Rice, Black Gram Flour)
Aamboli (Savory Pan Cake) is a specialty from Southern Konkan / Coastal India. Aamboli is like a thin Uttapam (South Indian Pan Cake). There are 2 ways to make Aamboli – 1. We either buy ready dry flour and soak it overnight or 2. soak, grind and ferment Rice and Black Gram. I tried a third and easy method. I soaked Rice flour and Black Gram flour overnight and made Aamboli for breakfast next morning. These Aambolis were really nice and soft. Just like we make using normal methods. This is a quick method. Does not require any special flour to be bought; nor does it require any grinding.
Urad Dal Flour (Split Black Gram ) ½ cup
Rice Flour 1.5 cups
Fenugreek (Methi) seeds Powder ½ teaspoon
Curd 1 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Oil / Ghee / Clarified Butter for roasting Aamboli
1. Mix Urad Dal flour and Rice flour together; add water to make thin batter. Keep it covered for 6-8 hours.
2. Add curd, fenugreek seeds powder and salt. Mix it well. If you don’t have fenugreek powder, soak fenugreek seeds in water for 3-4 hours; grind them and add them to batter.
3. Heat a flat non stick Griddle. Turn gas to medium flame. Do not sprinkle water as we do for Dosa. Griddle should be hot. Take a cup (small) full of batter and pour it on griddle to form a thin layer.
4. Cover Griddle with a lid and cook on medium flame for 1-2 minutes.
5. Remove the lid. You should not see any wet batter on the surface. If you do, then cook further. Put 2 drops of ghee on Aamboli and spread it over the Aamboli. It is better not to put ghee on griddle as it gets burnt and wasted.
6. Flip the Aamboli to cook the other side. The side that it on the top, you will see nice mesh (Jaali). This means it’s perfect Aamboli. Now don’t cover it. Spread 2 drops of ghee on the side on top as well. It takes 2 minutes to cook.
7. Serve hot Aamboli with Home made butter and/or Peanut Chutney. Tastes awesome.
1. You can add finely chopped garlic to Aamboli batter. Add them along with curd and salt. That gives a nice different taste to Aamboli.