Even after nearly 10 months of cooking a vegetable in a new way every single day, the breakfast and brunch list is pretty short; worse, not one recipe really shouts 'breakfast' in the way a dedicated veggie- and breakfast-eater might hope.
So Nupur's One Hot Stove cucumber pancakes sent me scurrying for rice flour. (Ooops. Only mid-cucumber-grate and too late did I realize that there's "rice flour" and then there's "sweet rice flour". I'd bought the wheat-free and gluten-free sweet rice flour at Trader Joe's. Was it the wrong kind? I don't know! The pancakes weren't sweet-tasting in the least.)
These were savory good! To my surprise, I especially liked the bits of hot pepper and the taste of cumin. Nupur suggests serving the pancakes with relish or chutney but I have to say, the tiny bit of chili lime butter leftover from Day 280 was sublime. I also tried a bite with maple syrup -- okay but nothing special.
I did have trouble, I think, getting these to cook through. They turned out more dough-y than expected, certainly more doughy than American-style flapjacks. Hmmm, the flour, perhaps? Or perhaps that's the intended texture? It wasn't unpalatable, just unexpected.
FOR THE RECORD This is A Veggie Venture's official entry into Hooked on Heat's monthly food fun called From My Rasoi. This month, the fun features, yep, Breakfast.
FROM THE ARCHIVES For other recipes using low-calorie, low-carb cucumber, see here in the Recipe Box.
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One Hot Stove's original recipe
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 30 minutes
Makes 10 3-4" pancakes
1/2 an English cucumber, skin on (for fiber) and grated (about 2 scant cups)
1 cup rice flour
2 tablespoons minced cilantro -- oops, I forgot this!
1/2 large jalapeno, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1 cup buttermilk (and later I added another 1/2 cup to further thin the batter, Nurur also says you can use water or a combination of water and buttermilk)
Salt to taste
Sesame seeds (to my taste, these didn't add much)
Butter for frying (I tried butter-flavored cooking spray, it didn't work but it took only a tiny sliver of butter, maybe 1/8 a teaspoon, per pancake)
Grate the cucumbers into a large bowl (Nupur says you want to make sure to grab the cucumber juice). Add all the remaining ingredients except the sesame seeds.
Melt a tiny bit of butter in a large skillet (the bigger the skillet, the more pancakes you can cook at once). Pour 1/4 cups of batter into the skillet, use a spatula to even out the thickness and spread evenly. (If using, sprinkle the top with sesame seeds.) Cook til the bottom is crispy, then flip and cook the other side til crispy too.
Per Pancake: 58 Cal (5% from Fat, 13% from Protein, 83% from Carb); 2 g Protein; 0 g Tot Fat; 0 g Sat Fat; 12 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; NetCarb12; 34 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 27 mg Sodium; 1 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1 point