Wheat pancakes with black peppercorns


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The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook: 300 Classic Recipes from the Great Regions of India

The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook

By Mridula Baljekar

Published 2017

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Many varieties of Malpuas are made all over the sub-continent. This central Indian version, with sweetness from palm sugar and spiciness from crushed black pepper, offers a different taste sensation from other versions. Serve on their own with after-dinner coffee or as a dessert topped with cream and fruits.


  • 115 g/4 oz/ cup semolina
  • 115 g/4 oz/1 cup self-raising (self-rising) flour
  • 5 ml/1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2.5 ml/½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 2.5 ml½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 75 g/3 oz/ cup full-fat (whole) natural (plain) yogurt
  • 250 ml/8fl oz/1 cup milk
  • 115 g/4 oz palm sugar (jaggery) or soft dark brown sugar
  • 75 ml/2 ½fl oz/ cup water
  • sunflower or light olive oil, for shallow-frying
  • whipped cream and seasonal fresh fruit, to serve


  1. Dry-roast the semolina in a heavy pan for about 10 minutes, until it is golden brown, stirring constantly.

  2. Transfer the semolina to a mixing bowl then add the flour, ground black pepper, cardamom and nutmeg. Mix well, then add the yogurt and stir to combine.

  3. Put the milk in a non-stick pan and place over a medium heat. Cut the palm sugar into small pieces, add it or the brown sugar to the milk and stir until dissolved.

  4. Add the sweetened milk to the semolina mixture, then add the water. Mix with a spoon until a smooth batter is formed.

  5. In a frying pan, heat enough oil to cover the surface to a depth of about 2.5cm/1 in over a medium heat.

  6. Spread a generous tablespoon of the batter in a circular motion to form a pancake about 7.5cm/3in in diameter.

  7. Fry the pancake until golden brown on both sides, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Use the remaining batter to make more pancakes in the same way.

  8. Serve warm, with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Per portion Energy 155kcal/653kJ; Protein 3g; Carbohydrate 25g, of which sugars 10g; Fat 6g, of which saturates 1g; Cholesterol 4mg; Calcium 82mg; Fibre 0.9g; Sodium 57mg.