Fenugreek and snake gourd seed sanna pollo


One of the easiest to make accompaniment for Konkani dishes is sanna pollo (spicy pancakes). This version is made with bitter fenugreek leaves and sweet snake gourd seeds.


1 C rice
1 C fenugreek (methi) leaves
1/2C snake gourd (poddale) seeds (these can be harvested when cutting open a snake gourd for other dishes, placed in a ziploc bag and frozen)
1/2C coconut, grated
5-6 cayenne peppers [rml_read_more]
2t tamarind paste


Soak the rice for an hour. Coarsely grind the rice with the grated coconut and cayenne peppers with a little water. Mix this with the tamarind paste, fenugreek leaves and snake gourd seeds till the mixture. Make sure that the mixture is thick enough that it can form a tennis ball size without falling apart. Heat a non-stick pan. Add a few drops of oil (I typically spray oil),  place the ball on the pan and quickly flatten it with your fingers or spatula such that it covers about 6-8″ in diameter. When almost crisp on one side, flip and repeat. Enjoy with hot rice and daal.

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