Author Notes: My mom was a terrific cook . Raised as a sheltered Southern small town girl , once she left home and adapted to the life of a peripatetic Naval officer's wife, she embraced the world of International cooking with a passion. One of her (and our) favorite buffet dinners was a kind of American curried chicken Rijsttafel (popular at the time), where a creamed chicken curry over rice was topped with your choice of many condiments . She also used to make curry chicken pancakes for hors d'oeuvre, but they were rather simple compared to the many flavored buffet dish. In these pancakes, I have combined the two dishes to make moist and creamy entree pancakes filled with curried chicken,
cooked grains, toasted coconut , crunchy onion rings, raisins and green pepper. They would be equally at home as hors d'oeuvre but we enjoy having them for dinner, as a delightful and memory-filled excuse to use up leftover chicken and grains.
- LE BEC FIN
Makes about 50 2" pancakes
- 1/2 cup spelt flour or 'white whole wheat' flour
- 1/2 cup white AP flour or 'white whole wheat' flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 cup Madras curry powder (Sun brand is excellent)
- 2 teaspoons ground toasted cumin
- 2 tablespoons ground toasted coriander
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
- 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
- 1/4 cup Major Grey's chutney**
- 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded and chopped
- 1 1/2 cup cooked short grain brown rice or cooked Trader Joe's Multigrain mix*
- 1/2 cup heated canned onion rings, lightly chopped
- 1 cup toasted sweetened coconut, lightly crushed
- 1/2 cup raisins, plumped in boiling water and drained
- 1/2 cup minced sweet green pepper
- optional 1 cup cooked lentils
- unsalted butter for cooking and service
- Sift together flour through baking powder.Add curry powder,cumin and coriander. In another bowl, whisk together egg through lemon juice; add ginger and chutney.Briefly combine contents of dry and wet bowls.Add chicken through green pepper. Stir til well combined but do not overstir.
- In a hot buttered skillet, cook 2" pancakes over medium high heat for a few minutes til bottom is browned and bubbles appear on the batter surface. Flip and finish cooking 5+ minutes til browned and firm.
- Arrange on a heat proof tray.Top pancakes with soft butter, and a dab of Major Grey's chutney.
- Note: * If you are using up leftover rice, sprinkle some water on it and microwave briefly to soften. Let cool a bit before adding to batter. **Cross and Blackwell's Major Grey's Chutney is available in most supermarkets.