Besan Puda (Savory Pancake)

My friend Jyoti was intrigued when I told her that I was a food blogger.  We chatted about my food blog and how it all started.

I told her that I enjoy international cuisine.  So she asked me if I have ever made a dish from India.  Well she got me.  I had not.  So she gave me a recipe for Besan Puda.  It’s a savory pancake made with chickpea flour.

So lucky for me I have a Wondermill Grain mill.  I bought dried chickpeas and ground them up on the mill to make these savory pancakes.

Besan (Chickpea Pancake) Recipe

You can eat them with a bit of chutney.

Besan Puda (Savory Pancake)
Serves: 6 pancakes
  • 1 cup besan (chickpea flour)
  • ¼ cup rice flour (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • About 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil
  1. Mix all the above ingredients together except oil and make a smooth paste of spreadable consistency
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the oil
  4. Beat the mixture once again.
  5. Using a Tablespoon pour and spread as pancakes.
  6. Don't drop a lot of mixture--try by making small pancakes.
  7. Place a flat spatula under the pancake to avoid sticking to the pan and flip after about 10 seconds.
  8. Add little oil if needed.
  9. Roast until golden brown on both sides.
  10. Serve Immediately.
  11. Enjoy with chutney.



I was adventurous making the chickpea flour myself.  It wasn’t the easiest thing to mill, but well worth it.

Besan Collage


If you had a grain mill, what would you make?

About Marlene Baird

Marlene Baird is the owner, phootgrapher, and recipe developer at Nosh My Way.

 She is a first generation native San Franciscan.  Her parents emigrated from the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta. She grew up in San Francisco, California with an older sister and a younger brother.

Her kitchen table is where her family share stories, laugh, and pass bread and wine around the table. They have been known to talk over one another, just to be heard. I guess you can say they are a loud bunch.

Her mother always cooked healthy foods that were traditional Maltese cooking. Olive oil, and bread is a typical Mediterranean menu item, which later became all the rage in restaurants.

She enjoys her family, an occasional glass of champagne, and being spoiled by her hubby. She is passionate about food, and creating healthy and tasty meals. She would love to have enough money to spend on traveling to places all over the world.

She was inspired to share my kitchen creations that she makes for her family and share them as a resource for everyone.

I am loving my new grain mill! It has been such an honor to be a part of this challenge and make my own fresh milled flour at home!

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