What in the world is pudla? In four words: Savory chickpea flour pancake. Pudla hails from India.
I stumbled across pudla in one of those internet rabbit holes. It started as a search for recipes for mixed-nut nut butters, which led me to the Bonzai Aphrodite website/blog. It felt like the author was a kindred spirit (complete with some postpartum mental health issues), so I clicked around the site, which led me to her recently opened wine bar where they serve pudla.
One look at the recipe, and I knew I had to try it — a simple recipe that comes together in a few minutes, featuring high protein chickpea flour plus fresh veggies — what’s not to love?
We have chickpea flour on hand for making farinata, which shares some characteristics with pudla. One of the advantages of pudla is that you make it on the stove top, versus needing to use the oven for farinata (more of a factor in the summer heat than in the fall (yay, fall!) and winter).
I used Kittee’s recipe (linked above).
My pudla notes/variations:
- While the recipe says, “one large filling pancake,” 1/2 cup of chickpea flour is two servings (see nutrition table below). For my first attempt, I cut the recipe in half and used 1/4 cup (one serving) of chickpea flour.
- How much water? The recipe says, “whisk in just enough water to make a thick, pourable batter.” In my experience, you want a little less water than chickpea flour, so for a half-cup of chickpea flour, start with a little less than 1/2 cup water.
- Vegetables: I used the full amount of veggies (1 cup) for my half-recipe. My initial pudla featured red peppers, onion, and cabbage, all from our garden. In a subsequent version, I swapped Hakuri turnips (a mild, sweet turnip that is tasty eaten raw) for the cabbage. I’m looking forward to trying a mushroom version (I will probably sauté them first).
- Salt: I used a scant 1/8 tsp for my half recipe.
- Oil: I used a mix of peanut and [refined] coconut oils in place of olive oil, which isn’t the best for higher heat cooking.
- Pan: The recipe doesn’t specify a type of pan. I was a little bit nervous about the stick risk of using cast iron, but I went for it (using Cat’s tips for making scrambled eggs in cast iron, which I need to share), and it worked fine.
- To serve: I enjoyed my pudla with some sriracha on top. I didn’t have avocado, but topping something with avocado never hurts!
After making pudla for myself on Friday, I was eager to share the discovery, so I whipped up another batch for our lunch on Sunday. G was a huge fan; he polished his off and asked for seconds, but then admitted he was full. I offered to make more for his afternoon snack, and he happily agreed. I do so love having a child who is willing to try new foods!
Chickpea flour facts and nutrition
I buy my chickpea flour (also known as besan) at a global food store. Bob’s Red Mill also makes it, and that may be more generally available (though also more expensive) at regular grocery stores.
Chickpea flour is ground simply finely ground chickpeas, though the nutrient content is a bit different than whole chickpeas.
The big difference is in the fiber. I don’t know if some of the more fibrous portions are sifted out and removed when making the flour, or what, but we somehow lose a hefty 4g of fiber going from the beans to the flour (though the nutrition facts label on the Bob’s Red Mill chickpea flour reports 5g of fiber in 1/4 cup of flour, which is more consistent with the whole bean). The whole bean also contains a bit more iron compared to the flour.
So that’s pudla! It will definitely go on our “make regularly” list!