1 large Imperfect zucchini
6-8 medium Imperfect carrots, peeled
1 Imperfect potato
1 bunch green onions (or 1 Imperfect yellow onion)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 bunch fresh parsley
1 recipe pancake batter
Grate the zucchini, carrots and potato using the large holes on a box grater. Thinly slice the onions, mince the garlic, and roughly chop parsley.
Prepare one recipe of your favorite homemade or store-bought pancake mix, butuse 1/4 cup less liquid than called for; the zucchini will add a great deal of liquid to the mix. Fold the vegetables into the prepared pancake batter.
Warm a skillet over medium-high heat and brush it gently with olive oil. Use a 1/3 measuring cup to scoop the batter onto the warmed skillet. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, until the outer edges have set, then flip. Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes and remove from heat.
Sprinkle the pancakes liberally with salt and allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve with butter, sour cream, or even a savory jam or chutney.
Roopam's tip: This would definitely be the opportunity to use any leftover dosa/idly batter (rice based) and create a thicker version of the South Indian classic Uttapam. In this case, throw in the trifecta of Indian spices (ground coriander, ground turmeric, red chili pepper) and serve with a coconut chutney. Additionally, a simple chickpea flour (besan) batter (mixed with water) would also be a nice gluten-free option.
Muhammara (Syrian Red Pepper & Walnut Spread)
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes or 1 small red chili
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 cup walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup whole-grain bread crumbs (2/3 cup rolled oats to make gluten free)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil , plus more to serve
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (see previous newsletter)
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 to 3 roasted Imperfect red peppers
1/2 to 1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
Using a hand blender or a conventional blender, puree the chile flakes, cumin, most of the walnuts, bread crumbs, olive oil, pomegranate molasses, tomato paste, and red peppers to a smooth, even consistency. Mix in the warm water in increments to achieve an easily spreadable consistency similar to a thick yogurt. If you¹re going to use it for dipping, you might want to leave it a touch thicker. Stir in the salt and adjust the seasonings if needed. Serve topped with torn basil, the remaining walnuts, and a thick thread of olive oil.
Roopam's Tip: This is a great alternative to hummus. To roast your Imperfect red peppers, cut the red peppers in half and remove the stems and seeds. Place them cut side facing down on a baking sheet and broil until the outer layer of the skin has blackened. Seal the peppers in a plastic bag and once cooked, remove the skins from the peppers. Sweet!