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19th January 2018


Let's start the new year with a recipe that's been high on the list of requests - Patishapta, or traditional Bengali Crepes, made with a delicious filling of grated coconut, khoya ( evaporated, solidified milk ) and this season's hot favourite - Notun Gur - date palm jaggery - available only for a few winter months in some parts of the subcontinent! 


There are, as always, many different ways of making these yummy crepes - with fillings made of just creamy khoya, with different flavours or nuts and dried fruits added, with coconut, with other forms of jaggery or with condensed milk! Even the batter composition varies - people use different ratios of the three flours, and some even make it with just white flour and semolina, skipping the rice flour altogether.


Song written, composed, performed and produced by Sawan Dutta

Video created by C.B.Arun Kumar and Sawan Dutta 


Winter is here and I am in the mood

For a bite of something special

that's made with Notun Gur

Patishapta, patishapta, YES, a pati pati pati patishapta

Just the thing to welcome spring with

I want a pati pati pati patishapta

( INGREDIENTS : FOR THE FILLING - Grated coconut 1 cup, pulverized date palm jaggery ( patali gur/ khejur gur ) 3/4 or 1 cup depending on how sweet you want it, khoya ( evaporated milk, also known as kheer or mawa ) 1/2 cup, 1/2 tsp of powdered cardamom FOR THE BATTER - 4 tbsp white flour ( maida ), 4 tbsp rice flour, 2 tbsp semolina ( sooji ), milk - enough to soak all the mixed and sieved flour in, forming a thin batter ) 

Grate the coconut, lightly fry

Add the jaggery, and let it liquefy

Handful of khoya for a creamy treat

A pinch of cardamom, the filling is complete

For the patishapta, patishapta, hmmmm the pati pati pati patishapta

No winter treat is quite complete without the sweetness

Of a pati pati pati patishapta

White flour, semolina and the rice flour

Soak in some milk for not less than half an hour

Add some more water or milk, make a batter

Not very thick, consistency does matter! 

Pour on a lightly oiled pan that is wide

Spread it out, gently fry on both sides

Place some filling in centre ( of crepe ) and fold ( away from yourself )

You can enjoy it hot or cold

Patishapta, patishapta, let's have a pati pati pati patishapta

Just the thing to welcome spring with

Let's have a pati pati pati patishapta 


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