1 1/2cupsof dessicated coconut OR 2 cups freshly grated coconut
¾cupof good quality coconut milkOmit if you're using freshly grated coconut
6.50oz/ 1 cup packed muscovado sugar OR grated jaggeryin weight (PLEASE SEE NOTE)
6cardamom pods or ¼ tsp ground cardamom
Sri Lankan Pancakes (Crepes)
Heaped ½ tsp salt
¼tspturmericOR 4 saffron strands prepared as below
Sweet Coconut Filling
Add the coconut milk into a saucepan and heat until it's simmering (not boiling). When it starts to simmer, add the desiccated coconut and stir to combine.
Remove from the heat and allow the coconut to cool down. This also allows the desiccated coconut to completely absorb the milk. Store the coconut in a bowl, cover and set aside until needed.
Combine the sugar, salt, water, cardamom and cinnamon in a saucepan and heat over medium heat while stirring occasionally until the sugar has melted completely.
Bring the sugar syrup to a boil. Add the coconut to the sugar syrup and mix well.
The coconut sugar mix will be runny, with extra moisture. Cook the mix over medium heat, until the sugar syrup is absorbed by the coconut and you have a sticky coconut mix.
Let the mix cool down to room temperature, while you make the crepes.
Grind the saffron strands along with 1/4 tsp sugar and 1/4 salt until the saffron strands are completely ground.
Steep the ground saffron mix with 3 tbsp of hot water and leave it to cool down to room temperature.
Add this instead of turmeric, if you prefer.
Sri Lankan Pancakes (Crepes)
BLENDER - place all the ingredients in a blender. Start with the liquid ingredients, and then add the dry ingredients.
Blend until you have a smooth crepe batter. Let the crepe batter sit at room temperature, covered, for about 15-30 minutes to rest.
WITHOUT A BLENDER - place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk all the wet ingredients together in a jug.
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and slowly pour the wet ingredient mix, while whisking. After adding half of the liquid, whisk the mix to ensure there are no lumps. Add the rest of the liquid and whisk until smooth. Let it rest, covered, for 15 - 30 minutes until you are ready to use it.
MAKING THE CREPES - heat a 6 inch non-stick pan over medium high heat. Brush some oil on the surface of the pan when it’s hot.
Pour ¼ cup of the batter to the hot pan, while swirling, to evenly coat the surface of the pan. The batter will create bubbles on the surface if it's hot enough (this is characteristic of Sri Lankan crepes, but it's optional). Cover any big holes with some loose batter.
Cook for about 30 seconds, until the edges turn a golden brown.
Loosen the crepe and flip it over, and cook it for a further 15 - 30 seconds.
Both sides should be a golden to dark golden brown in color.
Flip the crepes on to a plate and stack them on top of each other until you have cooked all the crepes.
Once all the crepes are cooked, cover the stack with a clean cloth or plastic wrap and let it cool.
A NOTE ABOUT THE CREPES - if the pan is not as hot, the crepes will take a little longer to cook, and the surface will be smooth (no bubbles), but still flip the crepe when the edges start to brown. These will then look more like French crepes.
Spread about 2 tbsp of the coconut filling in the center of each crepe. Fold over one end, over the filling. Fold the edges in and roll up the crepe roll to form a log/roll - Similar to how Spring rolls are rolled up.
Place the crepes on a plate, with the seam side down.
Cover the crepes with a cloth or plastic wrap until needed.
Eat them plain, or with a cup of tea. Enjoy!
If you are unable to find both - you can use dark brown sugar instead.
Recipe from The Flavor Bender by Dini Kodippili
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