Rice Flour Crepes with Vegan Richa

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on September 3, 2012

Do you guys remember when I tried to make rice flour crepes, also known as dosa? It was a bad scene.

Why I hadn’t thought about just using rice flour like Richa has in the recipe she’s sharing with us today is beyond me. Richa is the talented vegan and Indian food extraordinaire behind Vegan Richa. Her blog was one of the first I gravitated toward after returning from my trip to India. Her recipes are simple, easy to follow and straight-up delicious so it came as no surprise that the recipe she’s sharing with us today is as straight forward as they come – dosa that doesn’t require soaking of ingredients, grinding of grains, or fermentation of batter.

Heck ya!

I blog at Vegan Richa, about Indian Vegan recipes, yeast breads and other baked goods. After transitioning to a vegan diet to make a compassionate choice, I discovered a new set of bloggers who follow a specific diet for various other reasons. As a north Indian, who eats wheat in almost every meal and most snacks, I was intrigued by the elimination of gluten and the diet adjustments. After Indian food, my next love is fresh baked bread. I took a few years to figure gluten out and then decided to find ways without it:). I started playing with gluten free baking and am trying to perfect some good gluten-free and vegan yeast bread options. You can find some of my gluten-free loaves, dinner rolls, pretzels here.

For my guest post today, I wanted to keep things simple. The easy option in Indian food to avoid gluten is South Indian cuisine, filled with Dosas(crepes), Uttapams(Easy thick crepes/pancakes), Idlis(steamed cakes) and other breads/crepes made with various fermented lentil and rice batter combinations. A dosa post would be very long, so I decided to de-glutenize one of the quick dosa recipes, the rava dosa.

Thank you for having me over Leanne. Hope you all like this quick Dosa.

Rava dosa is a lacy crepe, usually made with a very thin batter of rice flour, semolina(cream of wheat) and all purpose flour if needed. This version has brown rice flour and cream of rice(Idli rava). The batter doesnt need to rest or ferment and can be instantly used. A video of how the lacy dosa is made here.

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Rice Flour Crepes
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Serves: 4 crepes, 2 servings
 
Lacy Indian crepes made with brown rice flour and cream of wheat, filled with potato masala.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup cream of rice (Idli rava )
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ⅓ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing) – optional
  • 3-4 Tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped/grated ginger
  • Oil as needed (I use organic canola or virgin coconut oils)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, add the rice flour, cream of rice, salt, cumin, asafoetida and water and whisk into a thin batter.
  2. Add the ginger, chili, cilantro and mix.
  3. Prepare a large non stick pan and heat on medium.
  4. When hot, add a few drops of oil and spread on the pan.
  5. Fill a ladle with the batter and drop/drizzle it on the hot pan to make a lacy crepe.
  6. To create the sprinkle effect, use a smaller ladle or ¼ cup batter at a time and drop it on the hot pan without creating thick or double layers.
  7. Drizzle a few drops on oil on the edges.
  8. Cook on medium heat until the edges start to leave the pan and look golden. 5-7 minutes.
  9. Fold and serve.

Get the flours and veggies ready…

Add to a bowl, flours, cumin, salt, asafoetida, water and mix well.

Add ginger, chili, cilantro.

Sprinkle batter onto a well heated non stick pan without making double layers.

Cook until the edges are golden and leave the pan.

This dosa tastes best when hot, so serve immediately.

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Potato Masala

Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
Serves: 2

Indian-spiced potato filling for dosa.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (7-8 leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons split peas
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 green chili chopped or chili flakes to taste
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 medium potatoes, chopped

Directions

  1. In a medium pan, add oil and heat on medium.
  2. After half a minute, add mustard seeds and let them start to crackle.
  3. Add curry leaves carefully and mix.
  4. Add the split peas, chili and onions and cook on medium-low heat for 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden.
  5. Add the turmeric and salt and mix,
  6. Add the potatoes, 2-3 Tablespoons of water, mix well, cover and cook on low heat for 12-14 minutes, stirring every 4 minutes until potatoes are done.
  7. You can also use boiled potatoes to reduce the cook time. Add boiled potatoes in the onion mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes and serve.

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Add oil, heat on medium, add mustard seeds, curry leaves

Add onions, chili peppers, split peas. Cook until golden

Add turmeric, coriander powder, salt.

Add potatoes, a few tablespoons of water. Cover and cook on low until potatoes are done.

For the coconut chutney recipe displayed in the previous image, see this recipe.

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Caitlin

what a beautiful light and lacy crepe! i love the fact that the crepe doesn’t need to ferment and it is just so lovely! one of the things i love so much about richa is that she utilizes ingredients that i would otherwise never know what to do with. like cream of rice! who would have thought to put that in a crepe! richa!! the spicy filling sounds delicious, too!

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Richa

Thanks Caitlin. This is probably the easiest dosa. No long prep time! hope to see youget on with some south indian food cooking:)

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Yum, this looks amazing. I love how delicate it is. I have never heard of Asafoetida Hing Powder, is this for flavor in the recipe or does it provide some structure to the crepe that is necessary?
I can’t wait to try these, thanks for the great recipe. I am off to check out your blog now!

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Richa

Thanks Beth! Hing is for the deep onion garlic kind of flavor. You can skip it , or use a generous pinch of onion powder for a similar effect. I have hing readily available so i use it for the more authentic taste. Hope you like this dosa :)

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Thanks so much! I will have to try it! I am loving your blog by the way. Thanks Leanne for another wonderful blog introduction :)

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

Wow – this looks incredible! I love trying new types of cuisine and this is definitely on my culinary ‘to do’ list !

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Richa

Thank you Erica! you wont be disappointed :)

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tanya ci

I didn’t think Asafoetida/Hing Powder was GF. Did you find a GF one?

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Richa

the powder is usually diluted with wheat or rice flour/starch. you can get some pure asafoetida crystals and grind them in a powerful grinder or find a gf powder. I think frontier naturals has a gf version.

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Sophie

Hi Leanne,

I just wanted to let you know that the asafoetida that you link to contains wheat.
(Thought I would let you know since many of your readers are probably celiac…like me!)

All the best!

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Richa

Thanks Sophie. The hing powder by most brands is usually diluted with wheat or rice flour/starch. Pure Asafoetida can be bought in crystal form and ground in a powerful grinder. I think frontier naturals has a gf version. I should have added that note in the recipe.:)

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Brandon

I’m sure the filling is great, but I think the crepes look amazing! Maybe I’m just easily amused (probably) but I think the visual aspect of these crepes is stunning, just different enough from the standard crepe to grab your attention. Thanks for sharing, I’m definitely making these!

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Richa

Thank you Brandon:) the crepes are pretty indeed with the lacy effect. Do let me know when you try them! feel free to use any fillings or sides:)

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india-leigh

still full from a green breakfast smoothie, none the less I am SALIVATING. I’m making these at the weekend. I cannot wait to taste them! THANKS V.MUCH x

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Richa

Thank you India-leigh:) Do let me know how they worked out!

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Kristy

What a gorgeous crepe, Richa! I love how simple it is too! And I never would have thought to stuff it with potato masala either! Another home run from Vegan Richa!

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Richa

Thanks Kristy! we usually eat the dosas with potatoes, chutneys and some sambhar(sour split pea daal with veggies):) The crepes can be filled with anything savory 9 and spicy for me) ;)

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April @ The 21st Century Housewife

What beautiful crepes, and the Potato Masala sounds absolutely delicious!

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Pepi

Lovely, delicious!
Dosas were really easy and tasty!
My only problem was that I had hard split peas after potatoes were cooked so I had to continue cooking till split peas cooked through….by then potatoes very mushy
Flavours were great!
Made 2 pots of potato. One without chilli for the boys (7 and 5 yrs) They gobbled it up.
I also added a sprinkle of jaggery (sugar) and a touch of tamarind which both also added more depth to the flavour depth.

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Pamel Long

Hi Richa
Where can I buy cream of rice(idli rava) I live in Stockport Manchester
Thank you
Pamela

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