Thursday, October 16, 2008

Elaanji / Crepes with sweet filling - 2nd Blog Anniversary !

Simply spicy turns 2 years old and it has been quite a wonderful journey so far.With 200 plus posts, it's a pleasure to think back on the day i started this blog.It was with much admiration after seeing some wonderful work of now fellow bloggers, i wanted to have a space of my own and chronicle recipes i have learnt from my mom and over time from friends and relatives. It's been quite a journey and this blog has and have been a learning ground. Over time i have discovered new recipes, traditional and others. And now sharing these recipes i liked with rest of the world, it's a pleasure when someone tries the recipes and gives me a feedback. Those are very encouraging words that has made this journey so wonderful. So thanks a ton to all those wonderful readers out there who seek "simply spicy" for a recipe and come back for more.

Now over to snacking on something sweet. "Elaanji" is what this crepes is known as in norther part of kerala. I have even heard it is called as a 'love letter', but am not sure why so. A sweet snack for tea time, filled with coconut, sweetened with sugar and spiced with cardamom.

Ingredients

1 cup - All purpose flour / Maida
1.5 cup - Cold Whole milk
1 - Egg
A pinch of salt
Ghee

For filling

1 whole - Coconut, freshly grated
10 - Green cardamom, powdered
3/4 cup - Sugar

Method

1 ) To make the filling - heat a pan on low flame, add 2 tsp of ghee, coconut, cardamom, and stir till all the ingredients are mixed well.Let the sugar mix in well with coconut, stir for a minute or 2. Take off the stove and set aside.

2 ) To make the batter - Shift all purpose flour and set aside. To a mixing bowl, add egg and beat well with a wire whisk. Then pour in milk, a pinch of salt and give a good whisk. Slowly, little by little add flour and make thin batter.Batter should be very thin, so if needed add more milk to make a thin batter.

3 ) Heat a crepe pan /non-stick pan over a moderate flame. Wipe the pan with cloth dipped in oil. When the pan is hot, pour a ladleful of batter on the pan and spread around with the ladle in a circular motion to form a thin layer. Lower the heat, drizzle some ghee on the sides and let the batter cook and set.

4 ) Take a spoonful of coconut mixture and place it on the edge side of the crepe. Then fold and roll the crepe till the end.Repeat the same with the rest of the batter and coconut filling and make more crepes.



Serve as a snack with tea.

Note - Few drops of vanilla extract can be added to the batter. This is optional. But if you don't like the egg smell in the batter, vanilla extract will help to take away that smell.

49 comments:

indosungod said...

Congrats! Wishing you many more wonderful years of blogging.

Mallika said...

Congratulations! It's such a wonderful milestone. The Elaanji looks lovely. We have something like this in Bengali called Patishapta.

sunita said...

Congratulations, dear Pravs, on your second blogversary...may you have many, many more :-)

Mishmash ! said...

hello friend.....congrats on the milestone :) Its been a pleasure knowing u and ur site :)

Btw, I am so amazed to find out that it is called elaanji too....till few days back, it was Muttakuzhalappam to me....check out Mallugirl's latest post....she has got a couple other different names too....elaanji sounds cute :)

Priyanka said...

Happy Blog Anniversary.....Crepes look tempting

Sia said...

congrats pravs and wishing u many more yrs of wonderful blogging :)

Sangeeth said...

It is a perfect snack for tea! and congrats on making it to 2 yrs. good luck for more to come!

Happy cook said...

Congragulations for celebrating the 2nd b'day and the 200 post.
This pancake we used to have a lot of time. Mom used to make them for us for out tiffin

anudivya said...

Those crepes look so dainty!
Congratulations on your blog's second anniversary! Great achievement indeed. Keep rocking! :)

Uma said...

Happy 2nd birthday to Simply Spicy! Elaanji is a perfect sweet for the celebration. Never heard of it. looks so delcious.

raaji said...

Congrats that ur blog turned 2.....
Great........the sweet looks just tempting........
Have sth for u in my blog........
Do take out ur time and check it out......

Divya Vikram said...

Looks just perfect n pretty too..Congrats on reaching a milestone..

ras said...

Nice Pic..

.. it looks soo thin.

Mansi said...

Those crepes look delicious Pravs!

Congrats on the 2-year mark, and wish you many more delicious years ahead:)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is a very nice recipe. Looks so good. YUM!.... Congrats on ur 2nd anniversary...

Nags said...

congrats :) 2 years!!

Seena said...

Congrats Pravs!
So I got a new name too before posting this.. :)

Srivalli said...

Happy Anniversary!..looking for many more years..crepes look delicious!

Pravs said...

Indosungod : Thank you so much for the wishes :)

Mallika : Thank you. Recently i tried patishapta at a bengali friends place and it was same crepes but with different filling. Was yummy !

Sunita : Thank you so much sunita :)

Mishmash :hey there buddy, thank you :) I suppose this snack has different names in different areas. Intresting to discover them.

Priyanka : Thank you. You should try them.. very yummy and you will tempted to have more :)

Sia : Thank you so much for the wishes :)

Sangeeth : Thank you... do try something.

Happy cook : I think it's a common snack in kerala..easy to make and very filling. Thanks for the wishes :)

Anudivya : Thank you so much for the wishes :) do try this sometime.

Uma : Thank you. do try it.

Raaji : Thank you so much :)

Divya : Thanks :)

Ras : Thanks :)


Mansi : Thanks for the wishes :)

Sukanya : Thanks.. do try this out :)

Nags : Thanks :)

Seena : oh you are posting this one too :) good .. will check out to see what you call this snack :)

Srivalli : Thank you so much :)

Rachel said...

Congrats on the milstone...and a fav tea snack of mine!!!

Anonymous said...

Hii
Love it. One of the perfect, and nostalgic snack for me. We call it "Love Letter" @ our hostel times. Didn't know it had a decent name till this date :)
- Sunitha

Anonymous said...

...and CONGRAGULATIONS for the 2nd anniversary. Forgot it when I saw the "love letter";)

Purnima said...

Pravs, A VERY HAPPY 2nd BLOGversary! The recipes have been awesome n traditional, have tried out couple of dishes frm here, which have been a keeper! Tks for sharing Elanji! Wish u and your blog a great future!

Malar Gandhi said...

Luks Great!!!

Sagari said...

congrats pravs ,looking farward for more yummy recipes in the comming year

DK said...

Congrats on the milestone and wishes for more and more. beautiful crepes by the way :)

Tina said...

Hi..first time to ur blog.....ithinu inganeyum oru perundennu ippozhanu manasilayathu..madakkusan or love letter...athe kettitulooo...nyway..nice to c ur blog...tc

Cham said...

Congrats on ur wonderful milestone :) Wish you many more ....

veena said...

hi friend ..
Congrats on ur 2nd anniversary in blogging ..Wishing u many more years of blogging ..

Even we too call this as Elaanji but the only difference is that we don`t add egg ..otherwise the same recipe ..:)
keep up the good work ..take care

veena

Pravs said...

Rachel and sunita : Thank you so much. A snack with so many names.. :)

Purnima : Thanks for the wishes :)

Malar, sagari,dk, tina, cham, veena : Thank so much for the wishes gals :)

Swapna said...

Congrats!!!wishing you many more years of blogging!!!

Pecos Blue said...

Congrats! That is great. I have a question I am going to bake for Diwali this weekend any easy Ladoo recipes or barfi or something special I could make?

I am going to look in the old posts too. Thank you.

Erin

Sunita Rathore Tanwar said...

You have a nice blog and yummy recipes. Can I add you in my friends list??

Anjana said...

I love elaanji! Everytime I go home to India, the morning of the day I would leave, my Mom would make these for breakfast - fresh!

Pravs said...

Swapna : Thank you so much for the wishes :)

Pecos : Thank you so much :) I could suggest a easy and yummy Pal khova / peda to make which is like a barfi.Check out this link http://simplyspicy.blogspot.com/2008/02/pal-khova-peda.html

Sunita : Thank you so much. Welcome to my world and please do add me in your friends list. Will be happy to be your friend :)

Anjana : wow ! that must be really nostalgic ! Do try this sometime.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Happy blog anniversary and happy Diwali!

farida said...

Happy Blogiversary to you! Wishing you many more years of blogging. Delicious looking crepes.

Kalai said...

A very happy blog anniversary to you, dear Pravs. I wish you and your family a very happy Deepavali and look forward to more delicious recipes! :)

Mallugirl said...

congrats and here's to many more years !! pleasure knowing u and r recipes are a keeper! i didn't know these are called elaanji too!

Sia said...

diwali wishes to u dear Pravs

homecooked said...

Wow....wonderful way to celebrate your blog anniversary. Congrats :)

Sonadora said...

congrats on 2 years!

Priti said...

Congrats ..wish your blog many more years :)...that's perfect way to celebrate ...Elaanji looks nice

zlamushka said...

happy anniversary. love yr blog. such a festive way to celebrate, too... the white looks fantastic.

Sharmi said...

my belated wishes on your anniversary.
I used to make this crepes when I was a kid. but did not know its name. a mallu friend taught me.

Usha said...

Congrats on reaching your milestone...the crepes look very tempting...

Vibaas said...

Congrats! This is a very nice and different recipe. You have a very nice blog with lots of yummy recipes.

mini said...

Hi there !
This snack reminds me of my hostel days ..love-letter was one of our evening snacks there..

Anonymous said...

Back home in Kerala, my mother made these often, and she had a sweet name for these : 'love letter'.