Savory Indian Pancakes with Lentils, Brown Rice and Cabbage | Saanna Polo

Crisp savory Pancakes with Lentils, Brown Rice and Veggies
Saanna Polo, a superhealthy Indian-style pancake packed with lentils, brown rice and veggies is a complete meal in itself. And if that sounds incredible to you, skip over and read the recipe.

In Konkan along India’s west coast, where my dad’s family hails from, “polo” is local for dosa: a food most of you are no doubt familiar with. Dosas, which spring from South India, are typically made with lentils and rice, and some, like Adai, have veggies thrown in. A Saanna Polo, which in Konkani translates to a “small dosa,” usually has tuvar dal (split pigeon peas) and rice with cabbage as the honorary veggie of choice (although you can easily bump it with a leafy or even onions).

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