Chaak Hao Tann ( Or my version of the Black Rice Pancakes from North-East )
Chak Hao or black rice is a aromatic rice variety that is native to Manipur ( or maybe small pockets in the entire north-east region but I am not too sure of that ). So special is this variety that an Emperor in China had banned the cultivation of this rice for the masses. Hence it came to be known as the 'Forbidden Rice'. This variety of rice contains gluten and hence people with Celiac diseae should not consume it. But for others, this the best variety of rice for a number of reasons.
Black rice has a very high proportion of antioxidants which is crucial to the prevention of cancer and Alzheimer's . Its high anthocyanin content is very much capable of lowering the risk of heart attacks and controlling high cholesterol levels. Plus it is grown organically which results in higher nutrient value and zero exposure to chemicals.
Read on for the recipe ( Sourced from HERE ) -
Preparation Time - 30 mins
- 1 cup Black rice
- 1/2 cup Atta (flour)
- 3 tbsp powdered jaggery
- 1 tsp fennel (coarsely powdered)
- 2 tsp ghee
Preparation - Wash and soak the black rice overnight. Drain the water and transfer to a grinder jar.
Grind the rice into a smooth paste. (If it feels dry, use some the water that we had drained earlier)
Add the powdered jaggery and grind again.
Transfer the batter into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup flour and the powdered fennel seeds.
Mix everything to get a firm dough. If it feels wet or stick, add a little more flour to make it firm.
Divide the dough into 8 equal portions.
Rub a little ghee on the hands and roll each portion into a ball. Then flatten it into a disc of about 4 mm thickness.
Cooking - Heat a skillet or tawa. Grease with a little ghee.
Place the discs on the skillet and drizzle more ghee on the sides.
Cook on low flame till one side is done. Then flip it over and add a little more ghee. Both surfaces should get a layer of crispness while the center should remain moist. Remove and keep aside.
Allow it to cool down before serving.
Should stay fresh for 3-4 days in the fridge ( not tested yet as mine got over on the same day ).