Labneh Pancakes with Orange Blossom Syrup

Orange season is coming to an end and this, for me, is a good way of bidding farewell to the glorious fruit. By no means are these breakfast pancakes, they’re light, aromatic and dreamy puddings to be eaten after dinner in the garden to on balmy evenings. The pancakes are sodden with orange juice and the only adornment is a prolific sluicing of orange blossom syrup for its floral sharpness. ⁣

What you will need – (for 10 small pancakes)
  • Oat flour – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut Sugar – 2 teaspoons
  • Egg – 1 large
  • Butter – 1 tablespoon
  • Milk – 1/4 cup
  • Labneh – 2 tablespoons (sub with greek yogurt)
  • Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cardamom powder – 1 pinch

For the syrup –

  • Coconut Sugar – 3 tablespoons
  • Water – 1/4 cup
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Orange blossom water – 2 teaspoons

For serving –

  • One handful of hulled pistachios and a squirt of fresh orange juice
Method –
  1. Start with the syrup, combine coconut sugar, water and lemon juice in a small saucepan.
  2. Swill the pan to help the sugar dissolve and when it does, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5-7 mins.
  3. Once it turns syrupy, turn the heat off and stir in 2 teaspoons of orange blossom water.
    Set aside to cool.⁣
  4. For the pancakes, combine labneh and milk in a large bowl. Whisk to break down all the labneh lumps.
  5. Whisk in the egg and butter followed by all the dry ingredients. The mixture will stiffen into a thick, fluffy batter immediately.
  6. Use about 2 tablespoons of batter for 1 pancake and cook till golden brown on each side.⁣
  7. To serve, drizzle pancakes with cold syrup, add pistachios and a squirt of fresh orange juice.

Storage notes –

Pancakes can be made and kept warm for a couple of hours in the oven.
The syrup can be made in a bigger batch and stored in the refrigerator. Make sure to bring it to room temperature before serving.

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Aubergines stuffed with Lentils

This creation is inspired by the classic stuffed aubergine dish from the Ottoman cuisine – Imam Baylidi. The aubergines are simmered in olive oil and though it is quite a delightful dish, I find it rather oily. For this recipe, I cook the aubergines in a skillet first and then roast in the oven.

What you will need – (for 2 massive servings)
  1. Aubergines – 2 large, halved lengthwise
  2. Cooked masoor (red) lentils – 1 cup
  3. Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
  4. Tomatoes – 4 large, puréed
  5. Garlic – 1 large clove, finely chopped
  6. Harissa paste – 1-1.5 tablespoons (can sub with Gochujang paste)
  7. Rosemary – 1 sprig
  8. Broth – 3/4th cup
  9. Olive oil – 2 + 2 tablespoons
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
  11. Grated parmesan or cheddar (optional) – 1/4th cup

For garnish –
Fresh coriander and toasted sesame seeds

Method –
  • Slit aubergines lengthwise and score in a criss-cross. Drizzle with salt and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet on medium flame and place the aubergines slit-side down.
    Cook till the skin begins to wrinkle (about 7 mins).
  • Take the aubergines out of the pan and scoop out a little flesh from the centre to create a cavity. Set aside. (You only want to scoop out the tender bits in the centre. There should be enough flesh remaining on all sides.)
  • In the meantime, preheat oven to 180°C.
  • In the same pan add remaining oil, garlic, chopped onions and rosemary. Sauté on medium heat till the onions become translucent.
  • Add tomato purée, salt and pepper. Cook for 4-5 mins.
  • Now add cooked lentils, scooped aubergine flesh and harissa. Stir to combine.
  • Add broth to the pan, bring to a boil and simmer till thickened.
  • Add this mix into the aubergines and roast at 180°C for 30 mins or until the aubergine is completely cooked.
  • Garnish with grated cheese and fresh herbs. Serve immediately.

Serve as is or alongside a vibrant salad or rice or cauliflower rice or quinoa.

Storage notes –

The stuffing can be stored for upto 3 days. Advisable to cook the eggplants when you’re ready to eat.

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