Recipe for soft, melt in the mouth pancakes with creamy paneer or cottage cheese.
Tring tring. The shrill sound of the cell phone startled me and everyone around. My mother peered at the bright blue screen to find my cousin’s name blinking across it.
I giggled. I knew my cousin was calling for no reason other than to provide us an opportunity to use the phone in public. I felt like I was in a super bright spotlight as I talked into it, trying to appear nonchalant. People actually turned around to look at me and I somehow felt taller, slimmer and more beautiful that I was (which is saying something since I was already quite tall, slim and beautiful (just in case you were wondering :P)). That was the power of the small, blue BPL phone with the tiny antenna sticking out one end. I didn’t want the conversation to end even though I knew I was (or rather, my mom was) being charged heftily for the incoming call. But my mom had started rolling her eyes, and I finally put an end to the exchange between my cousin and myself which consisted mostly of “Is everyone looking?”, “Yes!” and giggles.
This was the scene in Kerala at the turn of the century. But today, every Mathai, Thomaskutty and Chackochen has the latest in mobile technology. Even if he uses his mobile phone only for calls from his wife reminding him to get milk and eggs on his way back home, he has to have a Galaxy S6 Edge. There are more cell towers than public toilets and a network outage creates as much panic as an India Pak semi final.
The virtual world has nullified distances in the real world, and we all thrive together happily without walls and borders using our mobile phones. Or atleast, most of us do. I still have a basic model handset which manages to catch public attention for it’s antique value. Anyway, I use my laptop to remain connected, and ever since I saw my nephew eat pancakes a couple of years back while chatting with him, I have been making a lot of pancakes at home. And I am especially fond of these paneer pancake by Lakshmi Nair.
- Grind paneer in a food processor till smooth.
- Beat eggs in a clean bowl till light and fluffy.
- Add sugar and beat for some more time so sugar is dissolved in. Mix in paneer.
- Sift or mix together baking powder, plain flour and salt. Add to beaten eggs along with milk and mix till combined.
- Heat a non stick pan over low flame. Melt some butter. Pour in a tablespoon of batter and spread with back of spoon gently. When bubbles appear on top, flip over and cook the other side. Transfer to serving plate. Continue till batter is used up.