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Though vegetarian dishes featuring rice and a variety of beans dominate Indian cuisine, India's cooking has also been influenced by traders such as the Arabs and Chinese, and invaders such as the Persians, Mongols, Turks, British and Portuguese. North Indian food features more dairy and pulses, while South Indian cooking includes more rice, curries, and fruits like coconut.

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Chick Pea Pancakes (Pudla)

1 1/4 c. chick pea flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1 small red onion, very finely chopped
2 -inch piece of ginger, very finely chopped
4 jalapenos, very finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 T chopped cilantro
3 T oil

Place chick pea flour in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup water and stir to make a smooth batter. Add the salt, cayenne, onion, ginger, chiles, garlic, and cilantro. Mix well and set aside for 15 minutes.

Place 1/2 t of oil in a large skillet (preferably non-stick) over medium heat. Stir once and place about 1/3 cup batter into center of skillet. Tilt pan to spread (as if making a crepe). Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Turn over and cook, uncovered, for one more minute; should be golden. Repeat with remaining batter, stirring before using.



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