Konkani Sanna Polo / Veggie Pancake

Sanna Polo
Though the Konkani term 'Polo' refers to a breakfast dosa/pancake, Sanna Polo is a side dish served with rice. The key ingredient of SaNa Polo is tender Bamboo shoots called as Keerlu/Keerla in Konkani. I generally make these savory pancakes with the veggies available and not necessarily with keerla.
I grew up eating two versions of this, one involves soaking rice, grinding and stuff, an elaborate one. I prefer the second one, my Mom's hassle free recipe.  Some day I'll share the rice version too.

Cabbage - 1 cup
Carrots - 1/2 cup
Mini Bell Pepper - 1
Onion - 1 small
Grated Coconut (fresh or frozen) - 1/2 cup
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - few sprigs
Besan/Chickpea Flour/Gram Flour - 1/2 cup
Rava/Sooji/Semolina - 1/2 cup
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind/Chincham/Chinch - about 1/2 tsp

How to make Konkani SaNa Polo:
  • Finely chop cabbage, onion, bell pepper and cilantro leaves. Peel and grate the carrots.
  • In a mixing bowl, add all the chopped veggies, coconut, salt, turmeric, red chili powder and tamarind. Mix and set it aside for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, the veggies will turn slightly moist.
  • Feel free to add more coconut if you like. No rules here about the proportions of veggies. Any vegetable you like.
Sana Polo
  • Now add chickpea flour to the bowl and mix all the ingredients well. Divide it into 6 round balls. Flatten each ball like a pancake and coat it in semolina.
  • Chickpea flour helps in binding all the ingredients. If required, add more.  Instead of semolina, you can use Rice Rava/Idli Rava as well. Or corn meal would also taste great.
  • Heat a pan for shallow frying. Grease the pan with oil or cooking spray.  Roast both sides of the pancake until the semolina crust turns slightly brown and crisp.
Serve Sanna Polo as a side dish with meals.


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