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SAMA PANKI banana leaves

SAMA PANKI - Faraar/Fasting dish cooked between banana leaves

Serve garam garam Samo Panki to your family and friends this Navratri or any fasting day!


6 - 8 cut Banana leaves (according to your frying pan size)

2 cups Sama flour

3-4 tbsp Arrowroot flour

1/2 cup rajagra flour

3/4 cup plain yogurt (sour)

1 tsp cumin seeds

salt to your taste

Finely chopped coriander, chilies, ginger (to your taste)

Oil for greasing inside of leaf but not required outside if using non-stick pan


  1. In a bowl mix together all the flours, yogurt, cumin, salt and coriander, green chilies, ginger

  2. Cover the bowl and leave this mixture for at least 1 hour to ferment in a warm place.

  3. Take one leaf at a time, grease the inside with oil using a brush and then place a small amount of the above mixture spread evenly to make a thin layer and fold the other side of the leaf over to form an envelope.

  4. Heat a non-stick frying pan and place the banana leaf on it, you may drizzle a little oil if you wish or simple cook on both sides till for 3-5 mins. Lift one side of the leaf to peel the Sama Panki.

  5. Panki tastes best when served hot immediately from the pan with a chutney/chili sauce.

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