Ghaavan is a soft Indian rice flour pancake made and relished in the Malvan area of the state of Maharashtra.
With a vast coastline and abundance of coconuts in this area, a large number of gravies prepared are coconut based and are made using the famous Malvani masala. The ghavaan goes very well with such coconut based vegetarian or non vegetarian dishes. It is also combined with chutneys for a scrumptious breakfast!
Ghaavan is a simple rice flour pancake made from either dry ghaavan flour or batter made from soaked and ground rice. Dry ghaavan flour is readily available nowadays or can be made by washing raw rice and drying it in shade on a piece of cloth and then grinding it into a fine but a little bit coarse flour. Other option is to soak rice overnight and to grind it to a fine paste using water as required.
- 1 cup Ghaavan flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cup water
- Soak the dry ghaavan flour in water and add the salt. Mix well so that there are no lumps. Add more water if required so that the batter is not too thin nor too thick. Keep aside for about an hour or so.
- Heat a thick cast iron skillet and spread a little oil over it.
- Stir the batter well and pour required batter on the hot griddle like a pancake. Cook covered using little oil on low flame till one side is done. Now flip over and cook the other side too.
- Serve hot with some Kaale Vaataanyachi Usal or with NKGSB Style Lasun Chutney or any other spicy gravy.
Prepared Ghaavan batter :