Imagine a gluten-free version of a crêpe that's as easy to make and as delicate as the French classic, but even more flavorful (on top of also being vegan and rich in protein). That is pudla. This Indian crêpe made with chickpea flour may be lesser-known, but it's a simple, savory, and wholesome addition to your breakfast routine.
What Is Pudla?
Hailing from Northern Indian, pudla are thin pancakes commonly eaten for breakfast. Chickpea flour and water make up the simple batter, which is spiced with fresh ginger, chiles, and cilantro. The batter is thinly spread out on a frying pan and cooked quickly to result in a savory crêpe-like treat that also happens to be vegan and gluten-free.
Chickpea flour also makes these crêpes high in protein and fiber, so they'll actually have staying power through the morning. Serve them simply, with no more than cilantro chutney (as they are traditionally eaten), or enjoy them as part of a brunch spread alongside crispy potatoes, sautéed or roasted vegetables, or spicy Indian-style scrambled eggs.