Recipe courtesy of Suvir Saran

Savory Indian Crepes with Tomato-Shallot Chutney

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 cup chickpea flour* (See Cook's Note)

Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon carom (or substitute dried thyme, or cumin, or caraway)

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3/4 cup water

1 jalapeno, finely chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil


1 tablespoon canola oil

4 large shallot, finely chopped

Kosher salt

3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped

1 jalapeno, finely chopped

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. For the crepes:
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the chickpea flour, 1 teaspoon salt, carom, and cayenne pepper. Whisk in the water. The batter should look like a thin pancake batter and set the batter aside for 30 minutes. While the batter rests, make the chutney.
  3. For the chutney:
  4. Heat the canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the shallots and 2 teaspoons salt and cook until the shallots are transparent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro, cover the saucepan and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the tomatoes are very saucy, about 6 to 8 minutes. Uncover the saucepan and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook until the chutney is thick and jam-like, about another 6 to 8 minutes. Set it aside while you make the crepes.
  5. Gently stir the jalapenos and cilantro into the crepe batter, trying not to create any bubbles. 
  6. Heat a medium nonstick skillet or griddle over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. You'll know when it's hot enough when a few droplets of water sizzle on the skillet. 
  7. Working quickly, pour 1/4 cup batter onto the center of the skillet and spread into a large thin circle with the back of the measuring cup or the back of a spoon. Drizzle 1/4 teaspoon canola oil over the top of the crepe. Cook the underside of the crepe until browned, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until it's dry, about 30 seconds. Repeat this process until all the batter is used. 
  8. Serve with a generous scoop of chutney and eat while hot.

Cook’s Note

*Can be found at gourmet and/or specialty Indian markets.