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Phapar Ko Roti (Buckwheat Pancakes)
by Tsering Maya 


Buckwheat flour
Non-stick pan

1 In a bowl, place the amount of buckwheat flour that you feel you will be comfortable handling. Slowly pour in water, little by little, with one hand while mixing with a spatula with the other hand. This way you can adjust as needed. By pouring water little by little you don't have to deal with big lumps later on.
2 When the mix resembles a pancake batter, it's ready. However, you can make the batter thicker or thinner as per your preference.
3 Now, heat the non-stick pan on medium heat. You can want to make sure it is thoroughly heated before you pour any batter as that would prevent the pancake from sticking to the pan. Notice we are not using any grease.
4 Still on medium heat, slowly pour a cup or so full of batter into the pan and tilt the pan around to distribute the batter into a nice round shape. Wait for bubbles to appear within the pancake and with another spatula check around the edges to see if the pancake separates from the pan.
5 If it does, then it is ready to be flipped. Let it cook for a few minutes more and pancake is ready. Although traditionally eaten with fresh radish pickle or plain chili powder moistened with butter tea, it also goes well smeared with peanut butter and jam.
  • Buckwheat is one of the primary sources of carbohydrate among the Manangis of Northern central Nepal where the land is dry and the weather leaning towards mountain-cold.
  • This serves two purposes: you can't grow rice there but you can buckwheat; the pink flowers of which beautify the barren landscape during spring. And buckwheat is a heat producing agent which serves well for these perpetually butter-tea drinking denizens.
  • Buckwheat pancakes are regularly eaten for breakfast and also prepared during large gatherings; at the monasteries and during major events like weddings, funerals etc.
  • More than half of the entire tiny population of the Manangi villages have relocated to other areas and other countries but buckwheat pancakes still remain dear to them and are eaten regularly.
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