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Scallion Pancake

 

Scallion Pancake is a rolled  Chinese pancake dish rich in iron, and can be eaten both as an appetizer or a main course with a dipping sauce of one’s choice. Scallion pancakes are made bystuffing a filling of finely chopped fresh scallions into flour dough rolled pancakes, and then shallow frying on a griddle. These rolled pancakes can also be made with variations in the filling using other vegetables, ground meats or a combination of both.

 

Ingredients

 

Scallions

flour

salt

ground black pepper

sesame oil

 

 

Preparation

 

The flour is kneaded with the help of a food processor to form a pliable dough. The dough is divided into separate portions and each portion is rolled out separately. Each of these rolled pancakes is sprinkled with finely chopped scallion, from which water has been squeezed out completely. This is seasoned with salt and pepper and brushed with sesame oil. The pancake is rolled up in a jelly roll style and twisted into a tight coil. This is allowed to rest for 15 to 20 minutes and then rolled again to an approximate size of 6” diameter. These pancakes are shallow fried on each side till golden brown.

 

Nutritional Value

 

Each serving of 127 gm contains 521.1 calories, 8.7 gm protein, zero cholesterol and 31.4 gm of total fat.

 

Health Value

 

Scallions – It is low in fat, protein, carbohydrate and calories but an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of fibre. It is mostly eaten as a garnish. It may also contain cancer benefits.

 

Black Pepper – It contains antibacterial properties, helps to absorb vitamins and minerals and may prevent certain types of cancer. It helps in digestion by encouraging the production of stomach acids . It also helps in liver functioning and thus flushes out toxins from the body.

 

Sesame Oil – It is a good source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E, linolenic acid and omega 6 fatty acids. The presence of these vital nutrients help reduce the risk of some cancers and strengthen cell membranes.

 

 

Salt – The presence of sodium and chloride, aid in the transmission of nerve impulses. The presence of iodine is also useful as it is important for the thyroid gland. It also helps to create the hormones thyroxin and tri iodothyronine both of which help to regulate our metabolism.