Fresh, fluffy, hot off the griddle—pancakes stack up to be the perfect comfort food. While we think these three-ingredient wonders should be celebrated every day, Pancake Day is the one day in the year that’s entirely dedicated to all things pancake. Celebrated every year 47 days before Easter, this year, March 5 pays an ode to the fluffy pancake and its many versions.
Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday in Christianity, is a day of feasting before the 40-day fasting period, in the run-up to Easter. Shrove derives from ‘shrive’, which means free oneself from all sins and guilt before the start of Lent, which begins on the following day, Ash Wednesday. The day is also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras in French. On this day it was customary to cook up a feast using any remaining rich foods—that’s how the tradition of whipping up pancakes as an ingenious way to use up rich foods, such as eggs and sugar, came about.
Historically, ancient Greeks and Romans used wheat flour, olive oil, honey, and buttermilk to create the rudimentary pancake. Pancake recipe has evolved over the years, here is our recipe for a fool-proof pancake.
How To Make a Pancake
Before you get started on this pancake recipe, make sure that your pantry is fully stocked with basics such as eggs, flour, milk and butter, before you set forth on your pancake-eating spree. A good ol’ pancake also needs a good non-stick frying pan. Once you’ve got all your ingredients in place, put on your aprons and start flippin’.
Also read: How to not ruin your non-stick frying pans
Once you’ve mastered this recipe, you can experiment with different ingredients, savoury and sweet, from your pantry and go wild with toppings. Here are some interesting pancake recipes, perfect for every mood.
Here’s a Pancake Day Special menu featuring all things pancake that you can take from breakfast to dinner:
Pump up the fibre-quotient in your pancakes by replacing maida with oatmeal instead. Healthy, tasty and easy to make, these pancakes are filled with the goodness of oats. Stack them up and drench them in some maple syrup for a dose of decadence.
Chilli Cucumber Pancakes
If you’re in the mood for a less traditional pancake, this one is a must try. It vaguely resembles a chilla but uses rice flour instead of besan. The combination of cool cucumbers and hot green chillies will leave you wanting for more. Head here for a step-by-step instructional video.
Green Peas and Potato pancakes
Think pancakes that are crisp on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth tender on the inside. These savoury pancakes are best enjoyed with a dip of your choice or basic tomato sauce. Click here for the recipe video.
Also known as Congyoubing in Chinese, this Shanghainese pancake is made using pumpkin paste and carrom seeds, and is a vegetarian spin on the original. Unlike traditional pancake recipes made from a batter, this pancake is made from a dough. This pancake recipe is just one click away.
No, you don’t have to travel to Tokyo to master this pancake. Expect the unexpected in this savoury pancake recipe. From cabbage and spring onions to bread crumbs and cornflour, this is nothing like your ordinary pancake. This Tokyo pancake recipe is vegan but guaranteed tasty.
Steamed Coconut Pancakes
This steamed pancake recipe helps you take out the guilt from pancake-eating. Unlike traditional pancakes, this vegan recipe calls for steaming and doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to prepare. Watch how to make this steamed pancake.
Banana Smoothie Pancakes
For the health deviants, you could slather these super-duper healthy pancakes in some maple syrup, honey or even butter (as if this need be told). Head here for your pancake fix.
This date pancake recipe truly revolutionises the pancake and breakfast game by adding an amazing dose of health. Spiced with the warmth and goodness of nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder and clove powder, these pancakes also make for a great tiffin-box meal. Click here for a step-by-step guide.
How to make pancake syrup
Go the extra length and whip your own glaze with this kid-approved 4-ingredient homemade syrup recipe. What’s even better, you get to soak your pancakes with this cinnamon and apple syrup, minus the guilt.
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