Nigerian Pancake Recipe: How to Make Nigerian Pancake

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Nigerian Pancake with homemade raisin syrup&cream cheese


     Nigerian Pancake is quite different from the regular pancake. The ingredients consist of sugar, pepper and onion, which gives the pancake a sweet, slightly spicy and savory taste, that will keep you asking for more.
During my varsity years,there was a ‘‘kitchen debate” among my flat mates on whether or not, onions and peppers
were required in Pancakes;the first group would only use peppers in theirs’, while the other  group won’t have pancakes without onions; at the end it was finally concluded that these two ingredients (when added to your taste) are what really gives the Nigerian Pancake it’s distinct taste.  
  I always use both and my pancakes come out irresistible; you should try it out. Here’s an easy recipe, you’ll surely love. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Nigerian Pancake

Nigerian Pancake ingredients

– 125 gr Plain Flour
– 2 raw Eggs
– 200ml whole milk OR 120ml evaporated milk OR 3tablesponful powdered milk
– 100ml Water (more or less)
– 2 tablespoonful Butter/margarine (melted) or vegetable oil
– 4 tablespoonful Sugar(more or less)
– Chilli pepper or Scotch bonnet(atarodo)  (to taste)
– 1 tablespoonful Onions (minced)(to taste)
– 1/4 teaspoon Salt
– A pinch of Nutmeg(optional)
– 1-2 tablespoonful vegetable oil (for greasing the pan)

* If you’re using evaporated milk, you’ll need about 200 ml water, if you’re using powdered milk, dissolve in 300ml water.
*To mince the onion, you can pound it OR grate whole onions with the small sides of the grater or blend until smooth in a dry mill/blender.
* Baking powder is not necessary in Nigerian pancake but if you want to add it for more fluff, then go ahead and add 1 tablespoonful of baking powder

 **Watch How to Make Nigerian Pancake in video below***

* Break the eggs into a wide bowl, add the melted butter and sugar; Cream(mix) together using a whisk or wooden spatula.

* Add the minced onions, pepper, salt, nutmeg and the milk. Whisk Thoroughly.

* Gradually add the flour and keep on whisking. The mixture would begin to thicken and look lumpy.

* Then,gradually add the water and continue stirring until the pancake batter is smooth with a runny consistency. 

How to prepare Nigerian Pancake

Tip: The lighter you make the batter, the thinner the pancakes will turn out

* Place a little oil on a pan (preferable a non-stick pan), spread the oil with a brush to grease the whole surface and heat up until hot.

* Using a ladle(soup spoon), scoop up some of the pancake batter and pour into the hot pan. 

  Gently tilt the pan, so that the batter can evenly coat the surface of the pan.

* Cook one side of the Pancake for 30 seconds, then flip over and cook the other side.
Tip : if you are in a hurry , use an electric whisk or pour all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. 

how to prepare Nigerian Pancake

   Repeat this process for the remaining pancake batter. Serve and Enjoy!   

Nigerian Pancake Recipe: How to Make Nigerian Pancake

Nigerian Pancake is usually served as a snack with a chilled drink or as a breakfast meal with a cool/hot beverage.


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  1. Omo
    September 11, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    Will mixing all d ingredients at once in a blender come out dsame way or as good as when u mix it manually?

  2. Anonymous
    May 8, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    Done! Great evening snack. I Was bored so I decided to try this. You were so helpful. I followed your instructions and it came out nice. Thank you.

  3. Anonymous
    May 1, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe, I had always made pancakes with plenty milk and egg but no water and always wondered why if it was because I didn't add baking powder. I am so enlightened. Thanks

  4. Nana
    April 12, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Please can I make the pancake without milk? I am lactose intolerant

  5. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Please can I make the pancake without milk…I am lactose intolerant

  6. Lade
    February 9, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    Oh madam, I just found a new love next to my hubby…your blog. Your head dey there! Best pancake I've ever made & tasted

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 27, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      Aww Lade, you are so sweet, and thanks for your lovely comment.

  7. Trishberry
    February 9, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Wow i followed this completely, guess what it was rated best ever made pancake tonight

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 27, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Thanks for your lovely feedback hun,I'm glad you all enjoyed the pancake recipe and good to have you here 🙂

  8. Salamatu Alhassan
    August 25, 2016 / 8:03 am

    I think you should have an app. I'll get it asap

  9. Akanimoh
    June 10, 2016 / 10:05 am

    The eggs,sugar & butter how many hours will I use in creaming it please?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 27, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      For what recipe Akanimoh?

  10. Nky Lily Lete
    February 10, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Yes you can, Obireh :), but the consistency of the batter and the final product will be oilier.Why not try 50 percent milk and 50 percent cream? you'll love it

      February 12, 2016 / 5:04 pm

      Thanks alot, I actually made pancakes on Wednesday being the 5th of February. You need to see how the Russian guys in my hostel rushed the pancakes,meanwhile i was actually making the pancakes for myself and my Nigerian friends. Russians don't eat pepper but in this case they had no option and they really commended me. By the time they were through with eating, the pancakes were just remaining little, we had to manage naaaaa. But NKY do you know what? That was my 1st time of making pancakes and it came out well that everybody that ate really commended me. I actually used 12 spoonful of flour, little salt, water, Grounded dry pepper, Spring onions, onions,garlic and ginger, sugar, 3.2% of 200ml liquid milk (Russians are very conscious of fats, so their milk, mayonnaise and so many food items and ingredients have their fat percent, so you choose what you like). I will try the 50% milk and 50% cream out maybe by next week and give you the feedback. Thank God Moscow is a home of milk and cream. Besides the weekend food in Russia is actually pancakes. A weekend without pancakes in a Russian house is incomplete. I really fell in love with it. See you on more of cooking. Thanks alot for your couching.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 7, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      You did a great job dearieGlad to be of help 🙂

    February 10, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Can I make pancake with cream instead of milk

  12. irene
    December 22, 2015 / 10:41 am

    Aunty nky, u have turned me into a great cook a better mum and a perfect wife! Thank u so much may God continue to increase u!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 29, 2015 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment and feedback Irene, I'm glad to be of help 🙂

  13. tope
    September 16, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Thanks a lot. This really really helped. Turned out great. I was really hungry and tonight and it made my night. God bless u.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 4, 2015 / 12:26 am

      Thanks for your lovely feedback dearie 🙂

  14. Vicky
    September 15, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    I am so loving dis, pls how do I subscribe to ur site cos u are truly doing a great job in here.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 4, 2015 / 12:29 am

      thanks dear.There is a subscribe button at the top right corner of the website 🙂

  15. Gbenga Adebayo
    July 12, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    i think my mum made it with sweetcorn many years ago…Is that a Nono? I want to try making pancakes myself. Am a 31 yr old single guy

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 4, 2015 / 12:25 am

      I have never tried with sweet corn, but if your mum made it that way and you enjoyed it, then it is not a nono 🙂

  16. Anonymous
    July 9, 2015 / 11:10 am


    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 9, 2015 / 2:49 pm

      Of course you can 🙂

  17. Anonymous
    July 7, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    I have glued to this your site for days now and am so loving the recipes i ve seen thanks and may God bless you richly am going to try them out one after another #chioma#

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 9, 2015 / 3:49 pm

      Good to have you here Chioma, do keep me updated on any recipe you try out .

  18. Anonymous
    May 29, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    Tnx so much . Dilicious .

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 9, 2015 / 2:51 pm

      You're welcome 🙂

  19. oluchi
    May 25, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Can I use normal ground per per?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 25, 2015 / 1:21 pm

      Yes you can dearie 🙂

  20. Flymoke
    March 29, 2015 / 11:08 pm

    Tried dis pancake yesterday and it came out lovely and tasty. Thanks a lot, just had a taste of childhood all over . God bless u for this blog.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 2, 2015 / 12:14 pm

      thanks for your lovely feedback dearie and God bless u too 🙂

  21. Anonymous
    November 6, 2014 / 4:25 am

    this is the best pancake i v ever had//it so nigerian and spicy..thanks for sharing your recipe

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 6, 2014 / 10:19 am

      You are welcome and Thanks for your lovely feedback 🙂

    • lillynaya
      March 4, 2015 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks going to try it.lillynaya

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 6, 2015 / 8:34 am

      ok 🙂

  22. Jamelga
    November 4, 2014 / 6:40 am

    lovely am going to try it now. will send u a pix afterwards. my friend in Uni used to stir fry sardines without the oil, pepper and onions as a filling for pancakes. keep up d lovely work pls. thank u

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 4, 2014 / 10:34 am

      You are so welcome dearie, I'll be expecting your pics and your friend sardines filling sounds yummy too 🙂

  23. tommi_lxg
    October 15, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    I just tried it out for the first time and guess what? I nailed it. I asked my wife to make it for me and she as been posting me for weeks. My mum use to make it for me way back and I started missing it. Thanks Nky for taking ur time to make my dream pancake a reality

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 17, 2014 / 11:51 am

      Hi Tommy, I'm so glad to be of help and also glad that you enjoyed it. I love it when a man enters the kitchen :).

  24. Charity
    September 23, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    just came across ur site now, but bet me am going to really make use of the recipes. you are good

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 25, 2014 / 9:34 am

      Thanks 🙂

  25. Val
    September 13, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    Plenty of hugs! Plenty of hugs!! God bless you.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 14, 2014 / 9:22 am

      Thanks sweets 🙂

  26. Emmy Mike
    July 1, 2014 / 6:13 pm

    Thanks you have really helped me with this site. I will try the puff puff and pancake and give you feed back. Cheers.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 7, 2014 / 1:45 pm

      You are so welcome Emmy, I'll be expecting your feedback dearie 🙂

  27. Anonymous
    June 29, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    God bless you madam.I love your site so much.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 30, 2014 / 10:27 am

      Thanks dearie 🙂

  28. Tunrayo
    June 24, 2014 / 4:00 am

    Thamks so mch for this,Nigerian pancake wl try it. God bless u.av actually tried mkn pancake bfor but its strng but wl try using ds recipe

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 24, 2014 / 8:48 am

      Ok dear, I'll be expecting your feedback 🙂

  29. Doropretty
    June 23, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    Thank u for sharing,i will try it for my kids.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 24, 2014 / 8:47 am

      Hi Doropretty, they'll enjoy it, my daughter loves it . Let me know how it turns out 🙂

    • Anonymous
      July 14, 2014 / 11:37 pm

      thanks Lily, av alway wanted to make dis bt could not nd my hubby loves eating i can make it aftr dis video

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 5, 2014 / 3:28 pm

      You''re welcome hun, so glad to be of help 🙂

  30. oyin
    April 28, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    Made the pancake for breakfast and it came out really nice. Thank you for these recipes . Also Made gizzdodo and it was whao.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 29, 2014 / 8:21 am

      Congrats Oyin, I'm glad you loved the recipe,pls send me the pics so I can flaunt your meal on the Fan's wall of famE 🙂

  31. Anonymous
    April 16, 2014 / 7:27 am

    I just made my pancake, and it came out well, thanks for the recipe.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 18, 2014 / 10:51 am

      You're welcome, glad to be of help dearie 🙂

    • Anonymous
      April 8, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      Good day Nky, thank u so much for always sharing.Please can I have ur personal mail, so I can always communicate when having issues on some meals. Here is mine stellamarisnwachukwu@gmail.comPlease I will be expecting a feedback via my email I just sentRegards,Stella-Maris

  32. Anonymous
    March 30, 2014 / 3:53 pm

    Thanks Plenty for this recipe, I just made my pancake and it taste so great.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 1, 2014 / 11:36 am

      You're welcome dear 🙂

  33. onyilove
    March 28, 2014 / 7:03 am

    Pls can I get simple way of making cheese at home so I can use it with dis raisin syrup on d pancake.d raisin syrup and d cheese made ur pancake differnt from other pancake.for d raisin syrup is it only on pancake dat it is been used on? Can we use it on bread or on anytin like what? thank u

  34. onyilove
    March 21, 2014 / 11:22 pm

    Weldone madam.may d good lord continue to bless and empower u,u have really made me to have differnt thinking about diferent delicacy.pls how can I make my own Raisin syrup and cream chess at home.and is it only on pancake dat one can use it on.pls ma I want to make ice cream any flavour at home.pls I wil be very glad if I can get d receip to make at home.I don't have an ice cream at home.I wil appreciate it soonest pls

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 23, 2014 / 12:15 pm

      Hi dear for my homemade raisin syrup, you need only 2 cup hot water, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup raisins. Add the sugar to the water and Soak the raisins in the water for 2 hours. Then pour into a pan and boil, stirring continuously until the mixture begins to thicken like a light syrup. Don't boil for too long to prevent burning. As for the cream cheese, I'll be uploading the recipe soon, hope you have subscribed for updates , so that you'll be notified when I post it.For a simple banana ice cream recipe without an ice cream maker, cut bananas into small size and freeze. Then place the frozen bananas into a blender, add condensed milk and blend until smooth.You can use heavy cream in place of condensed milk.

  35. Anonymous
    March 13, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    PreTanks for dis. U r so sweet

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 14, 2014 / 9:23 am

      Thanks 🙂

  36. Anonymous
    March 6, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Please do you have the recipe for the homemade Rasin syrup? PS I am in Naija as per ingridents. Thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 8, 2014 / 2:11 pm

      Hi dear for my homemade raisin syrup, you need only 2 cup hot water, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup raisins. Add the sugar to the water and Soak the raisins in the water for 2 hours. Then pour into a pan and boil, stirring continuously until the mixture begins to thicken like a light syrup. Don't boil for too long to prevent burning.

    • Anonymous
      March 11, 2014 / 2:28 pm

      Thank you so much that's easy @ the raisin syrup and I will let you know how mine came out. Godbless

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 14, 2014 / 9:24 am

      Ok dear 🙂

  37. Uloma Obi-Nkemakolam
    February 26, 2014 / 9:48 am

    Wao! Wao! Just stumbled on your site because my daughter wanted recipe for efo riro for a cooking competition they are having in school! amazing recipes you have here. Well done for a good job done Nky! Cant wait to try a host of them. God Bless

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 1, 2014 / 12:27 pm

      Aww Uloma, comments like yours make all the effort worth it. Thank you dearie 🙂

  38. keji
    February 16, 2014 / 11:47 am

    This pancake recipe is da bomb,I'm eating it as I type, thanks a lot.

    • Anonymous
      February 17, 2014 / 3:35 am


    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 17, 2014 / 10:08 am

      You're welcome dear Keji , I'm glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  39. Anonymous
    January 24, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    I'm so happy I found this site n I have learnt so much.thanks lily.CLAIRE

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 27, 2014 / 9:05 am

      You're welcome Claire 🙂

  40. Anonymous
    January 19, 2014 / 6:16 am

    Sаved as a favorite, Ιlovе your site!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 27, 2014 / 9:05 am


  41. Durojaye
    January 17, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    I have never added pepper or onions to my pancake, but I tried it today, finger crossed, and it came out superb.. thanks for this recipe.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 18, 2014 / 7:02 pm

      I'm glad you liked it, thanks for the feedback Durojaye 🙂

  42. jossy
    January 8, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    tanx so much 4 dis.I tried chinchin,but after the first fry,the oil bcame foamy/bubbles and controling it made d whole thing annoying.what did i do wrong,2much milk or magarine?thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 8, 2014 / 3:02 pm

      Oh dear, sorry about your chin chin :). There are actually several reasons why the chin chin foams.After the first fry, the oil already contains excess moisture from the first batch of chin chin and would foam a lot in the next fry, to reduce the foaming effect,add less chin chin to the pan in the next batch. If it continues to foam in consequent batches(like the 5th batch), then try changing the oil…If you had used ''old/used oil'' to fry the chin chin, old oil also tends to foam a lot due to excess usage. Always use fresh oil from the start, so that you can get best results.Another added reason could be dusting the chin chin with a lot of flour before frying. The excess flour from the chin chin, usually settles below the pan and causes the oil to foam and change in color.Hope this helps dear.

  43. Anonymous
    January 7, 2014 / 9:41 pm

    Tanx sooooo much 4 dis!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 7, 2014 / 10:22 pm

      You're welcome dear 🙂

  44. Catherine Nkeiruka
    January 6, 2014 / 4:18 pm

    Thanks for another nice and simple recipe! Can I add garlic?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 7, 2014 / 10:22 pm

      You're welcome dear and yes you can add garlic 🙂

  45. seun alabi
    January 5, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    you have done it again.. no more oyinbo pancakes for me joo .. thanks for this .

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 7, 2014 / 10:21 pm

      LOL..You're welcome dear 🙂

  46. Anonymous
    January 5, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    Thanks for this easy recipe. I'll try it for breakfast tomorrow.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 7, 2014 / 10:20 pm

      You're welcome dear 🙂

  47. Anonymous
    January 5, 2014 / 1:20 pm

    Oh Nky , you are a God sent to Nigerians in diaspora… I made this pancakes 30 minutes ago, and it's all gone…. the pepper and onions makes a lot of difference. We used to call it ''diet'' back then in secondary skool-God bless you and your home.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 5, 2014 / 1:59 pm

      You're welcome dear 🙂

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