|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
– 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.
* 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.
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.
Repeat this process for the remaining pancake batter. Serve and Enjoy!
Nigerian Pancake is usually served as a snack with a chilled drink or as a breakfast meal with a cool/hot beverage.