Speaking of “Nigerian pancakes”, one of the most nutritious Nigerian snacks which is popularly known as the “pancake diet” a flat, often thin and round, most time prepared from a starch-based batter, garnished with eggs, milk, and butter, prepared on a hot, flat and fine surface such as a griddle or frying pan.
Archaeologically speaking, evidence reveals that pancake is one of the oldest or earliest types of food and one of the most prominent cereal food that was majorly consumed during the prehistoric periods.
The shapes and modes of making vary by location in different countries, for instance, in the united kingdom, pancakes are often unleavened and resemble a crêpe. For the North Americans, a leavening agent is used (typically baking powder) creating a thick fluffy pancake. From southeast Europe, Pancake is regarded as the palačinke, a thin moist pancake fried on both sides and filled with cream, cheese, jam, chocolate, or ground walnuts and some people also prefer to use sweet or savoury.
Types And Features
It would also interest you that some pancakes are also made of potatoes, and when potatoes are used as the major portion of the batter, then we call such pancakes, “potatoes pancakes”
Serving your pancakes with full cream milk makes it even more delicious and nutritious, however, when pancakes are served with Buttermilk, such pancakes are regarded as “Buttermilk Pancakes” as the pancake develops a tart flavor. This type of pancake is common in Scotland and the Americans (USA).
Sometimes Buckwheat flour can also be used as an active ingredient or the major portion of batter in a pancake batter and when this happens, we call such pancake “Buckwheat pancakes”.
Generally speaking, pancakes can be served at any time of the day as well as any time of the year with a range of toppings and fillings, But over time, it seems to have developed an association with certain times and particular toppings that are unique to various regions.
North America, typically considers it as a breakfast. While In Britain and the Commonwealth, Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday, commonly known as “Pancake Day”, when, historically, perishable ingredients had to be used up before the fasting period of Lent, you might take the time to read more about this here >>>
With all these histories rightly said, we are concerned with the locally made Nigerian Pancake, one of the easiest food you can make for yourself and the family, served with Juice, Akamu, Pap,
Interesting fact you should know about consuming pancake
Do you know that “Pancake syndrome” is an allergic reaction that consumer experience following eating pancakes, especially in the tropical areas where certain mites may cause contamination of the pancake flour
Sorry for breaking the transmission with my little distraction. Not to worry, Nigerian pancake is one of the most body nutritious food you can ever come across, like I said earlier it is better prepared for you during the weekend, or vacation, when you are well sure that you have the time to carefully, and happily enjoy it with the rest of your family because it is not like some kind of Nigerian food that you can prepare in a hast.
So ensure that you are very much ready to get started with all the time in the whole world by your side as we walk you through how to make the best homemade Nigerian pancake.
Mind you, you really don’t have to be an expert before you can make this. Even if this is your first time trying to make the food, you can be well sure that even if you don’t totally get it right on your first attempt after you might have read this post, with time you’ll surely improve, as we will also include a link to watch a full session live video on how you can make your first local fluffy Nigerian pancake.
Permit me to share with you some of the health benefits of eating Nigerian pancakes, or should I rather say, pancakes in general.
Health Benefits Of Pancakes
- It’s a good light breakfast food
- It is a very good source of carbohydrates which in turn gives your brain the right portion of the energy needed to keep you active for the rest of the day.
- Contains both soluble and Insoluble Fiber: This, of course, helps in digestion and slow absorption of body sugar as well as reduces the cholesterol level while the insoluble constitute helps the body against constipation.
- An excellent source of “Vitamin B”
- Nutritionally, 1½ pancakes, of about 6-inches in diameter, has approximately 6 grams of protein with few trace of fiber
- Reduced the rate at which you consume foods with calories
- It is a good source of “Vitamins and minerals “, a bit of “Calcium“, “Riboflavin” as well as “Phosphorus“.
Did you know
The fiber in whole grains helps your body to feel full, which in turn helps you with weight maintenance and weight loss, This is a statement by the Georgia Health Center
Now that you have known some of the health importance of Pancakes, it is time to also join your fellow Nigerians who cannot let a weekend pass them by without consuming the delicious Nigerian pancake diet.
How To Make Nigerian Pancakes: Ingredients Needed
Generally, these are the ingredients you might need to prepare your pancake.
- Plain Flour
- Raw Eggs
- Whole milk/evaporated milk/3tablesponful powdered milk in water
- Butter/margarine (melted) or vegetable oil
- Chilli pepper or Scotch bonnet (Ata Rodo)
- Vegetable oil
For the sake of this guide, below are the measured amount of ingredients we will use.
- Plain Flour ==> 190 gram
- Raw Eggs ==> 2
- Whole milk ==> 200ml ( or evaporated milk/3 tablespoonful powdered milk in water)
- Butter/margarine (melted) ==> 2 tablespoon or vegetable oil
- Sugar ==> 4 tablespoonful (depending on how much you like sugar)
- Minced Chilli pepper or Scotch bonnet (Ata Rodo)
- Minced Onions ==> 1 tabkespoonful
- Salt ==> ¼ teaspoon
- Nutmeg ==> a spoon
- Vegetable oil ==> 1-2 tablespoonful
For those who would prefer to go for the evaporated milk, you might be required to dilute it with water and if you don’t wish to, you might as well leave it as it is.
For those who will be using powdered milk, ensure to dissolve it in about 180-200 ml of water. This is determined by how thick or thin you would want the outcome of your pancake to turn.
It is not a must for you to use baking powder while preparing the Nigerian pancake, but to make it even more fluffy and fluffer, then you can add it.
You can use a grater to mince the onions, I actually don’t like the blended type so I would not advise you to blend it. But for those who do not like to see traces of onions in their food like my brother, you have to blend it in a blender until no trace of onion’s lump is found in it.
How To Make Nigerian Pancake: Tools Needed
- Non-Sticky frying pan
- Bowl for mixing
- Blender (optional)
How To Make Nigerian Pancake: Preparation Steps
- Break the egg into a wide flat bowl
- Add the melted butter
- Add the sugar
- Add the cream
- Mix everything together using a whisk or a wooden spatula
- Then add the minced onions.
- Add your pepper
- Add your Salt
- Add Your Nutmeg and Milk
- Whisk everything together again thoroughly
- Slowly add the flour and whisk simultaneously until the mixture gets thicken and lumpy
- Dilute with milk and water if you feel the pancake batter is too thick and stir simultaneously until the pancake batter is smooth.
1. You can use a blender for faster smooth output. You might also leave it in the bowl for about 10 minutes so that the flour can soak until it is soft to dissolve properly.
2. The size of the batter will determine how thin the pancake will turn out to be. So it is better to make the batter thinner if you want your pancake to be thin
3. Ensure to spread the oil evenly in the pot and try as much as possible not to use a pot that is sticky. It is always best to use a nonsticky post for food like this. So ensure to get one before you proceed to make your next pancake.
4. Be conscious of time, so that when you cook one side of the pancake for few seconds, you should turn the other side immediately, failure to do this when needed will lead to a burnt offering for the dogs.
5. Like said earlier, this isn’t a food you should prepare when you are in a hurry, but if at all you are in a hurry for your result, you can use an electric whisk or pour all the ingredients in a blender and blend everything together. But in my house, as typical local Nigerian blood, we prefer to do everything manually with the hand. Perhaps it makes it even sweeter, lols!
6. Repeat all the aforementioned procedures for the other pancake batter.
7. Do not serve on a moisturized plate. Ensure your plate is not wet and water-free.
8. Do not cover your pancake after serving to avoid condensation of water which might spoil the freshness of the taste.
ENJOY YOUR JUST-MADE NIGERIAN PANCAKE!
One Last thing before you go, you really need to see how this Banana eggy custard was made and try it out for your baby.
- Title: How to make Nigerian ChinChin
- Video Credit: Sisi Jemimah’s Recipes
- Maker: SISI JEMIMAH
- Video Source: YouTube
- Video Duration: 6minute: 34 seconds
To make your pancake more nourishing for you, your baby, and the rest of the family, you might consider serving it with a nice chilled drink, custard, Ogi, or even Oatmeal as the case may be.
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