December 26, 2007


I love pancakes. My affair with these round beauties must have begun sometime when I was watching Tom & Jerry. I love having pancakes for breakfast with a dollop of butter on top and lots of maple syrup running all over. It is not something which S fancies. So, I made these when he was at work and I had the day off. My friend and I polished them off. Since she isn’t a big fan of butter (she’ll run in the opposite direction in fact) I didn’t put a blob of butter on my stack. She’s reading this for sure and I must tell her now that there was butter in the batter. This reminds me of the Betty Botter tongue twister.

When Movenpick set up shop in Chennai, everyone raved about their waffles. I was super thrilled and went there almost immediately. I was disappointed when they served me Belgian Waffles with honey. I wanted my Maple Syrup. I decided to make own pancakes. I couldn’t find Maple Syrup then and started googling to find out if I can make it at home. To my delight, I found a recipe online. But there was just this one teeny-weeny problem. The recipe asked me to find a maple tree!!! Now, I stock up on maple syrup when I find it. Nowadays, it is available almost everywhere and so I can use it rather freely.

I make these pancakes on my Hawkins Futura Hard Anodized pan. This is not non stick, so I have to use a little butter for the very first pancake. Also, when I start, I must ensure that the pan is really hot. The temperature can be controlled after that.

1 cup Flour
1 tbsp Sugar
1 Egg
1 cup Milk
½ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Vanilla Essence
1 tsp Butter
A pinch of Salt
½ tsp Butter for frying

To Serve:
Maple Syrup

Beat the egg and then add milk. Gradually add the flour and the baking powder while continuing to blend. Add the sugar, salt, butter and vanilla essence and mix well.

Heat the pan and add the butter. Coat the entire pan with the melted butter. Pour a ladleful of the batter onto the pan. Do not spread it with the ladle. Allow the batter to flow and form a circle. Cook for a minute and turn over. Cook on the other side for about half a minute and then transfer to a plate.

Proceed in the same manner with the remaining batter until you have a lovely stack of pancakes. Place a small dollop of butter on top and drown the pancakes in maple syrup.

Hmmm, if only all days began this way!


Nags said...

oh yes. i love pancakes too. just dont make them enough :)

Nags said...

also, if there is any particular brand of maple syrup that we get in india, could you please let me know? either leave a comment on my blog or email me, please?

Lata said...

I have so much Maple syrup at home that I don' use at all. I wish you were closer to my home, I would have given those bottles to you. I make pancakes but each time we end up eating with different stuff.

Nice recipe though, I took Pancake mix to India when I went there first time, my bhabi liked it a lot, I must send this recipe to her.

sunita said...

Pancakes are what the kids demand for breakfast every weekend...they(well, me and Dinesh as well ) love them drizzled with honey :-)

Aaarti said...

Ooooh...Yummmy.. i love Pancakes, infact pigged out on them in delhi, Habitat, the American diner.... :D
i had it with Maple syrup, honey and strawberry.. not all together... :D

next time we meet.. u make pancakes and we savor em... :)
wat plans for new year? long time since we chatted.. almost seem to be leaving u msgs here only :D

take care di..
hi to S...

Namratha said...

Wow, those are perfectly shaped pancakes Raaga..way to go! Love 'em! :)

Sig said...

WHAT? You couldn't find a maple tree....come on Raaga, what kind of a foodie are you, if you can't even find a maple tree and make your own syrup.. tsk..tsk... :D

I am not a big fan of maple syrup... Love my pancakes with some spicy curry.. :)

Siri said...

I love the combo of pancakes and maple syrup.. the pic looks gorgoues Raaga!

Happy New Year 2008!

~ Siri

Sagari said...

lovely pancakes raaga

Anita said...

I don't care too much for pancakes but yours look good enough to eat! :D

Raaga said...

Nags: I use American Garden 2% Maple Syrup. I am 100% sure you'll get it at Q-Mart in Banjara Hills.

@Lata: Oh well... you could still send me other stuff :-) just kidding

@Sunita: Honey isn't bad with pancakes at all... its just I love maple syrup :-)

Raaga said...

@Aaroo: Done deal... I love making them too :-) New Year with a small get together at home :-)

@Namratha: Thanks

@Sig: Yeah Sig... you'll admonish me even more when you read my round up of the year :-)

@Siri: Thanks

Raaga said...

@Sagari: Come on over!

@Anita: If only you drop in :-)

Saju said...

how yummy! I am making some for breadfast tomorrow

Reena said...

What a yummy recipe. I'll try it soon. I have a question about the Futura Hard Anodized tava that you have. I bought it in one of the visits to India and haven't been able to use it! I've tried it for chapatis so far, several times, but every time, as soon as I put the first rolled chapati, it starts to stick. I flip it over and then flip it the third time to cook, like I would a regular chapati. When I try to press it, it sticks even more! It seems like it's impossible to use this tava?

I must be doing something wrong, because Futura is supposed to be a good brand. I've tried having the tava really hot before putting the chapati. Also tried not having the tava too hot. Nothing seems to work so far.

Can you please tell me what I might be doing wrong? Sorry for being off topic.

Reena said...


Thanks for your note on my blog! I'll try your suggestion about the oil and get back with you soon. Just FYI, in the Futura catalog,

My tava is L56 on page 5 of the catalog. thanks so much and I'll post soon after trying out roti another time!

Reena said...

BTW, I tried your pancakes and they were delicious! Had to make another batch!

Swapna said...

My daughter takes pancakes to I make them often... same recipe ...I make them bite-sized for her, and she has them only with chocolate syrup!!!