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13 Easy Pancake Recipes From Around The World

Happy Pancake Day!

In celebration of this delicious day, we thought we’d mix up the lemon and sugar for some international inspiration. True, Pancake Day isn’t celebrated everywhere around the world, but pancakes themselves certainly are. And the best thing is, they take different shapes, tastes and sizes as you skip from country to country.

Get a mouthful of these:

Kenyan Style Pancakes

These Kenyan-style pancakes are much like the ones we have in the UK: a cross between the American and the French crêpe, except with a touch of cinnamon or cardamom thrown into the mix for extra flavour.

Perhaps we’ll come across some of these while trekking or cycling through Kenya’s Rift Valley, but they’re easy to make yourself today.

All you need is:
Wheat flour
Sugar
Salt
Egg
Milk
Butter/ margarine/ vegetable oil
Water

And optional extras:
Ground cardamom or cinnamon (optional)

Get the full recipe from Simba’s Jiko

Make it vegan:
To keep these plant-based, simply use vegetable oil or non-dairy margarine (like Pure or Vitalite) and swap the egg for apple sauce or mashed banana (use one cup of apple sauce or one banana for one egg). Use your preferred plant-based milk, but soya is probably more dependable for baking than a more watery one like almond.

Thai Coconut Pancake

We’ll come across many a coconut as we cycle through South Thailand for Women V Cancer, but why wait till then to go coconuts?

These Thai-style pancakes will bring you a little bit of sunshine today.

Of course, to make these, you’ll need to add a bit of coconut to your average pancake ingredients:

Coconut milk
Shredded coconut
Eggs (or mashed banana/apple sauce for vegans)
Sugar
Coconut oil or melted butter
All-purpose flour
Baking powder
Salt
Oil for frying

Get the full recipe from the Spruce Eats

Chorreadas - Costa Rica

Costa Rica loves its corn, the sacred food of the Maya, Inca and Aztecs. So it comes as no surprise that the Costa Rican pancakes are made from the delicious, golden plant. If you’re lucky enough to travel the gorgeous country (which we recommend you do on our coast to coast cycling challenge), you’ll find Chorreadas on the menu for snack shops and restaurants.


But you can make it in cold and frosty England with the following ingredients:

Fresh sweet corn on the cob
Yellow corn meal or corn flour (masa)
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying

Get the full recipe from Tico Times

Costa Rican Chorreada pancake, image by Aleat88

Costa Rican Chorreada pancake, image by Aleat88

Roti - Nepal and India

You probably know the Indian and Nepalese Roti. Halfway between a flatbread and a pancake, these thin, wheat wonders are traditionally used to scoop up curry, but as there’s no distinct flavour, they can go with everything, sweet or savoury.

You’ll be sure to come across rotis on our challenges in this part of the world, cycling through Rajasthan and from Mumbai to Goa, Walking on the Wild Side in Kerala, trekking the Nepalese Himalayas and all the way to the iconic Everest Base Campl.

For this simple, sugar-free and vegan recipe, all you need is a frying pan and the following ingredients:

Plain flour – white, wholemeal or half and half

Salt

Veggie oil

Get the full recipe from Good To Know.

Indian Roti pancakes, Good To Know

Indian Roti pancakes, Good To Know

Palačinke – Croatia

The pancakes in Croatia, known as palačinke (pah-lah-CHEEN-keh) are a pancake party pleaser, because they suit all tastes.

They're very thin like French crêpes and you can have them as a sweet or savoury dish. We're hoping to taste these delights when we cycle along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia for Women V Cancer.

To keep it a little bit healthier we’re sharing the savoury version, but to make it sweet, you literally just add sugar and vanilla to the mix.

To make these very thin, Croatian crepes, all you need is:
Eggs
Milk
Club soda
All-purpose flour
Salt
Butter and oil for frying

Get the full recipe from the Spruce Eats

Make it vegan:
Again, the best egg substitute to use for crepes is apple sauce or banana, but please be aware that these will make your palačinke sweet, rather than savoury. Then just swap the milk for soya milk and opt for oil, instead of butter, for frying.

Bing - China

 

A healthy, zesty mini pancake from China is called the Bing, made from just flour, salt, veggie oil, water and spring onions. It’s more of a dough than a batter, which means you use only minimal oil to fry them. Traditionally served with soy sauce, this is a contrast to our sweet treats in the UK - and you can gorge on them, along with other, more flavourful Chinese dishes, on our bucket-list challenge trekking or cycling along the iconic Great Wall of China.

All you need to make bing at home is a frying pan and the following ingredients:

Spring onions
Vegetable oil (in this recipe, they use canola)
All-purpose flour
Salt

Get the full recipe from Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Chinese Bing pancakes, Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Chinese Bing pancakes, Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Banh Xeo - Vietnam

Vietnam is a country full of amazing cuisine. From the steaming hot bowls of Pho (noodle soup) to spicy stir fries and curries to the best coffee in the world, if you’re a foody, you need to visit this place! And we get to taste the country and culture in the best way, by cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia on an epic challenge that burns off the calories as we consume them!

For now, you can throw some Vietnamese Banh Xeo pancakes together in your own kitchen. This eggless omelette-type pancake is typically mixed with pork, shrimps and onions; but to keep the crêpes super simple and vegan, you only need the following ingredients:

Rice flour
Cornstarch
Turmeric
Salt
Coconut milk
Water
Spring onions

 

Get the full recipe from Cilantro and Citronella

Simple vegan Vietnamese Banh Xeo, Cilantro and Citronella

Simple vegan Vietnamese Banh Xeo, Cilantro and Citronella

Farinata - Italy

Italy isn’t all pizza and pasta! You can enjoy some delicious (and delightfully simple) pancakes in this country, too, ideally to reward the burn in your muscles after cycling from Milan to Venice on our open challenge or for Women V Cancer

Chickpea flour, olive oil and water are all you need for this mix - and as you bake rather than fry them, they’re guilt-free in every way: vegan, gluten free and low in fat! Just mix the ingredients together with water and a pinch of salt, let it sit and then bake.

All you need is a pan and the following ingredients:

Chickpea flour
Salt
Ground black pepper
Olive oil
(Optional) Onion and rosemary

Get the full recipe from the New York Times.

Italian Farinatra pancake, New York Times

Italian Farinatra pancake, New York Times

Peanut Pancakes - Malaysia

Before you settle for crepes with peanut butter, get your peanut dose from these tasty Malaysian crepe-style pancakes. You can discover a new favourite food and think ahead to our trek through Borneo!

Go ape in the kitchen with the following ingredients:

Flour
Salt
Milk/ soy milk
Veggie oil for frying
Cream of sweet corn
Roasted & grounded peanuts
Sugar for sprinkling

Get the full recipe at Cook Eat Share

Crêpe - France

We cannot write a blog post about pancakes without mentioning the exquisite French crêpe. Not the healthiest of options, but ooh-la-la, are they delicious. And you have not lived until you’ve tried the crêpes fresh in Paris, made even more enjoyable after 3 days of cycling from London to the city of love (and crêppey deliciousness!).

Make them now using only a frying pan and these ingredients:

Flour
Sugar
Salt
Milk
Eggs
Butter

Get the full recipe from Martha Stewart.

Make it vegan

As with the recipes above, to keep it free from animal products, just swap the milk for soy milk and the eggs for apple sauce or mashed banana.

Fancy a healthier, plant-based spin on the traditional crêpe? We've just stumbled across this vegan recipe from Jen Reviews and it's to die for!

Jen's Water Spinach Crêpes with Coconut Cream Sauce are not only delicious but they're also packed full of veggie goodness - so guilt-free in every way. You can gorge on these and get your fix of anti-oxidants, iron, magnesium and much more.

Get the full recipe from Jen Reviews.

Raggmunk - Sweden

Skip the chips and get your potato fix with these thick Swedish potato pancakes. Not the healthiest of options, but by spud, they are good!

Replicate them in the comfort of your own kitchen following the below recipe. To keep it simple, we've found a recipe with minimum ingredients.

These can be made both vegan or non-vegan with these ingredients:

Raw grated potato
Flour
Non-dairy milk (or cow's milk if you prefer)
Baking powder
Salt
Margarine (either dairy or plant-based)

Get the full recipe from the vegan barbie blog.

Swedish Raggmunk pancakes, Thibeault's Table

Swedish Raggmunk pancakes, Thibeault's Table

Injera - Ethiopia

In Africa’s Ethiopia, home to the stunning Simien Mountains, the spongy, savoury Injera pancake is the staple for most meals, enjoyed with stews and eaten with your hands. The real deal is made from teff flour and fermented for several days. But as with most recipes, you can cheat and make a quick and simple alternative.

All you need is a skillet and the following ingredients:

Teff or whole-wheat flour (a finely milled type, like whole-wheat pastry flour, works well)
Unbleached white flour
Baking powder
Soda water

Get the full recipe from Exploratorium.

Ethiopian Injera pancake, image by Rama

Ethiopian Injera pancake, image by Rama

Fluffy Japanese pancakes

If you fancy a thicker pancake today, why not try out these small and fluffy pancakes from Japan? Made with self-raising flour and baking powder, these tall pancakes should jiggle if you get them right.

To make these jiggly pancakes, all you need is:
Self-raising flour
Baking powder
Golden caster sugar
Oil (rapeseed/sunflower/grapeseed)
Milk
Vanilla extract

Get the full recipe from BBC Good Food

Make it vegan:
Again, if you want to keep it plant-based, simply swap the milk for soya and the eggs for apple sauce or banana. You should also make sure to use a vegan vanilla extract (some brands aren’t).

Having trouble flipping?

Wherever on Earth you are flipping pancakes, having the right pan makes the world of difference. From skillets to sauté pans, pretty much anything will do. Yet a good griddle can really help make your life easier..

Griddle pans are defined by their flat surfaces and very low sides, so low they are more lip than side. This makes them unsuitable for cooking with lots of liquid as it will spill over! But the low lips are perfect for getting a turner under your pancake, helping you flip it or lift it onto a plate.

The low sides also let you cook your pancakes close to the edge, and still be able to use a turner—giving you more space to prepare more at once. Now, being able to prepare two pancakes instead of one can be a lifesaver when you have family or friends waiting, impatiently, for breakfast.

Have a delicious day

We hope you have fun making these global pancakes in the comfort of your own kitchen. But as we well know, international dishes always taste better when you try them in their country of origin! When in Rome, do as the Romans do and all that!

All our overseas challenges give you the amazing opportunity to not only taste the local food, but they also give you a real feel for the local lifestyle, trekking or cycling off the beaten track to quaint countryside, sleepy towns and rural villages. 

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