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Monday, January 4, 2016

Pancakes , Three Ways..


School holidays are soon to be over, we visited Sri Lanka, with my whole family, except hubby who is away. My father had to undergo heart bypass surgery and thanks to the wonderful care of the doctors and nurses of Asiri Surgical Hospital, he is now recovering very well. Even though it was  a stressful trip with  hospital trips and also babysitting the kids while we took turns watching the kids,  as my sisters and their families went as well , we managed to enjoy ourselves as well.
Got to taste some delicious Sri Lankan food , the boys love string hoppers and hoppers so had no trouble when it came to food. I have to say I was quite impressed with the new changes and development  in the city, having visited Colombo, the capital, 11 years ago. But  the most exciting part  was  when my brother in laws bumped into  Chef Peter Kurvita ,who they said was very friendly and even took the time  to take a photo. Too bad it wasn't me :(. Those of us who missed it  even thought of camping in front of his apartment he was staying to meet him, lol.

Now lets start this year with a nice recipe right?  Pancakes for breakfast anyone??  Now I am not the kind of mother who wakes up early and whips up a hot batch of pancakes , nope! breakfast is more bread with the usual condiments me during week days, but come week ends its more at a leisurely space. Usually I  buy a box of those Betty Crocker or Pillsbury pancake mix, untill I  discovered the perfect basic pancake recipe on Martha Stewart website and have never looked back. I usually mix the dry ingredients the previous night before bed , cover and leave it in the kitchen, then add the dry ingredients  in the morning.   Here I have three ways I have served them, plain with honey the boys favorite with chocolate chips or if I am in an indulgent mood with fresh blue berries.

Recipe : Basic Pancakes recipe taken from  basic pancake recipe at Martha

1 cup plain flour, sifted
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 tbsp oil ( i used sunflower oil)
1 egg
extra butter to grease the pan

for flavourings : , chocolate chips, blue berries or a little vanilla essence, a few drops.

Sift flour, in to bowl, add baking powder, salt and sugar, whisk  and make a well in the centre.

In a measuring jug , mix egg, oil and milk , ( vanilla essence if using).  Whisk well and slowly add this mixture into the well made in the flour mixture. Whisk in carefully while gradually adding the  milk . Dont over mix, but it should be lump free.

Heat a small frying pan, preferably non stick , add a tiny bit of butter, swirl  it around. Add a ladle of batter and cook over a medium flame. Once little  bubbles appear on top of the pancake, flip it over and cook the other side. Remove  and do the rest of the batter. Enjoy warm drizzled with honey.

To make chocolate chip pancakes, once you add the ladle of batter, add chocolate chips , so the pancake looks more like a chocolate chip cookie. Flip and finish cooking.

The same you do when making blue berry pancakes.  I prefer this method than adding the them to the batter and then ladling into the pan. But its totally up to you.

Enjoy the rest of the day!!!


  1. I love the one with blueberries!
    Have a wonderful week ahead, Nammi.

  2. Lovely post Nammi...Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year !

  3. pleased you had a good trip and sorry about your Dad but pleased he's well

  4. Good to know that your father is recovering... have heard Sri Lanka is a very beautiful place... I love pancakes... and these look so tempting...

  5. I hope your father is feeling better. Lots of post operative care and diet certainly needs to be looked into. I know it can be a stressful time for the whole family-so do take care of yourself too.

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  6. Nice recipe! Looks yummy♥
    Good to know your father is recovering well♥♥

  7. Hi Nammi,

    Happy 2016! Nice to know that your dad is recovering well.

    Yeah... Don't buy pancake mix. These that you made from scratch must be equally awesome!!!



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