Also known as the ‘Shrove Tuesday’, Pancake Day always falls 47 days before Easter, immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (First day of Lent). In many parts of the world Christians, celebrate ‘Shrove Tuesday’ by consuming pancakes. In countries like U.S where it is more popularly known as Mardi Gras, it is celebrated as a carnival marking the last day of “fat eating” before the fasting period of Lent. ‘Shrove’ comes from the word shrive which means ‘absolve’. Hence, Christians in an attempt to be ‘shriven’ before the start of Lent consume all indulgent foods like eggs
and milk and have pancakes as a symbolic gesture.
In Briton, Christians also host large pancake races, where people run while flipping their pancakes in a pan. The tradition is said to be borrowed from an episode way back in the 15th century where a woman in Buckinghamshire rushed to confess her sins, mid-way through making pancakes.
Interesting isn’t it? Plus we have a day dedicated to our favourite pancakes! While we give you some healthy and delicious alternatives for your regular pancakes, here are some quick tips to make your pancake handling business a whole lot easier.
1. Take all dry ingredients together in one bowl, and whisk the wet ones in another. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and pour the wet ones into it gently. Stir only till the ingredients are just moistened. The gluten in the floor tends to develop as soon as it comes to contact with liquid. With over mixing, the gluten becomes tough, which results in tougher pancakes.
2. The pan needs to be very hot for the pancakes that it’ll eventually turn brown. You can use minimal coating of butter, rather than bunging a spoonful into the pan. Unsalted butter
, for its whey content doesn’t burn so easy. A mix of butter and oil is also less likely to burn so easily.
3. For even heat distribution , it is recommended to use a heavy nonstick griddle or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet.
4. Heat griddle or pan over medium heat before pouring your batter onto the pan.
Now that you've got all the knowledge, let's get into into action. Here are our 10 most favourite pancake recipes - each one so different from the other so that you're never bored.
1) Banana Pancakes with Caramelized Apples User Recipe by Tanuja Appukuttan
(7 Wonderful Benefits of Banana: How to Include the Fruit in Your Daily Diet)2) Sour Dough PancakesRecipe by Chef Sumalya Sarkar, The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake, Gurgaon
Give your regular banana
pancake an apple punch. Topped with golden caramelized apples these fruity pancakes are the healthiest way to kick start your day.
For the sour dough starter:
Refined Flour 200 grm
Warm water 120 mlPancake:
Sour dough starter 1 cup
Refind Flour 1 cup
Baking Soda 1 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Butter 2 Tbsp
Castor Sugar 2 Tbsp
Milk 3/4 cup
Blueberry compote for garnish 1/2 tbsp
Whip cream 1/2 Tbsp
Honey 1/2 tspMethod:
For the Sour Dough Starter:
1. Mix all ingredients together. Leave in a warm place for ferment 4 to 8 days.
2. when mixture is bubbly and has a pleasant sour smell, it is ready to us.
For the Pancake:
1. Mix all ingredients in a batter form except honey and blueberry compote.
2. Warm a pan and make a pancakes on low heat to ensure cooked properly with light golden colour.
3. Arrange on a plate, drizzle with honey, spread blue berry compote and topped with the whip cream.
4. Serve with maple syrup.3) Spinach PancakeRecipe by Chef Roopa Gulati
A novel way of making your kids have their due fill of spinach. Don’t believe us, let the sumptuous cheese and mushroom filling do rest of the talking.(10 Healthy Spinach Recipes)4) Ragi Pancake with Sausage Filling User Recipe by Plavaneeta Borah
Looking for a breakfast that keeps you full till lunch? Look no more! These healthy pancakes made of ragi flour, stuffed with sausages, button mushrooms, baby corns and bell peppers are all that your hungry mornings are seeking for. 5) Coconut Pancakes Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta
Also known as Allebelles, these traditional Goan pancakes are made with a coconut
and jaggery filling. They are easy to make, and a perfect treat for your sweet buds. 6) Gluten-Free Buckwheat PancakesRecipe by Chef Seema Chandra
(10 Best Buckwheat Recipes)7) Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancakes)Recipe by Chef Nikhil Chib
There is a reason we find pancakes as a common fixture for breakfasts around the world. They are easy and and just so delicious. And this one is glutten free too! Made with a healthy range of ingredients, and oodles of marmalade syrup, these golden wonders are set to rule your heart.
8) Eggless PancakesRecipe by Chef Niru Gupta
Stuffed with chicken
, shrimps, and bean sprouts, these rice-flour pancakes are an experiment you’d love to embark upon.
Eggless, quick and super easy. We sense a huge sigh of relief already! Let some sweet or a savoury sauce do rest of the business for you.(10 Best Eggless Cake Recipes)9) Cinnamon PancakesUser Recipe by Nishtha Asrani
While your soft and fluffy pancakes turn out to be both a gastronomical and visual delight and add a tinge of cinnamon to give them that perfect aroma too.
10) Soya and Oat PancakesUser Recipe by Gouri Patwardhan
Try these pancakes for a healthy vegetarian start to your day. Made with a handful of oats and soya flour, these pancakes are low on ingredients, but high on energy. (10 Best Oatmeal Recipes)For the latest food news, health tips and recipes, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.