How to make Pancakes Kenyan Style
I love pancakes; I can eat them every morning. They remind me of my mama so much. Growing up, my mum would wake up early every Saturday morning to make us lots of pancakes. I think it was a way to bribe us into cleaning the house thoroughly. Because after that heavy breakfast, we would get down to cleaning every corner of the house and compound.
I have now passed on the tradition to my own family, although I cook them any day. And my eldest daughter loves them so much.
Since sharing is caring, here goes my Mama’s pancake recipe
Flour (Ajab flour is my best)
1 cup milk
1 cup water
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon sugar
Baking powder (if you want them fluffy)
- In a clean large bowl sieve the flour. If you can get the metal sieve for sieving flour and juices the better
- Add the sugar to the four; you can add any amount of sugar depending on your taste.
- Add a pinch of salt. If you like them fluffy pancakes, add a teaspoon of baking powder for every 2 cups of flour. I like mine flat so I don’t add. Mix all the dry ingredients
- In a separate bowl, break the 2 eggs.
- Add a tablespoon of oil to the mixture
- Add a cup of milk
- Whisk the wet mixture and fold into the dry ingredients. Add water and whisk to your desired consistency. I like mine almost very light. Make sure there are no lumps
- Heat your pan and put oil into the pan, scoop a mixture and drop into the pan. Shape your pancake to a round shape and let it cook for about 3minutes or until its golden brown. Flip the pancake for the other side to cook and serve on a clean plate. Put oil every time to flip. Cook them all in the same manner till your mixture is over
- Serve your pancakes with hot spicy tea, coffee, hot chocolate or any stew of your choice.
- I shape my pancakes by tilting the pan in a circular motion. The mixture just spreads to fit the pan. My pancakes then come out the same size.
- To achieve the same thickness, use a scooping spoon and fill to the same level for each.
- You can flavor your pancakes with a ripe banana, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla essence or grated lemon rind
- You can also make your pancakes with rice flour, oats or brown Atta flour.
- For those who don’t take eggs or milk. You can choose not to add either.