Quick Mango Pancakes for a school-day breakfast

Dearest Dakhina,

Yesterday it rained so much that we were confined to the house in the evening and Riz couldn’t play football, so we whiled away some time by watching a food programme. In a diner somewhere in the American hinterland, a portly chef was turning out fluffy pancakes literally swimming in butter. And Riz, being a true gourmand in the making, ordered his personal chef, obviously me, to make some for him right away. It was with difficulty I convinced him that pancakes always tasted better in the morning . A fact which I thoroughly rued come breakfast time, early next morning. Since when did evasion tactics turn into a “promise”! Six thirty in the morning, there I was armed with an egg whisk and ladle. Images of the butter drenched pancakes from last evening churning my stomach. I dared not emulate that, even with Riz continually trying to convince me that pancakes couldn’t be made without loads of butter. So after a quick think I decided to cut the fat and add some fruit to turn up a healthier and tasty version. “Yummy” was what my son pronounced between mouthfuls. Quick, easy, with no butter at all, my version turned out just as I wanted them…. delicious, flavourful and soft soft soft.


Pancake batter ingredients (makes 4 pancakes)

1 cup flour ( can replace half flour with multi grain flour)
1 egg
1 whole mango pulped
2 tsps sugar
A few drops vanilla essence
1 heaped tsp baking powder
Milk to make batter

Mango sauce to serve (see recipe for no bake cheese cake)

A little icing sugar (optional)
Oil for cooking (any white oil)


To make mango pulp, peel, stone and cut mango into pieces. Blend.
Mix the flour, egg, mango pulp, sugar, vanilla extract with milk to make a thick batter.
Add the baking powder at the very end, mix, but don’t over beat.
Heat a griddle, add half spoon of oil.
Pour a ladle full of batter onto the sizzling oil.
Cook on medium flame.

When the edges curl and become golden brown, turn over.

Cook for a minute or till done.
Plate up, drizzle with icing sugar and mango sauce.
Serve hot.

Use banana, oranges, lemon, pineapple in place of mango.
If you don’t wish to use egg, add a little butter in the batter instead.
This Pancake can be made Savory instead of sweet, instead of fruit, add mushroom, onions, coriander leaves to the batter.
Don’t over beat the batter after adding baking powder, and use up the batter fast. This gives fluffy soft pancakes.

I remember your friend Patrali asking for help regarding quick breakfast ideas for her kids. Do share this with her.
I need your quick fruit trifle recipe ASAP.

Love you
P. S. Ramit has been taking amazing photos recently. I wish he would post some here soon.


2 comments on “Quick Mango Pancakes for a school-day breakfast

  1. Renuka says:

    It was such a delight to read this so useful Breakfast recipe for kids…Thanks so much for sharing!

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