This is a simple recipe for the thin, delicious Nigerian-style pancakes. It is made with those ingredients that we always have in our kitchen
• 1 cup | 150g of plain flour
• 2 medium eggs
• ½ cup | 125 mls of evaporated milk (Peak or Carnation are common in Nigeria)
• 2 tablespoons of margarine
• 1 cup | 250 mls of water
• ¼ teaspoon of salt
• 6 teaspoons of sugar (or to taste)
• Ground Chilli Pepper (to taste)
• Vegetable oil
• Microwave Oven for melting the margarine
• Kitchen scale
• Frying pan
1. Put the margarine is a small bowl and melt in the microwave. You can also place the bowl in a bigger bowl of hot water to melt the margarine.
2. Break the two eggs into the melted margarine and beat till smooth. Then add ½ cup of water.
3. Add the flour and mix well till there are minimal lumps.
4. Add the milk, salt, sugar, ground pepper and the remaining ½ cup of water, stir well.
5. Blend the mix using a liquid blender. This will give the pancake batter the smoothest consistency. If you don’t want to blend it, no problem, just mix the ingredients very well so that the lumps are minimal. Note: You can also add onions to the pancake but make sure that your blender can liquefy the onions. If not, the pieces of onions will not let you achieve very thin pancakes.
6. Set a frying pan over medium heat. Add a few drops of vegetable oil. Just enough to lubricate the frying pan.
7. When hot, pour some pancake batter into the frying pan. Tilt the pan so that the batter coats the surface of the pan evenly. This should be a very thin coat.
8. Fry the underside of the pancake for approximately 1 minute, shaking the pan from time to time till the pancake comes loose. You can also loosen it with the spatula. Check the underside to be sure it has browned to your liking, preferably light brown.
9. Flip the pancake so you can fry the top side as well.
10. The pancake is done when both sides are light brown.