Pancakes are those delicious and soft snack we call diet in Nigeria. I use to love them when I was young, I still do.
They are really delicious and easy to make. You can enjoy them as snack with a glass of soft drink or serve with tea or pap.

It could serve as a perfect breakfast or as dessert. I think the name ‘diet’ suits it better because it is actually a blend of protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and fat and oil. It is more balanced than most simple Nigerian snacks.

Pancakes are served as snack with anyone of jam, honey, ketchup, butter or a blend of two in Europe and America, but here we enjoy it as it comes. I did however throw in a spoon of ketchup and it was super delicious.
Pancake Image
Pancake Image

Ingredients: Serving: 4

  • 2 cup of plain flour
  • 3 medium eggs
  • Half cup of evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons of margarine
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • Teaspoon ground red dried pepper
  • 1 cup of water
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 Spoon of thinly sliced onion (optional)
  • 3 Tablespoons of sugar
I would suggest that you get evaporated milk; they are those in tins. like peak milk, three crown, choice, etc. You will need just about half a cup – 150mls.

You might wanna start by melting the margarine in a heated oven, use a ceramic plate, add two spoon of margarine and allow to melt under heat. You can also place the bowl in a bigger bowl of hot water to melt the margarine.

Break the two eggs into the melted margarine and mix together. Transfer to a bigger bowl and add your liquid milk, pepper, salt, sugar, half cup of water and stir all together.
making pancake

Add the flour and mix well till there are minimal lumps, you can use a wooden turner for this, add more water, 100ml and observe, the batter should be watery enough to flow around the bowl. But not too watery. The image below would give you a hint.
Making Diet

You can blend to achieve a finer consistence if you like, I don’t do that. Add the thinly sliced one spoon of onions, stir all together and commence with the frying part.

Set your frying pan over medium heat, non-stick frying pan makes perfect pancakes; you might wanna look that up at Add a few drops of vegetable oil, about a tablespoon would do and make sure they are evenly spread to cover the surface of the pan.

Allow to heat for few seconds and pour some pancake batter into the frying pan. Make sure they are evenly spread too, you don’t want your pancake to be too thick or too thin.
Frying Pancakes
Fry and flip the other side, one minute each for the sides, you will learn as you go. If it stuck to the frying pan, just try to shake the frying pan, a good frying spoon would also come in handy. Check to see that it is properly cooked the way you like it.

Repeat for the remaining batter and serve as snack… with your favorite soft drink or as breakfast with tea or coffee. This is how to make pancakes in Nigeria. There are slight variation in the Nigerian version and American version of pancake

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  1. Winifred  March 24, 2016

    Yea…I love that snack, but this recipes and method is great. For me I’m watching my weight like kilode…lol. So I use oats in place of flour but I blend it to make a flour out of it. Thanks Ma. I’ll try this this Saturday.

  2. Dick Pinaere  March 24, 2016

    I want to thank you for the good work you’re doing to help most of us in the area of cooking. I never used to enjoy cooking but I had to do it because am a woman and married also.But it all change since I entered your website and saw different beautiful dishes, have tried a number of them and my husband loved the Efo ri ro Yoruba soup.Thanks to you and God bless you

  3. chioma  March 25, 2016

    I love pancakes. My brothers n most of my friends love them too! So m going 2 try ur method soon. Thanks so much for putting so much knowledge down 4 everyone. Samosas are one of my favourite snacks and I don’t know how 2 prepare them. Can u help me out please??

  4. Favour  March 25, 2016

    Datz great.. U are doing really gud

  5. Udenze Lilian  March 26, 2016

    Ur ways of cooking has taking me to greater level. Lov u.

  6. BECKY  March 29, 2016


  7. kella  March 29, 2016

    Hello dear chy.thanks for this recipe. Hmmmmm delicious. Quick question. Is it okay to bend the egg for chin chin the way it is done for cake. Would the chin chin come out nice?

  8. Deborah Ikwuni  March 30, 2016

    I Did Cook The Vegetable Soup- Edikiakong And My Husband Said He Enjoyed It To The Last, Thanks Alot.Will Try Some Others And Will Be Glad If U Can Add Some Smoothies Too.God Bless U And Grant U Increase.

  9. cecilia o.  April 4, 2016

    thanks aunty chy! Will try out this recipe cos i love pancakes.

  10. Ijeeoma  April 12, 2016

    You can equally add banana. My Aunty used to make pancakes with just banana without the pepper for us as kids. That was mostly our lunch. and it was always very tasty.

    • Chy Anegbu  April 12, 2016

      Ok dear, I would try banana and see how it goes.


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