Pancakes are those delicious and soft snacks 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 a snack with a glass of soft Nigerian drink or serve with tea or pap.

It could serve as a perfect breakfast or as Dessert in Nigeria. 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 a 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 consistency 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 a snack… with your favorite soft drink or as breakfast with tea or coffee. This is how to make pancakes in Nigeria. There is slight variation in the Nigerian version and American version of the pancake

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This video gives you a visual picture of what is eplained above. I make videos for most of my recipes because I really want you to get what I am saying. Have a blast.

This video shows you how to make pancake in Nigeria.


  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.

  11. Temitope  April 12, 2016

    Hmmmmmmm….,its gonna be delicious

  12. Linda  April 14, 2016

    Thank you so much. I hardly comment on sites/blogs but I can’t help it here. You just make cooking varieties easier for me. I like the fact that you use clear terms and easy to access ingredients plus giving explanations where needed.

    • Chy Anegbu  April 15, 2016

      Thanks. Chy.

  13. Viv  July 21, 2016

    Really make learning easy. Thanks

  14. Georgina Ozor  July 22, 2016

    Good recipe, l love the variation.

  15. aijay  July 24, 2016

    Thanks chy for the Nigerian pancake recipe..u are making me love cooking the more..nice one here would try this out

  16. Gloria  August 15, 2016

    Thanks a lot i will sure try it over the weekend, it aone of the snacks i like and would love to be able to make it myself

  17. jemitogba temitope  August 15, 2016

    yea, goodafternoon, aunty chy, i tried the pancake sometime last month and my husband reluctantly ate it, do you know that he requested for it on sunday morning. he really loved it. thanks to you.

    • Chy Anegbu  August 16, 2016

      lol, that is nice to hear.

  18. Cynthia  August 16, 2016

    Thank u so much Chy, u have definitely made my cooking easier and tasty..ur methods take away stress from cooking and since I started following ur blog there’s no meal my hubby has failed to enjoy…thank you so much for your wonderful recipes, God bless you and always watch over ur home. I never knew how to make pancakes, they always seemed farfetched, but I have just learnt and to think its so easy! Thank you again.

    • Chy Anegbu  August 16, 2016

      My sister, thanks for your prayers. God will also watch over your family. Amen.

  19. Chinwendu Lucy  August 16, 2016

    This is superb, I made this pancake and everyone l loves it

  20. Mercy  August 16, 2016

    That is a good one

  21. Mambo  August 17, 2016

    Chy u are wonderful God bless u abundantly.

  22. Omigie Ayodeji  August 17, 2016

    I had tried making pancakes ones and didn’t like what I got.

    I tried your method today, and waoh!, it was perfect, just had problems with flipping but I enjoyed every bite of it.

    Thanks dear.

  23. Lola  August 20, 2016

    Thank you very much. you have done justice to everything about pancakes. I have learnt something new today and i am grateful. keep it up and God bless.

  24. Cynthia  August 27, 2016

    I never knew pancakes were this simple to make. Thanks a lot Chy.
    You rock!

  25. Nas  September 5, 2016

    Mmmmmmm, nice one

  26. BEATRICE  January 26, 2017

    Wow. Great! I will try it out.

  27. Chinaza Nkemjika Izundu  March 10, 2017

    You can skip the unhealthy flour and use 2 eggs and a mashed ripe banana with other spices and veggies. Heat cooking oil and fry. Yummy.

    • Chy Anegbu  March 10, 2017

      Great, thanks for the recipe.

  28. babe  May 20, 2017

    so baking powder is not required? cos I’ve been using it . my pancakes were never great so I stopped trying. I’ll try out ur recipe

  29. KHAWLIYA  July 20, 2017

    Wow you are wonderful I will be trying this pancake this weekend

  30. tola  August 3, 2017

    Great Chy, God bless your home and the work of your hands.

  31. Maureen  October 6, 2017

    Very easy. Thanks so much

  32. Abiagam  March 13, 2018

    Pancakes has been one of my favorites since i was little and now my kids love it,but i use honey well wheat flour instead of white flour,and it just splendid and much more healthier. Good job,i also got your cook book and it’s worth it.

  33. Esther  June 5, 2019

    Nice one, I will try it this Friday.

  34. Adeolu  August 11, 2019

    Beautiful piece. My son has being asking for pancakes, being awhile I made one. Will try it out. Keep up the kitchen education.

  35. Onyeananam Lilian. I  February 29, 2020

    It’s so wonderful, I do it mostly for my children school snacks nd they love it so much

  36. Alaba  February 29, 2020

    Thank you sis chy just love your method, remain bless amen.

  37. Loveth Godsent  April 4, 2020

    Thanks ma

  38. Anthony Miracle  July 24, 2020

    I have a question,is it a must to blend it at all.
    And if no, does it need any form of food processor.
    Cause I prefer the wooden spoon.
    Well nice recipe I’ll try it

    • Chy Anegbu  July 27, 2020

      No point blending them.


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