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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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. Mambo  August 17, 2016

    Chy u are wonderful God bless u abundantly.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Cynthia  August 27, 2016

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

  5. Nas  September 5, 2016

    Mmmmmmm, nice one

  6. BEATRICE  January 26, 2017

    Wow. Great! I will try it out.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. KHAWLIYA  July 20, 2017

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

  10. tola  August 3, 2017

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

  11. Maureen  October 6, 2017

    Very easy. Thanks so much

  12. 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.

  13. Esther  June 5, 2019

    Nice one, I will try it this Friday.

  14. 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.


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