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You CAN Eat Pancakes Everyday!

By on March 7, 2014



It must have been something in the stars. After almost a decade of waking up every morning with a craving for one of my delicious Ayurvedic porridges, suddenly, things changed. A few weeks back, I woke up and I wasn’t remotely interested in porridge. I couldn’t face the stuff. I’d rather eat stale toast…. or undercooked eggs. Anything but porridge.

I desperately searched my memory banks for something I did feel like and all I could come up with was…. PANCAKES! But I wasn’t in the mood for the thick, heavy, wheat flour, eggs, milk and baking soda style sweet pancakes that I make for special occasions. I was interested in something a little lighter… and maybe savoury.

And so I finally pulled out ‘The Ayurvedic Kitchen‘ (the cookbook I co-authored with Chef Stephen Galpin) and made some Moong & Rice Flour Pancakes.  And… oh my goodness! They were sensational! I couldn’t believe I’d never ventured to make them before! They are super fast, super delicious, super light… but also very sustaining. There is no need for ‘elevensies’ when you have these puppies for breaky (good news for those of us who need to eat 5 times a day just to stay sane).

And the good news is, they couldn’t be better for you! They’re made from moong daal flour and rice flour with a few herbs, spices and ghee thrown in for good measure. They offer a great combo of carbs and protein and provide a complete protein for veggos… and they are gluten, dairy and sugar free (if you’re into that kind of thing). From an Ayurvedic perspective, they are tridoshic, sattvic, super easy to digest, excellent for building strong agni and reducing ama. In fact, they are often prescribed for medicinal fasts.

So peeps, here we go… this is my slightly modified recipe for pancakes that you can happily eat every single day for breaky, lunch, snacks or supper! You can even have them with soups instead of bread.


Moong and Rice Flour Pancakes


1 tbsp ghee

1/2 cup moong daal flour

1/2 cup rice flour

small handful coriander leaves, finely chopped

a pinch of asafoetida powder (optional)

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp dry ginger powder

1 tsp cumin seeds

Water to make batter

Extra ghee for cooking


Combine all the ingredients together (except the coriander leaves) then add enough water to make a thin batter.  Use a whisk to mix together into a smooth mixture. Next add the coriander leaves and mix again. Heat up a small non-stick frying pan. Add about 3/4 of a ladle of mixture into the pan and tip in a circle to spread out the mixture into a thin crepe. Let cook on a med heat until the top is dry. Drop a few drops of ghee around the outside of the pancake to help unstick the sides. When the sides start to curl upwards slightly, carefully unstick the pancake and flip it over and cook on the other side.  When done, serve hot with mango chutney.

Let me know what you think!


About Nadia Marshall

Nadia Marshall is the director of the Mudita Institute in Byron Bay, Australia. She is an Ayurvedic Food and Lifestyle Consultant and Cook and Health Writer. After suffering from a restrictive eating disorder and activity disorder in her teens, Nadia had ongoing digestive problems and body image issues throughout her twenties..... until Ayurveda and Yoga changed her life. She has been living, breathing, researching and writing about its daily principles ever since.



    Alexis Simone

    May 5, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Do you have a personal website. I have enjoyed your recipes. I will purchase your book The Ayurvedic Kitchen you co-authored with Chef Stephen Galpin.


    Alexis Simone



    June 30, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Can these be made in a cast iron pan rather than non-stick? The cast iron would need to be oiled, would the pancakes still cook correctly?

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