Savoury multigrain yeast pancakes

When yeast is used in pancake batter, it does away with the need for eggs, milk or baking powder. Kerala cuisine regularly uses yeast to make a variety of aapams.

These pancakes made from a mix of flours, can be made savoury or sweet. Since we are more the savoury breakfast kinds, I have used onions, green chillies and salt. You could easily replace this with brown sugar or jaggery and serve the pancakes with fruit compote or maple syrup.

Feel free to use up any flour you have. Sometimes, we have a little bit of a variety of flours left over. This is a great way to clean up the flours in your pantry. I would like to try this out with ragi and buckwheat flour along with the rice and whole wheat flour.

Savoury multigrain yeast pancakes
Category: Breakfast
Time taken: Around 20 minutes plus 1 hour standing time
Serves 2-3 people, number of pancakes depends on the thickness and size

1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup chick pea flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups water plus some more to adjust consistency
1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 onion sliced thin
2 green chillies
Oil to cook pancakes

  1. Mix all the flours and salt in a large bowl with a fitting lit.
  2. In a smaller bowl place the yeast with 1/2 cup hand-hot water and 1 tsp sugar. Cover and keep aside for 10 minutes until frothy and bubbling.
  3. Pour this activated yeast with another cup of water in the bowl with dry ingredients.
  4. Add the finely chopped chillies and sliced onions. Mix well and cover with a fitting lid. Keep aside for upto 1 hour, till the batter is risen and bubbly.
  5. Heat a greased non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium flame. Before the skillet gets very hot, pour a ladle full of batter and let it spread naturally. Do not spread out thinly with the ladle. Use a few drops of oil around the edges if necessary. Wait for 30 seconds to a minute until there are holes around the edges. Flip over and cook for another 30 seconds to a minute until the pancake is well cooked and golden brown.
  6. Serve hot with coriander-mint chutney or as it is.
Tasting notes
The pancakes were absolutely spongy and soft, and melted in the mouth, despite no butter, eggs or milk in the batter. That is the magic of yeast. I would love to try out a sweeter version of them with some chopped dried fruits, when I have friends for breakfast.

These pancakes are my entry for Srivalli's Dosa Mela
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The cornmeal and chickpea flour give these pancakes a golden yellow colour and this is my entry for LiveSTRONG with A Taste of Yellow at Winos and Foodies.

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