Monday, January 14, 2008

Soy pancakes?!! Not kidding! :)

After the marathon cooking sessions over the last few days for the mega party last night, tonight called for a simple, light dinner. Hmm ... after poking around a bit, I stumbled upon this crazy soy pancakes recipe from a collection of ultra healthy recipes from the Pro Club! I was always skeptical about trying any of these 20/20 lifestyle recipe handouts available there, but after I spent some time reading them earlier tonight, I must say that I've revised my opinion. Some of these actually look pretty good!

So, soy flour rocks! It makes for a really light batter - quite perfect for pancakes, actually. And it is the perfect texture to serve as a thickening agent - an attractive alternative to corn starch. And apparently, since it can add moisture to baking products, apparently it is also a perfect alternative to eggs in most recipes! That is really good to know, I can't wait to try some breads and cakes with soy flour! Weeeeeee! *exciting*!

The recipe that caught my eye tonight was one for savoury pancakes with a cilantro chutney. Hmm ... adais and oothappams are probably closest to what I could consider savoury pancakes, so this looked really intriguing. The original recipe called for cauliflower, but I decided to go with a base of onions and red peppers instead - turned out to be a great idea. And the cilantro topping was perfect!

Savoury Soy Pancakes
They'll melt in your mouth!!!

Servings: 4 pancakes

1/2 cup soy flour (defatted variety)
1/3 onion
1/2 red bell pepper
1 thai green chilli
1/2 t salt
Oil or oil spray

Grind the onion, bell pepper and green chilli into a puree.
Pour this puree into a mixing bowl and add the soy flour, stirring constantly.
Add 2-3 T of water to form a really thick batter.
Season with the salt.
Heat a griddle and pour out dollops of the batter onto it.
Flatten the batter to form small pancakes and lightly douse with oil spray.
Let each side brown, before flipping or removing the pancakes.

NOTE: The batter needs to be really thick, not runny - soy flour does not really make for thin crepes of sorts and can totally disintegrate if the batter is too thin.


Cilantro chutney
Go green!

Servings: 1 cup

1 cup cleaned and trimmed cilantro leaves
1" ginger
2 cloves garlic
2 T lemon juice
1 green chilli

Grind all the ingredients in a blender, adding a little water if needed.
Season with salt if needed.

Good? Better?
*drool*! These were awesome! Seriously! Can't wait to eat them again! And the whole process took about 1/2 hour.

Seriously, soy flour rocks! And another WHB entry (Kalyn's brainchild) - this goes to Rinku from Cooking in Westchester.


Nags said...

lovely :) u cud also send this to this month's wbb which is on soy products :)

Nupur said...

Now that soy flour has your ringing endorsement, I can't wait to try it!!
Savory pancakes are the perfect start to the day. That platter is certainly making me drool.

Happy cook said...

I have neverused soya flour.
But i do use soya milk and cream

Sig said...

Wow, I never thought I'd say this about anything Soy, that looks delicious... BTW, this will make a perfect entry for Weekend Breakfast Blogging as well, this month's theme is Soy

Karen said...

I just stumbled onto your blog and it's fantastic!! I've just started cooking with soy, so I'm really excited to try this recipe. Beautiful pictures, too. I look your bowls. Where did you get them?

I'm also a healthy cooking blogger. You can check out my blog at

Potomac, Maryland

Superchef said...

wow!!! i shud defenitely try this one!!

Pooja said...

this is really a healthy dish. Good to get another dish to make with soy, that a lot for sharing th recipe. its a must try for me.
Keep blogging :) .

KayKat said...

Hmm ... I'll need to whip up another soy breakfast recipe for WBB - maybe I'll try muffins this time! :)

Kalyn said...

Funny, but I was just looking at soy flour in the store last night and wondering about it. Of course, if there is cilantro, it will be a hit with me!