"This is a journey of my life since I was all of 12 yrs when I started my hand in cooking to now with displays of my learning and creations of recipes from around the world. My inspiration and role model has always been my Mum who has always created dishes from around the world and excellently well. I do not believe I would ever match to her culinary skills. I remember the times she could cook and bake almost 4-5 dishes in one go without ever letting one go under cooked or burnt! I was born and raised in Dubai, UAE and recently moved to India for family reasons. Kitchenette just means that over the decades, my kitchen has changed from that of my mum's to my uncle and aunt's, to my home in UAE and now in India. Pala't'te, describes both global cuisines ('Palatte'-diverse flavours) and pleasing diverse 'Palates'."

Monday, 11 March 2013

Chocolate Pancakes with Homemade Strawberry Syrup

I had made a mention in one of my last posts of a weekend recipe creation of mine which was exquisitely created for my darling daughter Izzy. Well this was it! She is a fan of strawberries and I wanted to make her feel extra special on our weekend alone together!

Since strawberries are still largely available across the country before the supremely hot summer days kick in, and I had a good batch at hand, I decided to make this one for Saturday morning. So this was also kind of our Mother- Daughter Women's Day Celebration:)!

Chocolate Pancakes with Homemade Strawberry Syrup

You need:

  • 1 cup of plain flour or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 4 tbsp of sugar/honey
  • 1 egg or 1 cup of yoghurt (you can also use 1 mashed banana but I didn't as I wanted it to be all about the Chocolate and Strawberries although banana and chocolate is a good blend)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk or filtered water

The make
Makes 5 pancakes | Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes | Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes

1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside to rest for 5 minutes.

2. Whisk in the egg, oil and milk/water and set aside for another 5 minutes. Then whisk in the butter.
Whipped up pancake batter and chopped strawberries

3. Heat a iron skillet or non-stick skillet on high. Grease the pan with a dabbed kitchen paper towel in oil. Use the same greasing process in between making pancakes.

4. Using a ladle, pour in 1/4 cup quantity of pancake batter in the center of the skillet and spread to medium circle.

 5. Repeat till entire batter is used.  Serve hot!

Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup on the side

Homemade Strawberry Syrup

You need:

  • 10-12 strawberries
  • 4-6 tbsp of sugar
  • 110 ml of filtered water

The make:
Makes 100 ml of syrup | Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 mins

Top view of Strawberry Syrup
1. Chop the strawberries and set aside at least 2 strawberries (chopped).

2. Add the sugar to the water and stir on a medium high flame till sugar is dissolves and starts to thicken.

3. Add the chopped strawberries and stir in for 2-3 minutes.

4. Turn the strawberry syrup to the refrigerate for 10 minutes along with the chopped strawberries set aside earlier.

Homemade Strawberry syrup
5. Top the hot pancakes with the chopped strawberries and strawberry syrup!

You can also top with whip cream, nuts, fruits or choc chips!

I assure you that your little ones would love this make...treat your kids with these pancakes and syrup as a reward or just for being themselves:)

Bon Appetit!


  1. I have myself tried pancakes and the prime reason for trying them out i found their name fascinating.:) and the problem i faced the first time over was in assesing when they are cooked to a degree that they are not raw from inside because they are done in a quick time usually and I think we have to choose the thickness and the amount for one pancake rather carefully. I think after going through your recipe I might want to try it again..:)

    1. Thanks Seemee. Yes there is more intuition and practice required in determining the cooking of the pancake. Also over time the sense of smell plays a key role in gauging if the pancake has cooked through, similar with baking cakes. Most times, I just know the cake has cooked and risen by its smell from the living room. Good luck and do let me know if you follow my recipe. If so, appreciate if you can send me a click of your make on gginazkitchenette@gmail.com to share on our @The Readers' Kitchen page of this blog.


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