Alle Belle (Goan Coconut Pancakes)

9:53 pm on 19 May 2007

(Serves 4)


  • 100g flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml coconut milk
  • couple of drops vanilla extract
  • a little lemon zest
  • butter for frying


  • fresh coconut, grated
  • 1 tbsp sultanas
  • 75g palm sugar or jaggery (available from Indian grocery shops)
  • quarter tsp ground cardamom
  • quarter tsp grated nutmeg


In a bowl, sift flour, sugar and salt. Add melted butter, egg and coconut milk. Beat lightly into a smooth batter, ensuring that no lumps form. Add vanilla and lemon zest.

Mix filling ingredients together. Melt a little butter in a frying pan and pour in enough batter to lightly coat the pan. Tilt to spread. Cook for a minute and flip and cook the other side.

To assemble the pancakes, put filling on each pancake and roll up or fold into 4 (ie, a triangle).

To serve, place 2 pancakes on each plate and lightly brush with melted butter and warm through under the grill. Both pancakes and filling can be made beforehand and then warmed through before eating.

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