Carrot and Spring Onion Pancakes

The beauty of living in London is that you’re never too far away from a market where you can get a ‘pound a bowl’ (£1 a bowl) of any fruit and veg. This also means you bring home more ingredients than you actually need. This is exactly what happened to me with carrots and spring onions a few weeks ago.

So one evening I stood in my kitchen and pondered what to make with it… all of a sudden, I had pancakes in front of me. No recipe, never made this before, so all an experiment which turned out great – and you can make it too:

Ingredients:

3 large carrots, grated
6 spring onions, diced
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
Salt & Pepper to taste
200g self-raising flour
1 tsp bi-carbonate soda
25g melted butter
200ml milk
1 egg

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1) Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan and add the diced spring onions with the cumin seeds, ground cumin and paprika. Cook for a few minutes before adding the grated carrots and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a further 5 minutes before transferring to a mixing bowl and leave to cool.IMG_2463

2) In another bowl, add the milk, egg and melted butter (once cooled) and whisk together until combined.IMG_2467

3) Add the self-raising flour and bi-carb to the carrot mixture and combine, to look like below:IMG_2470

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4) Add the milk, egg and butter liquid and mix to form a batter, like below:IMG_2477

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5) Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a non-stick frying pan and place equal amounts of mixture to form your pancakes (about 1 cm thick) and cook on a low-medium heat for a few minutes (depending on the type of cooker/hob you have) until the bottom side is nice and golden. IMG_2489

6) Flip the pancakes around and cook the other side until golden. Make sure the pancakes are cooked through.IMG_2500

7) Enjoy – hot or cold! Remember all of this is to individual taste, so add whatever you like to the mix – it worked for me!IMG_2519

I had more of the pancake batter left, so made a huge one instead – even the photo below doesn’t do the size justice next to the smaller one.IMG_2540

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