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Taro Pancake

It’s Saturday morning. Waking up late, I said we needed magic for a start. I whipped up a buttery batter, scented deep purplish dust of Taro tea powder. The mixing bowl unfurled an enchanting odour of sunny morning after overnight rain. My secrets weren’t only that but more butter. In an already buttery batter, I dumped in more finely chopped butter. The butter crumbs would melt in the powdery texture and made our pancake super moist.

Taro pancake was initiated a few months ago when Yaseen joined me in an afternoon Taro Tea. He told me to add this purple tea powder in pancake. I was surprise to hear that he had such an interesting thought and realized later that he got this wonderful idea from Thailand. My sister took him to a crepe stand where they also served the super delicate taro pancake. My boy was hooked and he has never got enough of this purple pancake.

I started with butter, sugar, eggs, flour and milk just like a regular pancake formula. Then I sift in taro tea power which is nothing but dried taro powder and cream. I added more butter. We always need more butter in the weekend. I chopped butter into fine grains and mixed in my batter.

The smell of butter woke him up. He knew he must get ready immediately for breakfast. The sound of the batter sizzled in the hot pan is the most comforting. The smell of butter and taro make our house feel very cozy. As I flipped the first pancake, Yaseen had already stood on the kitchen stool next to me, in his hand an empty plate with jam waiting for that first hot cake.

Taro Pancake

Ingredients: (4 Servings)

1 1/2 cup flour- sifted

1/2 cup taro tea power

1 tsp baking powder

4 tbsp cater sugar

3 tbsp melted butter

2 eggs

1 cup milk

30 gm chilled butter- finely chopped


1        Whisk together the eggs, sugar, butter and milk.

2        Sift in flour, taro tea powder, and baking powder.

3        Stir until smooth. Add chopped butter and stir well.

4        Heat the greased large skillet over the medium heat.

5        Cook about 1/4 cup of batter at a time. Turn the pancake once you notice the hot bubbles on the surface. Let it brown and cook through. Serve hot with your favourite syrup or topping.

Our taro pancake was very soft and buttery. Every bite was so moist. We had our breakfast right from the pan. It was so warm and comforting. I asked him what he wanted for lunch. “More pancake!” he answered. Oh boy!


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