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Monday, September 21, 2015

Lempeng Pisang - Malaysian Banana Coconut Pancakes


 
Event: Blogging Marathon #56
Theme: Breakfast
My choice: Malaysia

'Lempeng Pisang' are Malay style traditional banana pancakes made with a coconut stuffing, eaten both as a breakfast and a snack. Traditionally the batter is wrapped in banana leaves for each individual pancake and then char grilled until the inside batter is cooked. However they can be made in a pan on stove top as shown in the link below for a more easier approach.  

The 'banana leaf' version from the original recipe didn't use even a single drop of oil / butter for making the pancakes as the natural oils in the banana leaf  allow the pancakes not to stick to the leaves while cooking. However greasing the banana leaves may make the pancake making more foolproof. And the bonus part is that the leaves impart their natural flavor to the pancakes. 

I badly wanted to make these pancakes the first time I saw them and I couldn't wait till I got hold of some banana leaves. I made the batter the traditional way but cooked them just like the regular pancakes using oil. They tasted real good even that way with the yummy banana - coconut combo and the flavor was awesome. I had planned to try them again with banana leaves in India during my summer trip but as usual as soon as I landed in India, I forgot that I own a blog. So much for planning to capture lempeng pisang, the traditional way. :) I promise to update this post later using banana leaves but I have provided pictures to give an idea.

Source: Here
Ingredients: (Yield 8)
3 large sized ripened bananas
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 to 4 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. water (optional)
1/2 cup (or more) fresh shredded coconut
Fresh banana leaves of about 6x6 inch sized ones or oil to toast the pancakes

Method:
* Mash the bananas smoothly in a bowl. Add sugar and salt and mix to combine. Next add the flour and whisk to combine. Add 
water if needed. The consistency should be on a thicker side as shown in the picture.
 
* Pour about 3 tbsp. of batter at the center of a banana leaf (I used a sheet of aluminum foil  just for demonstration. I did not use it to cook.)
 * Spread it thinly into about 4 inch circle and then sprinkle a thin layer of coconut.
 
* Fold the leaf in half so that the batter inside now will be in half moon shape with the coconut inside. (Or simply you can cover the banana leaf with another banana leaf.)
* Choose a wide pan that can hold the folded banana leaf. Heat the pan and place the folded banana leaf with the batter inside. Cook on medium flame for about 4 -5 minutes and flip. Cook until it is done. (The banana leaves almost get charred while cooking.)
* Repeat the steps with the remaining batter.
Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 56

Comments

13 comments:

Usha said...

Charred banana leaves might lend a nice flavor to the pancakes. Beautifully made and step by step pictures with aluminum foil are help full.

vaishali sabnani said...

that is a beautiful recipe..like the idea of making them in banana leaves..what aroma...but of course foil works as well.

Suma Gandlur said...

Vaishali, foil didn'work me. Even after cooking longer, the pancakes were undercooked. As I mentioned in the post, the foil is for demonstration purpose. :)

Srivalli said...

Sounds like a fantastic recipe Suma, surely bookmarked!

Srividhya said...

wow.. there are n number of ways to make a pancake naa. great

Kalyani said...

There's a similar recipe called panki in Gujarat which makes use of banana leaves in almost a similar way ...

I think u r on a dosa / pancake roll this BM :) so many many varieties bookmarked !!😊

Sapana Behl said...

Pancake looks lovely and I can imagine the flavors with coconut and banana.Lovely step wise clicks.

Sandhiya said...

Immediately Bookmarked,i love coconut flavor and it's very tempting.

Priya Suresh said...

Wow, can imagine the flavor of this pancakes, that too with my favourite ingredients: coconut and banana, loving it.

Pavani N said...

Very interesting way of cooking pancakes. Your Malaysian banana pancakes look delicious.

Harini-Jaya R said...

They look very tempting, Suma. I am sure the banana-coconut combo is an irresistible one. I agree that the banana leaf version would lend the authentic flavor to these already yummy pancakes.

sneha datar said...

Delicious and filling pancakes, love the coconut flavor.

Chef Mireille said...

cooked in the banana leaves, flavor must be awesome