Today when I woke up, I was wondering what healthy breakfast should I prepare for Devansh. I felt like trying something new and yet simple. That’s when I remembered these whole wheat pancakes my mom’s been making since I was a kid. We Maharashtrians call them “Godachi dhirdi”. Preparation time is less than 5 minutes and cooking time is 5-10 minutes max. What more can you ask for on a lazy weekend? These pancakes are made of whole wheat flour and sooji, so they are super healthy for babies, toddlers, and kids alike.
If you are feeding these pancakes to babies, you can make small pieces of the pancakes and soak them in warm milk for a couple of minutes to make them soft. Devansh preferred eating the pancakes with some melted ghee instead of milk. I wanted him to have some milk too, so I tried adding some jaggery in the milk. Jaggery worked, he liked the pancakes with the sweetened milk than plain milk.
Hope your kids like the pancakes. If they’re older kids, you can lure them by calling them “pancakes” instead of “dhirdi”. If you make very thin, dosa-like pancakes and you can call them “crêpes”. Even at young age we’re such suckers for all things “phoren” aren’t we. 😉
P.S. These days (at 5 years of age) Devansh likes to have his pancakes with honey, so added those pics too. 🙂
- 3/4th cup whole wheat flour (chapati atta)
- 1/4th cup sooji (semolina)
- Approx. 1 tbsp jaggery
- Pinch of nutmeg powder (optional)
- 1-2 tsp homemade ghee (clarified butter)
- Approx. half cup milk
- Salt to taste
- Take some water in a bowl and dissolve jaggery in it. (Optionally you can use powdered organic jaggery.)
- Mix whole wheat flour, sooji, nutmeg powder, and salt in another bowl.
- Add dissolved jaggery, and then go on adding some milk till you get a batter of desired consistency. (The batter should have dosa batter-like consistency.)
- Whisk well to ensure no lumps remain in the batter.
- Heat a non-stick tava pan (flat skillet pan), add 1 tsp ghee and spread it on tava evenly.
- Pour the batter in the center of the pan and then spread it evenly to form a small pancake.
- After a couple of minutes when one side is properly cooked, flip the pancakes to cook the other side. (Initially cook the pancakes on medium flame, later on you can lower the heat.)
- Serve the pancakes hot/warm with some ghee added on top. You can also serve them with some milk.
- You can make different shaped pancakes by using steel cookie cutters. You can make heart-shaped pancakes for Valentine's Day breakfast. Grease the cutters with oil or ghee, and then keep them on the pan and pour the batter in them to get the desired shape.
- You can serve the pancakes by adding some honey on top. In which case, don't add jaggery in the batter.