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Sri Lankan Coconut Pancakes

These gluten-free Sri Lankan Coconut Pancakes are almost like a thicker crepe and are flavored with a hint of almond, vanilla and turmeric – and guess what – they would be perfect for your Saturday morning brunch!

Thanks to my parents, my young insides were not introduced to a burger or fries – even on busy nights! To be perfectly fair, burgers and fries were not traditional Sri Lankan eats 🙂 . The Sri Lankan eats my sister and I devoured happily when we were young, were actually veggie and spice heavy. Back then my mom would feed us homemade kiribath, or mung bean and coconut “salad,” or string hoppers, or a smorgasbord of veggie curries. However, from all the day-to-day Sri Lankan eats my mom made, my all time favorite were her coconut pancakes with a coconut and jaggery filling.


Jaggery is an unrefined and non-distilled sugar that is made from the sap of sucrose rich plants such as sugar cane and/or date palm trees. I first mentioned it here when I posted the recipe for my version of Sri Lankan Watalappan.

Cook till little "crackles" appear - then flip it for perfectly golden pancakes
                                              Cook till little “crackles” appear – then flip it for perfectly golden pancakes
Coconut Pancakes No Baking Powder No Gluten

My mom would make delicate, turmeric spiced pancakes without any baking powder and she would stuff them with this almost un-earthly, soft and scrumptious, coconut, jaggery, cardamom and vanilla filling. My dad and I shared a wicked sweet tooth so we would compete to see who would end up with the last decadent pancake, but, my mom would always act as referee and get us to both slow down – with the race ending when my sister would appear from nowhere and grab that last pancake!

Coconut Pancakes With Toasted Coconut Jaggery Topping @RunninSrilankan

Today, I have my version of my mom’s baking powder free, Coconut Pancakes – but mine comes with a roasted Coconut and Jaggery topping and Coconut Whipped Cream. While my mom’s pancakes were thinner (like a crepe) – mine are a tad bit thicker – like a thicker crepe. Like her’s, my pancakes are also flavored with turmeric.; but, I also added a bit of almond and vanilla extract to mine. While, my mom’s traditional coconut and jaggery mix was soft – I toasted mine – to make it crunchy and offset the whipped cream topping.

Coconut pancakes

While my mom’s stuffed pancakes were rolled and easy to engage in a pancake eating contest – my version isn’t quite so easy to do so with. But, mine are perfect for lounging around and lazily filling up on on a weekend morning!

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asha Shiv

Sunday 4th of October 2015

I am sure these tastes bombdiggity good. I've heard of something like this, nice to see it here. The turmeric is such a good addiction. They are really something I would love on a weekend. yummy.

Honey What's Cooking

Wednesday 30th of September 2015

Your recipes are mouthwatering and insane! I really need to try them, I still have that dark chocolate dreams cast-iron one bookmarked. these pancakes look heavenly, love Sri Lankan food, we need more restaurants like that.

Sarah @ makingthymeforhealth

Monday 28th of September 2015

You were lucky to be fed so well as a child! These crepes are beautiful and I love that they're made with tumeric. It's such a healthy ingredient that's hard to find in your typical "American" foods.

Traditionally Modern Food

Monday 28th of September 2015

Coconut flavor does magic in any dish these pancakes are one perfect example..looks pgreat