Breakfast, International Cuisine, Pancakes

Gluten Free Choco Chip Pancakes with a #DesiTwist | Vegan too !

Choco Chip Pancakes- every kid’s dream ! Gooey, sticky, fluffy, chocolatey – perhaps nothing can come close to heaven for a chocoholic. However, my family prefers hot, savoury stuff for breakfast, but an occasional pancake is surely a welcome indulgence. 

So, this pancake is with a twist. It’s:

– gluten free

– Instant

– Vegan*

– Easy to make 

– Chocolicious

– Versatile 

– Healthy and Filling

– Eggless, 

– and most of all made with a secret ingredient

Read on to find out what secret Ingredient went into making these yummy, droolicious pancakes that were devoured !! Even the non-chocoolic in me (don’t judge :p) wanted to have a bite of this sinful delight ! 


This week at FoodieMondayBloghop, we have #DesiTwist as a theme (that I suggested),  and we present Indian Ingredients / Indian Dishes with a Firangi Twist. 

Other healthy Desi Twist dishes that may interest you on the blog:

Jowari Bhakri Pizza Bites

Oats Ragda Chaat

Tacos Bhel

Pasta Pakora

Idli Manchurian

Baked Idli

Cabbage Dhokla

Baked Upma

Idli Chilly / Idly 65

Baked Onion Pakoda

and many more..


Prep time – 10 mins | Cook time – 3~4 mins per pancake | Makes – 6 pancakes

What you need:

  • Homemade Idli Batter (yup – the secret ingredient) – 1.5 cups
  • Dutch Processed Cocoa powder – 1 heaped tsp
  • Ragi / Fingermillet flour – 2 tsp
  • Vegan Choco Chips – 2 handfuls (or as chocolatey as you want :p)
  • Baking Soda – 1/8 tsp
  • Vanilla Extract – 1/2 tsp
  • Olive oil – for drizzling around the pancakes (approx 1/4 ~1/2 tsp / pancake)



Chocolate sauce

Sliced fruits, as needed ( I used bananas)

More choco chips :p

Honey* (Can skip for vegan version or use maple syrup instead)



How to:

To the prepared idli batter, add cocoa powder and whisk well. Add a tsp or two of water to get to the required consistency.

Add the vanilla extract, baking soda and fold gently. Let the batter stand for 5 mins.

Pour a ladleful of the batter onto a heated tava / skillet. drizzle oil around the pancakes like a dosa.  

Cook on one or both the sides .

Serve immediately with the toppings as mentioned above or even add whipped cream 🙂

Enjoy the indulgence !





  1. Oooh! What an idea to make Choco chip pancakes using idli batter! Just how gorgeous do they look – I'd love to dig into this platter. 🙂

  2. What a brilliant idea of using idli batter for pancakes.these look so tempting and delicious..I am going to make these for my kids..

  3. Poonam Bachhav

    Making pancakes from leftover idlis batter is so innovative ! The platter looks very inviting , especially the kids won't be able to resist it.

  4. Kalyani this is awesome. I now know how to feed idlis to my girls they both refuse to eat them. Pancakes are their favourite. Thanks.

  5. Mayuri Patel

    A sweet uttapam wow kalyani, kya idea hai sirji! Making it chocolatey is a double bonus.Next time I know what to do with some left over idli batter.

  6. Chocolaty pancakes looks delish. I can imagine the heavenly taste. Loved the idea of using idli batter for a sweet chocolaty yummy pancake.

  7. preethi'scuisine

    These chocolate pancakes looks delicious. They are always welcome at my place .Using idli batter sounds awesome. Fab share Kalyani.

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