A Diwali breakfast of courgette and butternut squash savoury gram flour pancakes with a honey and mustard yoghurt dressing – recipes vegetarian

2 Nov

Start the day as you mean to go on.

A Diwali breakfast of courgette and butternut squash gram flour pancakes with a honey and mustard yoghurt dressing

So, I start my day as I mean to go on and a savoury Diwali breakfast is more important that the day before. The whole of the festive period is spent eating. Mithai (indian sweets) , fried samosa, sweet dumplings in a crispy flour case, or pakora or crunchy rice and lentil wheels. So then, it doesn’t make sense to have cereal or toast for breakfast, does it. Have something special and utterly full of flavour  and filling for breakfast on Diwali, of course it should be spicy.I started to think about things that I was grateful for. My good health, my loving family, I’m reasonably smart, I have talents. There were lots of good things that I had seen, experienced and achieved in my life and for that I was grateful. Now, when I wake up and I’m confused about my thoughts…I bring myself to the here and now and think of good things.

Now I’m not a huge fan of butternut squash. I’m not keen on very sweet vegetables. But in this dish it adds moisture and a little sweetness without it being overwhelming. Don’t worry if the pancakes feel very moist inside when to first bite them; that’s all part of the charm. They’re spicy, they’re fluffy, they are moist, deep and lasting. Go on…

If Diwali makes you happy, if talking, smiling, eating, being around loved ones makes you happy…the keep doing it.


For the pancakes

100g grated butternut squash
75g grated courgette
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
salt to taste
2 tsp baking powder
One green chilli, chopped finely
One small red onion, finely diced
100g gram flour
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
200ml water
3-4 tbsp oil for frying

For the dressing

1 tbsp sesame oil
5 curry leaves
One tsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp brown mustard seeds
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
250g whipped Greek yoghurt
1 tbsp honey
1 green chilli


1. To make the dressing, heat the oil in a non-stick pan and cook the curry leaves and mustard seeds for 1 min. Stir in the chilli, turmeric and ginger, then cook on a low heat for 2-3 mins. Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely. Stir the cooled spice mix into the whipped yogurt along with the honey, then chill until you are ready to serve the meal. Can be made a day ahead.
2. To make the pancakes, combine the courgette, butternut squash, ginger, garlic, chilli, salt and spices together with onion and mix well. Add the gram flour and mix thoroughly before adding the water and combine until the gram flour lumps are removed.
3. On a non stick pan, heat 1-2 tsp oil and add 1/3 cup per pancake and fry until golden brown and then flip it over and repeat.

Serve hot and fresh.

I am joining in with Credit Crunch Munch, hosted this month at Dinner With Crayons  thanks to Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food 4 All


25 Responses to “A Diwali breakfast of courgette and butternut squash savoury gram flour pancakes with a honey and mustard yoghurt dressing – recipes vegetarian”

  1. Selma's Table November 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Happy Diwali Deena! Pancakes sound delicious btw…

    • Deena Kakaya November 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

      Thank you Selma! Do you celebrate Diwali? Hope you are well and thank you so much…the pancakes are awesome, please try them x

      • Selma's Table November 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

        No, I don’t but I am very happy to eat all the delicious festive food!! Got back safe and sound and will let you know when I make these savoury pancakes x

        • Deena Kakaya November 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

          Glad to hear that you arrived home safe and well, rest up and I look forward to more gorgeous recipes from you xx

  2. Johnnysenough Hepburn November 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    Like you I’m not overly keen on sweet vegetables, but I’m enjoying squash and pumpkin right now. Which is just as well as I bought so many of them! Will have to buy in fennel seeds and gram flour, both of which can be bought fairly local, as I love the idea of these pancakes. And I’ve just recently bought a pan large enough to cook them in 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya November 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

      Hello, thanks for stopping by! Fennel seeds are optional but in my opinion , worth the extra effort. I’m so glad that you like the sound of these, I hope you like them! They’re really filling too…

  3. Camilla November 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    Ooh my these sound delicious. How many pancakes does it make? Can you cook more than one in the pan at a time?

    • Deena Kakaya November 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

      Hi Camilla, great to see you on here! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

      Great questions, thank you. I made two at a time and got about 5-6 pancakes. It should serve 2-3 people happily.

      I hope you really enjoy these gorgeously balanced and filling pancakes! X

  4. Ahila November 3, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Looks delicious! Hope you enjoyed your Diwali celebration!

    • Deena Kakaya November 3, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Thanks Ahila! This is a very good breakfast to start the day with or light meal, I hope you’ll try it. Thank you so much for the Diwali wishes, so you celebrate Diwali? If so, I wish you you a joyful festive period. X

      • Ahila November 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

        Yes, Deena, I do celebrate Diwali and did have a lovely day yesterday. Thank you for your wishes. I will try making this pancake as I enjoy making them besides it being my favourite weekend breakfast food.

        • Deena Kakaya November 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

          Oh it’s your favourite too? Wonderful to hear! I’m so glad to hear that your Diwali has been lovely, please me know how you find this recipe once you’ve tried it x

  5. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche November 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Oooh these look really tasty! And all the other Diwali foods you listed sound gorgeous too!

    • Deena Kakaya November 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

      Hi Becca, thank you so much! Great to see you on here 🙂 I hope you’ll try some of the Diwali recipes xx

  6. theanxiouscook November 3, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Ooooh, can I come round your place for breakfast? It’s usually plain scrambled egg in a pitta bread at Chez Anxious.

    These pancakes look lovely. Between this and the potato flatbread at Poppy’s Patisserie I’m not sure I have enough frying pans to cope. Have you tried swapping sweet-potato for butternut squash? I tend to do this when recipes call for squash – sweet-potato adds that same touch of sweetness, but tends to be cheaper and a bit more convenient, particularly if you’re cooking for one like me (I’m a utter hog, but an entire butternut squash is a *bit* beyond me).

    Oh, and have a very happy Diwali!

    • Deena Kakaya November 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

      Ha ha, please come round for breakfast, I love company… Especially from lovely, friendly food lovers!

      Yeah I think sweet potato would work really well! You are right, I’ve found if to be cheaper too. I think squash is more moist and binds easier but there is no reason why sweet potato wouldn’t work. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment and sharing a very helpful suggestion; I really appreciate it.

      Oh, you are very kind, thank you hugely for the Diwali wishes xxx

  7. Pooja V November 4, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    These looks fabulous.

    • Deena Kakaya November 4, 2013 at 10:04 am #

      Hello Pooja V, thanks so much for stopping by! They really are fabulous, my husband even asks for them on his birthday! Hope you’ll try them x

  8. Chef Mireille November 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    love these healthy pancakes and both squash and zucchini are two of my fave veggies

    • Deena Kakaya November 10, 2013 at 7:12 am #

      Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate it. I love these pancakes, so crisp yet moist on the inside and they are so packed with flavour. I hope you enjoy them. X

      • Mamta November 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

        Hi Deena
        I think I did something wrong as I made these the other day but the batter was too runny. So the pancakes weren’t round but more like maps of Africa as it spread into the pan as I placed it…..also the taste, perhaps I didn’t put enough squash in as the sweetness didn’t really come through. Flavour was good though! Thank you!

        • Deena Kakaya November 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

          Hi Mamta, great to hear from you!

          My pancakes weren’t perfectly round either, it’s hard to get them round when gram flour is runny. If you felt they were too wet, two reasons; too much water or baking powder?

          Squash is mildly sweet, so the pancakes aren’t sweet as such. I’m glad you liked them though! Xx

  9. Sarah, Maison Cupcake November 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    This looks and sounds marvellous. I always mean to do some gram flour pancakes, they call them socca on holiday in Nice and they’d remind me of holidays! Thanks for entering CCM!

    • Deena Kakaya November 14, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

      Hi Sarah, lovely to see a comment from you! I love these pancakes when they are really hot and fresh because the insides are so moist but they’re still crispy on the outside. I love getting bites of veg too! They’re so easy to make too. I’m so glad that this recipe evokes positive holiday memories for you…I love Socca!

      I hope you’ll try this one out xx


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