- Cooking Time: 5 to 10 min.
- Servings: 8
- Preparation Time: 5 min.
BackstoryHere's a spicy, vegetarian, help-yourself dish that's ideal for hungry teenagers
- 8 pancakes (see recipe link below)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion , chopped
- 1 small cauliflower , cut into small florets
- 410g can chickpeas , drained and rinsed
- 400g jar arrabbiata tomato sauce (we used Loyd Grossman)
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
- 150g tub low-fat natural yogurt
- 50g baby spinach leaves
- 100g plain flour
- 1 large egg
- 300ml milk
- oil or melted butter, for frying
- Heat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C. Wrap the pancakes in foil and warm them through in the oven for 10 minutes. Alternatively, wrap in cling film and reheat in the microwave on Medium (750W) for 2-3 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and fry for 5 minutes until softened. Tip in the cauliflower florets and fry briefly until they take on a little colour. Splash in 5 tbsp water, cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes until the cauliflower is just tender.
- Stir the chickpeas into the pan with the arrabbiata sauce and bring to the boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the coriander and remove from the heat.
- Transfer the sauce to a serving bowl and put on the table with the warm pancakes, yogurt and spinach leaves. Let everyone put a few spinach leaves in the centre of each pancake, spoon the filling over and top with a little yogurt. The sides can then be folded into the middle and the pancakes eaten with a knife and fork.
- Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre with the back of a spoon then break in the egg and pour in half the milk. Whisk together, gradually incorporating the flour to make a smooth thick batter. Beat thoroughly to remove any lumps, then stir in the rest of the milk.
- Heat a little oil or butter in a medium frying pan, then tip off the excess into a bowl. Pour about 2 tablespoons of batter into the pan, tilting the pan as you pour, until the batter thinly coats the base. Cook over a moderate heat for 30 seconds to one minute until golden brown on the underside.
- Flip over the pancake with a palette knife, and cook the other side until it is golden brown. Slide the pancake out of the pan on to a plate, heat a little more oil or butter and cook the remaining pancakes one at a time in the same way.
- If preparing in advance, cook and stack the pancakes. Reheat in the microwave on Medium (750W) for about 2 minutes. Alternatively, heat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C. Wrap the pancakes in foil and warm them through in the oven for 10 minutes.