Running the Kitchen – Day 2 (Zucchini Corn Pancakes!)

So with mom gone for Umrah to Saudi Arabia, Dad expecting dinner ready at aftaar time, my brother hungry after a hard day at work, and a bunch of friends coming over, I had little time to relax and even less time to cook! I needed something simple, easy, and delicious. It had to filling enough to be the main course, and ‘cool’ enough so that my friends would attempt eating it. Here’s what I came up with.

Okay so this recipe makes about 15-20 pancakes, if you make them about 4-inches wide. If you want humongous pancakes, that’s up to you, but you will have to double the recipe.

Ingredients:

4 large eggs, well beaten
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
3 cups grated zucchini (one large zucchini, usually)
1 cup sweet corn (my favorite is the one from Malee)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Directions:

1) Get a bowl. Make sure it’s clean. Combine the eggs, oil, salt, pepper and dried herbs, and whisk. That means, take a fork and make circular motions in the mixture until your arm goes numb, or use one of those amazing blender machine thingies.

2) Add the zucchini, corn, and cheddar and flour, and a huge spoon and start mixing like there’s no tomorrow. The goal here is make it all one big gloopy mix, with no dry pockets of flour hiding here or there. If you’re lazy like me, you’ll just use the spinny blender thing again.

3) Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle to medium heat, adding a very small amount of oil to it. In desi language, this means a tawa with a little ghee. Using a scoop-type spoon, or an ince-cream scooper (I used a little measuring cup), or anything that can “scoop”, start taking some batter and pouring it onto the skillet. Like I said earlier, pour in quantities that make about a 4-inch wide pancake. You can flatten it out with the back of a spoon if it looks too round-ish.

4) Cook on each side about 3-4 minutes, until its nice and light brownish, and remove from the skillet. Serve warm, with whatever topping you’d like.

You can add meat to this recipe if you’d like, but it would have to be pre-cooked.

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