Blinis: Eggless Buckwheat Pancakes for Ekadasi (can be vegan)

Shown here with stewed apple filling...

...Drizzle with date syrup...

...fold over and tuck in!
I had been meaning tmake these for a few weeks, but somehow the time didn't seem right; then, on Sunday 1.4.12, which was Sri Ram Navami (the birthday of Lord Rama), I needed to make breakfast for my husband, who was getting up early to drive somewhere. It being a day when we observe Ekadasi fasting, these pancakes were ideal.
This recipe makes enough for at least 8 full-sized pancakes, depending on how thin you make them. (I made mine in various thicknesses.)
400g buckwheat flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (not baking soda/ baking powder)
600ml plant milk (nut, if you are observing ekadasi)
200ml water to thin the batter
oil for frying
  • Beat the first three ingredients together with a balloon whisk until the batter is smooth.
  • Add the water gradually- you may need slightly more or less than the given amount depending on your brand of flour.
  • Heat enough oil in a non-stick frying pan to cover the base.
  • Pour in 1-2 tabs of the batter, tilting the pan so that it covers the base evenly.
  • Fry until the top is "set".
  • Carefully flip over (they are delicate!) and fry for a couple more minutes, just to brown the other side.
  • Add more oil for the next pancake(s) if you need to.
  • I served mine with some stewed apple and date syrup inside. Yum!
Note: If you want to make this vegan, then use soya, oat or rice milk instead of dairy milk, but remember that soya milk counts as a grain and is not suitable for use on Ekadasi days. If you need it to be vegan for Ekadasi, try almond milk or water.


  1. Definitely yummy for tummy,n healthy 2..

  2. Mmm, how tasty! The filling looks delicious too :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

    1. Often simple is best; stewed apple with a little date syrup, that's all :) Thanks for commenting.

  3. Thank you so much for this - its a breakfast life-saver for my daughter being unable to eat any bread/pancake type of thing but buckwheat, its the second recipe i tried, the first from elsewhere stuck so badly i ended up with a wormy mess so i was delighted when these firmed up, flipped beautifully and taste great!
    So many buckwheat pancake recipes on the internet are full of extra ( and problematic) ingredients that I can't believe these are so simple and so delicious, am so very grateful to you for sharing.


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