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Spicy Kale Pancake

kale pancake

The blog is neglected, the house is neglected, the garden is neglected, but the kale keeps giving. Wonderfully prolific, resilient and long lived, my current favourite vegetable.

The Cavalo Nero I am harvesting now is last years. It survived through the summer – the cabbage moths attacked and most of the leaves along with the grubs went to the chooks – but it just kept producing more. It came into winter with plants a metre tall. It survived months with almost no rain. Our tanks got down to the minimum we save for firefighting with the prospect of an el Nino summer ahead and the leaves got a bit tough for salads or stir fries or chips but still fine for soups and stews.  The bower birds got hungry and got in and stripped the plants. Then last week we got some rain and the tender new leaves came on.

We’ve been eating it in some form or another several times a week – in soups and stews, in pakora and pesto, in kale rolls and lasagna, in stir fries and tempura, in saag and fu yung.  Half a dozen plants and several bunches of super vitamin packed greens every week for years.

These spicy kale pancakes are my current favourite breakfast.

The Recipe

Makes two  pancakes.

Mix together

  • half a cup of  wholemeal flour 
  • one egg
  • a desertspoon of fresh ginger grated
  • a desertspoon of fresh turmeric grated
  • a pinch of chili powder (more or less depending on how hot your chili is and how spicy your taste)
  • a teaspoon each of coriander and cummin powder (or substitute fresh coriander)
  • a pinch of cardamom powder
  • pinch salt


  • a cup of shredded kale – leaves stripped off the central stem and chopped roughly but fairly fine,
  • a spring onion chopped fine, and
  • enough water to make a pancake-style batter.

Fry in oil in a heavy frypan, hot but not full-bore, for a couple of minutes on each side till golden.  Serve topped with cucumber raita and chutney, or you could go for plain yoghurt and (it sounds odd but it works) lime or cumquat marmalade.

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Fiona August 22, 2014, 5:29 pm

    This sounds so delicious Linda! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I pulled out my ancient kale at the end of summer and now the new ones are just starting to get big enough to harvest. I do love kale, and a new kale recipe is a treasure!

  • Rose August 22, 2014, 6:04 pm

    Thank you Linda. I got some lovely young kale at the produce market, I’ll make this for tea on Sunday.

  • Sara August 23, 2014, 9:30 am

    Don’t you just love kale? It sounds just like my garden, and we have been similarly dry (and frosted), and blessed with rain this past week too, thank goodness! I wonder where you live? Those pancakes look divine xo

  • Linda August 23, 2014, 10:19 am

    Hi Sara, synchronicity – I’ve been reading about introverts too! I live in northern NSW. It’s been so dry, and today our front tank is overflowing and the rain still falling – bliss for my garden. Wood fire burning, a bag of cumquats to try cumquat chutney with, and despite the fact that I have way too much of this weekend committed, it’s a good day.

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