Is It a Pie? Is It a Pizza? It’s Super Pancake!

If you are tired of your regular pancakes, then a super pancake is just what you need. And I am not talking about any pancake recipe, but a Nepalese specialty that not only you, but your kids will love as well (it’s called super pancake, after all!).

The Chataamari Pancake


Nepal is famous for its cuisine, and these rice pancakes are no exception. The chataamari, also known as the Newari Pizza, can be eaten as it is, or served with meat and/or eggs on top. It is called a pizza for a reason, though, and it lies in the way this pancake is eaten and served – just like the American pizza. This rice crepe is a specialty of the Newars in Nepal, and it was traditionally served on special occasions and festivals. However, nowadays the cataamari grew in popularity and is not confined to Nepal only. It is now served as an appetizer, a snack or even as a main dish. But enough talking… let us see how can you prepare this rice pancake recipe in the convenience of your home.

Savory Rice Pancake Recipe


Before going to the pancake recipe itself, you should know that these pancakes are not topped after they’ve been cooked. Rather, the topping is added in the process of cooking. And now, before you give up, maybe you can find a recipe that is more down your alley among these easy to prepare pancake recipes. But, I would advise you not to surrender, these are pretty easy to master. I promise J.

Ingredients for the pancake:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/6 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for the topping:

  • 300 pounds of ground turkey
  • ¼ cup green peas
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon diced hot green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon diced tomato
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Salt (to taste)


Follow these instructions carefully, because, as I have already mentioned, these pancakes are not prepared like the pancake recipes we are familiar with. For one, there is no flipping and two, the topping is added while the pancake is being cooked.

Get a deep dish and add the rice flour and the salt and mix with just enough water to get a thing texture, but bear in mind it shouldn’t be watery. In a separate dish add the topping ingredients and mix well. Preheat a flat pan over medium high heat and add the oil. Pour the batter into the hot pan and spread it to be as thin as possible. Add the meat mixture (or the egg) and cook for 7-8 minutes with the lid on. Do not flip. If you decide to enhance the flavor by adding cheese, then the right way to go about it, is to add the cheese seconds before you are to get the pan off the heat.

Note: You can replace the turkey with pork or use 150 pounds of each. You can also add eggs if you want, or skip the meat and go for eggs only. For a sweet variant, prepare the pancake with ricotta cheese and powdered sugar. Yum!




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