Scallion & Radish Pancakes

by Kiran on May 28, 2013 · 82 comments

in Chinese, Pancakes, Vegan

Sometimes, all I want to do is just kick up my feet, enjoy a cup of masala chai and watch reruns of FRIENDS.

All day long.

It might sound “over the top”, but can you imagine if someone magically appears and works on your daily to-do lists and chores?

My heart did a little flip just at the mere thought of this 😉

Scallion & Radish Pancakes |

OK fine, admittedly I should thank my lucky stars for the devoted services of my humble dishwasher, but just the idea of loading and unloading…

well… it’s so loathing.

Scallion & Radish Pancakes |

Who hates chores, raise your hands?


I just don’t like the idea of doing the same chore twice. It’s so time consuming and I’d rather use the time to do recipe testing. Which is how this recipe came about in the first place. My aunt makes the best scallion pancakes and this is a spiced version of that recipe, jazzed up with some springy radishes and five spice powder.

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Inspired by my aunt’s Chinese scallion pancake recipe.


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1.5 cup scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 whole radishes, grated
  • 1 heaping tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of Chinese five spice powder
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • some almond/vegetable oil & flour to use during prep


  1. In a large non-reactive bowl, add all purpose, whole wheat flour, scallions, radishes, salt & five spice powder. Mix to combine.
  2. Drizzle in some warm water. Knead until it combines into a semi-soft dough. Make sure the dough is not too dry or too soft. Cover the dough with a slightly damp kitchen towel and keep it aside to rest for a few minutes.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium.
  4. Divide dough into small equal portions, roughly the size of a ping pong ball. Roll between palms and apply gentle pressure till the dough balls are smoothly rounded. Make as many to keep ready before rolling out.
  5. Flour surface and rolling pin.
  6. Flour the dough ball and roll into 6 inch circles or as thin as possible without tearing. If the dough begins sticking on surface and rolling pin, lightly dust with some whole wheat flour on both sides.
  7. Place rolled out pancakes on hot skillet for a few seconds before flipping over. At this point, some brown spots would begin appearing. Brush on some almond oil and flip it over again. Repeat with smearing some almond oil onto the other side. Using a spatula, lightly apply pressure to the puffed areas all around.
  8. Flip again and lightly apply pressure making sure rolled out pancakes are golden brown and lightly crisped on both sides.
  9. Serve on room temperature with some soy sauce or any oriental dipping sauce.


Scallion & Radish Pancakes |

On the flip side, we had a friend over for lunch today to a table-full of Indian feasts. He’s vegan and we feasts on chickpeas & edamame coconut curryoven crisped bitter gourdmushroom in spiced cashew cream saucevegan spiced eggplant, salad, steamed rice and chapati.

Phew! That was a lot of fun cooking. But I can’t say the same about the photos from this archived recipes — which were too difficult to look at.

Really 😀

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Just the thought of dealing with a kitchen sink filled with piled-high dishes makes me want to succumb to my day dreaming, all day long.

Time to wake up 🙂

What do you hate the most from your household chores?


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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 28, 2013 at 8:13 PM

These pancakes look so tasty, wish I was snacking on them now!

As for chores, I don’t mind washing dishes but I don’t enjoy drying or putting them away…
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2 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Laura — me too! I hate doing dishes multiple times 😀


3 ashley - baker by nature May 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Hand raised! We don’t even have a dishwasher…!!! So chores are the pits! However I’m loving the look of these lovely little pancakes!


4 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Ashley — i can’t complain about dishwasher now, can i? 😉


5 Sowmya May 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Healthy recipe !! Wish I could have a bite of it.. Its yummy !! love ur photography !

Coming to the chores, Emptying the dishwasher is what I hate the most 😛 …


6 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Sowmya — thanks my dear.

And I’m glad my complain about emptying the dishwasher is in agreement of many 🙂


7 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) May 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I am with you – the dishwasher is my nemesis! It is always full or needs to be emptied. Those look so good!


8 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Alyssa — ha, the problems we face 😀


9 Simi May 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Your pictures are like a story, so gorgeous !! I love your blog
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10 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Simi — thank you so so much, sweet friend 🙂 xo


11 Amy Tong May 29, 2013 at 12:26 AM

These are so pretty. There’s a Chinese green onion pancakes (very similar to these) that I always make. But the Chinese version doesn’t have radish in them. I’ve gotta try these out as I think the radishes will add some nice texture and flavors to the pancakes. 🙂 And yes, I hate chores…and I hate washing dishes the most (and I don’t like using a dishwasher for some reasons). Unfortunately, my sink is usually full after a recipe testing (which I enjoy so much). How ironic! hahaha….
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12 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Amy Tong — you enjoy a sink full with dishes?! Come and stay with me 😀


13 Rosa May 29, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Delicious looking savory pancakes! A lovely recipe.




14 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Rosa — thank you, my sweet friend 🙂


15 Lail | With A Spin May 29, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Can you see my hands are raised?

Lovely pancakes.
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16 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Lail — lol, yes i can 😀


17 Sissi May 29, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Another delicious, unusual dish I have never seen before! Every time I visit your blog, I have my eyes wide open!
I hate every single home chore… apart from cooking (which, I cannot believe, but is considered by many people as a chore!).
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18 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Sissi — cooking is a chore? who even dare saying it? 😀


19 Monica May 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I love scallion pancakes and this sounds like a great spin-off and very creative at that. Chores are a bore, I agree…I try not to think about it too much and then it doesn’t seem so bad.
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20 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Monica — chores are something I don’t even think about. But while doing it, definitely gets on my nerves 😉


21 Recipe Treasure May 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

It looks delicious! Good recipe! BTW, I love your blog site!
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22 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 8:15 PM

RecipeTreasure — thank you so so much!


23 Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet May 29, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I very often in the late late evening when kids are sleeping kick my feet up and watch Friends! We have pancakes at least once a week, this is a great new version for me!!
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24 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Nancy — aaahh, so glad we have something in common apart from food related stuff 😉


25 dixya| food, pleasure, and health May 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I feel the same way about unloading the dishwasher and folding laundry..these pancakes looks like aloo-parathas with spring inspired veggies. I could take 3 or 5 of these, tear them apart, dip in chutney and forget that rest of the world exists for little bit 😛
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26 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Dixya — haha, i love your thoughts on savoring bites 🙂


27 pavithra May 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM

This is my fav combo Kiran.. Wish to have anytime and also many time of the day. Hey u know I have similar props with me too 🙂 The cooling grill, plate etc. Love them. Asusual pictures looks great.


28 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Pavithra — thank you so much! the cooling grill is actually a vintage potato grater. But i’d rather use it as a cooling rack 🙂


29 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker May 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Oh these reminds me of the Chinese green onion pancake –oh yum! They’re gorgeous and I just want to sink my teeth into these. 🙂 Great post Kiran!
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30 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Anne — thank you so much! and yes, these are definitely a reminisce of green onion pancakes 🙂


31 Kankana May 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I hate doing laundry the MOST! But watching FRIENDS back to back, yeah that cures everything for me. Didn’t know you are a fan too 🙂
The scallion radish pancakes sounds fantastic, great for a lazy weekend breakfast!


32 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Kankana — I read somewhere that there will soon be a FRIENDS reunion. A movie perhaps. So exciting 😀


33 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ May 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

I’m away from home and I can’t cook in the hotel. Visiting your blog makes me realize how much I miss cooking! This pancakes looks so palatable. Once I made a Chinese radish cake, 99% radish.. they tasted pretty good. I’m now ready to add more radish in my recipes!
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34 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Daniela — oh my dear, you always say the best things all the time! hope you get to be home soon to enjoy what you love doing the most 🙂


35 Shree May 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Chores ! Ya esp UNLOADING the dishwasher ! how true! But I must say dishwasher is indeed a life saver ! Idon mind loading it, but unloading ! 😉 Great pics as usual !
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36 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Shree — lol, seems like we all despise unloading dishes 😉


37 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 29, 2013 at 5:37 PM

I love a savory pancake, and yours look so perfect, Kiran! Thank you for sharing your adaptation of your aunt’s lovely recipe. As for chores… consider me nowhere to be found when it comes to vacuuming! We do it so often that I’ve come to hate it!
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38 Kiran June 3, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Georgia — thank god the hubby willingly helps me with the vacuuming. There’s only so much I can tolerate in the “chore” department 😉


39 john@kitchenriffs May 29, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Dishwashers and I don’t get along. But I wouldn’t want to be without one. Anyway, nice, easy recipe with tons of flavor. These look terrific! Thanks so much.
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40 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM

John — i wouldn’t want to be without one either 😉


41 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 29, 2013 at 7:42 PM

These look delicious!
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42 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Matt — thank you!!


43 Juliana May 29, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Yes, I love this pancakes, and you just reminded me that I have not made this for a while…Yours look awesome, beautifully done Kiran.
Hope you are having a great week my dear 🙂
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44 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Juliana — thanks so so much and I hope you are having a great week 🙂


45 Kitchen Belleicious May 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM

love the idea of savory pancakes. They could be eaten for breakfast or dinner and I for one could eat them all day!
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46 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Jessica — me too! 😉


47 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 30, 2013 at 4:38 AM

Raising my hand so very high, I can’t stand any of it but it drives my even crazier to see things dirty so I do it *sigh*.
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48 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Sylvie — there’s no escape, that’s for sure. sigh.


49 Hannah May 30, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Argh these look SO freaking delicious Kiran!

Funnily enough I don’t mind doing dishes and chores (and I’m currently dishwasher-less!) House rituals help me relax and detach from work stresses.

I know, I’m weird.
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50 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Hannah — dare i say, “yes, you are!”? 😀


51 easyfoodsmith May 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM

How I would love these for my breakfast tomorrow! 😀
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52 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 1:00 AM

EasyFoodSmith — and I hope you had some 🙂


53 CCU May 30, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Haha talk to my mum, she is exactly the same! Everytime the dishwasher fritzes, it is the end 😛
LOVE these savoury pancakes, they are flavoured beautifully!

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54 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 1:03 AM

CCU — lol, i feel her pain 😀


55 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Hehe I hope you get to make your dream come true! I think it sounds as if you need to take a bit of a break-with a plate of these pancakes and no dishes in the sink 🙂
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56 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Lorraine — if i do, it’ll not be only for me.. but for all of us too 😉


57 Simply Life May 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

haha, I do hate chores. We actually don’t have a dishwasher but I’m lucky enough to have a patient husband who does 99.9% of the dishes 🙂
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58 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Gina — lucky you 😉


59 lizzie - strayed from the table May 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

We have loads of radishes at the moment and this would definitely put one of them to a good use. I hate that household chores are repetitive, after you have washed up there is not far behind it another pile of dishes to do.
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60 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Lizzie — so true about annoying repetitive chores. sigh!


61 Richa May 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM

i agree. i would love if someone could just clean up and put everything back in its place after i am done:) and i’d rather keep cooking way and taking photos.
those pancakes look scrumptious!
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62 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Richa — we all can dream, right? 😀


63 Gemma @andgeesaid May 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Folding laundry makes me angry too!!! Hahaha
These scallion pancakes look wonderful! I love the contrast between the dark and light photos 🙂 Going to look at all the linked recipes now in my procrastination!

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64 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Gemma — lol, it’s so easy to get annoyed at all the chores we have to do. right? 😀


65 Nik May 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Such delicious pancakes! I hate chores too.
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66 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Nik — don’t we all 😉


67 Angie@Angie's Recipes May 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM

These pancakes look beyond delicious.
For me, ironing is such a chore!
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68 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Angie — i usually hang my laundry as soon as it’s out from the dryer (hot). that way, it won’t crease up too much and makes ironing a breeze!


69 Charul Ajmera May 31, 2013 at 4:43 AM

Folding laundry, really the last thing I would want to do, oh wait! actually make it I never want to do. Everything else I am okay with. Just okay! 😛

And, the recipe – have you tried using rice flour in this? I think it would go well.
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70 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Charul — can we just summarize that I loathe the idea of chores? It’s easier that way 😀

and nope, i’ve never used rice flour for this recipe. i’m intrigued to try it the next time. thanks for the tip!


71 Sanjeeta kk May 31, 2013 at 4:43 AM

Me too raising my hands…these pancakes reminds me of my Mooli ke Parathe. Nice combo.
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72 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Sanjeeta — it’s quite different than our usual mooli ka paratha. Mooli is spicier, whereas this tiny radishes are slightly sweet 🙂


73 Nusrat Azim May 31, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Looks like those dreamy, savory pancakes are straight from heaven 🙂 You have this amazing skill of transforming an ordinary ‘thing’ into something so special, so precious! You’re gifted, sweetheart 🙂
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74 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Nusrat — and you are way too kind with your sweet compliments! thank you so so much 🙂 xoxo


75 Irina @ wandercrush May 31, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Yesyesyes! This recipe makes me so happy. Scallion pancakes are one of my favourite childhood snacks, and I love the twist you added with beautiful radish.
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76 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Irina — i’m so glad this recipe brought a smile on your face 🙂


77 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings June 1, 2013 at 11:49 PM

I hate chores, too! Folding laundry and dusting is the worst for me! Loading and Unloading the dishwasher, I can tolerate! Hehe! Picture perfect pancakes, by the way! I love the addition of radishes!


78 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Jen — you can tolerate unloading the dishwasher?! I want you in my life 😀


79 Needful Things June 3, 2013 at 4:17 AM

I have some radish in the crisper and I was just going to throw it into a raita. This is *so* much better!
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80 Kiran June 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Needful — aww, thanks honey. radish raita is delicious too 🙂


81 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

I love Chinese savory pancakes! When we go to Taiwan, I usually get this for breakfast at a stall near my in-law’s house! YUM!
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82 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Nami — love that food creates so many wonderful memories 🙂


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