Moringa Green Onion Pancakes

Chinese green onion (scallion) pancakes are one of our favorite things to eat and it’s really simple to make! Adding moringa leaves to this recipe gives it a nutrient boost and also adds a fuller deeper flavor. If you’ve never heard of this special ingredient, learn more about moringa here.

Carlienne’s Moringa Green Onion Pancakes

Materials

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Chopsticks for mixing
  • Spoon or pastry brush
  • Rolling pin
  • Non-stick pan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting work surface
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Up to 1/4 cup toasted sesame seed oil (or regular oil)
  • Additional vegetable oil for cooking
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup finely chopped moringa leaves
  • Salt

Guide

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour and boiling water. Start with half the water and mix with trusty chopsticks and add remaining water gradually as dough comes together.
    • Pro Tip: You want enough water and flour for it to come together without being too sticky or too dry, so add water slowly and add more if needed.
  2. Transfer to a floured work area and knead until smooth.
  3. Place dough back to the bowl and let it rest for at least 30 minutes or even overnight.
  4. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and shape into small balls.
  5. Flatten the ball with your hand and roll out to about 8-9 inches.
  6. With a spoon or pastry brush spread some sesame (or vegetable) oil then roll it up like a log or cigar.
  7. Take one end of the log and twist the roll into a swirl, like a cinnamon bun, and pinch the end to connect or tuck underneath.
  8. Flatten and roll out to about 8-9 inches and brush/spread oil again.
  9. Sprinkle some salt, green onions, and moringa leaves.
  10. Again, roll it up like a log and then twist like a cinnamon bun, flatten to 8-9 inches and cover a piece of plastic while you form the rest of the pancakes.
    • Pro Tip: If it’s your first time making these pancakes, finish making one pancake and cook it as your tester before you make the rest of the pancakes. This will tell you if you need more salt or something.
    • Pro Tip: You can make these ahead of time and just keep it wrapped in the plastic until you are ready to cook. You can even make a big batch and freeze it so you have moringa green onion pancakes on demand!
  11. In a non-stick pan on medium-high heat, add some oil and then fry the pancake until a nice golden brown color has formed on the bottom.
  12. Flip it over and cook until golden brown also. Set aside and cook remaining pancakes.

Try it with:

A dipping sauce, like a soy sauce and vinegar mix or something sesame oil based. Have moringa green onion pancakes as a snack with Moringa leaf tea.

Slice green onions thinly
Slice green onions thinly
Chop moringa leaves finely
Chop moringa leaves finely
Formed dough ready for resting
Formed dough ready for resting
Divide dough after resting
Divide dough after resting
Form dough pieces into balls
Form dough pieces into balls
Roll out ball into a 8-9 inch circle
Roll out ball into a 8-9 inch circle
Brush with a thin layer of oil
Brush with a thin layer of oil
Roll dough into a log
Roll dough into a log
Twist log into swirl (like a cinnabun)
Twist log into swirl (like a cinnabun)
Flatten and roll out again
Flatten and roll out again
Sprinkle salt, green onion, and moringa
Sprinkle salt, green onion, and moringa
Roll up again in a log
Roll up again in a log
Twirl into a cinnabun swirl again
Twirl into a cinnabun swirl again
Roll out into the final pancake shape
Roll out into the final pancake shape
Final pancake shape (raw form)
Final pancake shape (raw form)
Pan fry on med-high heat
Pan fry on med-high heat
Fry until golden brown on both sides
Fry until golden brown on both sides
Cut pancakes, serve, and enjoy
Cut pancakes, serve, and enjoy
Green onion and moringa flecks in the pancake
Detail: Green onion and moringa flecks in the pancake
Detail: Crispy exterior with extra layers inside
Detail: Crispy exterior with extra layers inside

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