Simple Pancake / Madakku San / Mutta Kuzhalappam Recipe

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Simple Pancake

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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 3 -4
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1.5 cups Plain Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • Salt
  • Water
  • 2 cups Grated Coconut
  • 6 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 Cardamom (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp Ghee


  • Mix together plain flour, egg, milk, sugar, salt, water and make a thin batter. Heat a pan/thava and pour the batter and spread it. Cook for a few minutes & turn the side. Prepare pancakes like this with the remaining batter.
  • For the Filling
  • Heat ghee in a pan and add the coconut and crushed cardamom. Add the sugar & mix well. Cook the mixture till it becomes soft and juicy. Put the filling in the prepared pancakes and roll it. Serve hot with honey.
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25 thoughts on “Simple Pancake / Madakku San / Mutta Kuzhalappam Recipe”

  1. Dear Maria,

       thanx for this wonderful recipe.I have been looking out for this for ages.Just like how my mom used to make them when v were young.Thanks a ton,Maria.
    Jai A

  2. Hi Maria,
    The pancakes looks very simple to prepare. I usually just mix  coconut & sugar.What u have shown is a different method  & will be really yummy.
    I will write back to u after i prepare it.

  3. Hei maria!

    I remmeber these pancakes it takes me to my hostel days in engineering college.! I still remember the girls rushing to the Canteen to grab their LOVE LETTERS! thats what we used to call these pancakes..! wow


    • Hi Resmi,

      Good to know that this recipe brought you memories of good old days :) I’ve also heard the name love letters for this snack. May be because this snack has a sweet filling, just like the love letters with sweet words ;)


  4. Hey Maria,

    Will definitely try this. My mom used to make this all the time coz we used to love it. Guess, what we call it at home, MADAKSAN!! Hahaha…God knows what that even means!


    • Hi Donna,

      Its a fav tea time snack at my place too. I’ve heard some people calling this madakkusan, but as you said I’m also clueless why its called like that :)


  5. thanks maria posting all these is very helpful for people like me( new cooks).i wanted to ask u about the coconut mix.when i made it it became very hard not soft.any tips?? thanks again.
    (.i am from cochin too.currently in u.s.)

    • Hi Elsa

      You are welcome dear. I’m so glad that you find these recipes helpful :)

      About the coconut mix, it tends to become hard if you cook it for a long time. You can remove it from fire when the sugar starts melting. Hope this helps…


  6. Thanks, Maria for going thru my site. Yesterday, I tried “Sausage Packets”. My daughter loved it. It’s absolutely yummy!!

  7. Hi Shn

    Thanks for your sweet words. Yes am from cochin. Pancake is having different names i guess, one of my friends said they call it mottayappam at home. Please try out the recipes and let me know your comments. Btw i didnt get your name…

  8. nice recipes maria i tried ur pavakka theeyal nd came out well. pl have the recipe if vattayappam if u know

  9. Hi Maria, Came here thru Annita’s blog and I was so happy to see ur recipe collection, some of them are exactly the same as we prepare at home and made me wonder if u re from Cochin! Good luck with ur site. Btw, that was the beautiful presentation I have seen for this particular snack, we call it ‘mutta kuzhalappam” :)
    Take care

  10. Thanks Sene. Please try out the recipes and let me know your comments. Yes am a keralite. Btw i checked your website, its an Interesting site!!

  11. Great site!! wonderful recipes (of what I have seen)…..
    I make this at home regularly. Both my husband and my 4 yr old daughter love it. Are you a Keralite??

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