Goan Coconut Pancakes – Alle Belle

15 Aug

If you follow my blog then by now you have seen a couple of recipes that sound familiar but have a very varied twist. I wish I could take the full credit for this but it is my heritage that I grew up with. So If you are a professional chef or a food expert then my recipes will not make a lot of sense but one thing I can guarantee is that it will taste great. I have a very sensitive tongue ( if I can use that noun) that can tell me if the food is salty, too sweet, under flavored or just right. I can not say overcooked, as most Indian food’s are overcooked πŸ™‚ One great benefit of overcooking is that all the food borne disease seem to disappear. The only time I had ever heard of e-coli was only after coming to the US.

In recent times there has been such a big hype of coconut products that I feel a sense of pride to be a Goan since coconut has been a staple in our food culture. Coconut as a fruit is used to make alcohol called Feni, vinegar, oil, in savory and sweet dishes. Coconut tree has many uses. It is used to make roofing, coconut shells are used for fire the fibers inside the shells are used to make kitchen scrubbers.


Everyone knows crepes but I can assure you that if you did not grow in the southern parts of Indian then the Goan Coconut Pancakes as they are called or Alle Belle ( It sure is not a Portuguese word but is more of a local nickname) stuffed with fresh grated coconut is a new one for you. To confuse you further πŸ˜‰ these are made for evening tea. And of all the crepes or pancakes I have eaten, this one is unique, simple and very delicious.


Goan Coconut Jaggery

The filling for the crepes is made with coconut jaggery. It’s almost a raw form of sugar that is available in Goa and is dark brown and triangular-shaped. The coconut jaggery is moist, sticky and grainy to the touch. Jaggery that is available in the rest parts of Indian is a light golden brown color and is available in most Indian store. The darker version that is close to the Goan Jaggery is foundΒ  in Sri Lankan stores or Indian Stores that sell Sri lankan products. I get mine imported from Goa πŸ™‚

There are many version of the Goan Crepes recipes that I have seen online. I have seen some use coconut milk, baking soda or baking powder but take it from a Goan it’s not that complicated. The crepe or pancake batter is made with just flour, egg, water and pinch of salt. It is a thin batter and all you need is a good non-stick pan and a cooking spray.


Ingredients for Goan Coconut Pancakes

Serving Size: 9 Crepes

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup of grated coconut
  • 5 pods of cardamom seeds pounded
  • 1/2 cup of jaggery that is shaved with the knife. (To make it more sweeter you can add 1/4 cup more)

Filling for Goan Crepes – Alle Belle

Crepe Batter Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 2 pinches of salt.

Crepes or Goan Pancake


  • Mix all the 4 ingredients till it is smooth. Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat.
  • Spray the pan with Pam spray. Spoon in 1/4 cup batter swirl it to make a round shape. Cook till the sides curls. Flip it over and cook for another 30 seconds. Take off heat.
  • Repeat the above step till all the batter is over.
  • Divide the filling in 9 equal parts and spoon it on one side and roll the crepe as below.

Put the coconut filling on one end of the pancake and roll the pancake to form a cylinder.

Enjoy it with a lovely Rose flavor Tea.


Alle Belle – Goan Coconut Pancake



38 Responses to “Goan Coconut Pancakes – Alle Belle”

  1. Aruna Panangipally August 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    What a simple yet delicious recipe! I have never used coconut jaggery but am sure I will find it in Mumbai. I love learning such traditional recipes and thank you for that.

    • Nandini August 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

      Thank you Aruna :-). You sure should be able to find it in Mumbai as there is a large Goan community.

  2. Melissa @ The Glen House August 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Great recipe, thank you for sharing xx

    • Nandini August 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

      Thanks Melissa πŸ™‚

  3. luckystaranise August 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    Hey, thanks for stopping by my site, you have great recipes here!

    • Nandini August 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

      Thank you! And your blog makes me hungry πŸ™‚

  4. deelightfullyveg August 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    An interesting read – got to know something new πŸ™‚

    • Nandini August 16, 2014 at 7:30 am #

      That is so good to know πŸ™‚ Thank You!

  5. Poppy@In Search of the Catfish CafΓ© August 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    These look wonderful, a real taste of Goa!

    • Nandini August 16, 2014 at 7:29 am #

      Thank You! Yes, indeed they are πŸ™‚

  6. Poem and Dish August 16, 2014 at 3:54 am #

    I love Indian food, and shop at Indian stores but I have never noticed this type of sugar, i ‘ll be keeping an eye on it. Recipe looks really good πŸ™‚

    • Nandini August 16, 2014 at 7:20 am #

      Thank You! They usually do…I hope you find it πŸ™‚

  7. geekkat August 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    looks delicious!!

  8. Chitra Jagadish August 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    This looks droolicious Nandini…never heard of coconut jaggery, will definitely look for it when I go for grocery shoping and try this…yum yum…

    • Nandini August 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

      Thanks Chitra πŸ™‚ It’s dark chocolaty brown almost black and is made from coconut. It has a real nice flavor and is not too sweet.

      • Chitra Jagadish August 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

        So sweet of you…haven’t looked for it in any stores till today but will definitely look for it this time …..thanx a bunch. …

  9. camparigirl August 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Simple, unusual and no doubt tasty. Thanks for another cooking inspiration.

    • Nandini August 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words πŸ™‚

  10. Madara Ranmuthugala August 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    We have the same in Sri Lanka and is quite a favorite here too! Wonderfully done post. I believe twists to old recipes make for some amazing food (which is why mine are never made to the original recipe), so keep changing! πŸ™‚

    • Nandini August 19, 2014 at 11:55 am #

      Wow! Its a small world and great to hear you have something similar in Sri Lanka Madara :-). I do know the Kale(I hope I spelled it right)Dodol is similar to what we Goan’s make.

      • Madara Ranmuthugala August 20, 2014 at 3:28 am #

        Kalu Dodol πŸ™‚
        I should try out some of the other Goan food you have mentioned. It is actually easier to find ingredients here for Indian food. I have such trouble with some European and American ones.

        • Nandini August 20, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

          Dang it! I knew I had spelled it wrong πŸ™‚ I hope you do give it a try there are some similarities in yours and our cuisines. Tc Madara.

  11. Traditionally Modern Food August 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    Coconut jaggery never heard about it. I can’t find it here..traditional dishes are always best:-)

    • Nandini August 19, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

      That is true Vidya, traditional recipes were simple and much healthier :-). I do think its a hard to find jaggery as it is made in Goa and may not be available everywhere.

  12. Marytg66 August 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Oh no! You just might get me to cook!

    • Nandini August 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

      That’s the plan … πŸ™‚

  13. dearley22 August 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    this looks delicious! i will have to try to make this

    • Nandini August 20, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      Thanks you! I hope you do give it a try πŸ™‚

  14. Antonio Caggiano August 21, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    Hello my friend! Hope all is well !

    • Nandini August 21, 2014 at 11:48 am #

      Yes it is….Hope all well with you.

  15. Neetha September 25, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    Looks delicious, my family loves dishes with coconut.. Will definitely try this one…

    • Nandini September 25, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

      Thank You Neetha so much. That is so awesome πŸ™‚

  16. wwwpalfitness September 25, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

    • Nandini September 25, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚


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