Fluffy Pancakes With Instant Homemade Buttermilk Recipe

8 Apr

The title of my post may baffle you, but you read it right. Cheat or instant buttermilk is for people like me who use it only for pancakes even though it is consumed a lot by Indians but in a Goan diet not so much. So the question arises, what do you do with the rest when you buy a carton? Any suggestions are welcomed in the comment sections. Β I have to credit another good friend of ours Julio, who loves to cook and share his discoveries and new finds every time we meet.


For the longest time I would get the Eggo frozen pancakes for my kids. My husband has been pushing me to a more homemade less preservatives, non-hormones induced foods. I must admit it is a lot more work and I am not always on for the ride as some days you just have to derail cause life is too hectic. After my first attempts of flat pancakes because I was too scared to use baking soda after earlier failed bitter attempts of cake making. But after a visit by our friends Julio and his family, my husband made them for breakfast based on his recipe I was totally impressed. I decided to give it a try this time using baking soda and found it is THE ingredient along with the acidity in butter milk that makes the pancakes fluffy. Mess around with these two and you are guaranteed a flat one….get the pun πŸ™‚

For School days I make them before hand and keep them in the refrigerator or freezer for my kids. When you are ready to eat just cover with paper towel and microwave for 15-25 seconds depending on the size of pancakes.

Serving Size:Β 15 pancakes 4″ round


Making Instant buttermilk:

1 Cup warm milk

1 tsp vinegar

Mix together and let stand 5-10 minutes before using to make the batter.


2 cups plain flour / whole wheat

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda ( do not skip)

3-6 tbsp of sugar (based on preference)

3 eggs

3 tbsp of melted butter

1 cup homemade butter milk

1/8th tsp salt

2 tsp of vanilla


Mix the dry ingredients together first keep aside.

Next whisk all the wet ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients and mix well till no clumps.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand for 20 minutes.

On a non-stick pan pour a little batter wait till the edges bubble, flip carefully and let cook for another 30 to 50 seconds.

Enjoy it with whipped cream and fresh fruits or maple syrup and butter.



90 Responses to “Fluffy Pancakes With Instant Homemade Buttermilk Recipe”

  1. Mr. Militant Negro April 8, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroβ„’.

  2. cynthiamvoss April 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

    Pancakes, yum! I make them every Sunday! I do the same as you, put vinegar (or lemon juice) in milk and let sit while I get everything else ready. If I do buy a carton of buttermilk, it’s usually because I’m planning to make buttermilk biscuits later in the week. But I think “instant buttermilk” works just as well in pancakes. If you ever want to try this whole wheat pancake recipe, it’s great!

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

      Thank You Cynthia for sharing your experience and understanding what I mean. I will check out the recipe. Have a lovely day πŸ™‚

  3. Love Served Daily April 8, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    Such perfect pancakes

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

      Thank You Ritu so much πŸ™‚

  4. Jim April 8, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

    mmmmmmmmmm. pancakes. nom nom nom.

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

      Nom nom nom for sure πŸ™‚

  5. mihrank April 8, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    yummy and delicious….

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

      Thank You Mihrank so much πŸ™‚

  6. Hans Susser April 8, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

    Dear Nandini,
    Beautiful pancakes, and the buttermilk DIY is perfect πŸ™‚
    Cheers, Hans.

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

      Thank You Hans so much. I have to credit my friend Julio for it.

  7. Plectrumm April 8, 2016 at 7:15 pm #


  8. youthfoodblog April 8, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    Love the smiley face on the finish photo!

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

      Thank You Chris πŸ™‚

  9. DougslifeEssentials April 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    also good with ice cream

  10. ledrakenoir April 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    Delisious… πŸ™‚

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  11. circadianreflections April 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    You’re awesome to try it! I’ve been buying Krusteaz Pancake and waffle mix for decades and making my family pancakes and waffles with that for decades. It’s the best mix I’ve found that tastes the closest to homemade.

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

      Thank You Deborah, I will have to give it a try someday πŸ™‚

  12. wwwpalfitness April 8, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

  13. Vonnie April 8, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    Looks fluffy

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

      Thank You Vonnie πŸ™‚

  14. chezlerevefrancais April 9, 2016 at 1:03 am #

    I’ve only eaten large ‘flat’pancakes and rarely make them but I will definitely try these. I couldn’t buy buttermilk if I tried so this is a great idea. πŸ™‚

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

      That is awesome. I am happy to know you will give it a try πŸ™‚

  15. Frances 🌺 April 9, 2016 at 1:57 am #

    I love pancakes and I’m a buttermilk fan. This is a great way to make your own buttermilk when you run out!

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

      Thank You Frances, It sure is πŸ™‚

  16. bnanno April 9, 2016 at 3:24 am #

    Punjabi Karhi is made with buttermilk, the sourer the better.

    You can also make the Purha batter with it (for example the cauliflower purha recipe I posted)

    Looking forward to trying out your pancake recipe!

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

      Thank You so much for sharing how you use the buttermilk. Something new for me to try πŸ™‚

  17. Loretta April 9, 2016 at 6:12 am #

    Great looking pancakes Nandini. You’re absolutely right, why bother with a tall carton of buttermilk if you’re only going to use a bit of it. I too make my own with the vinegar and milk. I used to whip up silver dollar pancakes when our girls lived at home, I’d make waffles in the waffle maker which were to die for… but alas, now it is boring old oatmeal every single morning. πŸ™‚ They are adults now, and they still ask for pancakes with chocolate chips when they visit πŸ™‚ So you’re onto something good there for your kiddies.

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

      Thank You Loretta so much. Your girls are definitely very lucky with such a talented cook mom. Have a great week ahead πŸ™‚

  18. lynne hoareau April 9, 2016 at 6:44 am #

    Hi Nandini, this could not have come at a better time. I seem to have been wanting pancakes these days, and yours look really mouthwatering. Can’t wait to try these πŸ™‚

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

      Thank You Lynne so much. I am so happy to hear that. Will look forward to your feedback πŸ™‚

  19. mommermom April 9, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    I use the “soured” milk instead of buttermilk in my pancakes with great success! I too could never decide what I would do with leftover buttermilk!

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

      That is so true, i just hate to waste πŸ™‚

  20. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel April 9, 2016 at 6:52 am #

    Mmm, I could go for this right now! The raspberries and blueberries top it off perfectly. I remember saving the leftovers for my kids to have at a later time, too.

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

      Thank You Mary so much That is very kind of you to say πŸ™‚

  21. fromthefamilytable April 9, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    Looks like you have overcome your fear of baking soda. The results look great. BTW, I have found that low-fat buttermilk from the grocery will keep forever in the fridge, so I keep a container on a back shelf for “emergencies” requiring buttermilk – like biscuits or pancakes.

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

      Yes I finally have Darryl took me years to get over the fear after multiple failures. Thank you for sharing your tip πŸ™‚

  22. Stan the Man April 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    Hi Nandini!

    PANCAKES,PANCAKES AND MORE PANCAKES! Pancakes are in high demand in Our household. The spouse loves Her pancakes TO BITS. She prepares them all the time.She has a BIG APPETITE for pancakes.Your finished product looks MIND-BOGGLING.Your photo shots look INCREDIBLE as always.I guess the spouse will be making them ASAP.Thanks for sharing this recipe with Us. Will keep You posted about the outcome.By the way I have shot an email to all My friends in England and Europe with an attachment of Your FLUFFY PANCAKES RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS.



    Stanley Rodrigues

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

      Thank You Mr Stan so much . I am happy to know that you all enjoy pancakes. It’s one of the best smells to wake up to in the morning. And Thank You so much for sharing my post . You and Mrs Stan too have a lovely week ahead πŸ™‚

  23. sunnydaysinseattle April 9, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    Very interesting! I was just told by my Indian colleague yesterday that Mango Lassi was made with butter milk. I had always thought it was yogurt. Thanks for the recipe. I would like to make butter milk myself πŸ˜‰

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

      I too thought it was made with yogurt and that is how I make it as well. Guess I too have the recipe wrong πŸ™‚

  24. lindaravello April 10, 2016 at 12:46 am #

    OMG this is awesome, I have just returned from Bratislava and Vienna where they eat a lot of thick but fluffy pancakes for dessert with fruit and i had no idea how to achieve this. Do you think I could use almond milk in place of cows milk?
    As I have been away and busy with course assignments, I have not had much time for reading blogs (and certainly not to write any!) so have had to be selective what I chose to read on a Sunday morning break – so glad I chose to open this x

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

      Thank You so much Linda. I am not sure how almond milk would work but if you are open to experimenting that it is worth a try. Thank You for reading my post with your limited time, appreciate it very much πŸ™‚

      • lindaravello April 11, 2016 at 11:54 pm #

        I am going to wait until after the wedding now, as I want to lose a kg or two before I squeeze into my dress x

        • Nandini April 15, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

          Wishing you all the very best on your big day Linda. God Bless πŸ™‚

          • lindaravello April 16, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

            Thank you sweetie – getting close now….

  25. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy April 10, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    I don’t know if you have it available, but because I don’t ever use an entire carton of buttermilk, I just purchase dried buttermilk. You can use as much as you need and store the rest until you need it again. It has a fairly long shelf-life, which is great. It might not be as nice as the real thing, but I would rather not waste the buttermilk – I will take a little hit on flavor.

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

      I too hate wasting and that is one of the reason that keeps me from buying it. But I did not know about the dried buttermilk. Something new for me to explore. Thank you for the tip Sarah πŸ™‚

  26. Harry...the Man! April 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    I love pancakes, my Mum loves pancakes – Gloria is okay with pancakes until I’ve given them to her for the third day running.

    I only make the pancakes with eggs, flour, milk and a pinch of salt. The good old British batter mix. You alter the quantities of each ingredient and can make Yorkshire Puddings, Toad-In-The-Hole and more.

    I like the look of this pancake, though. When I catch Gloria in the right mood, I’ll bang this out and serve it up.

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

      That sounds like a great plan Harry cause we don’t want to upset Gloria too much else she may ban my blog πŸ™‚

  27. Freda @ Aromatic essence April 10, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    Wow! Such lovely and fluffy pancakes! I prefer making the buttermilk at home too πŸ˜€

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

      Thank You Freda. This was my first time trying to make it and I was happy since I always have milk handy πŸ™‚

  28. relaxingcooking April 11, 2016 at 7:03 am #

    Reblogged this on RelaxingCooking … trasforma la tua cucina in un'oasi di emozioni positive and commented:
    Assolutamente irresistibili, sofficissimi e preparati proprio come i veri pancakes americani, con il buttermilk. Da fare invidia anche a Paperino. Chi viaggia o ha viaggiato negli Stati Uniti lo sa che il sapore dei pancakes Γ© tutta un’altra cosa, sono molto “fluffy” come dicono loro, e questo perchΓ© aggiungono buttermilk e un pochino di lievito per dolci. Un classico per servirli Γ© lo sciroppo d’acero ma ci sono dei caffΓ©/tavola calda dove preparano pancakes dolci o salati serviti con uova e bacon o con deliziose salse al cioccolato, miele e alla frutta…. da provare quella di lamponi.
    In Italia so che non Γ© cosa facile trovare il buttermilk ma ormai ben sapete che si puo’ tranquillamente preparare anche a casa proprio come scrive Nandini in questa ricetta.

  29. relaxingcooking April 11, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    I like pancakes and I’m a buttermilk fan, these pancakes looks fluffy. I rebbloged your post on

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog πŸ™‚

  30. thechickengrandma April 11, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

    Buttermilk is an amazing liquid! I use it in brownies, cakes and it makes everything so moist. Where I live I can buy a container of dried buttermilk in the grocery store. I just store it in the fridge and use 4 Tablespoons to 1 cup water and wallah……buttermilk. The recipe sounds amazing! going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nandini April 15, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

      Thank You so much for sharing your tips. I haven’t seen dried buttermilk as yet will look for it. I do want to try my hands on making buttermilk biscuits keeping my fingers crossed.

  31. Sheryl April 11, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    mmm. . . These pancakes look awesome.

    • Nandini April 15, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

      Thank You Sheryl so much. Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

  32. Fallon Graham April 12, 2016 at 6:08 am #

    Wow! Look at those air pockets! They look perfect.

    • Nandini April 15, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      Thank You so much Fallon that is so very kind of you to say πŸ™‚

  33. swapnakarthik April 13, 2016 at 6:01 am #

    Oh my god , that looks so good ….

    • Nandini April 15, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

      Thank You so much Swapna πŸ™‚

  34. Linda April 13, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    Oh! I agree – Buttermilk pancakes are so good! Sometimes I use the ‘cheat’ method to make buttermilk too – but when I buy a carton here are a few things you can do with the leftovers:
    1) Buttermilk Blueberry Chocolate Chip Muffins (
    2)Buttermilk French Toast (
    3)Banana Chocolate Chip Molasses Bran Muffins (
    4)Bleu Cheese Dressing (

    • Nandini April 15, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

      Thank You so much Linda for sharing such great ideas and variations to make with buttermilk.

  35. The Hungry Mum April 14, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    My fav breakfast! These look perfect.

    • Nandini April 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

      Thank You so much πŸ™‚

  36. alisonamazed April 15, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    Mom always used bisquit…I prefer thin crepe like pancakes like my Dad made. πŸ™‚ tho I might try your buttermilk pancake recipe.

  37. Dennis the Vizsla April 16, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

    Mmmmmmm pancakes! I almost never have buttermilk in the house, I will have to give this a try!

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:39 am #

      Thanks Much, I would encourage you to do give it a try πŸ™‚

  38. GirlinPinkSoles April 21, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    Thanks so much! Making pancakes today!!

    • Nandini April 23, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

      That is awesome πŸ™‚

  39. koolkosherkitchen June 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    Thank you for stopping by and for the like. Your blog is fascinating, and I love learning about different cultures and trying their food. Your pancakes look fluffy and yummy! Regarding homemade buttermilk, look for my next post which I am about to do right now. I’ve always made it, both to eat as as snack and to use in cooking and making. I will show both dairy and non-dairy variations.

    • Nandini July 6, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

      You are very welcome. And thanks for the update on you blog πŸ™‚

  40. betterdaywithme November 5, 2016 at 7:54 am #

    You had me at fluffy!
    Thank you for sharing- they look really good and make me wanna make some right now!
    Might even take the recipe with me to my blog-I’ll make sure to tag you then. Once again- thank you πŸ™‚

    • Nandini November 14, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

      Thank You so much πŸ™‚

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