Koiloreo/ Kuilodde/ Koilori (Goan Pancakes)

February 28, 2018mayurisjikoni

The Holiday State

   February is when Shhh Cooking Secretly group (started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes) had a virtual tour of Goa. Its been over 30 years since I’ve visited Goa. I remember when we were passing the town centre, there was a huge crowd of people. We asked the taxi driver what was going on and he replied “koi naya actor ki shooting chal rahi hai, aap ko dekhna hai?” he asked. We asked if he knew the actor and he said no so we didn’t stop to watch. Who was the new actor? None other than Shakrukh Khan shooting for the movie Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa!

   I remember we were staying at some hotel in town and would go to the Taj Holiday Resort to get onto the beach. Back then there were not many hotels. I remember getting to the beach and for miles there would hardly be anyone. There use to be a fish shack near Taj and hubby, my brother and my cousin would enjoy fresh fish and I’d get only French fries (fishy ones)!

   Goa is  the smallest states of India on the western coast. To the west is the Arabian Sea, north is Maharashtra and south and east is Karnataka. The Portuguese landed in Goa during the 16th Century coming as merchants and soon conquered the area. Goa was ruled by the Portuguese for about 450 years and was finally annexed by India in 1961. At some time in history it was also ruled by Hindu and Muslim Kingdoms.

   Therefore its not surprising that Goan cuisine is strongly influenced by Hindu, Muslim and Portuguese cultures.The Portuguese merchants introduced passion fruits, potatoes, tomatoes, cashew nuts, pork, vinegar, beef, bread and other meats. Ingredients like seafood, kokum, coconut, rice,coconut oil, chilis, vinegar and other spices are commonly used to prepare many of the Goan cuisine dishes. Some dishes also took on the influence from the British cuisine too. Dishes prepared by both Christian and Hindus contain sweetness, sourness, salt and  spices. While the Christians rely on vinegar for sourness, Hindus tend to use kokum and tamarind.

   My partner for this month was Kalyani Sri who blogs at Sizzling Tastebuds. Check out her blog for a variety of healthy recipes. Kalyani gave me rice flour and coconut as my secret ingredients. My search for recipes using rice flour and coconut led me to a variety of dishes but most used rice which was soaked overnight or for 6-8 hours before the dish could be prepared. Then I came across the blog Xantilicious.com. As I was going through the blog I came across this easy to make Goan style pancakes which used rice flour. Originally its made from soaked rice but this blog made a simpler version. Koiloreo is usually served with a cup of tea for breakfast or at tea time. These pancakes were ever so soft and delicious, a great gluten free option. I loved the taste of coconut and ghee combined. These pancakes remind me of vibibi which is a famous East African Coastal version of pancakes. The only difference was that the batter for vibibi is allowed to ferment as yeast is added.

   Check out the recipe for this so easy to make koiloreo recipe. I whisked the batter using my electric whisk. Though I served it with fruit and honey, you can opt to serve it on its own too.


Serves 6-8

1 cup rice flour
1 egg
¼ cup grated fresh coconut
1¼ -1½ cups coconut milk 
½ tsp salt
1-2 tbsp sugar (optional)
a generous pinch of soda bicarbonate
some ghee

fresh fruit
chocolate chips or cocao nibs
  1. Whisk the egg lightly and add the coconut milk. Mix well.
  2. Add salt , sugar if using any and coconut. Whisk it lightly again.
  3. Add the flour and whisk till you have a smooth batter which is not too thick or runny.
  4. Heat a frying pan or skillet over medium heat.
  5. Smear the pan with some ghee. Let it melt.
  6. Pour about a ladleful of the batter into the pan. The batter should be able to spread out on its own.
  7. Cover with a lid.
  8. Let it cook till the edges become light brown and the top is not wet. 
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 with the remaining batter. Serve immediately.
  10. I topped mine with fresh fruit and honey as I served it for breakfast.
  • I made mini and normal pancakes. You can choose whichever type you want to make.
  • Make sure the batter is not too thick otherwise the batter will not spread out on its own.
  • After each pancake is cooked, make sure the pan is hot before you add the batter.
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  • Shobha

    February 28, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Wow.. Goan pancakes topped with fresh fruit and honey.. definitely a treat especially for kids.


    March 1, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Loved these yummy pancakes!Apart from being healthy and delicious they present a beautiful look to the hungry palate!

  • Nisa @FlavourDiary

    March 1, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    those koiloreo sound delicious dee n beautifully captured and lovely write up… yum

  • Anonymous

    March 1, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Excellent site. Lots of useful info here. I'm sending it to several
    friends ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And certainly, thank you on your sweat!

  • Vanitha

    March 2, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Beautiful clicks!!! Love all the fruit toppings; nice and awesome share 🙂 🙂

  • Soma Mukherjee

    March 2, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Lovely pancakes with fresh fruits an ideal breakfast for everyone, will try it for this sunday’s Brekki��

  • Aruna

    March 2, 2018 at 11:10 am

    These pancakes make for a completely healthy meal. I avoid the “main” Goa and like to travel inland; especially after my Cousin's biker gang showed me some hidden places.


    March 2, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Beautiful. Thank God they don't have Maida. I will try this for my son soon.

  • priya satheesh

    March 2, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Such a quick and delicious pancake. Especially loved the fruits and honey topping.. Divine !

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    March 2, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    I visited Goa in 1983 and I hardly remember anything. Goan pancake with fruits sounds delicious. Can it be made without eggs?

  • Pavani N

    March 2, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Nice to read about your trip to Goa. These Goan pancakes sound delicious with all that fresh coconut and coconut milk. They must have tasted awesome with the fruit on top.

  • sushma

    March 3, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Wow those pancakes soo cute and yummy. Love the flavor of fresh coconut in it.

  • Drashti Dholakia

    March 3, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Pancakes looks absolutely yumm with a topping of fresh fruits and honey

  • Priya Iyer

    March 3, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Oh, my! These pancakes look so awesome! 🙂

  • Archana Potdar

    March 3, 2018 at 9:32 am

    This is new to me Mayuri n I live here for the last 30 years. These are totally delicious n doable.thanks for sharing.

  • Sapana Behl

    March 3, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Rice flour pancakes, wow so tempting and the toppings makes them more delicious.

  • Uma Raghupathi

    March 4, 2018 at 12:13 am

    This recipe is new to me. But sounds like fun and delicious meal.

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    March 4, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Another yummy fusion recipe.. Love your creations dear.. And pancake is just awesome..

  • Rafeeda AR

    March 4, 2018 at 9:10 am

    The pancakes do sound like a treat! I too called Goa as holiday capital in my post, hehe… We have something very similar but ours is savory… it is so interesting to see how each place has food that is just interchanged here and there… Lovely choice of recipe…

  • Masala Chilli

    March 4, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Being a huge SRK fan myself, reading about your first visit to Goa about seeing the shoot sounds super exciting. The recipe on the other hand is interesting, healthy and topped with fruits, all favourites. Loved it and enjoyed the theme. Great to know we have so much veg food to experiment with in coming times.

  • jayashree

    March 4, 2018 at 10:23 am

    This can be a quick fix for morning breakfast. Love the Goan cuisine, they have variety of dishes.

  • Bhawana Singh

    March 5, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    this is looking so mouthwatering recipe. I do not know much about Goa cuisine but loving these recipes. Just saw one in Vidya's blog too.

  • Swati Goyal

    March 5, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Mouthwatering pan cakes , they looks so beautiful and healthy too.

  • Lathi L

    March 6, 2018 at 3:17 am

    When I saw coconut and coconut milk, I'm readily bookmarking it…these Pancake looks Scrumptious

  • Poonam Bachhav

    March 6, 2018 at 5:01 am

    These Goan rice pancakes look just perfect for breakfast di ! Loved the idea of topping it with fresh fruits and honey 😃


    March 6, 2018 at 6:59 am

    What a lovely,fruity recipe!Makes a fabulous breakfast!

  • seema doraiswamy

    March 6, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Such a cool way of pancakes and fruits. love it.

  • Sujitha Ruban

    March 6, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Goan pancakes are colourful and delicious.. Goan cuisines are filled with Coconut aroma, yours is perfectly done delicious pancakes..

  • Shailaja R

    March 6, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Delicious and yummy pancakes.

  • Anu Kollon

    March 7, 2018 at 10:29 am

    These look so delicious! It looks and does contain ingredients similar to that of velleappam made in kerala with little variation. Will surely give it a try!

  • Sujata Shukla

    March 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    This has to be one of the best recipes for pancakes that i have come across, and let me tell you, I am a collector of pancake recipes! Just the thought of the coconut water being whisked with the egg makes my mouth water! Lovely recipe!

  • Sujata Shukla

    March 21, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I made a mistake in my earlier comment – I meant to say coconut milk, not coconut water!

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