Sesame-Coated Pumpkin Pancakes

Sticky and chewy
Following the pumpkin butter cake, my next project on the kabocha (smaller Japanese breed of pumpkin with slightly more yellowish flesh) I consciously pick a gluten-free pumpkin recipe for Peggy :) Though it's not about health (it's in all yummy deep-fried galore!) but more to living with an allergy that I think everyone should be aware of. Oh the sesame seeds are for me, black ones help (apparently) in keeping my hair shiny :)

Gluten is composed of sticky proteins found in wheat and sensitive intestines are unable to breakdown the structure hence causing inflammation and great discomfort, until it passes out from the system (which invariably can take days). Read more about it here

Since we discovered that Peggy is gluten intolerant, we realised the myriad of food that are no longer accessible, including everyday pasta and bread but also sneaky soy sauce (yep it contains wheat for a smoother texture! not just made of soy beans). It's still possible to live deliciously :) But it clearly has its own set of challenges on substitute and knowing every ingredient in the dish (especially in restaurants and street food). 

I hope more people are aware of it because this is a very real allergy though it doesn't cause immediate death, it shouldn't be taken lightly! With greater awareness, the wider public can help people like Peggy in lessening the risks of ingesting gluten or even better, by making more yummy dishes! Gluten-free blogs that I love and admire are Scandi Foodie, The Intolerant Chef and probably the pioneer, Gluten Free Girl.
Eat more sesame seeds :)
  • 300g pumpkin, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup sesame seeds (mix of black and white)
  •  Vegetable oil for deep-frying
Adapted from Red Cook

  1. Steam the cubed pumpkin by filling a pot with water and place the pumpkin in a bowl over a heat-proof stand
  2. Cover the pot and let steam for 15-20 minutes
  3. Once pumpkin is soft, drain away the excess water and use a fork to mash it 
  4. Whisk in sugar and glutinous rice flour while the pumpkin is still hot
  5. Once the pumpkin has cooled down a little, use your hand to mix until a smooth dough is form
  6. Divide the dough into 15 pieces and roll each piece to a ball
  7. Flatten the dough with your palm and place it in a shallow dish filled with sesame seeds
  8. Press extra sesame seeds into the dough and set aside on a clean tray
  9. Repeat until all are done, at the mean time fill a deep non-stick pan with 1-inch vegetable oil for frying
  10. Test if the oil is hot by inserting a chopstick to the bottom of the pan, if tiny bubbles form around the chopstick, the oil is ready 
  11. Place 3-4 pieces of dough (depending on the size of your pan) at one go and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side. Let it cool before you serve!
I love it deep golden brown for extra crisp contrasting with the chewiness inside :)


  1. Min - these sound SO delectable! The sesame seeds are so pretty against the orange too! Yum!

  2. Those look really interesting! How do you serve them? With a dipping sauce? Love the way the black and white sesame seeds look together.

  3. I think awareness about gluten intolerance is still rather low in Singapore, which is rather sad - I sometimes experiment with gluten free cooking cos I've a cousin who's gluten intolerant too! And your pumpkin pancakes look like an absolutely delicious idea!

  4. Interesting pancakes! I'm trying to imagine what they taste like and keep thinking of that sticky Chinese new year sweet that you fry up with an eggy coating. These look very good!

  5. OH WOW! This is so creative and looks great!

  6. Those pumpkin pancakes look amazing! I think they are very interesting, and i love the colors!

    Ps: i now write in english in blog, i thought about you ;)

  7. These crisp cakes look delicious! The mix of sesame seeds on top are great too.

  8. Oh wow I am seriously drooling. This looks so good. I love sesame (as you can tell from my latest post), pumpkin, and sticky rice. This is like my dream come true!

  9. Deep-fried pumpkin pancakes? Sounds irresistible!

  10. Oh no, being gluten intolerant is a challenge and I guess annoying but that does mean you get to try lots of foods that you wouldn't have before. Such as these, they look so yummy. I love the addition of the sesame seeds!

  11. oh i know i would seriously love this...chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside! yum!

  12. This is a very creative snack! Colourful & looks tasty too :)

  13. The texture of the pancake reminded me of chinese new year sweet-cake! Love the black/white sesame seeds on your pancakes.

  14. Sesame can very additive! This pancake is great for sesame addicts.

  15. Hi Min! This is 2nd time I see you posting Kabocha. Such a unique idea of making pnackaes with it! So creative and I love it!

  16. oooo anything with sesame I like! I love how you described it as chewy! Oh I would love to try one now.

  17. Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    Hi! Yes because I can't finish the Kabocha so I've decided to use the remaining for this recipe :)

  18. I totally love this. I am so lucky to have such an amazing best friend! ((HUGSSS)) Can't wait to try this out when I am home from travelling :)

  19. Had something similar before and I know they are good!

  20. Yuuuum! They look so so good, I'll have to try these!

  21. Holy moly!! This is a combination I would never think of myself but seeing it there looks delicious! Wonderful photo, too :)

  22. Oh! These little pancakes look delicious, already like it because contain glutinous rice...yummie. Hope you are having a wonderful week Min :-)

  23. oh, my! i'm in heaven right now. i love the colors and the texture looks amazing... sticky, chewy and sweet. awesome!

  24. oh the gooey sticky pancakes! What i love is the mixture of sesame seeds. A winner!!!!

  25. Hi, first time stopping by. Lovely photos & fantastic recipes!

  26. Like the aroma of black and white sesame. It's so fragrant!

  27. I would never of dreamed this up myself but think it sounds great! The sesame and pumpkin is a great combination. I also admire you for getting the word out about gluten intolerance, quite a few of my friends suffer from it and it's something you have to consciously think about every time you eat a meal.

  28. Hi Min, it has been quite a while since we last exchange mails. Hope u're well. So did u managed to buy any lobsters in the end?

    Oh, do chk my latest on Amazing Kitchen Tips (Part II)! Take care!

  29. This looks absolutely delicious!

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  31. those r very interesting pancakes ...just loved them !

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  33. these look great! do you think i could substitute tapioca starch for the sweet rice? and do you think i could bake instead of fry these?

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