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Zucchini Pancakes with Quinoa & Kale

Servings: 4

  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ½ cup zucchini- grated and squeezed
  • ½ cup fennel, grated
  • ½ cup sweet potato, grated
  • 1 dash salt or other spices
  • 1-2 tsp butter, olive oil, or ghee
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup quinoa




  1. Saute the kale in ghee.
  2. Add sunflower seeds to the top.


  1. Rinse quinoa until the water runs clear.
  2. Bring 2 cups of water to boil.
  3. Add quinoa.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes.

Zucchini pancakes:

  1. Stir all the grated vegetables together in a bowl.
  2. Beat an egg gently and add it to the vegetables along with the cottage cheese. You can use only the egg white if you prefer.
  3. Add a tablespoon of flour (two tablespoons if you only used the egg white).
  4. Heat a skillet to sizzling and add butter, ghee or olive oil.
  5. Scoop ¼ cup of batter for each pancake and place them on the skillet in the shape of a small pancake.
  6. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the underside is well-cooked and brown, turn them, and let cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Serve with sauteed kale and quinoa.

Comments: It is sometimes difficult to find suitable vegetable which pacifies Pitta without aggravating Vata. Kale and zucchini fall into that category. Kale is highly prized for incorporating the essential bitter taste in the diet which is hard to get except through coffee and tea (maybe that is why we crave them apart from the caffeine content).  This tasty dish can be taken as a complete meal and incorporates all the macro-nutrients as well as many micro-nutrients.

Deepak Bhanot, BAMS is a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner with 20 years of experience. He specializes in dietary and lifestyle consultation as per one's Prakriti. He has an advanced specialization in Nutrition and Health Education as well as Preventive and Promotive Health Care. He is a certified Panchakarma and Ayurvedic Acupressure therapist.


  1. What do I do with the cooked quinoa?

  2. What could I use in place of cottage cheese? I’m lactose intolerant.

  3. Can we use something in place of the fennel or just leave it out?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Christie,
      You can add more zucchini or another vegetable that grates easily like carrots. Let us know how it goes!

  4. What am I going to use the cottage cheese that is mentioned in the recipe list?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      It’s in step 2. ‘Beat an egg gently and add it to the vegetables along with the cottage cheese. You can use only the egg white if you prefer.’

  5. The Ayurveda Experience

    Yes, that’s correct! Add it in with the vegetables and egg, then add the flour, etc.

  6. Is the cottage cheese supposed to be mixed into pancake batter?


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