Sooji Cheela

Sooji Cheela, Suji Chilla

Sooji Cheela is a savory, delicious Indian pancake typically served as a breakfast item, for brunch or as an evening snack. A great dish to break the monotony of typical toast & eggs breakfast, the Cheela (pancake) is sprinkled with an onion-chili mixture that add a zesty twist to the savory Cheela. In addition to the great flavor and quick & easy preparation, Sooji (semolina) is low in saturated fat and cholesterol - this makes Sooji Cheela a light, wholesome and healthy treat. Ready to try your pancake with a twist? :)


Makes : 12 Cheelas

    1 cup Semolina (Suji / Sooji)
    1 Cup Yogurt
    3 tbsp All Purpose Flour (Maida)
    3 tbsp Chickpea Flour (Besan)
    1 cup finely chopped Onion
    3 Serrano Green Chillies or to taste; destemmed & finely chopped
    1/4 cup fresh Cilantro (Coriander) Leaves; finely chopped
    Salt to taste
    1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (Red Chilli Powder) or to taste
    Oil as required

    How to make Sooji Cheela

    1. Combine the semolina, chickpea flour, all purpose flour and yogurt and let it sit for 20 minutes.
    2. Add water, salt & cayenne pepper & mix well to make a smooth pouring consistency batter. The batter should not be too thick nor too thin.
    3. In another bowl, mix onion, green chillies & cilantro leaves. Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions. Keep aside.
    4. Heat a non-stick pan on medium-high heat. Once heated, spread 1/4 tsp oil over the pan.
    5. Pour 2 ladles of the batter in the center of the pan. Spread quickly & evenly (as thin as possible) in the shape of a circle to form a pancake of around 6" diameter.
    6. Sprinkle a portion of the onion-chilli mixture on the top of the pancake. Press the mixture lightly with the back of your spatula.
    7. Let the pancake cook till it leaves sides, or till the bottom side has turned light-golden in color.
    8. Drizzle a little oil on the upper side and flip it. Cook for 1 minute.
    9. Remove it from the pan and place it on an absorbent paper. Prepare the remaining pancakes in a similar way.
    10. Serve immediately with tomato ketchup or Green Chutney.


    1. I tried this. Its very yummy, different and easy to make ...:)

      1. Thanks Neha! Happy to hear that you liked it :) Happy Cooking!!!