Puda / Chilla (Savoury Pancakes)

Puda (also known as Chilla in some parts of India) is a great dish that can be served as a snack, appetizer, main course or as a great week-end breakfast. The Chickpea flour in the Puda gives it some body, while the Rava keeps it light. The onions provide just the right amount of crunch and the cilantro gives color and wonderful aroma….

Semolina (Rava/Sooji) – 1 cup
Chickpea Flour (Besan) – ½ cup
Salt – to taste
Turmeric (Haldi) – ½ tsp
Onions – 1 small, finely chopped
Cilantro – 5-6 sprigs, finely chopped
Green Chili – 1 or to taste, finely chopped (optional)
Water – 2 cups, warm
Oil – to cook


1. Add Water to the Semolina, Chickpea Flour, Salt, and Turmeric.
2. Mix until all lumps are gone and let it soak for about ½ hour.
3. Add the Onions, Cilantro and Green Chilis and mix again.
4. Heat a flat Griddle (preferably non-stick) on Medium to High heat.
5. Drizzle a few drops of oil on the griddle.
6. With a flat-bottomed ladle (karchi), take some of the mixture and pour it onto the griddle. With the bottom of the ladle spread the mixture out in a circular motion. For appetizers, 3” to 4” rounds are easy to pick up and eat.
7. Let it cook for a few minutes, drizzle a few drops of oil on top and flip them over. Cook for another couple of minutes.
8. Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.
9. Makes approximately 20, 4” pudas.

1. If you are not making pudas for appetizers, make them bigger (6” to 7”).
2. If you are going to make it ahead of time for a party, heat in the oven on broil just for a couple of minutes.
3. To make it healthier, use a spray cooking oil (Pam).

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0 thoughts on “Puda / Chilla (Savoury Pancakes)

  1. This is a fabulous quick breakfast recipe. Have made this chilla twice already and my husband simply loves it. Thanks for a yet another wonderful recipe.

  2. Hi,

    I really learn a lot from this website. Hetal and Anuja you guys should add some more punjabi sabji’s recipes.

  3. Hi,

    I have roasted suji….can i use that in this recipe….
    As dimple said ur recipes are easy and good enough to impress the husbands thanks once agian…..

  4. Hi Alka,

    We like to use the course sooji because it will give a little better texture to the puda.

    Sooji is also called rava, but it is different than Idli Rava. Regular rava (or sooji/semolina) is cream of wheat. Idli Rava is actually parboiled rice which has been ground to look like sooji. You cannot use idli rava in this puda recipe.

  5. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    Which type of sooji should i use do mean the fine or coarse for the one used in dhokla. Do you can get rava sooji, which i have not heard about. Have seen rava idli mix which has all things in mixer.

    Please tell me know, Thanks

  6. hi hetal n anuja
    ur recepies are very helpful for a wife to impress her husband. u both are doing ur best, keep it up
    n thanx for such delicious food recepies.

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