Suji ka Chilo (Savoury Veggie Pancake) Recipe

This a savory pancake that tastes great cooked the traditional way as well as altered for children. This is typically eaten for breakfast or for brunch. I use the base of this pancake to sneak veggies into my kids. The veggies are grated so thin they can barely see them. This is simple and delicious way to start off your day.
Suji ka Chilo (Savoury Veggie Pancake) picture


Preparation Time20 MinCooking Time20 Min
Ready In40 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexHealthyServings4
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Recipe Story

This recipe is based off the Sindhi dish of Chilo. Traditionally, the dish uses chappati flour mixed with water, however, I (well really my mom) have altered it to use semolina with yogurt. This give is a tangy taste and it cooks quicker than the traditional recipe. This dish is so easy that I taught it to my son's nanny who is Guatemalan. She used to make this for my son all of the time and she liked it so much she would make it at home for her own family.


 Suji2 Cup (32 tbs) (semolina)
 Plain yogurt2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Salt To Taste
 Grated yellow squash1
 Grated carrot1
 Chopped onion1⁄2
 Chopped tomatoes2 Medium
 Chopped cilantro1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Green chilis1 Tablespoon


- Combine the Suji (semolina) and yogurt and let it sit for 20 minutes
- While the Suji mixture is settling together chop or grate your veggies. By the time you are done with chopping and perhaps even some of the clean up if you are quick your mixture will be ready. If you are making the kid friendly version please use a very fine grater since these don't take long to cook and you want the veggies to be thin otherwise theY will taste raw.
- Add water to the batter because the mixture will have thickened and you want the consistency to be spreadable. The amount of water will depend on how thick the batter has gotten.
- Add salt and the veggies to the batter and mix
- Heat a pan and coat with oil
- Once the pan is hot add a scoop full of the batter and spread it around so that it's not too thick
- Do not flip until the bottom is cooked and most of the batter is dried up (2-3 minutes - exact time will depend on how powerful your stove is)
- Flip your pancake and cook for a couple more minutes
- It's ready to serve - eat it plain, with chutney, or ketchup

If you are making the Kid Friendly version once you have cooked theirs add some chilies and cilantro to the batter and it will add a little spice and be great for you to eat too!



Calin says :

I tried this recipe the traditional way and it turned out brilliantly - had a wonderful taste to it as well. Thank you for sharing.
Posted on: 14 March 2012 - 8:15pm

Anonymous says :

it is very bed recepie ihate this
Posted on: 21 April 2011 - 7:33am
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tanya3286 says :

i love chillas tooo....!! I make fine with a flour and sooji mixed batter... with a little more sooji for both soft yet crispy panakes... a dhania-pudhina chutney with this just makes my day! :)
Posted on: 24 September 2009 - 9:18am

palrenu says :

Looks easy, just like our besan chilo, but this is more kid friendly. I would suggest though to add your veggies first and then test for thickness of the batter. Mostly when you add veggies & salt to any batter, it becomes thin to a certain extent due to the juices from the veggies.
Posted on: 5 September 2008 - 3:43pm
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shantihhh says :

Oh this sounds wonderful-love using healthy semolina.
Posted on: 14 August 2007 - 3:48pm

roby_sharma says :

Hi Anjulina Nice and simple roby says: Hi Anjulina Nice and simple recipe of Chilla roby sharma
Posted on: 5 July 2007 - 7:58pm
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khau_khan says :

makes me sooooo hungry - by the way have you seen bachelor productions Besan Ka Puda Video - i love them all
Posted on: 3 July 2007 - 7:07pm
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Ganesh Dutta says :

very popular breakfast in india . specially for kids....nice recipe!
Posted on: 3 July 2007 - 12:18pm
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Snigdha says :

Now..this looks really simple, easy & yummy. Good posting.
Posted on: 3 July 2007 - 10:30am

Payal Bhalla says :

Hi Anjulina Nice and simple recipe of Chilla Payal Bhalla
Posted on: 3 July 2007 - 5:05am