suji ka cheela | rava chilla

Suji ka cheela recipe with step by step photos. This is an easy and tasty breakfast recipe of chilla made with sooji (rava or cream of wheat). A vegan recipe.

Chillas are savory pancakes made from gram flour or other lentils. Here the chilla are made from sooji also known as rava or cream of wheat.

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These soft rava chilla are very easy to prepare. thus making it one of the easy breakfast or snack that can be made. The taste of these chilla are very different from Besan chilla or Oats chilla. They taste more like Rava uttapam.

I make these the same way I make besan chilla. Only ingredient that gets replaced is sooji instead of besan.

Rava chilla can be served with any green chutney, tomato chutney or tomato ketchup. You can also serve with coconut chutney.

How to make suji cheela or rava chilla

1. Take 1 cup fine sooji (rava or cream of wheat) in a bowl.

rava for rava chilla recipe

2. Add 1 cup of water.

water for suji chilla recipe

3. Mix very well and allow the batter to rest for 30 minutes. You can even soak rava+water overnight in the fridge, so as to make things easy if planning to make these chilla for breakfast.

making suji cheela recipe

4. After 30 minutes, rava will absorb much of the water and will become very soft.

making suji cheela recipe

5. After 30 minutes, add the following ingredients in the batter – ¼ cup finely chopped onions, 1 to 2 green chillies (chopped), ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger and 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.

batter for making rava cheela recipe

6. Mix very well and then add the following spices – ¼ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds), a pinch of red chilli powder, a pinch of turmeric powder. Instead of carom seeds, you can also use cumin seeds. Also add salt as required.

spices for making suji cheela recipe

7. Add ¼ cup water again and mix very well.

batter for making suji cheela recipe

8. The batter should have a slightly medium thick consistency.

batter for making rava chilla recipe

Cooking suji ka cheela

9. Heat a pan and spread a bit of oil in it.

preparing suji cheela recipe

10. Take a ladle of the batter.

batter for preparing rava cheela recipe

11. Gently spread the batter on the pan to make small to medium chillas. The pan has to be on a low flame when you pour and spread the chilla batter. Otherwise you won’t be able to spread the batter easily. Just lightly spread the batter to a neat round shape. Don’t try to spread too much as the chillas will break.

preparing rava chilla recipe

12. Let the chilla cook on a low to medium flame.

cooking cheela - suji chilla recipe

13. When the top of the chilla looks cooked, then sprinkle some oil on the sides and top.

cooking chella - suji chilla recipe

14. With the spoon itself, spread the oil all over.

cooking chella - rava chilla recipe

15. When the base has cooked and becomes light golden, then flip and cook the other side of cheela.

cooking chella - making rava chilla recipe

16. When the second side gets light golden or the onions in the chilla, look golden or caramelized, then remove the suji chilla and serve.

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17. Serve sooji cheela hot or warm with any chutney or sauce of your choice.

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suji ka cheela

4.41 from 5 votes
Easy recipe of chilla made with sooji or rava.
rava chilla recipe, sooji cheela recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Course:breakfasts,snacks
Cuisine:north indian
Diet:vegan,vegetarian
Servings (change the number to scale):1 to 2
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sooji (rava or cream of wheat)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 to 2 green chillies, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds) or cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch red chilli powder
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • salt as required
  • 1.25 cups water
  • oil as required

Instructions

making batter for sooji cheela

  • Take 1 cup fine sooji (rava or cream of wheat) in a bowl.
  • Add 1 cup water. Mix very well and allow the batter to rest for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, rava will absorb much of the water and will become very soft.
  • Then add the remaining ingredients in the batter except oil and the remaining 1/4 cup water. Mix very well.
  • Next add 1/4 cup water again and mix very well.
  • The batter should have a slightly medium thick consistency.

making suji ka chilla

  • Heat a pan and spread a bit of oil in it.
  • Take a ladle of the batter & gently spread the batter on the pan to make small to medium chillas. 
  • The pan has to be on a low flame when you pour and spread the chilla batter. Otherwise you won't be able to spread the batter easily.
  • Just lightly spread the batter to a neat round shape. Don't try to spread too much as the chillas will break.
  • Let the sooji chilla cook on a low to medium flame.
  • When the top of the suji chilla looks cooked, then sprinkle some oil on the sides and top. With the spoon itself, spread the oil all over.
  • When the base has cooked and become light golden, then flip and cook the other side.
  • When the second side gets light golden or the onions in the chilla, look golden or caramelized, then remove the suji cheela and serve.
  • Serve sooji ka cheela hot or warm with any chutney or sauce of your choice.

Notes

  • The recipe serves 1 to 2, but can be easily be doubled or tripled.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
suji ka cheela
Amount Per Serving
Calories 907 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 1549mg67%
Potassium 323mg9%
Carbohydrates 134g45%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 128IU3%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 2mg133%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 24mg120%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Vitamin E 12mg80%
Vitamin K 4µg4%
Calcium 1230mg123%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 217µg54%
Iron 58mg322%
Magnesium 78mg20%
Phosphorus 448mg45%
Zinc 2mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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32 comments/reviews

  1. I love this recipe… But my cheela always get stick to the pan and breaks… I never get perfect cheela… But that broken cheela taste good… Please give tips for perfect cheela…

    • try using a heavy pan and a well-seasoned pan. by a seasoned pan, i mean the pan should be used only for making dosa or chilla. if a tawa or pan used for making roti is used, the chilla will stick. you can find more information on seasoning pans in google. the pan should also be a heavy pan and not a light-weight pan. if the pan is light, then the chilla will stick. hope this helps.

  2. I cannot understand why this happened is it because of skewed water to Rava ratio?

    • i guess it is due to the pan. avoid tawa or pan on which roti is made. keep a separate pan for making dosa and cheela.

  3. The first time I tried the recipe it turned out well.But for my second attempt the cheela were soggy and it stuck to the pan even after applying oil and it was almost impossible to flip them.

    • when making cheela or dosa, use a pan which is well seasoned and a heavy one. if the pan is not seasoned, then the cheela will stick.

  4. Can we add more vegetables like tomato and capsicum?

    • yes you can add.

  5. Sooji chilla is very very tasteful and excellent Dassan/Amit thanking you very much.

    • Welcome Venkatesh

  6. Rava Chilla is excellent taste thank u Dassan/Amit.

    • Welcome Venkatesh

  7. For sooji chilla, does the suji needs to be roasted or raw before soaking in water. Is 30 minutes soaking enough for rava? I always end up making halwa and not cheela of rava.maybe i soak less time.

    • sooji need not be roasted. 30 minutes is fine. even for rava dosa, the sooji is soaked for 30 minutes.

  8. Tasty and healthy substitute to besan cheelas! Have been making recipes from ur blog since 4 days, methi mutter malai, mutter pulao, dal makhani and rava cheela today.. all were a hit, thanks a ton!5 stars

    • thank you Manjiri for this feedbacks as well the previous feedback on the recipes. thanks again.

  9. is this same as rava rotti, in which fresh coconut is also added?

    • no shilpa, rava rotti is different. this is just a simple chilla made from rava.

  10. Your chillas were amazing with onion chutney…I had soaked rava overnight and added all ingredients in morning…

    Thanks for the amazing recipe..

    • thanks for sharing this feedback share. glad to know.

  11. I’ve heared word cheela in karnataka which means dosa…now more one thing added to my dictnaory of rava cheela recipe..looks good

    • thanks.

  12. Hi Dassana

    I tried these chillas today..turned out to be really good..though my culinary skills are quite weak but your recipe worked for me.

    Thanks dear

    • welcome shruti, thanks for positive feedback. wish you all the best in your cooking adventure 🙂

  13. It turned out superb… thanks for sharing such good recipes… i am not that good in cooking.. but since the time i have started following ur recipes….i have actually started loving making varieties for my toddler.. and he is loving it… ur efforts in sharing such grt recipes in an organised manner has and is helping lot of people like me..

    • thanks a lot kruti for the feedback as well as sharing your experience. felt good to know that your kid is liking the recipes 🙂

  14. how is it different from Rava dosa… only thing is we don’t add curd… ryt .. ???

    • very different. these are soft and the taste is also different. whereas rava dosa are crisp and they taste different from rava chillas. moreover the spices used in these are not used in rava dosa. in some rava dosa recipes buttermilk or curd is also added which gives it a slightly sour taste.

  15. These chillas turned out so good. My 17 months old baby who is a very fussy eater enjoyed this till the last bite Thanku for sharing

    • thanks amandeep. glad to know that your baby liked the chillas 🙂

  16. Hi
    You can also add curd in it. It’s slight tangy taste make it more perfect. …it’s only my opinion. …

    • of course sweta, curd can be added. i did not add curd as usually chillas are not sour. but yes curd or some lemon juice can be added to get a slight sour taste.