Sweet Cheela / Whole Wheat Pancakes

Add the baking powder and baking soda if you want to turn your cheela into pancakes!
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author Anushree Shetty


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour / ghehun ka atta / Chappati flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda optional
  • 1/2 cup powdered jaggery / 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Oil as needed for frying
  • Butter as an accompaniment as needed


  • Whisk all the ingredients (except oil) well to remove any lumps.The resulting batter will be of the consistency of pancake batter.
  • Over medium-high heat, add a teaspoon of oil to a shallow frying pan.
  • Pour a ladle of the batter on the pan and let it spread on its own.
  • The pancake will now start to rise and bubbles will form. Wait till the bubbles start to burst (around 1 - 2 minutes) and that's the cue to flip it over and cook the other side (1 - 2 minutes more) (Note: It will only bubble over if you use baking soda and powder - if not using cook it like a regular roti and when you see the color change indicating it is cooked, flip it over)
  • Serve hot with a sliver of butter.
  • Makes 6 -7 pancakes