Tuesday 5 February 2019

Recipe 67: Healthy Sooji Cheela

If you are in a search for healthy and tasty breakfast or snack, you have found the perfect recipe.

This recipe combines super foods like semolina, vegetables and yogurt.

Semolina or sooji (as popularly known in India) contains large amounts of selenium, which prevents infections and strengthens the immunity system. The benefits of heart health are huge as well.

Here is an easy step-by-step process of making savoury pancakes which I like to call Healthy Sooji Cheela!

Ingredients for 8 Medium Sized Cheela:

  1. 1 cup sooji
  2. 1/4 cup maida/all-purpose flour
  3. 1 cup unflavoured sour yogurt
  4. 1 cup finely chopped cabbage
  5. 1 cup water
  6. 1/2 cup chopped cauliflower
  7. 1/2 cup grated carrots
  8. 1/2 cup chopped capsicum
  9. 2-3 finely chopped green chillies
  10. 1 tsp. ginger paste
  11. 2-3 tbsp. chopped fresh dhania/coriander leaves
  12. 1/2 tsp. zeera/cumin seeds
  13. 1/2 tsp. rai/mustard seeds
  14. salt to taste
  15. vegetable oil for cooking


In a large mixing bowl add sooji and yogurt.
Mix well using a spatula.
Add in the flour along with water.
Now add all the vegetables, ginger paste and salt.
Mix well.
Ensure that the consistency is neither too heavy nor runny. It should be dropping consistency.
Cover and allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes.
To begin preparing Cheela, warm some oil in a pan or skillet on medium heat.
When the pan is not too hot, pour a laddle full of batter and spread it evenly.
Do not force to spread batter as it will break the cheela.
Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Drizzle some oil on top of cheela and flip it.
Cook for another 5 minutes.
Make sure both sides are well cooked and crispy brown.
Serve hot with any chutney of your choice or pickle.
Enjoy this delicious healthy dish with your family!

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