23 June 2020 | 6 min read

6 Indian Style Pancakes Recipes That Are Super Easy To Master


Everyone has a favourite breakfast dish, and pancakes are a universal choice. Simple, easy and delicious – pancakes are an ultimate breakfast treat. However, if you are tired of the standard pancake recipe, we have you sorted with some Indian versions of pancake. Plus, they’re simple enough that you can pull off something impressive without using every single dish in your entire kitchen.

From appams, cheela to Pathiri, here are some incredible pancake recipes that you just might be missing out on while trying something new. One look at any of the drool-worthy methods featured below, we are sure these will be standard Sunday breakfast. Time to don the chef’s hat right. Best part? We have you sorted with all your ingredients here.

1. Sarva Pindi (Spicy Rice Flour Pancake)

Sarva Pindi (Spicy Rice Flour Pancake)

Nutrition (Calories per piece): 120 Cal
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Recipe Category: Pancakes
Recipe Cuisine: Indian Pancakes
Keywords: Sarva Pindi, Spicy Rice Flour Pancake


  • Rice flour – 250 gms
  • Chana dal – ½ cup
  • Curry leaves – 1 bunch
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Sesame seeds – 1 Tbsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Onion – 1, medium
  • Green chillies – 3-4
  • Oil – as required
  • Salt and water – as required


  1. For half an hour, soak chana dal in water.
  2. In a bowl, add the soaked chana dal (water removed), ginger-garlic paste, onion, salt, red chilli powder, sesame seeds, curry leaves, chopped green chillies, and rice flour.
  3. Mix well, adding enough water to make a soft dough.
  4. In a pan, add little oil and heat for a couple of minutes. Take a handful of dough, make a ball and spread in the pan to make an even, pancake-like shape.
  5. Make tiny holes all over with your finger and add a few drops of oil into them. 
  6. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a slow flame until golden brown.
  7. Flip, cook on the other side.
  8. Remove and serve with chutney or curd.

2. Pesarattu (Green Gram Dosa)

Pesarattu (Green Gram Dosa)

Nutrition (Calories): 92 Cal
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Recipe Category: Pancakes
Recipe Cuisine: Indian Pancakes


  • Moong dal – 2 cups, cleaned and soaked in water for an hour
  • Rice – ½ cup, washed and soaked in water for an hour
  • Green chillies – 3-4, chopped
  • Coriander leaves – as per taste, chopped
  • Asafoetida (Hing) – 2 pinches
  • Onion – 1 medium, chopped
  • Salt for taste
  • Oil for shallow frying


  1. Drain the dal and rice, and grind together to a coarse paste.
  2. Add in the chopped chillies, onions, salt and coriander, and mix to make a dropping consistency.
  3. Heat a flat pan and add some oil to it. Dollop a couple of spoonfuls of the batter to make dosa-like pancakes. Add drops of oil on the edges.
  4. The edges will come off quickly when appropriately cooked.
  5. Serve with spicy coconut and red chilli chutney (or any chutney of choice).

3. Cheela


Nutrition (Calories): 124 Cal
Preparation Time: 6 Minutes
Cooking Time: 14 minutes
Recipe Category: Pancakes
Recipe Cuisine: Indian Pancakes


  • Besan – 1 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1, medium, chopped
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Ajwain – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek leaves – ½ cup, finely chopped
  • Green chilli – 1-2, chopped
  • Oil – for shallow frying


  1. Mix all ingredients (except oil) while adding little water at a time, to a thick yet pouring consistency.
  2. Keep aside and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Pour some batter in the centre and spread it gradually and evenly.
  4. Add a few drops of oil at the edges.
  5. Once golden brown, flip and cook on the other side as well.
  6. Serve hot with chutney.

4. Meetha Pooda

Meetha Pooda

Nutrition (Calories): 293 Cal
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Recipe Category: Pancakes
Recipe Cuisine: Indian Pancakes


  • Whole wheat flour – 2 cups
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Ghee – enough for frying
  • Sugar – as required
  • Salt – 2 pinches
  • Chopped almonds – for garnishing


  1. Sift the flour along with sugar, fennel seeds, and salt. Add water as required and make a thin batter. Ensure that the sugar has completely dissolved.
  2. Heat some ghee in a flat pan on a medium flame.
  3. Pour ladleful of mixture and spread slightly. 
  4. Drizzle a little oil by the sides. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Garnish with chopped almonds or other dry fruits of choice and serve hot.

5. Pathiri


Nutrition (Calories): 20 Cal
Preparation Time: 40 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Recipe Category: Pancakes
Recipe Cuisine: Indian Pancakes


  • Rice flour – 1 cup
  • Water – 1 ½ cups
  • Coconut oil – as required
  • Salt – as required


  1. In a pan, dry roast the rice flour on a medium flame for about 5 minutes and keep aside.
  2. Then, in a large pan, add the coconut water, oil and salt. Bring to a vigorous boil.
  3. Lower the flame and add the roasted rice flour, and keep stirring vigorously until a thick dough is formed.
  4. Turn off the flame now, and cover and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Grease your palms with oil, and knead well.
  6. Take ball sized dough. Dust a little rice flour on a flat surface and roll the ball into even round flat shape.
  7. Cut uneven edges to make a beautiful round shape.
  8. Cook on medium flame on both sides, ensuring that it doesn’t turn brown.
  9. Serve with curry, chutney or coconut milk

6. Appam


Nutrition (Calories): 673 Cal
Preparation Time: 60 Minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Recipe Category: Pancakes
Recipe Cuisine: Indian Pancakes


  • 2 cups regular rice (Sona masoori, basmati, kolam or any variety)
  • 1 cup parboiled rice or boiled rice or idli rice
  • A fistful of poha (aval or parched rice) or cooked rice
  • 1 or 1.5 cups grated coconut or 1 cup thick coconut milk * check notes
  • ½ teaspoon dry active yeast
  • Two tablespoon sugar
  • One teaspoon salt or add as required
  • Water or as needed for grinding
  • Oil as required


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    Rinse both the rice varieties together for a couple of times.
  2. Soak both the regular rice, parboiled rice in water for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Drain and then add them to the grinder. Also add the grated coconut, cooked rice or poha/aval, active dry yeast, salt and sugar.
  4. You can also proof the yeast separately and then add. Just take about 2 to 3 tbsp warm water. Add a pinch of sugar and dissolve it. Then add the yeast and stir. Let this solution sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 mins till it becomes bubbly and frothy. 
  5. Add required amount of water and grind all the ingredients to a smooth flowing batter
  6. Pour the batter in a large bowl or pan. Cover and keep aside for fermenting for 8 to 12 hours, depending on the temperature conditions.
  7. The batter will rise and increase in volume the next day.
  8. Heat a kadhai or an appam pan with handles. Smear some oil on the Kadai. If using non-stick Kadai, then skip smearing the oil.
  9. Spread a spoon full of the batter. Turn and tilt the pan to spread the batter.
  10. Cover the pan and let the appam cook. The base would become nicely light golden.
  11. Make all appam this way.
  12. Serve the appam hot or warm with vegetable stew or sweetened coconut milk.

Notes – Appam might taste bland on its own – so we recommend you make an accompanying vegetable stew or egg curry if you like something on the non-vegetarian side.

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