Buckwheat Pancakes or say Kuttu Ke Aate ka Chilla is one of the simplest, quickest and yummiest treats to have during Navratri or other fasting days. But why only during fasts? It is so good from both taste as well health point of view that it should be included in our day to day diet too.

This recipe is vegan as well as gluten-free!

Buckwheat Pancakes

Kuttu ke Aate Ka Chilla

The outcome of this recipe is so good that call it by whatever name, Chilla or Kuttu ka Parantha or Dosa or Buckwheat Pancakes, the end result is simply awesome.

It is a very simple and easy recipe. My personal recommendation is that do try it out.

WHAT IS KUTTU KA ATTA?

Kuttu ka atta is a seed. It is neither a grain nor a millet. It is called Buckwheat flour in English.

Kuttu, along with Singhara (Water Chestnut), Amaranth and Chia are all pseudo cereals which mean that these are obtained from seeds of fruits, unlike cereals that are a product of grasses.

Being a seed of fruit, it is very much allowed in Navratri and other fasts.

If you are looking for some more Kuttu Atta recipes, then do try these easy Kuttu Atta Cookies! These cookies are perfect o have during fasts too.

 

BENEFITS OF KUTTU KA ATTA

All these years many of us have been consuming Kuttu only during fasts, so much so that it is better known as Vrat Ka Atta (Flour for Fasting days) only. But seeing the benefits of buckwheat, it can be consumed round the year too and not just during fasts.

Kuttu and Singhara (Buckwheat and Water Chestnut) both are loaded with nutrients. Knowing all these benefits of these two then I am sure you will not restrict yourself to use these during fasts only. Instead, you can have it any time of the year, fasts or non-fasts.

  • These are gluten-free
  • Good for Diabetics due to their low GI.
  • They aid in weight loss by keeping you full for a longer period of time as compared to other flours.
  • They are low in calories
  • Fibre-rich
  • High in good quality protein, magnesium, vitamin B6, iron, niacin (vitamin B3), thiamine (vitamin B1) and zinc.
  • Contains a high amount of antioxidants.

 

Can't make Kuttu Roti?

Normally, people face problem in making Kuttu Roti or Poori. But making Chilla is fairly easy.

And believe me, with this recipe making Buckwheat pancakes or Chilla is child's play. This recipe has a secret ingredient that makes all this possible. It's not the normal Cheela but is with a difference.

You can make it soft or crisp depending on your taste buds.

Now, what is that secret ingredient? Well, that is potato and that too raw and grated. When the grated potato is added to the Kuttu Singhara flour, the resulting Cheela is firm and not the one difficult to handle.

 

Serving Suggestions

  • Though we make the traditional 'Vrat ki Aloo Ki Sabzi and Arbi with it but you can have it with curd also.
  • And, if you are making it during non-fasting days, then you can have it with tomato ketchup or any other dip of your choice.

 

Step By Step Recipe

  • Take both the flours, salt, black pepper, and chopped green chilli in a bowl.
  • Wash the potato, peel it and grate it.
  • Add grated potato to the flour mix.

Tip: Before adding water to the flour, first, add grated potatoes. This is because potatoes have their water too and if added later the batter may become too runny.

Mix grated potatoes in kuttu ka atta

Add all other spices

 

  • Now make a batter of flowing consistency by using water.
  • Heat a skillet, preferably non-stick.
  • Wipe it with a wet cloth. Put a ladle full of the batter and spread it like Dosa.
  • Put little oil around it, wait for 30 seconds or so,  and flip it.
  • Cook from the other side till crisp.
  • Serve with Curd or green chutney.

Buckwheat Crepes

 

FAQs

Q) What should be the consistency of the chilla batter?

  • A thick batter will give you a pancake which will be like Parantha (Chapati).
  • The slightly thin batter will give you crispy Dosa like Cheela.

 

Q) Do I need to rest the batter for some time?

No resting time is required. Once you make the batter, immediately start making pancakes.

 

Q) I do not want to add potatoes. What can I replace it with?

You can replace potatoes with Plantains. But do not replace potatoes with bottle gourd. Bottle gourd will give very soft and clumsy pancakes.

My other Vrat recipes that you would love to try are:

Buckwheat Pancakes

Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Chilla recipes, Navratri Fast Recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Kuttu Ka Atta (Buckwheat Flour)
  • 1/2 Cup Singhare Ka Atta (Water Chestnut Flour)
  • 1 Potato, Medium sized
  • Salt to Taste
  • Black Pepper to Taste (Optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Green Chillies, Chopped finely (Optional)
  • 1 Cup Water, approx
  • Oil for Making Pancakes

Instructions

  1. Take both the flours, salt, black pepper, and chopped green chilli in a bowl.

  2. Wash the potato, peel it and grate it.

  3. Add grated potato to the flour mix.

  4. Before adding water to the flour, first, add grated potatoes. This is because potatoes have their water too and if added later the batter may become too runny.

  5. Now make a batter of flowing consistency by using water.
  6. Heat a skillet, preferably non-stick.
  7. Wipe it with a wet cloth. Put a ladle full of the batter and spread it like Dosa.
  8. Put little oil around it, wait for 30 seconds or so,  and flip it.
  9. Cook from the other side till crisp.
  10. Serve with Curd or green chutney.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can adjust the quantity of potatoes as per your preference. But more potato gives it a nice texture as well taste.
  2. A thick batter will give you a pancake which will be like Parantha (Chapati).
  3. The slightly thin batter will give you crispy Dosa like Cheela.
  4. After grating potatoes, immediately mix them with the flours.
  5. If you grate the potatoes in advance then soak them in water to prevent discolouration.
  6. No resting time is required. Once you make the batter, immediately start making pancakes.
  7. You can replace potatoes with plantains but do not replace potatoes with bottle gourd. Bottle gourd will give very soft and clumsy pancakes.