Chilka roti from Jharkhand cuisine

Jharkhand Chilka roti
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The Shhh Cooking Secretly challenge excites me every time. One, you get secret ingredients from your partner and two you need to research on the state for the month. This double challenge feels like the excitement for the roller coaster ride each month.

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With Sujata Roy from,
Batter up with Sujata, as my partner this time, we went in for the most basic staples we find in our every day Indian kitchens.  With the cuisine fairly not well documented from Jharkhand, it was easier to stick to simple ingredients. She gave me Channa dal and oil as secret ingredients to work with this time. So, it is time for some Jharkhand style Chilka roti with chutney for breakkie.

About Jharkhand

The cuisine theme of the month was Jharkhand, one of the least explored among Indian cuisines. The overpowering similarity with Bihar cuisine and unique rustic ingredients has left this region pretty much unexplored.
Resting in the Chota Nagpur Plateau,  this “land of bushes,” is the 28th state of India to be formed in the year 2000. With iron ore mineral wealth predominating the state economy, the steel and iron factories are the industrial booms. Ranchi, the capital city and Jamshedpur industrial location the state has seen rapid advancements in the recent years. The people, the pilgrimage and the traditions still seek advancement in many rural areas.

The recipe

Jharkhand chika roti


This crepe style, Jharkhand Chilka roti recipe is the best that I dug out of the internet. I couldn’t find one authentic link I could tie this on to so went my way with a combination of all the ones I read.
This gluten-free, rice-based lentil crepe tastes so close to the South Indian Adai dosai, just a bit crispier.
Traditionally served at breakfast with a  chutney, the recipe had no trouble to be accepted as normal in my household. I have served it here with avocado green chutney.
The batter preparation does need overnight perp, When the batter is on,  warm breakfast swirls are ready in a jiffy.
So here we are with a nonfermented, crispy savoury crepe ready to be enjoyed.
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Jharkhand Chilka roti

Chilka roti with Jharkhand cuisine

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Snacks, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 205 kcal


for the batter

  • 1 cup Raw rice
  • 1 cup Channa Dal Bengal gram, skinned chickpea
  • salt to taste

for cooking

  • 2-3 tbsp oil I have used mustard oil, you can use any for brushing


  • Wash and soak the rice and Channa dal together. Let it soak and swell overnight ( about 6-7 hours).
  • Drain the excess water and grind to a smooth paste with salt in the morning or later depending on when you want to make it.
  • The batter is not very runny, yet spreadable. That is the right consstency we are looking for.
  • To cook the rotis, use a flat pan and bring it up to medium heat.
  • Check the pan, when you sprinkle water it sizzles is a good indication the pan is ready.
  • Spread one ladle full of batter in concentric like you would do for a crepe or a dosa.
  • Brush it with oil or drizzle a bit of oil along the sides.
  • Flip over when one side is cooked and detaches easily. Cook the other side too.
  • Serve hot with green chutney.
    Jharkhand Chilka roti


The batter keeps well in the refrigerator for a week. so a quick dinner option is available.


Serving: 100gCalories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 9gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 249mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 8gSugar: 3g
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The Girl Next Door
4 years ago

This looks lovely! I think it would make for the perfect breakfast or snack. 🙂

Mayuri Patel
4 years ago

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. Have to try out these chilkas using both rice and chana dal.Perfect breakfast dish.

Sujata Roy
4 years ago

Loved it. A simple yet delicious recipe. I have to try it soon. A perfect breakfast option. Awesome share.

4 years ago

Yummy and healthy breakfast…the roti looks perfectly cooked.

4 years ago

Loved the fact that you have a calorific chart with the recipes…such a nutritious dish

Shobha Keshwani
4 years ago

This looks somewhat like dosa… Nice for a change.

4 years ago

Somewhere between our Adai and Dosa. I have bookmarked this recipe to try for breakfast soon!

Vidya Narayan
4 years ago

The Jharkand Adai! Haha.. Nutritious and perfect breakfast for people like me who scout for healthy take on recipes. Great share. I had zeroed down on this recipe when I got chana dal as my secret ingredient but Dal Pitha really tempted me. Shall surely try this!

4 years ago

What a healthy and delicious looking chilka roti, I’ve noticed that almost all the Jharkhand dishes are made with humble ingredients!

Sujata Shukla
4 years ago

One more interesting and easy recipe from your Blog! Would like to have it really hot, with jaggery and white butter, the normal accompaniments to our Madraasi Adai!

Poonam Bachhav
4 years ago

A healthy breakfast treat using humble ingredients . .lovely share Seema !

Priya Suresh
4 years ago

Such a fabulous pick for Jharkhand cuisine, chilka roti is in my to do list, am yet to try my hands with this beauty. Well done Seema, lovely pick from this cuisine yaar.

1 year ago
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I saw this when I was trying your set dosa recipe. Since the set dosa came out great, I will try more from your blog.

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