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Ragi chilla

Ragi Rotti/ Finger Millet Pancake

This is a delicious ragi or finger millet rotti or pancake recipe. Goes very well with chutney and makes for a filling breakfast or snack.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Karnataka | South Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1.5 cups ragi flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk or as needed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 2-3 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger and garlic paste each
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp. chopped dill
  • 1/2 cup chopped cabbage
  • chopped coriander -- few sprigs
  • leaves Some curryfinely chopped
  • Oil for cooking


  • Add all the ingredients to ragi flour and make a sticky dough with buttermilk.
  • It should not be runny just a sticky dough.
  • Now heat a tava and grease it with oil.
  • Take the dough in your hand and spread it out on the tava gently with your hand to form a rustic, thick pancake. Pat it down as you spread.
  • Then cook it on medium flame till one side is brown and crispy.
  • Put some oil on the other side and flip it.
  • Cook it covered for a couple of minutes or till the rotti is cooked properly.
  • Serve hot with a spicy mint coriander chutney, a yoghurt raita or even ketchup.


This is quite a delicious rotti but it takes some time to roll out on the tawa. I would suggest that you use two tavas.
Cool down one by sprinkling water and then use it. You can't spread out the rotti on a hot tava.