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Farali Kuttu ka Cheela | Buckwheat Groats Pancake

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Buckwheat Groats Pancake aka Farali Kuttu ka Cheela is gluten-free, quick, and easy savory pancake made using 6 ingredients including salt and water. They are best if you are on a gluten-free diet as they are filling and light on the tummy. Perfect food if you are fasting or as in Hindi vrat or upvaas food. 

Upvas thali with Farali Kuttu ke Cheela along with Kali Mirch ki Aloo Ki sabji (Stir fried potatoes in black pepper and salt) and Yogurt/curd

So what is Buckwheat?

Yes even though the name has wheat in it, it is gluten-free. Buckwheat is one of the healthiest foods which needs to be incorporated into our diet. It has numerous health benefits, tasty, and easy to prepare. I have already detailed more about Buckwheat in my post on Farali Kutti ki Khichdi | Buckwheat Khichdi.

Recipes with Buckwheat

In India Buckwheat is a commonly consumed grain during fasting. Buckwheat Khichdi, Halwa, Pakoras etc are made during fasting days. I remember my mom making these pancakes for her fast and I even though not fasting would wait for these pancakes. They are perfect with some Kali Mirch ki aloo ki sabji and curd on the side.

I also like to make this Farali Kuttu ki Khichdi on days when I like to eat something light and healthy. Another recipe that even my kids love to eat is this Buckwheat Sweet Potato Pancakes and this Buckwheat Oats Cookies. This Farali Kuttu aur Singhara ka Dhokla (Buckwheat And Water Chestnut Flour Steamed Cake) goes perfect as a breakfast or a mid-evening snack for my family.

Buckwheat Groats Pancake

Instant Version of Farali Kuttu ka Cheela

One can make an Instant version of these pancakes using Buckwheat flour. I get the groats/grains here and like to use them. I would say even by using groats you are making an Instant version only as it just requires 30 mins of soaking time. 

Process of Buckwheat Groats Pancake

After soaking Buckwheat groats in hot water the water will turn slimy and sticky. Do not worry there is nothing wrong. Buckwheat has the property of making goo. Just drain the water and rinse the groats again in normal tap water and you are good to go. 

I have made a batter with green chilies and ginger. One can add veggies, coriander if you prefer for regular non-fasting days. Secondly, I like to use Ghee (Clarified Butter) for shallow frying but one can use oil too. 

Close up look of Farali Kuttu ka Cheela

I have posted this recipe earlier, but today just updating the content and pics. No changes have been made to the recipe.

Few more Farali/Fasting Recipes:


Fried & Steamed Snacks

Pancakes (Chila) & Parathas

Bhaji’s & Curries

Raita’s (Condiments)


Drinks & Sweets

Extra’s (Padadum & Wafers)

Ice Creams

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    Buckwheat Groats Pancakes aka Kuttu ka Cheela are gluten free, quick and easy savory pancakes made using 6 ingredients including salt and water. They are best if you are on a gluten free diet as they are filling and light on the tummy. Perfect food if you are fasting or as in hindi vrat or upvaas food.

    So here goes the recipe for Buckwheat Groats Pancake | Farali Kuttu ka Cheela

    Close up look of Farali Kuttu ka Cheela

    Buckwheat Groats Pancakes | Farali Kuttu ka Cheela

    Buckwheat Groats Pancakes aka Farali Kuttu ka Cheela are gluten free, quick and easy savory pancakes made with just 6 ingredients.
    4.67 from 6 votes
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    Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Snacks
    Cuisine: Indian
    Keyword: Fasting Recipes, Gluten Free, Gluten-Free Flour, Millet, Pancake, Vrat
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Soaking Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 50 minutes
    Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


    • 1 Cup Buckwheat Groats (Kuttu) – one can use buckwheat flour too
    • 2 green chillies
    • 1/2 inch ginger
    • Hot Water for Soaking + more for grinding
    • Salt
    • Ghee (Clarified Butter) (Clarified Butter for shallow frying) – One can use oil too and make it Vegan


    • Rinse the Buckwheat groats in water 2-3 times.
      1 Cup Buckwheat Groats
    • Soak it in hot water. (I almost boiled the water)
    • Let the groats soak in water for 30 minutes.
      Hot Water for Soaking + more for grinding
    • After 30 minutes, the water will be slimy and sticky.
      Soaked Buckwheat groats
    • Discard this water and rinse the grains again in normal tap water.
      Soaked and Rinsed Buckwheat groats
    • Drain and grind the rinsed grains using green chillies, ginger and salt to taste.
      2 green chillies, 1/2 inch ginger, Salt
      Mixture ready to be grounded
    • Do not add water in start. Only add if required and grind to a smooth paste.
    • The consistency of the batter should be pouring Cheela/dosa like, as seen in the video below.
      Batter for Kuttu ka chilla
    • Heat a pan. Once hot drizzle some ghee on the pan.
    • Take 2 tablespoons of the batter and spread it in clockwise direction to form a cheela/dosa/crepe.
    • Thickness can be as desired. I like it thin as they turn crispy and taste good.
    • Once half cooked, drizzle some ghee on the sides and top and let it cook.
      Ghee (Clarified Butter)
      Cooking of Buckwheat Groats Pancake on Top side
    • Once it has cooked from the bottom it will start leaving the sides.
    • Flip and let it cook on the other side.
      Cooking of Buckwheat Groats Pancake on the bottom side
    • Serve hot with some Kali mirch ki aloo ki sabji (Potatoes in black pepper) and yogurt/curd or chutney of your choice.



    • 1 teaspoon = 5 ml, 1 tablespoon=15 ml, 1 Cup=235 ml
    • One can use oil instead of Ghee.
    • Buckwheat flour can be used instead of groats. In that case just mix everything and make pancakes.
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    Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.

    Today, 30th August 2021, I am adding step by step pics for the process as well as added a few more links to fasting recipes in the post.

    This post was first published on September 25, 2017. I am updating the contents of this post and adding the recipe card. Sharing this with Foodies_RedoingOldPost_20


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    Seema Sriram

    Tuesday 31st of March 2020

    Iam so glad I have a recipe for that buckwheat groats now. With nearly emptying my pantry working as a plan, these cheelas will work just perfect

    Renu Agrawal-Dongre

    Tuesday 31st of March 2020

    That's good to know that it would be useful to you. Hope you like it. Thanks

    Mayuri Patel

    Wednesday 18th of March 2020

    What a wonderful recipe, something different to enjoy when fasting as making the same kind of fasting food gets a bit boring. I too love to use ghee when making cheela as it adds a unique flavour.

    Renu Agrawal-Dongre

    Thursday 19th of March 2020

    Isn't it, ghee adds so much taste and is healthy too. Thank You

    Jayashree T.Rao

    Friday 13th of March 2020

    I have never used buckwheat, as for fasting days too, we hardly use it here.I think I should try using it now on regular days as a healthy food.

    Renu Agrawal-Dongre

    Saturday 14th of March 2020

    Indeed a healthy choice. Thank You


    Saturday 7th of March 2020

    I think I must take up fasting seriously for such healthy, earthy, nutritious dosa / Cheelas ! Havent used buckwheat till date, but this is surely giving me reason to, Renu...

    Renu Agrawal-Dongre

    Tuesday 10th of March 2020

    Thank You, they taste great