Sarva Pindi / Tapala Chekka

Sarva Pindi is a traditional dish from TELANGANA, famous as a evening snack, easy to make and healthy for kids and adults. Sarva means pan and pindi means flour, so it means flour cooked on the pan.In simple words it is spicy rice flour pancake. It tastes good when hot and even better the next day too. Thanks to my mother-in-law for this yummy, wonderful and tasty recipe. Hope you enjoy this recipe!


2 cups rice flour
2 tbsps chana dal, soak for 2 hrs in water
1onion, finely chopped
1-2 tbsp white sesame seeds
few curry leaves, finely chopped
3-4 green chillies, finely chopped
salt as per taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
few coriander leaves, finely chopped
water as needed


1: In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients, mix well. Now add soaked chana dal and then add water slowly and knead it into a chapati dough consistency. Do not make it too watery.

2: Take a flat  deep non-stick pan, add 1 tbsp oil, spread all over the pan with your fingers.

3: Take a portion of dough (cricket ball size), put it in the middle of the pan and keep pressing flat thin like pan cake with your fingers, dipping your fingers in oil if needed. Once finished make holes on it with your finger as shown in the pic so that it gets evenly cooked.

4: Take this pan on stove top. Cook on med-low for 15 minutess or until lightly brown underneath. check in every five minutes and make sure it doesn't get burned. Turn over carefully with spatula and cook away for couple of minutes more. Switch off the flame and serve as it is on a plate. Leave it on stove top for 5 more minutes to get crispy sarva pindi.

Look how thin it is......

5: Yummy sarva pindi is ready. Serve it with peanut chutney or with any pickle.


1: Do not put lid on top while cooking, it will get soggy. If you want to put then, the water which sits on top of the lid wipe it off with cloth and cover again. If you want to do this way then check and adjust your cooking timings.

2: You can also make it with red chilli powder instead of the green chilli, it has a different taste but I like this one better.

3: You can add garlic, peanuts (roast these in microwave plate for 2 minutes,remove skin and separate in half or coarsely grind them with few bits and pieces), spring onion (finely chopped) to the dough.

4: I didn't use peanuts in this recipe.

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Archana.

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