Chakuli Pitha
TypeRice cake
Place of originIndia
Region or stateOdisha
Main ingredientsRice flour, black gram, refined edible oil (ghee or mustard oil), salt

Chakuli pitha (Odia: ଚକୁଳି ପିଠା) is a flat Odia rice-based fermented cake traditionally popular in the regions of Odisha state in India.[1][2] It is prepared and served during festivals.[3][4]


The dish is prepared using rice flour, black gram, refined edible oil (preferably ghee or mustard oil), and salt.[5][6]

Rice flour and black gram are mixed with warm water and salt to create the batter. The batter is covered and left to ferment for several hours. The batter is then poured on a skillet to create round flat cakes.[3]

Chakuli pitha can be served on its own or paired with side dishes including guguni, sambhar, sugar, jaggery, tea, milk, vegetables, and mutton.


There are multiple variations of chakuli pitha. Saru Chakuli (ସରୁ ଚକୁଳି) is a thinner variation similar to dosa.[3] Burha Chakuli (ବୁଢ଼ା ଚକୁଳି) is a thicker variation made mixed with jaggery, paneer and grated coconut.

See also


  1. ^ Prasant Kumar Acharya (2003). Sacred Complex of Budhi Santani (2003 ed.). New Delhi: Concept. p. 228. ISBN 978-8-18069-049-5.
  2. ^ Prakash Tamang, Jyoti (2020). Ethnic Fermented Foods and Beverages of India: Science History and Culture. Springer Publisher. p. 657.
  3. ^ a b c Joshi, V.K. (2016). Indigenous Fermented Foods of South Asia. CRC Press. pp. 408–410.
  4. ^ Asian Folklore Studies. Nanzan University Institute of Anthropology. pp. 241–243.
  5. ^ "Buddha Chakuli - The typical Odia Pitha - - latest Odisha News - Business - Culture -Art - Travel". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. ^ Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society. The University of Michigan. 2008. p. 800.