Surnoli – Sweet

Surnoli is served for breakfast  amongst the  Saraswat Bhramin community from West Coast of India. It is a spongy pancake and is served with freshly churned butter and curry leaves dry chutney(called Pitti chitni) The secret of the spongy and light surnoli is the slice of bread that aids in the fermentation. This was my late Channi Masi’s trick to get the lightest of Surnolis!!




1/2 cup grated coconut

1  cup buttermilk

1 slice bread

1 cup beaten rice ( Poha)

2 cups rice

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1/2 to  1 1/2 cups of  jaggery

1/4 tsp turmeric

A  pinch of salt


Soak the rice and the fenugreek seeds in water for about 2 to 4 hours.

Soak the bread and the poha in the buttermilk – mix together and set aside.

Grind to a slightly not too fine paste-the soaked and drained rice, fenugreek seeds, the buttermilk soaked poha and bread, along with the grated coconut. Add minimal water, as the dough has to be very thick, it will thin down, when the jaggery is added. Add the turmeric & salt. Mix well. Cover and place in a warm place to ferment. Once the dough rises, usually overnight, add the jaggery to taste.

To make them into Surnolis, heat a tava or griddle. Oil it well.When hot, take a laddle of the dough and in a circular motion, pour the dough onto the tava or griddle. Put a little oil around the surnoli, let it cook  covered for a 2 to 4minutes on a medium flame. The surnoli should have holes in it and edges should have caramelized. There is no need to flip the Surnoli over as it has already cooked.

Serve with butter and pitti chitni or any kind of Indian pickle. Some like it with mango or lime pickle, either spicy or sweet and sour


P.S. – One can omit the turmeric and the jaggery if you want plain unsweetened Surnoli.


About gudkuk24

Love cooking,reading,gardening,listening to music.Have a great zest for life! I do not balk at changes that need to be made to keep me positive. I have an upbeat view of life and take disappointments as experiences and I move on!
This entry was posted in Beaten rice or Poha, Buttermilk, fenugreet seeds, grated coconut, Jaggery, Rice, Surnoli, Turmeric. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Surnoli – Sweet

  1. I had completely forgotten about Surnoli. I used to eat it with assorted chutneys.

    I have never used bread in the dough though. I guess it aids fermentation.

    Thank you so much for this recipe.


    • gudkuk24 says:

      Hello Aruna, I am glad that my recipe has brought back good memories! The slice of bread does help in making the Surnoli light and fluffy. This is my Channi Masi’s secret ingredient. Enjoy making it!!!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s