Japanese/Chinese spring onion pancakes (paratha)

Chinese Pancake - Part4


These pancakes are similar to kerala parathas but stuffed with spring onions. Scallion pancakes are one of a delicious dish of china, and the secret of making this pancakes flaky is using boiling water for dough, plain flour and coating the surface with sesame oil. But I made a variation by usingย  wheat flour,olive oil but it tasted delicious. Using white/plain flour makes changes in texture though.

I could have made these with white flour but I really wanted keep the focus on healthy option, as you all know whole wheat flour is much healthier than processed white flour.

Yields: 6
Preparation time: 15mins
Cooking time: 20mins


  • Whole wheat flour/unbleached flour-2cups
  • Salt- 1/4tsp
  • Olive oil-2tsp
  • Hot water-1cup
  • Scallions/spring onions-1bunch
  • Sesame seeds-for stuffing (optional)
  • Olive oil/sesame oil- for brushing and roasting pancakes


  • In a large bowl, stir together flour and salt and the make a well in the centre and add hot water , to fill the well and then start adding on sides little at a time, use a large spoon or rubber spatula to combine the ingredients into a soft dough.
  • Turn out the dough onto the lightly floured surface and shape it into a ball, working with the floured hands, knead the dough until its smooth and springy about 2-3minutes.
  • Once kneading is done transfer to the greased bowl, cover and rest for at least for half an hour.
  • While the dough rests, finely chop the scallions and set them aside.
  • Divide the dough to 6 equal portions.
  • Now roll take one portion and roll into a thin circle about 5-6cm diameter. Spoon some olive oil onto the rolled dough and
  • Spread it evenly over the pancake, scatter 2 generous tablespoon of chopped scallion and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top, leaving border.
  • Roll the pancake into a log-beginning at one end, wind the log into a spiral as if shaping a cinnamon roll, then tuck the loose end underneath. Use your palm to gently press the dough into a disk. Dust the dough lightly with flour, then roll it into pancakes of 5-6inch in diameter.
  • Heat the tava/skillet on medium high and grease some olive oil and when the skillet is hot enough lay the rolled pancakes gently on pan, it should sizzle but not burn-cook for 2minutes one side .
  • Flip the pancake over with spatula and cook for an additional 2minutes on the other side/until golden brown.
  • Transfer the pancake to a serving plate and serve with dipping sauce.

Chinese Pancake - Part1

Chinese Pancake - Part2

Chinese Pancake - Part3


  • If calorie is not a concern you can use white/plain flour instead of wheat/unbleached flour ย or even half white and half wheat flour can be used.
  • You can replace olive oil with sesame oil/vegetable oil

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on July 17, 2014, in Indian, International, Main Course, Main dish and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. Chitra just curious, will normal water work? because I have read that we need hot water for gluten free flour as they don’t have the capacity to stick together, but wheat flour has gluten in itself. Is there any specific factor with spring onions?


  2. I love scallion pancakes, order them all the time in Chinese restaurants. Your pancakes look wonderful.


  3. Yum ๐Ÿ™‚ Btw, Congrats on the chai tea getting featured on VVLP2 ๐Ÿ™‚ Am happy for you


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    Ooooo that looks great!


  5. You just combined 2 of my all time favorite things!!!


  6. These look amazing!


  7. Oh my goodness these have to be made in my kitchen asap, they look so yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. One to try. And as for making a gluten free version, add 1/2 tsp of Xanthum or Guar gum to mimic gluten. Alternatively, you could try buckwheat flour which I will do.



  9. Never heard about scallion pancakes:) looks beautiful..thanks for the he recipe Chitra


  10. Love flatbreads and these sound and look tasty. Can’t wait to try your recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Thanks for liking my blog posts! Yours looks great. I like all your bakes and want to try out this chinese pancake recipe.


  12. Wow! Need to try this soon ๐Ÿ™‚


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