Nachne Polle – Gluten Free Sweet Red Millet Flour Pancakes Recipe

29 Jul

According to my mum Polle/Pole/Polo in konkani is a sweet or savory pancake made of flour. I really do not know much history about the Goan polle/polo nor could I find any information online. Hopefully on my next trip to Goa I can get more information on less popular Goan recipes that are disappearing. Another on my wish list is “Shollio/sholorio“. I hope I have spelt it right….if not please correct it in the comment section below…Thanks!


The nachne(millet in konkani) pole are almost red-black in color if you use the goan coconut jaggery but if you use the pale brown then it had a reddish-pink color. I do make these pancake often now since my husband and I enjoy them for breakfast and evening tea and it is gluten-free and vegan 🙂  . These pancakes are not fluffy but if you like them to be fluffy you can add about 1/2 tsp of baking powder to the batter. Growing up as a child we had a variations of the pancakes made for evening tea and some more homemade snacks. We ate boiled sweet potatoes, coconut stuffed pancakes called allebelle,  nankhatais, patolios, boiled taro, gorchem, bolo de rulao, bolinhos de coco, xiro, docebaji, plum-cake, atoll.



Serving Size: 12 pancakes


2 cup red millet/ragi/nachne flour

1 cup grated fresh coconut

3/4  cup grated jaggery

1.5-2 cups water or coconut milk (pancake batter consistency)

1/2 tsp of baking powder (optional if you do not like dense pancakes)

2 pinches of salt


Mix the batter together till the jaggery mixes well and dissolves.

Heat a nonstick pan and pour approx 1/4 cup of the batter and let cook about 4 minutes on each side on medium heat.

Enjoy a nice healthy tea snack.

You can make in advance and store it in the refrigerator or the freezer. Just warm them up in the microwave before eating.



36 Responses to “Nachne Polle – Gluten Free Sweet Red Millet Flour Pancakes Recipe”

  1. Blogtastic Food July 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

    Omg wow I have never seen pancakes like this before. Very intrigued by that flour (:

    • Nandini August 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      It is a gluten-free flour and a much healthier option for those avoiding wheat 🙂

  2. Loretta July 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    Yumm, I’m salivating as I read the ingredients Nandini, anything with jaggery, and coconut and I’m definitely sold. I’m not quite sure if I’ve tried these before, but I do like all the goodness and can only imagine what they tasted like.

    • Nandini August 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

      Thank You Loretta so much. I too enjoy the smell of coconut and jaggery when I make them. It’s such a simple recipe Loretta that I think city folks would just skip it….if you know what I mean 🙂 As a kid I too was not found of it till now.

  3. sunnydaysinseattle July 29, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

    These look so good!

    • Nandini August 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  4. Jim July 29, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

    I don’t care if it’s not spelled right, what I care about is does it eat good?

    • Nandini August 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

      Yes it does Jim… I truly enjoy them for my evening tea 🙂 Happy Monday!

  5. Mr. Militant Negro July 29, 2016 at 8:10 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

    • Nandini August 1, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

      Thank You so much again for the re-blog 🙂

  6. Nancy July 30, 2016 at 4:52 am #

    Love this idea …. what a gorgeous colour they are!

    • Nandini August 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

      Thank You so much Nancy…they sure are very different from a regular sweet pancake 🙂

  7. Divya Deepak Rao July 30, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    We make a savory roti with ragi but didn’t know about the sweet version…thanks for sharing Nandini:)

    • Nandini August 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

      You are so welcome Divya… I haven’t eaten the savory roti so I too learnt something new 🙂

  8. fromthefamilytable July 31, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    I had a college roommate who made fermented millet pancakes (The fermentation was accidental – every time) Trust me: his pancakes were not as good as the ones in your recipe and images.

    • Nandini August 1, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

      Awww….Thank You Darryl for your kind words. I too am not sure of the fermented millet pancake. Though the Indian masala dosa which is a savory rice pancakes taste and smell really good when cooked with ghee 🙂

  9. Stan The Man July 31, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    Hi Nandini!

    NACHNE POLLE in Your pictures look ‘ PHENOMENAL’.I have studied all Your ingredients and the ones that really stand out for Me are JAGGERY and COCONUT,two of my favourite ingredients. I for one likes to munch on coconut and I like the ‘GRUNCH’ of the coconut,if You like..You mentioned the word ‘SHOLORIO’, Me mum used to prepare them for breakfast I vividly remember them, they used to be caramel coloured on one side and white as milk on the other, with a bit of HOLES,.correct Me if I am wrong.The reason why She made them so often, I guess was because they were very easy to make and they were very filling. Just recently I was speaking to My friend Malcolm Da Costa in London about SHOLORIO and He saidthat His mum prepared them in His house as well. I wonder wether SHOLORIOS are still made in Goa? I hope so,otherwise it will be such a SHAME. Thanks for mentioning about SHOLORIO, We cannot afford to forget about these very GOAN FOODS, By the way ‘GOA DAY’ was celebrated in the UK. As You may know the UK Has a very big ‘GOAN DIASPORA’. We will give Your recipe a go very soon.Kind of You to share Your knowledge and expertise with Us.Every recipe of Yours really takes Me down ‘MEMORY LANE’ .I AM ECSTATIC.


    Have a great week


    Stan & Linda

    • Nandini August 1, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

      Thank You so much Mr Stan. You are on point with regards to Solorios. They have these holes and were very filling. On my last couple trips to Goa I haven’t seen much of it being made as newer recipes are replacing the good old healthy Goan foods. Have a lovely week 🙂

  10. stateeats July 31, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

    Hi Nandini – I think I would like these, do they taste very coconutty bec I love anything coconut. – Kat

    • Nandini August 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

      Kat, it does have a strong flavor of coconut specially if you eat them hot. I am not too sure if you have ever tried millet flour before as it is a little more pronounced than wheat.

  11. youthfoodblogy August 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    Great recipe. Tasty and healthy!

    • Nandini August 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

      Thank You much Chris. It is indeed 🙂

  12. youthfoodblog August 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    Great recipe! Tasty and healthy!

  13. Love Served Daily August 2, 2016 at 6:02 am #

    Very interesting

  14. Harbans August 5, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

    Thanks ahring. :))

  15. Chelvi S August 12, 2016 at 6:40 am #

    Thanks for the recipe. I also think a lot of traditional recipes are disappearing. We also make this but in Sri Lanka, instead of making as pancakes, we just make as if you just pinch some flour and put in a steamer and steam it (call it piddi Kolukkatai in tamil). Amazing how similar food can be.

    • Nandini August 15, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

      Thank You Chelvi. You do make a great point. Through my experiences I have found some very similar Goan and Sri Lankan recipes. Like Kalu dodol and a few more 🙂

  16. C. Marie August 13, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    I love trying new flours–can’t wait to make these for breakfast!

    • Nandini August 15, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

      That is awesome Marie 🙂

  17. EatingWellNYC / The Mew Life August 13, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

    Those look interesting.. never had millet flour before

    • Nandini August 15, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

      Thanks! It does have an interesting taste for a first-timer 🙂

  18. rarelicious September 10, 2016 at 3:50 am #

    Very interesting recipe to make pancake with millet flour. Please check out few more recipes using millets on ‘’

  19. deblewis1 October 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    I have found that gluten free foods are just as good as other foods.

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:25 am #

      Yes they are. Indian cuisines has a lot of gluten-free choices 🙂

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