Besan chilla (Chickpea flour pancakes) – These savory pancakes are a great way to boost your nutritional intake, and start your day on the right note. These healthy and tasty pancakes are easy to whip up and are ready in just 20 minutes.
If you’re looking for quick and easy breakfast options, pancakes are always a great choice. And when they come with the hashtag “healthy”, pancakes turn out to be one of the best brekkie ideas ever.
Honestly, I’m totally in love with this besan chilla (also called besan cheela) recipe. Besan is basically chickpea flour, which I think, is a super healthy kind of flour. And chilla literally translates to pancake. In short, chickpea flour pancake. Seriously, this is the best way to make healthy and delicious pancakes. Enjoying healthy pancakes for breakfast sounds so awesome, right? You know, the best part of these kind of recipes is you can eat as much as you like without feeling guilty at all.
Because of its yellow color, these pancakes are also called vegetarian omelet. Such a cool name for a delicious dish! Whether you call this besan chilla or vegetarian omelet or chickpea flour pancake, this is a must addition to your recipe repertoire. You won’t believe how amazing this besan chilla tastes!
Basically, the recipe starts with combining besan (chickpea flour or gram flour) with water to make a smooth batter. Start with a small amount of water, and add more to make lump-free batter with pouring consistency. The consistency of the batter should be similar to that of regular pancake batter. When you add water little by little, it’s easier to make the batter totally lump-free.
Now we have the basic batter. Next up, all the ingredients that you need to add to the batter. First, grated or finely chopped veggies. Choose any of your favorite veggies, or add a mixture of different vegetables. Tomatoes, carrot, cabbage, spinach, bell peppers (capsicum) and cauliflower are a few options. Remember to grate them or chop them very finely. Otherwise, you may find it really difficult to spread the batter on the tawa or pan.
Again, once you add all the veggies, the batter may get thicker. If so, add a little water to slightly loosen it.
Once the batter is ready, you can make besan chilla just like you make regular flour pancake. If you have a non-stick pan or tawa, use it. It’s important that you add a little oil to the hot tawa just before and after you spread the batter. This way, the pancake won’t stick to the pan, and the flipping part will turn out to be super easy. Also, make sure tawa is not overheated which will make spreading the besan chilla batter thin and even impossible.
Alright, pancakes are done! Whenever you’re thinking healthy, don’t forget to make these chickpea pancakes. These are so good for you, seriously!
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Healthy and wealthy cheelas…. Really awesome….
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
Love chillas like anything and yours look perfect, Rose. Lovely share. PS: Sent you an email on Friday, just wanted to know if you get it or not. 🙂
I love besan chilla, especially when it is served along with a hot cup of chai.