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Besan Chilla Recipe

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Besan Chilla

Besan Chilla

Besan chilla is an Indian-style savoury pancake prepared with gram flour or chickpea flour. The chickpea flour used in India is always prepared with brown chickpeas, which are different from white chickpeas or garbanzo beans.

Chilla is a breakfast dish usually prepared with a variety of spices. At times, veggies like bell pepper, onion, tomato, beans, etc., are also incorporated in the batter, making it healthier and more delicious.

This is a gluten-free and vegan dish. Do try it and give your feedback.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

45 min

1 hour

makes 5 chillas

Ingredients

  • 1 cup besan (gram flour)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp hara dhania (cilantro), chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water, or as needed
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Oil, to fry the chillas

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, add the besan, chopped onion, tomato, ginger paste, green chilli, hara dhania, salt, garam masala, red chilli powder, coriander powder, ajwain, turmeric powder and 1 tsp oil. Stir to combine; then add water little by little to prepare a flowing batter of the consistency shown in the video. Add the baking soda and stir a few times to mix.
  2. Heat a nonstick pan on low heat. Spread a little oil on the pan, pour about 2 ladlefuls of the batter on it, and spread it a bit thick. Let the chilla cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on low-medium heat until it is a little golden. Flip it over and cook the other side until it is a bit golden and cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the chilla to a plate and prepare the rest of the chilla similarly.
  4. Serve the chilla hot with green chutney or any other dip of your choice.

Besan Chilla Recipe

© 2020 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 08, 2020:

Thank you, Aurelio.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 08, 2020:

Glad you like our recipes. Thank you, Audrey.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 08, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 08, 2020:

Thank you, Devika.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 08, 2020:

Thanks, Miebakagh.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 08, 2020:

Lol! Thank you, Bill.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 08, 2020:

Thanks for appreciating the recipe, Pamela.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 08, 2020:

Glad you like the dish, John. Thank you.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 08, 2020:

I'm not familiar with this dish but it's something I'm willing to try. Thanks for the recipe.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 07, 2020:

I really go for your recipes. They spice up my life. Thanks, my friend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 07, 2020:

I learned something from your second sentence. I only thought that chickpeas were white in color. Thanks for the education plus another one of your good-sounding recipes.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 07, 2020:

I watched the video and learned how to make this delicious recipe.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on November 07, 2020:

Rajah, it is a nourishing and delicious diet. One that can that can help the immune system. So, I loved it. Thanks for sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 07, 2020:

You must be a great cook, my friend! I think I would gain fifty pounds if I lived with you. LOL Happy weekend!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 07, 2020:

This sounds like a good breakfast recipe. Thanks for sharing it, Rajan.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2020:

This looks good and is quite a simple recipe to follow, Rajan. I particularly like a savoury pancake so I am sure I would enjoy this.