How to Make Savory Vegetable Pancakes (Besan Cheela) in 25 Minutes

Updated on March 13, 2020
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Savory Vegetable Pancakes (Besan Cheela)
Savory Vegetable Pancakes (Besan Cheela)

Sweet and Savory Pancakes

Recently, I was searching online for a healthy breakfast recipe. These savory vegetable pancakes caught my attention. The recipe was easy, and I found it to be a versatile pancake that you can add various veggies to, depending on your preference.

It took me only about 25 minutes to make these yummy pancakes. I served them hot with a spicy coriander leaf chutney, and they were just fantastic. I think it a tomato sauce would also be a tasty condiment.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 13 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 6 medium-sized pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 heaped cup gram flour (chickpea flour or besan)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (cooking soda)
  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 12 medium size spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup carrots, grated
  • 3-4 tablespoons coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 3-4 teaspoons olive oil or any other cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Wash spinach leaves. Heat them in a deep bottomed pan. Saute them until the leaves shed some water and wilt. Turn off the stove. Hold them together and chop into one-inch pieces.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients (except the oil).
  3. Dry-mix the ingredients. Add water little by little and mix to get a thick or semi-solid batter. You may need about 3/4 cup water for this. Set aside for 2 minutes.
  4. Now, start making the pancakes. Heat a flat pan. Add a few drops of oil or grease it. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the batter on the pan. You may choose to cook 2 to 3 small pancakes or 1 large pancake at a time. I made 2 medium-sized pancakes per batch.
  5. Pour a few drops of oil on the surface of these pancakes. Keep the heat medium-high. Once the bottom turns golden brown, flip them. Add some oil on the top. Let the other side also turn golden brown. Making a batch may take about 4 to 5 minutes. Control the heat while cooking.
  6. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a serving plate. Repeat the same process until all of the batter has been used up.
  7. These pancakes are best served hot (they lose their crispiness as they cool). Serve them with spicy chutney or tomato sauce. Enjoy the taste!

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Step one: Saute the spinach leaves until they wilt. Hold them tight and chop into 1-inch pieces.Step two: In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients (except oil).Step three: Dry-mix, then add water little by little to get a semi-solid batter. Set aside for 2 minutes.Step four: Heat a pan. Add some oil. Pour 1 1/2 tsp batter on it. Spread it a little. I cooked 2 pancakes at a time. Add a few drops of oil on the surface.Step five: Flip them when the bottom becomes golden brown. Add a few drops of oil on the top. Step six: When the other side also turns golden brown, transfer it to a serving plate. .Step seven: Serve hot savory vegetable pancakes with a spicy coriander chutney or tomato sauce. Enjoy the taste!
Step one: Saute the spinach leaves until they wilt. Hold them tight and chop into 1-inch pieces.
Step one: Saute the spinach leaves until they wilt. Hold them tight and chop into 1-inch pieces.
Step two: In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients (except oil).
Step two: In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients (except oil).
Step three: Dry-mix, then add water little by little to get a semi-solid batter. Set aside for 2 minutes.
Step three: Dry-mix, then add water little by little to get a semi-solid batter. Set aside for 2 minutes.
Step four: Heat a pan. Add some oil. Pour 1 1/2 tsp batter on it. Spread it a little. I cooked 2 pancakes at a time. Add a few drops of oil on the surface.
Step four: Heat a pan. Add some oil. Pour 1 1/2 tsp batter on it. Spread it a little. I cooked 2 pancakes at a time. Add a few drops of oil on the surface.
Step five: Flip them when the bottom becomes golden brown. Add a few drops of oil on the top.
Step five: Flip them when the bottom becomes golden brown. Add a few drops of oil on the top.
Step six: When the other side also turns golden brown, transfer it to a serving plate. .
Step six: When the other side also turns golden brown, transfer it to a serving plate. .
Step seven: Serve hot savory vegetable pancakes with a spicy coriander chutney or tomato sauce. Enjoy the taste!
Step seven: Serve hot savory vegetable pancakes with a spicy coriander chutney or tomato sauce. Enjoy the taste!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 162
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 16 g5%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 68 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Comments

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  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

    ShailaSheshadri 

    2 years ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks. Yeah...even I felt happy when I made these pancakes for the first time. They make a delightful breakfast.

  • rebeccamealey profile image

    Rebecca Mealey 

    2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Veggie pancakes? What a great idea. I can't wait to try them. Great way to get those vegetables into your diet.

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