Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Besan Chilla (Chickpea Flour Crepe)

Besan chilla, sometimes referred to as an eggless “omelet” is a savory pancake made using chickpea flour. The flour is mixed with water, spices and vegetables like tomatoes and onions to make a thick batter.
 This is a simple and healthy preparation, perfect for breakfast, and can be made in less than 15 minutes.

Besan Chilla 9

I like my chillas thin, so I add a lot of liquid while making the batter so that it spreads out while cooking. I’ve used a combination of buttermilk and water here. The chillas taste best when they are eaten as soon as they are made.

Besan chilla 1


(makes 7- 8 thin chillas)
  • 1 cup besan (chickpea flour/ gram flour)
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • 2 Tbsp rava/sooji (cream of wheat)
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa (optional- I only used it because I had leftovers)
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely diced
  • A handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 3-4 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp roasted coriander powder
  • 1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 cup reduced fat buttermilk
  • ½ - ¾ cup water
  • Salt
  • Oil


Add the besan, rava, rice flour, cooked quinoa, chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, green chillies, cumin powder, coriander powder, ajwain and salt to a large bowl. Add a cup of buttermilk and enough water, mixing well to get a smooth and lump-free batter.

Heat a non-stick griddle or a cast-iron pan. Pour a ladleful of the batter in the center of the pan. Tilt the pan around to spread out the batter.

Add a few drops of oil around the edges of the chilla and also a little in the center. Cook till it turns golden brown on the bottom, then flip over and cook the other side till you see a few golden brown spots. Repeat with the rest of the batter.

Serve hot with chutney

Besan chilla 8 

2 Burps:

Laavanya said...

I used to make this often when by myself but have to get A to like it.. and I must try it out on the kids too. How have you been? :)

Vimitha Anand said...

Simple and flavorful crepe...

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