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Chilla, Besan Chilla or Besan Ka Chilla Mean the Same

Chilla, Besan Chilla or Besan Ka Chilla Recipe - They All Mean the Same

How to make Chilla, Besan Chilla or Besan Ka Chilla Recipe for Breakfast

Chilla, Besan Chilla or Besan Ka Chilla Recipe – This is a popular breakfast recipe in North Indian homes, especially in winters.

This chilla recipe is healthy, tasty, quick, and easy. What more can you really ask for a nutritious breakfast?

So here is a vegan and gluten-free breakfast recipe from India called Besan Chilla or Besan Ka Chilla. I am told because of the way Chilla looks, a lot of people in the Western World also call it a vegan omelet.

What is besan?

Besan or gram flour is a flour made from chana dal or split brown chickpeas popularly known as Split Bengal Gram Flour. When black chickpeas are hulled and split, we get Chana Dal. This yellow lentil is also called Split Bengal Gram Dal.

Is besan the same as chickpea flour?

Besan and Chickpea flour are not the same. Chickpea flour or garbanzo flour is ground up white chickpeas. While the flavour of both flours is similar, they are not the same flour.

What are the benefits of besan?

Besan has a typical nutty flavour of finely ground chana dal gives besan flour the super quality of creating tasty, crepes and sweets.

Besan flour is gluten-free and enriched with large amounts of proteins and folate if compared to wheat flour.

It has healthy unsaturated fats that help in reducing your cholesterol. People allergic to gluten can opt for besan and enjoy delicious meals.

Why is Besan Chilla Great for Breakfast?

One of the best and most widely used plant-based protein in India comes from gram flour or besan.

Protein is a nutrient that is satiating in nature and is also important for maintaining muscle mass especially when you are trying to shed calories. This besan ka chilla recipe adds all this for a super early morning start.

What vegetables can I add to besan ka chilla?

Adding any finely chopped vegetables of your choice will make this recipe more nutritious and colourful as well. Feel free to mix fenugreek leaves, capsicum, radish, onions, green chillies, carrots to your chilla batter.

What kind of oil can I use for besan chilla?

A Vegan Besan Chilla recipe can be made with any vegetable oil. You use peanut, coconut or olive oil. However, if you want to non-vegan way, feel free to use ghee or butter. You can also skip oil if you want to prepare an oil-free cheela.

What can I serve Besan Ka Chilla with?

Besan ka chilla recipe pairs very well with tomato sauce or green chutney, curds and a spicy mango pickle for a nutritious breakfast. Just add on a glass of fresh juice for a wholesome Chilla breakfast experience.


Chilla, Besan Chilla or Besan Ka Chilla Recipe – They All Mean the Same

Step by Step Recipe with Pictures - How to Make Chilla, Besan Chilla or Besan Ka Chilla Recipe for Breakfast

Get your ingredients ready to make Chilla, Besan Chilla or Besan Ka Chilla Recipe


Mix Besan, cumin seeds, carom seeds, turmeric powder, chopped green chilli, coriander leaves, chopped onion and salt in a large bowl.

Mix besan, cumin seeds, carom seeds, turmeric powder, chopped green chilli, coriander leaves, chopped onion and salt in a large bowl.


Add water to make pourable and thick batter (like a dosa batter)

Add water to make pourable and thick batter (like dosa batter)


Heat a nonstick pan on medium flame, apply oil to pan surface and pour a ladleful batter on it. Spread it in a round shape.

Heat a nonstick pan on medium flame, apply oil to pan surface and pour a ladleful batter on it.  spread it in a round shape.


Once one side is cooked, turn the chilla and apply little amount of oil.

Once one side is cooked, turn the chilla and apply little amount of oil


Cook besan chilla until golden brown from both sides.

Cook besan chilla until golden brown from both sides


Served besan ka chilla hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup.

Serve besan ka chilla hot with green chutney and:or tomato sauce


Chilla, Besan Chilla, Besan Ka Chilla
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Chilla, Besan Chilla or Besan Ka Chilla - Nutritious with High Proteins

Make Chilla, Besan Chilla or Besan Ka Chilla for breakfast at home
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Besan Chilla, Besan Ka Chilla, Chilla, Chilla Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 147kcal
Author Sumit Malhotra

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Gram flour Besan
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 1/4 tsp Carom Seeds Ajwain
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi Powder
  • 1 Piece Chopped Green Chilli Hari Mirch
  • 1 Piece Finely Chopped Onion Pyaz; Small
  • 2 tbsp Freshly Chopped Coriander Leaves Hara Dhaniya
  • 1/8 tsp Salt Or as per your taste

Instructions

  • Mix Besan, cumin seeds, carom seeds, turmeric powder, chopped green chilli, coriander leaves, chopped onion and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add water to make pourable and thick batter (like dosa batter).
  • Heat a nonstick pan on medium flame, apply oil to pan surface and pour a ladleful batter on it. Spread it in a round shape.
  • Once one side is cooked, turn the chilla and apply little amount of oil.
  • Cook until golden brown from both side.
  • Served hot with green chutney or tomato sauce.

Notes

  • Ensure the batter has to be of medium consistency.
  • Ensure you cook the chilla on medium flame. If you cook on high heat cheela will get brown from outside but remain raw on the inside.
  • You can add some rice flour to enhance crispness of the Besan Ka Chilla.
  • Use a good nonstick pan or skillet to make the Besan ka chilla, especially if you are making it without oil.
  • Try using seasonal vegetables to make Besan Ka Cheela. It will give contribute different nutrients for all year around nutrition.

Tools & Equipment Used For This Recipe

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Global Chef's Knife

Duralex Serving & Mixing Bowls

Full Silicone Spatula

FINALLY, TO SUM IT UP

Serve besan ka chilla hot with green chutney and:or tomato sauce

Chilla, Besan Chilla Recipe or Besan Ka Chilla Recipe – This is a popular breakfast recipe in North Indian homes, especially in winters.

This besan chilla recipe is healthy, tasty, quick, and easy. What more can you really ask for a nutritious breakfast?

So here is a vegan and gluten-free breakfast recipe from India called Besan Chilla or Besan Ka Chilla recipe. I am told because of the way Chilla looks, a lot of people in the Western World also call it a vegan omelet.

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