Friday, March 9, 2012

Besan Cheela (Lentil Crepe)

I like to make cheela sometimes called vegetarian omelette in many different ways. It can be thin like a crepe or thick like pancake. Here I have used besan (gram flour) moong dal flour  and rice flour to make the batter. Any number of vegetable can be added in the batter or placed on top to make a filling. Sometimes I top it with cheese and green chilies or just chopped onion and cilantro like this one.

1/4 cup moong dal flour
1/4 rice flour
1 cup besan
1 tsp. carom seeds powder (ajwain)
5-6  cloves ground
1 finely chopped green chili
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp turmeric powder
3 big garlic cloves (grated)
1 large red onion chopped
bunch of chopped cilantro
black salt and red chili powder to sprinkle on top
salt as per taste
oil for cooking

Mix  the  flour and all the dry spices in a bowl. Add water  and mix well to get and pouring consistency (should be similar to pancake batter). Now add the grated garlic and green chilies. Mix the the batter well. Heat a non-stick pan. Pour a ladle full of batter on the pan and spread it around. Top it with chopped onion and cilantro. Flip over carefully. The onion and cilantro should stick to the pancake. Cook for a minute and serve. I like to sprinkle black salt and red chili powder on top. Tastes great with hot sauce or mango chutney.


  1. Looks really nice.. i make it in similar way, just add a lil corn :)..

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  2. hey chilla looks perfect. love the onion and cilantro on top

  3. Ooh, love those clicks, very tempting..

  4. Tastes even greater with Amma's hing-nimbu ka achaar!

  5. sounds new to me...
    simple and delicious recipe :)

  6. interesting........looking just great..nice cliks..........

  7. I love besan ka chella, this looks awesome :-)

  8. wow.. nice pics. Cheelas are a favorite dish in our house too.we have it with peas and cottage cheese stuffing.