Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Besan Ka Cheela (Chickpea Pancake)

This recipe makes great breakfast for everyone and especially for those who want to avoid eggs.

  • 1 cup besan (chick pea flour)
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • ½ tsp red pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp fine garlic paste
  • A pinch of ENO Salt
  • Cooking Oil

  • Place besan (chickpea flour), salt, red pepper powder, garlic paste and asafetida in a large mixing bowl. Add enough water to make a smooth batter (stirring continuously). You may use your hand or a whisk. Keep aside for at least 1 hour.
  • Prepare Cheela: Add ENO and mix well. Now spread ¼ tsp of oil on a non-stick skillet over medium heat. When it is hot, wipe off the oil from the pan with a cloth or tissue paper. Stir the batter and pour a ladle full of batter in the center of skillet. Spread the batter with the back of the ladle. Pour one spoonful of oil from the sides of Cheela.
  • Cook uncovered for 2-3 minutes. Turn over and cook for one more minute until it is golden crispy.
  • Repeat with remaining batter, stirring before using.
  • Serve with Cilantro chutney or Tomato chutney or Mango chutney and plain yogurt or Raita.

Do You Know:

A pancake is a thin, flat cake prepared from a batter and cooked on a hot griddle or frying pan. Pancakes exist in several variations in many different local cuisines. Pancakes can be eaten at different times of the day depending on local tradition.
A crepe is a popular variety of pancake of French origin.

In India, a dish called the Cheela (sometimes called Pooda) is a variety of Pancake. They can be made either sweet or salty and are of different thickness as per region. They are made in a frying pan and are of a similar batter as their European counterparts.


drk_411 said...

When do you add ENO in Besan Ka Chilla batter ?

Eno is there in ingredient list but does not get mention as to when it is to be used.

thanks and regards.

Nidhi Raizada said...

Add ENO just before making Chilla....thanks for reminding...