Besan-Oats Chilla / Savory Chickpea Flour - Oats Pancakes
Warm, nutritious and delicious vegetarian breakfast that can be made in under 20 minutes!
Chilla is a savory pancake that is often made with Chickpea flour and spices. It's tasty, filling and nutrient-dense.
Chilla is typically had for breakfast in India, but it can also be had for lunch/ dinner. I love recipes that are simple and easy to prepare. I mean, really, as much as I love cooking, who has the time these days to make elaborate meals for their families. I work with a lot of busy moms with full time jobs who are constantly looking for easy to cook, nutritious and delicious family-friendly recipes that are not time consuming. This Besan-Oats Chilla solves that problem. It's made with ingredients that are almost always there in an Indian pantry and some basic vegetables that elevate the nutrition-quotient of this dish.
Nutritionally, each chilla is about 160 calories and contain about 25 g of Carbohydrate, 9 g of protein. It also has the goodness of vitamins and minerals from the vegetables. Totally a win in my opinion!
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RECIPE FOR BESAN-OATS CHILLA
Chickpea Flour - 1 cup
Oat Flour (Recipe below) - 1 cup
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Water - as needed
Carrot - 1, grated
Red onions - 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Ginger - 1 tbsp, grated
Cilantro - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Curry leaf powder - 1 tsp (optional)
Green chilies - 1
Salt - to taste
Add chickpea flour, oat flour, turmeric into a mixing bowl & mix. Add water to make it into a paste. Add chopped onions, grated carrots, ginger, cilantro, curry leaf powder, green chilies, salt and mix. The batter should be same consistency as pancake batter.
Melt some butter on a cast iron pan and pour the chilla batter and cover with a lid. Flip it over and allow it to cook on the other side for few more mins. Transfer on to a plate and enjoy with sides of your choice!
This chilla tastes great as is but we like having it with fresh mango Seekarane (a Southern Indian delicacy made during mango season) and Chutney Pudi
It also tastes great with maple syrup, ketchup and/ or Indian pickles.
Use vegetables of your choice. I sometimes add zucchini/ summer squash and chopped greens to amp the nutrients.
This recipe is pretty versatile, experiment with the vegetables and get creative.