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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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  • 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.

And don't forget to tag me on Instagram/ Facebook, if you make this recipe.


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