Besan Cheela

A simple, easy and healthy breakfast option. Besan Cheela is a Indian Savoury Pancake, the main ingredient is besan (gram flour) of course,  along with some veggies and spices. 

Course: Breakfast

Servings: makes 4 cheelas

Cuisine: Indian

Time: Preparation – 25 Mins, Cooking –  15 Mins, Total – 40 Mins.


  1. Gram Flour – 1 cup
  2. Onion – 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
  3. Tomato – 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
  4. Green Chili – 1 (finely chopped)
  5. Carom Seeds –  1/4 tsp
  6. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  7. Red Chili Powder – 1/4 tsp
  8. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  9. Garam Masala Powder – 1/4 tsp
  10. Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
  11. Water – 1 cup
  12. Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
  13. Oil for cooking the cheelas
  14. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML

How to make Besan Cheela:

  1. Take a mixing bowl, add besan and 1/2 cup water. Whisk until smooth
  2. Add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup water, depending on the quality of the besan, to make a medium consistency batter
  3. Add onions, tomatoes, green chilis, coriander leaves, carom seeds, coriander powder, garam masala powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder & salt. Mix till you get a smooth consistency, let it rest for 15 mins
  4. Heat a non stick pan or tawa and spread a few drops of oil, pour a ladle full of batter in the centre and spread out to form a circle 
  5. Cook till the cheela turns golden, pour a few drops of oil and flip. Similarly do the other side
  6. Your Besan Cheela is ready. Serve with mint-coriander chutney or ketchup.


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