Besan Chilla Recipe (Cheela)

Besan Chilla is a savory Indian pancake made with gram flour and spices. This easy vegan pancake recipe is not only delicious but also a healthy option for breakfast or snacks.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 chillas
Calories 150 kcal


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Non-stick skillet or griddle
  • Spatula


  • 1 cup gram flour besan
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped vegetables such as bell pepper, tomato, spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed
  • Oil for cooking


  • In a mixing bowl, combine gram flour, chopped vegetables, green chili, turmeric powder, cumin powder, salt, and water to make a smooth batter.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat and lightly grease it with oil.
  • Pour a ladleful of batter onto the skillet and spread it into a round shape.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter to make more chillas.
  • Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.


Accurate Nutrition Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 150
  • Protein: 7g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 4g


High in protein, gluten-free, and a good source of vitamins and minerals from vegetables.

Serving Tips:

Serve hot with mint chutney or tomato ketchup.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Add a pinch of baking soda to make the chillas more fluffy.
  • Use a non-stick skillet for easy flipping.

Variations of Recipe:

Add grated cheese or fresh herbs for extra flavor.
Keyword Besan Chilla

5 FAQs & Answers:

Can I use different vegetables in besan chilla?

Yes, you can customize the recipe with your favorite vegetables.


How do I store leftover chillas?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.


Can I make besan chilla ahead of time?

You can prepare the batter in advance and cook the chillas when needed.


Are besan chillas healthy?

Yes, they are a nutritious and balanced meal option.


Can I make besan chillas without oil?

You can try cooking them on a non-stick pan without oil.



Besan Chilla is a versatile and delicious recipe that can be enjoyed as a breakfast or snack. With simple ingredients and easy steps, this savory pancake is a must-try for a quick and healthy meal.