Gram flour pancakes (Besan ka Chilla)

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A simple and quick Indian vegan breakfast recipe



  • Gram flour – 1 cup;
  • 1 onion – finely chopped;
  • 1 tomato – finely chopped;
  • 1 capsicum – finely chopped;
  • Greenery to taste – finely chopped;
  • 3/4 tsp of salt;
  • 1/4 tsp of black pepper;
  • 1/4 tsp of red chili powder – to taste;
  • Other spices to taste;
  • 1 tbsp of cooking oil;
  • 1 cup of water;

*In this recipe you can use any of mentioned above vegetables, not necessarily all at once/ other vegetables of your choice that don’t require long cooking/ no vegetables at all as well.


  • Add water to gram flour and mix the dough very well. The dough should not be too thick and too thin. If it will be too thin, pancakes may not hold together very well – it’s better to add more flour in such case. If the dough happened to be too thick, then your pancakes will require longer frying and won’t be crispy – in India they are usually cooked quite thin;
  • Add vegetables to the dough and mix it well;
  • Preheat a pan with oil;
  • When the oil is hot, pour a small amount of the dough on the pan and quickly spread it in a thin layer using a spoon;
  • Fry until small bubbles start popping up and pancake begins to easily stick out from the edges;
  • Flip pancakes over and fry from the other side;
  • Follow the same steps with other pancakes;
  • You can serve these pancakes with your favorite sauces. In India, they are often consumed with ketchup, unsweetened yogurt or chutneys, such as green chutney – Indian coriander-mint sauce, for example.

Bon Appetit!

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