Besan Chilla Recipe

Besan chilla are simple spiced gram flour pancakes from NORTH INDIAN CUISINE. These are super quick to make any time of the day as it needs minimal preparation. Besan chilla is mostly eaten for breakfast or a evening snack with some Indian Tea. These are protein-packed, vegan and gluten-free.

Cooking time: 14minutes

Serves :4-5 chillas

Calories: 124kcal


  • 1 cup besan (gram flour)
  • ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • ⅓ to ½ teaspoon salt (or as needed)
  • teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons onions (1 small onion chopped finely)
  • 3 tbsps tomatoes (1 small tomato chopped finely)
  • 1 green chili chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 handful coriander leaves chopped finely
  • ⅔ to 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons oil or ghee as needed

How To Prepare


  1. Add besan, ajwain, turmeric and salt to a mixing bowl. Mix everything well.
  2. Add ginger, tomatoes, onions, coriander leaves and chilies. Pour enough water and make a batter of thick but pourable consistency. If needed add more water as needed.

How to make besan chilla

  1. Heat a pan and grease it lightly with few drops of oil.
  2. Allow it to turn hot and reduce the flame to medium.
  3. Mix the batter well from the bottom. Take a ladle of batter and pour it in the center. Quickly spread it to a round cheela.
  4. Drizzle some oil around the edges and the center.
  5. Allow to cook until the edges leave the pan. Flip it to the other side.
  6. Press down the edges with a spatula. Fry until it is cooked completely and gets golden spots.
  7. Remove to a serving plate. To make the next one ensure the pan is hot enough and not very hot otherwise they will brown too quickly.
  8. Serve besan cheela with some tea or chutney.


Besan Chilla Recipe

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Besan Chilla Recipe