Recipe courtesy of Maneet Chauhan

Besan Chilla

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
The chickpea crêpe known as besan chilla is the perfect traditional North Indian breakfast. Packed with satisfying vegetables and spices, the dish also works as a side, vegetarian main course or a snack. The best part is that your favorite vegetables or proteins can make an appearance in the crêpe. The chutney is the perfect dipping sauce (although ketchup also works great).


Green Chutney:


  1. Mix the besan, rice flour, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, ajwain, chili powder, garam masala, fenugreek and salt to taste in a large bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and whisk to form a smooth batter. Add the onions, tomato, carrot, spinach, green bell pepper, cilantro and chile and mix well.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet or a cast-iron griddle over medium heat. Pour a ladleful of batter onto the pan and spread with the back of the ladle. Pour a teaspoon of ghee over the chilla. Allow to cook on medium heat until the edges start to brown and the top looks dried, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the chilla and cook the side until the edges brown, 2 to 3 minutes.  
  3. Repeat with the remaining batter and ghee. Serve with green chutney. 

Green Chutney:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.