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Makes 5-6

Chilla or Chila are simple savoury gluten-free crepes made using gram flour (besan/chickpea flour) and some herbs and spices. They are awesome for breakfast or a light lunch, served with a chutney or pickle of your choice. Some call this a vegetarian omelette! Mine is a simplified version, but you could add more veggies and/or spices to it if you like.

1 1/2 cups
gram flour
(chickpea flour/besan)
1 tbsp
(plus a little extra for cooking the chilla)
2 tbsp
small onion, finely diced
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
red chilli powder or chilli flakes
1/4 tsp
turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
cumin powder
1/4 tsp
garlic paste
4 tbsp
chopped fresh coriander
1 tbsp
chopped fresh fenugreek leaves/methi
green chillies, finely chopped
3/4 cup
(or as needed)

Sieve the gram flour, then add all the rest of the ingredients except for the water. Give everything a stir. Then gradually add water a little at a time while mixing (you can even use a whisk to combine) and keep mixing to avoid lumps from forming. Continue adding water and whisking it in until you have a smooth somewhat thin batter (the consistency of crepe batter). 

Cover the batter and allow it to rest for about 20 minutes.

Heat a non-stick frying pan, drizzle a teaspoon of oil on it and then scoop some batter and pour it onto the centre of the pan, spreading it out to form a thin pancake. Keep the heat low to allow it to cook and as soon as it begins to colour, flip it over to cook the other side. You can dribble another tsp of oil around the edges during cooking. Remove onto a plate and repeat with the rest of the batter. 

Once done, serve them up with a dip or pickle of your choice. 

Enjoy! :)


Looks so yummy! Umm can i prepare the batter at night, if i want to make it the next morning?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can, just add a bit less water as it normally thins out by morning. You can then adjust if needed before beginning to cook them.

Thanks for the recipe and the help. It was yummy! My husband loved it. Lots of love! :D

Great recipe and so easy to make. Soon it will be an absolute favorite wit the family

Hi sis fa I want to make chutney like urs as shown in th pic plz recipe thnx