Besan Jo Chilro| Savory Pancakes

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Savory pancake recipe, besan chila, chilroHectic mornings, empty stomach, loads of pending work and time awful combination to drain away my energy. And when the thoughts of rolling out some Koki, Paranthas or cooking some elaborate breakfast like Dal Pakwan, is a big no no, that is when these pancakes come to my rescue…easy to whip up, easy to cook and a filling one, if adding bits and pieces of veggies to this gramflour based savory pancake. Enjoy with a roti or simply sandwiched in between bread slices, dunk in some chutney or tomato ketchup, brew that favorite coffee of yours or enjoy it with the steaming hot tea..and you are sorted till lunch time 🙂

Besan Jo chilro, or besan chila is a simple gram flour based pancake, to which finely chopped onion, green chillies, coriander leaves etc are added.You can add veggies like grated carrots, cabbage, chopped mushrooms etc to make it more healthier.

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Besan Jo Chilro| Savory Pancakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2
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Savory Pancakes called Besan ja chilra (chilro), healthy gramflour pancakes spiced up with onions and herbs
  • 2 small cup gram flour (besan)
  • 1  onion (chopped)
  • Handful of coriander leaves (chopped)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp annardana (Dry pomegranate seeds)
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds (akkha dhaniya)
  • 2 Green chillies (finely chopped)
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder as per taste
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • Water to make batter (Approx. ½ cup , more or less )
  • Oil for shallow frying 2 -3 tsp
  1. Mix all the ingredients except  oil, adding water little by little, till a batter of  pouring consistency is obtained.
  2. Now heat a griddle (tawa) and grease it with some oil.
  3. Pour 2 ladle full of the above batter and slowly spread it on tawa to make a pancake of around 5'' in diameter.It should be of the thickness of an Uttapa.
  4. Pour around 1tsp of oil on the sides of pancake and let  it cook on medium flame.
  5. Toss  when one side is brown and let  it cook on other side too, pouring some more oil to make the chilro crisp.
  6. Enjoy this gluten free, vegan pancake with roti, bread, or just as it is, with some spicy chutney or Ketchup.

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11 thoughts on “Besan Jo Chilro| Savory Pancakes

  1. Was struggling with something to make this morning and your recipe tastefully rescued me…being ‘satwik’, I replaced the onion with cabbage though…thanks!

  2. Was struggling with something to make this morning and your recipe tastefully rescued me…thanks!

  3. Hi There,

    i love your website and recipes. They are yummy and so easy to follow. Unless I am missing something here but if you could add the nutritional chart to this it would be so helpful. If not a detailed one, just the calories per serving, sodium and saturated fat. Just a suggestion!

  4. just love ur efforts for bringing sindhi recipes in such a nice way
    keep it up tc

  5. A simple recipe, quick one,filling one, worth a try.Looks yummy too.

  6. Looks lovely! Is this the same as besan omelette?

  7. Love Sindhi Khado says:

    Was so looking for a besan chilro recipe, thanks Alka! This recipe is perfect!

  8. A delicious breakfast recipe.

  9. beautiful idia I make tomato besan chilo lot of tomatoes ‘n’ the rest same masala not the vegies ,but it is a good trick I mix a spoon of rice flour it becomes more crispy
    well done

  10. Basantlal Nagdev says:

    I used to have “Pudlas” with 3 types of chutneys in Kalbadevi’s famous Khau galli.
    The above recipe is famous as “Tomato Omlette” in Udipi restaurants.
    I will be thankfull if I can get Pudla recipe?

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