Besan ka cheela – a quick breakfast recipe
Known with many names – tele, taaye or chilade, besan ka cheela is a protein packed breakfast recipe. Besan ka cheela can be instantly prepared without any prior preparations. It consumes very less oil and you can add your choice of veggies as well which makes it a good option to be prepared for healthy breakfast.
To make it more nutritious, add your favourite vegetables. Grated cabbage, carrots, chopped spinach leaves, onions, tomatoes etc can be added as per your choice of veggies. Or you can skip all the veggies and make instant cheela with batter of gram flour with spices. They all taste yummy!
Follow this step by step recipe to make besan ka cheela and share feedback with me! I have added chopped onions here. You can add any veggies of your choice or skip it all together.
Preparation time: 5 min
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Yields: 6 cheela
- gram flour (besan): 1 cup
- onion: 1 medium size, chopped fine
- green chilli: 2-3 medium size, chopped fine
- coriander leaves(dhaniya patta): 1 handful, chopped fine
- asafoetida(hing): a pinch
- cumin seeds(jeera): 1 heaped tsp
- fennel seeds(sauf): 1 tsp
- red chilli powder: 1 tsp
- turmeric: 1/8 tsp (optional)
- salt: to taste
- water: to make batter
- Add chopped onion, green chillies, coriander leaves, spices and salt to gram flour in mixing bowl.
- Add half cup of water and mix everything together. Whisk until smooth. There should be no lumps left.
- Slowly add water if required to make a thin flowing batter. Taste the batter and adjust spices.
- Heat a tava or pan on medium flame. Wait till tava becomes hot. Cheela might stick, if tava is not hot enough.
- Drizzle few drops of oil on tava. If you are using non stick tava, this might not be necessary.
- Pour a ladle full of batter on tava. Spread it evenly on tava with the help of ladle by giving it consistent circular motion. You can pour 2 ladleful batter depending on the desired size.
- Drizzle few drops of oil on the sides and top of cheela. Let it cook until you see sides getting little brown.
- You can check if bottom starts to become brown by lifting cheela from one side gently. Once cheela cooks from bottom, flip it and cook the other side.
- Cook till you see light brown spots on cheela.
- Take cheela off the pan and serve hot with your favourite chutney, pickle or tomato ketchup.
- If you want to consume cheela letter, let them cool a bit then store in casserole. Do not keep hot cheelas stacked as they might get moistened.
- You can make first cheela smaller as there are chances of it sticking on pan if pan is not hot enough.
Enjoy the hot flavourful besan cheela with your favourite chutney, pickle or sauce and share feedback with me!