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Besan ka Cheela

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Besan ka Cheela
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  • A simple savory pancake made with chickpea flour and mild spices.


  • 1 cup besan
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ajwain
  • 1 green chilli - finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup methi leaves-finely chopped
  • 4 tsp oil for frying the chelas


  1. Mix all the ingredients, except oil, to a thick pouring consistency, adding the water a little at a time.
  2. Leave to rest for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Heat a tbsp or so of oil in a frying pan, then pour it off into a container.
  4. Keeping the heat high pour some batter in the center of the pan, spreading it out a little.
  5. Lower the heat and let cook till the edges brown a little and can be lifted easily.
  6. Dribble a little oil around it, turning the pan so the oil goes under the cheela.
  7. Flip it over to cook slightly on the other side and before serving it hot with a green chutney.