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Chickpea Flour Pancakes (Besan Chilla/Cheela) - Traditional Pancakes Taken To The Next Level | hurrythefoodup.com

Chickpea Flour Pancakes

Course: Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Time: Max 10 min
Calories: 150 - 450 kcal
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 pancakes
Calories: 253kcal
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  • ½ tsp chili flakes (I highly recommend this)
  • 1 bell pepper, red
  • ½ cup peas


  • Add the flour, water, turmeric, salt, pepper and chili flakes (if using) to a mixing bowl and give it a quick blend using a food processor or blender. Leave it to settle for a few minutes while you heat up the oil or ghee in a non-stick pan. The batter needs to look very runny!
  • Dice the veggies finely and add them to the mixture.
  • Use a tissue or similar (a spray oil would work wonders here) to ensure the bottom of the pan is coated well in oil.
  • Add about a ladle of the mixture and veggies when the pan is hot - a medium heat should be just right.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes - the mixture will quickly start to firm. If you’re using two pans, you can make two pancakes at the same time.
  • Make sure you use a large pan (or pans) here, you’re aiming for thin pancakes. They’re MUCH easier to handle!
  • Use a large spatula to help you flip the pancakes, adding more oil underneath if necessary. After another 2-3 minutes your pancake will be ready!
  • Keep it somewhere warm while you repeat with the second pancake, adding more oil when necessary.
  • Done! Add your desired toppings and enjoy. Remember - it’s important to eat these pancakes warm - don’t let them get cold!

Serving suggestions:

  • Any chutneys (red onion is a favourite of ours) yogurt dip, hummus, avocado, guacamole, Branston Pickle (if you can find it where you are it goes incredibly well!).



Serving: 142g | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.8g | Protein: 10.1g | Fat: 10.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 9.4g | Sugar: 6.4g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 45.4mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3.6mg