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besan cheela

Besan Cheela | Savoury Veg Pancake Recipe

Besan cheela is a savoury pancake loaded with nutrition. Easy to make and versatile to play around with ingredients.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine North Indian/ UP
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rachna Parmar


  • 1 cup besan gram flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. ajwain seeds carrom seeds
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1 tsp. garlic paste
  • 2-3 green chillies made into paste optional
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 cup chopped veggies like onion tomato, mushroom etc.
  • some finely chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
  • 1 tsp. chilly powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying


  • Mix gram flour with all the dry masalas like cumin seeds, carrom seeds, garam masala, turmeric, chilly powder and salt. Now add water and make a batter which is not too runny, something slightly thicker than a dosa batter in consistency. Make sure that the batter is smooth and does not have any lumps of gram flour. Now add in the ginger, garlic and chilly paste. Mix well.
  • Keep aside for 5 minutes. Just before making the pancakes add in the chopped onion, tomatoes, mushroom, chopped coriander leaves and any other veggies.
  • Heat a tawa or a flat pan. Apply some oil and spread the besan cheela batter to form a not very thick pancake. Cook on medium heat till air bubbles appear. Now reduce the heat and cover the pancake so that it cooks well. After a couple of minutes, uncover and flip. Let it cook on the other side and get brown spot. Your crispy besan ka cheela or savoury veg pancake is ready to serve.
  • Serve it hot with tomato ketchup, green chutney or guacamole as we’ve done here. This is a pretty filling breakfast and quite tasty as well. Sometimes I pack it in my kids’ lunch box too. Do try and let me know how you liked it.


1. Replace gram flour with split moong bean that has been soaked for 2 hours and then ground finely in a blender
2. Use any vegetables you like eg. capsicum, grated carrots, beans. Just make sure that they are cut in small pieces.
3. Don’t cook it on very high heat or it will be burnt from outside and uncooked inside.
4. You can reduce or eliminate chillies depending upon your taste.


Serving: 2g