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#CleveryinTheKitchen: Three easy chilla recipes for healthy breakfast!

Three easy chilla recipes
Three easy chilla recipes

Hi everyone, 

Excited to share another post for series #CleverlyinTheKitchen. If you have missed previous post of this series, read here: 

Three easy breakfast toast recipes for busy mornings 

Two easy sandwich recipes for healthy breakfast and snacking 

In this post, I am sharing another easy and healthy recipe for breakfast. I am sharing three easy and healthy Chilla or pancake recipes in this post. Read the post to know more! 

What is Chilla? 

Chilla is an Indian style pancake that can be made up with varieties of flours like gram flour, oats flour and semolina. They are quick and healthy and usually served as a routine hot breakfast in many Indian households. You can have them as light dinner too by accompanying with soup. They taste great with chutney, sauce and curd dip.  

Chillas are also a versatile recipe and you can make various version of this recipe by using different flours, vegetables and spices. Unlike Dosa, they made up with unleaved batter, so they are quicker but you can add ¼ TSP of fruit salt or baking soda to make them lighters.  

There are many types of Chilla recipes are  our there, But Besan or gram flour Chilla is most famous. We will start with this well-known recipe.  

Besan or gram flour Chilla 

Besan chilla
Besan chilla


Ingredients for making besan chilla
  • Besan or gram flour 
  • Finely chopped onion and tomato ½ cup 
  • Finely chopped or crushed green chili and ginger paste 1 TSP 
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves as needed 
  • Salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder as per your taste 
  • Ajwain or carrom seed ½ TSP 


  • First take 1 cup Besan or gram flour in a bowl.  
  • Add all spices one by one.  
  • Next add finely chopped onion, tomato and green chili-ginger paste into the batter. Add coriander leaves too.  
  • Now add little water at a time and made a batter of semi-solid consistency.  
  • If you want you can keep batter for rest for 10 minutes by covering with a lid.  
  • Next, heat the non-stick pan or skillet for few minutes and apply little oil on it. 
  • Pour the prepare batter with the help of ladder and spread it evenly on skillet or pan.  
  • Allow it to cook for one side and flip it when it turns golden brown.  
  • Roast it from another side too, by applying little oil.  
  • Your tasty and healthy Besan Chilla is ready to enjoy. 
  • Serve this with green chutney or curd or tomato sauce 

Pro tip:  

  • Try to serve Besan Chilla hot only, it gets drier and did not taste good when you serve this cold. Though, you can add varieties of veggies with other Chilla but with Besan Chilla, avoid adding too much veggies. It tastes best with tomato and onion.  
  • You can prepare Besan batter ahead to make quick Chillas during busy mornings. Add vegetables at the time of making Chilla. 

Oats and Suji Chilla 

oats suji chilla
Oats suji chilla

This one is another quick Chilla recipe that taste so good and great option for healthy breakfast. I do make these Chillas at my place at least once in a week.  


Ingredients for making oats suji chilla
Ingredients for making oats suji chilla
  • Oats 1 cup  
  • Suji ½ cup 
  • Curd ½ cup 
  • Salt as per taste 
  • Finely chopped tomato, onion ½ cup 
  • Oil, mustard seed and sesame seeds for tempering  


  • Take 1 cup oats (rolled oats) in a bowl and mixed ½ cup Suji in it.  
  • Next, add ½ cup curd and mixed all things well.  
  • Now, add finely chopped tomato and onion to the bowl. If you want, you can add other veggies of your choice too.  
  • Add salt as per taste. Avoid adding other spices for this recipe.  
  • Now, add water a make a batter of semi-solid consistency.  
  • In this recipe, we have used rolled oats, so it is important to put this batter for rest for at least 10-15 minutes. Otherwise, unsoaked oats will crack the Chilla.  
  • After 10-15 minutes, heat the non-stick pan and tawa and add little oil.  
  • Before putting batter, add little mustard seeds and sesame seeds and allow them to splutter.  
  • After 1-2 minutes, pour the batter and spread the Chilla evenly.  
  • Apply little oil on the corner and allow to cook it until it turns golden brown.  
  • Flip this Chilla gently, if you flip it with pressure, it could break down in middle.  
  • Roast it from both sides, until it turns golden brown.  
  • Serve with chutney or curd.  
  • Your tasty and healthy oats and Suji Chilla is ready to enjoy.  

Wheat flour (sweet) Chilla 

wheat flour sweet chilla
Wheat flour sweet chilla

If you are in mood to eat something sweet in breakfast or want to eat some instant Indian style dessert, then wheat flour sweet Chilla or Puda is great option. Kids will also love this recipe.  


Ingredients for wheat flour sweet chilla
Ingredients for wheat flour sweet chilla
  • Wheat flour 1 cup 
  • Suji ½ cup (optional) 
  • Sugar or jaggery power as per taste 
  • Cardamom powder, fenugreek seeds 1 TSP (optional)  
  • Milk as needed 


  • Take wheat flour in a bowl and add Suji 
  • Next, add sugar or jaggery powder as per your taste 
  • Also, add cardamom powder and fennel seeds if you want.  
  • Add little milk at a time and make a semi-solid consistency batter.  
  • Heat the skillet and apply little ghee.  
  • Pour the batter with the help of ladle and spread it evenly.  
  • Allow it to roast until it turns golden brown.  
  • Apply ghee again and roast it from other side, until it turns golden brown from other side.  
  • Your tasty and healthy sweet wheat flour Chilla is ready to enjoy.  

I hope you liked these easy, healthy and tasty Chilla recipes. Which one is your favorite? Please share with me. 

This is all for now.  

Stay tuned for more easy and healthy recipes. 

Before ending this post, I want to share something special with you. this week, my blog got featured as a “Top 11 best mom blogs that will inspire you in year 2022”, on prestigious website. I am feeling honored and want to say a big thanks to all of you for reading and appreciating my content. your support means a lot to me.

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  • Alpana Deo

    Chillas are quite popular at my place. I make different chilla very often. In oats chills, I also add rice flower. Mixed daal chilla is my another family favorite.

  • Sandy N Vyjay

    Chillas are great for breakfast, as they are not only healthy, but also quick to make. These are 3 lovely variants of Chilla, Will try the sweet variant made from wheat flour soon.

  • Vyjay

    We love Basin Chilla and it is one of our favourite breakfast items. The best part is that they are not only nutritious but also high on the taste factor, and are convenient to make in a jiffy.

  • Harjeet Kaur

    Wonderful chilla compilation, Surbhi.I am a totally chilla fan.In fact I had besan chilla for breakfast this morning. I have never eaten suji and oats chilla yet so will surely try it out. The recipe looks interesting. Wheat chilla my mom called it Meetha Puda. She would add a little saunf to it like u added methi seeds. Its ideal for a rainy day.

    • admin

      Dear I also add sauf seeds in puda recipe, by mistake I had written methi seeds. your post has made me think about it. edited the post. thank you so much for reading the post and sharing your precious comment.

      • Roma

        Hi five from another chilla fan my love, it is my go to during most of the dinners where I don’t feel like cooking an elaborate meal

  • mahekg

    I love making and eating chilla. The oats and suji recipe looks great to try, I will do the needful in the next few days. Thanks for sharing.

  • MeenalSonal

    Besan Chila are made every week at my place and I am quite fan of this dish. I tried making Oats chila, but it didn’t turn out well, shall try feom your method and ingredients.

  • nooranandchawla

    I enjoy Oats and Ragi chillas in addition to the regular Besan chilla but I’ve never tried a sweet chilla before! Will definitely try out your recipe and report back. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ruchie

    Chillas are my favorite and these three seem really delicious yet healthy. I am going to try these for sure, sweet one kid will definitively love.

  • Anjali

    Chilla is a popular dish in my household, and it is quick to prepare when I am in a hurry. I appreciate you sharing this because I have never tried sweet chilla. This is something I will definitely try.

  • Kavita Singh

    I absolutely love chilla, it is one of my fav breakfasts. We keep trying different options as a batter. I am saving this and will try to incorporate these options too 🙂

  • rakhiparsai11984

    Chillas are a favorite in our house Surbhi and I love to experient with various kinds of batter possible to make chilla with. Love these recipes. I also add beetroot to oats chilla 🙂

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