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Besan Cheela is a very popular breakfast recipe in India. It is made by pouring a thin chickpea flour batter seasoned with spices on a hot skillet and cooked under crisp. It is similar to savoury crepes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • Besan chickpea flour – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Green Chillies – 1 teaspoon
  • Bell peppers – 2 teaspoon
  • Tomatoes – 1 teaspoon
  • Onions – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Caraway seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • Oil for cooking
  • Note – All the vegetables must be finely chopped


  • Add besan (chickpea flour) and all the vegetables in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Slowly add water to make thin batter. Batter should be thin but not water, it must coat the vegetables lightly.
  • Add all the spices and condiments and mix well.
  • Leave aside for 5 minutes.
  • Heat a non-stick pan and drizzle some oil. You may use ghee (clarified butter) if that is what you prefer.
  • Pour a ladle full of batter on non-stick pan and swirl it around till a nice thin coating of batter is formed on the pan.
  • After pouring the batter turn the flame on low and let the batter set for few minutes.
  • Roast golden on low flame by drizzling oil once in a while.
  • Flip and roast from the other side as well.
  • Fold in half and serve hot! Pair it with bread, chutneys, dips or your favourite tea.


If you are a begginer, you may opt. for non-stick pan to make some delicious besan cheela.