Besan Chilla with Veggies




Besan (or Gram Flour) – 2 Cups

Carom Seeds (or Ajwain)  – ½ teaspoon

Asafoetida (or Hing) – A pinch

Coriander Powder – 2 teaspoons

Red Chilly Powder – ½ teaspoon

Mango Powder (or Amchoor) – ½ teaspoon

Salt – To taste

Onion – 1 medium (chopped finely)

Green Chilly – 1 (chopped finely)

Tomato – 1 (chopped finely)

Ginger – ½ inch piece (grated)

Carrot – ¼ cup (grated)

Capsicum – ¼ cup (chopped finely)

Green Coriander Leaves – A handful (chopped finely)

Water – 1 cup

Cooking Oil




  • In a bowl, add the Besan, Ajwain, Hing, Ginger, Coriander Powder, Chilly powder and Mango Powder and mix well.
  • Slowly add the water, stirring all the time – if you add all the water in one go the mixture can turn lumpy. Adjust the quantity of water to ensure the batter is not too thick or too thin.
  • When the consistency feels right, add all the vegetables and give the mixture a good stir. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Pour a teaspoon of oil on a flat griddle (or tava) and place it on medium heat for a few seconds. Using a paper napkin spread the oil evenly across the griddle.
  • Once the griddle is sufficiently heated, add 2 ladles of the mixture and spread in a circular motion.
  • Cook for a few minutes and then flip over and cook for some more time. Once both sides are golden brown in colour, remove from heat. Serve the Besan Chilla with a tangy chutney or sauce.


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