Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Besan ka Cheela

Besan ka cheela or gram flour based salty pancakes are sure to satisfy your rumbling appetite and demanding taste buds. A simple pancake recipe with besan combined with onions, tomato and chillies and then spread on a pan with little oil. I have used cucumber in this recipe just to make it a little different.

2 cups besan (bengal gram flour)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 tsp chopped green chillies
1/2 cup chopped coriander (dhania)
1 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
1/2 cup grated cucumber
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
salt to taste
oil for cooking

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and gradually add (approx 1 1/2 cup) water to get smooth and dropping consistency batter.
Heat a non-stick tava on a high flame then turn the flame to medium.
Add little oil and spread it evenly, pour a spoonfull of batter and rotate the pan clock wise to spread the batter evenly in the pan.
Cover it with the lid and allow to cook for 4 to 5 minutes on a medium flame or till it turns to brown in colour and crisp.
Open the lid, drizzle some oil and turn it upside down and cook the other side till it turns to brown in colour and crispy.
Repeat the same process with the remaining batter.
Serve hot with green chutney or tomato sauce.

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