Besan Chela or Indian savoury pancake

Besan means powder/flour made of chickpeas which is the main ingredient and in India besan is called as “ Gram Flour ”. Besan Chilla/ Besan Cheela/ Besan Chela/Besan ka Chilla /Puda are referring to only one dish which we are talking about right now. I call it as Indian savoury pancakes without eggs and it is from the famous state called Rajasthan in India.


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Usually when lot of tourists visit India, they take a triangular trip which means they cover few parts of Rajasthan as well along with other cities including Agra.If you have a trip planned to Rajasthan, don’t forget to try this. Also made potato pancakes, recipe here

It could be made as a snack , brunch or mainly for breakfast. My mom has always been making this for the breakfast and whenever I visit her as she knows how much I like to eat it 😉


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It’s a super healthy snack, very light, a good source of protein. I have made this several times for dinner parties, also served it as a quick snack and ate it as a warm breakfast too. Have always received good feedback about Besan ka Cheela or Puda from my guests. At my home I call it as Besan ka Puda.

I may sound very foodie, but that is true. I love food and have always been fond of it. Traditionally it is made very simple, have given it a twist and taste so good with the corriander chutney on the top, add some baby spinach, cucumber, tomatoes or any favourite vegetables on the top , make it into a roll and serve it. Irrespective of the shape, it doesn’t have to be perfect in shape -i.e.- round.


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Make it round, make it into a roll, cut into triangular shape, it can be served any which way.

One shouldn’t forget, batter is semi-liquid , don’t add too much of water. Use any round shape pan to have a perfect shape.

I have served it with coriander chutney and this reminds me of the simplest way to make coriander chutney by my mother-in-law. She buys loads of fresh coriander and make fresh coriander chutney. Her chutney always tastes so fresh and yummy. Whenever I make chutney in my kitchen, always remember her while making it, isn’t amazing certain food can actually remind of your loved ones/people. ( Have updated my old post).

Besan Chela - Indian savoury pancake without eggs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3 -4
Author: Splashofflavours
  • 2 cups Besan (gram flour/ chickpea flour)
  • 350 - 400 Ml fresh water
  • 4 chopped red onions
  • Handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • Pinch of Turmeric - optional
  • Salt, black pepper, seasoning per taste
  • Some cooking oil / olive oil
For topping
  • Handful of baby spinach or salad leaves
  • 1 Chopped cucumber
  • 1 Chopped tomato
  • 1 Chopped red /yellow pepper
  • Coriander chutney/ Ketchup
  1. Mix all the ingredients and seasoning. The batter shouldn't be too thick, too watery
  2. Drizzle few drops of oil cooking oil on a heavy bottom pan, pour some batter on the pan, when start having bubbles , dry batter, flip it to the other side, repeat the process, when it turns crispy and cooked, serve it hot.
  3. To make it into a roll - add some chutney of your choice, coriander chutney is preferable , cucumber ,tomato ,red and yellow pepper, little bit of salt as seasoning. Roll it and serve it.
Recipe Notes

Tomato ketchup could also be an option to serve it with
Any chutney could be used, tastes yummy with coriander chutney

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