Chillah is basically a Rajasthani recipe. I have modified my mother's recipe of soru chakli, a type of pancake prepared with wheat (atta). and she used to call it "gola roti", meaning wheat flour (atta) batter made with water. I changed the dish by adding flour (maida) & besan sometimes adding chopped vegetables.
Here is the recipe for Besan Chillah, good & nutritious and also helps in reducing body fat...Instead of plain roti / chappati, one can take Besan Chillah during lunch / dinner time.
- 1 cups gram flour (besan)
- 1/2 cup plain flour (maida)
- 1/2 cup wheat flour (atta)
- 2 cups grated paneer
- 1 large capsicum, finely chopped
- 2 bunch cilantro / coriander leaves, finely chopped
- 2 tsp caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
- 1 tsp turmeric (haldi)
- 1- ½ tsp salt (to taste)
- a pinch of red chilli powder
- white oil, for frying
- water (as per requirement)
- Sieve besan, flour & atta. Add turmeric, caraway seeds, salt and red chili powder. Mix well.
- Slowly add water and blend to form a smooth batter or until you get the right consistency (ensure there is no lumps, you can even strain the whole mixture once).
- Take a non-stick frying pan and heat 2-3 drops of white oil. Spread & coat all over the base with a wooden spatula including the side of the pan. When the oil is hot, reduce heat and pour a ladle full of batter in the middle.
- Spread the batter in a circular motion by tilting the pan or by spreading with the back of a wooden spatula to form the chillah.
- Sprinkle a little chopped capsicum & coriander leaves and grated paneer on the pancake.
- Let it set (you will know when the bottom is set by seeing the colour change).
- Flip the chillah to the other side. Add a little oil and toast till done. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Serve hot.
Besan Chillah is going to the following events:
- The Besan Chillah with caraway seeds is also going to Think Spice - Think Caraway Seeds, guest hosted by Sathya of Appetite Treats...