I was surfing the net one day.And came across this eggless omlette recipe.I thought of giving it a try.It is so simple & tastes great .Well , that is because anything made with chickpea flour or besan is simply tasty.I would say ,besan makes it effortless ! And another bonus is that dishes having besan are nutritious as chana dal & hence chana dal flour is full of protein.And hence, these besan cheelas make for a very wholesome breakfast !
Ingredients : 1 cup besan , 1/4 tsp haldi, 1 tsp flaxseed meal , 1 tsp ajwain 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 small tomato finely chopped, 1/2 cup washed & finely chopped spring onion green shoots ( this is optional - generally finely chopped onions are added ), 1/4 cup dahi, 3/4 to 1cup water,salt to taste ,oil to grease the tawa.
Method : Take a bowl & mix all dry ingredients like besan ,haldi ,flaxseed meal , salt ,red chili powder ajwain etal.Add chopped veggies.Mix nicely with the dry mix.Keep aside.
Add water to dahi & make chaas.Add chaas to the dry veggie mix.Mix nicely drop by drop till a dosa batter type consistency is obtained.
Heat a tawa on the gas.Grease with oil.Drop a ladle full of batter on tawa & try to spread it evenly on the tawa.As the pancake gets ready ,it will start browning on the edges after 2-3 minutes..Spread 1/2 tsp of oil on the pancake .Flip it up side down & cook it for another 2-3 minutes.Remove from tawa on to a serving plate.Or keep it in a casserole so that they keep warm.
Make more pancakes similarly from the rest of the batter.Serve besan ke cheele with tomato ketchup or any chutney of choice.I had it just like that yellow on one side & brownish gold on another side !
Since I had used chaas, I found more of ajwain & red chilli powder was needed for the batter.The chilliness was found wanting.If plain water is used ( no curds are used ) then , 1/4-1/2tsp baking soda can be added to the batter.The cheelas can be made vegetable rich .Grated cabbage, grated carrots, finely chopped methi leaves, finely chopped spinach leaves, finely chopped fresh dhania leaves can be added as well.Cheelas will turn out more colourful & more wholesome !