Besan Cheela | Travel friendly food | Healthy breakfast

As I sit back here to pen this post down, I feel like am traveling back in time, at least mentally !
Down the memory lane the good 23 years of married life, it's not easy for a lady or infact for a guy also to adjust and compromise ...many times we have to balance and understand each other, this is just a part of life and a roller coaster ride I believe. life which I am leading is full of excitement, separations and yes enjoyment ...what else one need in life. Fulfillness and excitement !!! surprises makes life so beautiful. 
When I got married I didn't even imagine this life which I am leading ... A different feeling .....Now,I have my own family my daughters my loving husband and me ...
I do everything for them, for their health, just love to fulfill there demands but some times I really enjoy own time kitchen passion and at that time somehow i enjoy being myself ...
I really enjoy long drives too ...just pack few tit bits and travel friendly snacks and enjoy the beauty of the nature..
For the long drives I prepare travel friendly food like Cheela , Thepla, poori and kaddu etc..


Ingredients for Besan ka Cheela (Pancake)

Gram flour (besan) - 2 Cups
Green chilly - 1
Ginger - 1 inch long piece.
Tomato - 2 medium-sized chopped finely 
Onion - 1 big- sized chopped finely
Hing - 1 pinch (as per your taste)
Red Chilly - 1/8 tea spoon.
Salt- according to your taste
Coriander  Powder - 1 tea spoon
Green Criander - Half bowl

How to make Besan ka Cheela

Step 1.Wash the tomatoes, take out the seeds of green chilly and wash it, peel the 
           ginger and wash it. Now grind green chili and ginger in the grinder to make a 
           paste.Sieve the besan and take it out in a separate container. 

Step 2. Now pour 1 cup of water in the besan and make a smooth batter. Put the 
            chopped tomato and onions and green chilli ginger gravy, and mix it well. 
            Put some more water in the mixture to make a thick paste of it, suitable to 
            make pakoras.

Step 3. Now add (asafoetida) hing, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt. Add 
            chopped fresh green coriander and mix the batter for at least 2-3 
            minutes.Now cover the batter with a lid and leave it for 10 minutes. The 
            batter to make cheela is now ready.

Step 4.Put the non-stick pan on the stove and heat a tea spoon of oil on it to make 
           the pan greasy. Now wipe the greased pan with a clean cloth.

Step 5.Put the flame on medium, and pour 1 or 1-1/2 spoon the batter and spread it 
           evenly on the pan. You can make the first cheela small in size, as there is a 
           possibility of it getting stuck to the pan. Now pour few drops of oil at the 
           corners of the cheela, and spread the tea spoon of oil over the cheela evenly.

Step 6. Cook the Cheela till the upper layer changes its colour and the bottom layer 
            turns golden brown in colour. Now flip it with the help of a wooden spatula, 
            and cook it till the other side also turns golden brown in colour.

Step 7. Spread a napkin paper on a plate and put the cooked cheela on it. Repeat 
            the steps with the second cheela also. Instead of keeping the second cheela 
            over the first one, it is better to keep it separate.Prepare all the Cheelas in 
             the same manner.

Step 8. Gram Flour Pancake (Besan ka Cheela) is ready to eat now. It can be served 
            along with green coriander chutney.

Note :
# Spread the batter on the pan only when it is properly heated, because if the pan is 
   not fully heated the batter may stick to it. Cook the Cheela at a medium flame. On  
   high flame the cheela will become dark brown very soon without getting properly 

# You can add vegetables like grated carrot, cauliflower, chopped spinach etc.  
    according to your taste to the Cheela.

# Cheela make a healthy and handy lunch box option for children, spread each 
   Cheela with tomato sauce/ green chutney and pack in lunchbox.

# Plain gram flour cheelas stays good for upto 3-4 days when packed properly in an 
   aluminum foil. Just omit vege's and add green chillies and coriander according to taste proceeder is same as above. 

# Sometimes a tbsp. of sesame seeds are added for extra crunch and flavors while 
   making a batter. 

If you have found this recipe interesting and you feel this recipe can take special place in your meals .. do share with us your comments and suggestions are always welcome ...


Ananya Tales said…
Yummmy Will try makin it !
minal sharma said…
Thanks a lot Ananya.... Must try and share your experiences.... Thanks
minal sharma said…
Thanks a lot Ananya.... Must try and share your experiences.... Thanks
Looks delicious and I love how easy to follow the recipes are. Would love to try it out.
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