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 myself..my own time ..my kitchen ...my 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..
BESAN KA CHEELA
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
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.
# 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 ...rest 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 ...