Besan ka chilla or in Punjab we call it namkeen puda/besan ka puda, is a crisp and savoury pancake. It is one of the most loved pancake in many North Indian families. My family is not an exception. That’s why I make it very frequently. Whenever we are bored of eating routine food, this is one of the most liked option. We just eat it as such or stuff the puda in chapati or bread. My daughter too loves to take it in her tiffin, when she is allowed to bring anything on Saturdays.

Since I make it so frequently, it comes out with different variations. Today I’m making it in the simplest and authentic way.

I have some fond memories with besan ka chilla. My dadi (grandmother) was from Uttar Pradesh and was very fond of this chilla. She used to cook Sunday breakfast for all of us. It either used to be aloo puri or besan ka chilla. I must admit that I’m not able to replicate that taste till now. It could be her love for her grand children or lot of oil that she used to make chilla, which made those chillas so tasty that it’s taste still lingers in  memories. But these days as we all are getting calorie conscious, so I just use 2 tsp at the maximum to make one chilla. When cooked in a non stick tawa at medium low heat it also gets crisp, though it takes a bit longer time to cook as compared to when we add good amount of oil.

besan ka chilla

P.S. If you aren’t worried about calories make batter quite thin and use lot of oil to get the crispy and tastiest pancake 😁

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Besan Ka Chilla / Punjabi Basan Da Puda
Besan ka chilla is an Indian savory pancake that makes an excellent healthy & tasty breakfast as well as an evening snack.
besan ka chilla
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 20 min
Servings
chillas
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 20 min
Servings
chillas
Ingredients
besan ka chilla
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, take all the ingredients for chilla.
    besan ka chilla
  2. Make a thin lump free batter with the addition of small amount of water at a time. The batter should be like dosa batter.
  3. Heat a non stick tawa it a heavy bottomed frying pan on medium heat and grease it lightly.
  4. Pour ¼ cup of batter in the middle of tawa and spread it uniformly.
    besan ka chilla
  5. Let it cook on medium low heat till the top looks dried and bottom starts leaving sides.
  6. Apply some oil on the top and flip the side.
  7. Cook it on the other side as well. Both the sides should be crisp and brown.
  8. Make chilla with rest of the batter.
  9. Serve hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup.
    besan ka chilla
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