Classic Indian pancake

From our friends at Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

These Chickpea Flour Pancakes are terrific for breakfast, brunch, and even dinner!


The classic Indian pancake made with chick­pea flour is a popular breakfast in North India. These chillas in the simplest form are easy and perfect for breakfast, a snack, or a side flatbread. For a veggie omelet version, add less water for a thicker batter and add leavening such as baking powder. Add finely chopped vegetables such as zucchini.


Yield: 8 to 10 pancakes



·         1 cup chickpea flour, garbanzo bean flour, or besan

·         1½ cups water

·         ¾ teaspoon salt

·         ¼ teaspoon turmeric

·         ¼ teaspoon cayenne

·         ¼ teaspoon carom seeds or cumin seeds

·         ½ cup finely chopped red onion

·         1 hot green chile, finely chopped (remove seeds to reduce heat)

·         ¼ cup packed chopped cilantro

·         1 to 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon safflower oil, divided



1.       In a bowl, combine the chickpea flour and ¾ cup water. Whisk to get a smooth consistency. Whisk in another ½ to ¾ cup water to make a thin lump-free batter. (If using besan, you will need less water).

2.      Add the salt, turmeric, cayenne, carom seeds, onion, chile, cilantro, and 1 teaspoon of oil, and mix well. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes.

3.      Heat a skillet over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, drizzle a few drops of oil on the skillet. Spread the oil using a paper towel. Pour a ladle full (1/4 to ⅓ cup) of the batter onto the skillet. Spread the batter by moving the skillet to make a 6 to 8-inch pancake. Drizzle a few drops of oil on the edges of the pancake.

4.      Cook until the edges start to leave the pan and the bottom is golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Flip and cook for 2 to 4 minutes. Continue to make the rest of the pancakes. Serve hot.

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