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A plate of besan cheela with chutney and topped with spring onions
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Besan Cheela - Gram Flour Pancakes

Besan Cheela is spiced pancakes made from gram flour (besan) mixed with onion, tomato, cumin, and various spices.
Prep Time9 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free, Soy free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Uma Srinivas


  • ¾ cup Gram Flour/ Chickpea Flour
  • ¼ cup Quinoa Flour optinal
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped Green onions
  • 2-3 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 cup Aquafaba optional
  • ¼ teaspoon Asafoetida - hing optional
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon oil


  • Mix all the ingredients (Except Water & Aquafaba) one by one in a big bowl.
  • Add water (Or Aquafaba) gradually, as you mix the ingredients. If you prefer an appearance like Crepes, add more water.
  • Spread the batter thin on a preheated non stick pan.
  • Drizzle few drops of vegetable oil and cover the lid for about a minute until the underside turns golden brown.
  • Flip the cheela for another 30 seconds.



Note: The nutrition values I show here are my best estimates. Please be sure to check your preferred nutrition calculator, if you are reliant on accurate calculations in your diet.


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg