Gram Flour Crepe or Besan ka Cheela is a favourite during the rainy season and also during winter.Besan atta, or gram flour, is also known as chickpea flour. The typical nutty flavour of finely ground chickpeas gives besan flour the quality of creating tasty, crepes and sweets.Besan flour is gluten free and enriched with large amounts of proteins and folate, compared to wheat flour. It has fats that are healthy unsaturated and reduces cholesterol.
I believe in natural beauty products and Gram flour is among the top skin care remedies. Besan flour, when mixed with yoghurt, turmeric, and lemon is great to remove suntan and also as a body scrub.
Hot, aromatic, savoury food is the comfort food we seek during dark rainy days and during cold winter. When I am cold I crave for besan sheera and Pancake my mom used to make. Many of my childhood memories are connected to these dishes and another-Besan ka laddu! After dinner, mom would make hot sheera (with lots of almonds) and serve it to each one of us in our beds. The aroma of roasting besan wafting through the house used to be intoxicating. It would be one cosy, blissful happy family snoozing in comfort after mugfuls of this besan ka sheera.
Gram Flour Crepe or Besan ka Cheela is a quick and easy way to make a savoury crepe and is an Indian breakfast. It is also a great snack with a cup of tea. There are many versions of making cheela. Today I am sharing my simple version. You can add veggies of your choice or even an egg or make it plain if you wish. I add only onion and coriander leaves.
It does look like a vegetarian omelette and can be stuffed with anything; I like all food that allows me to add or minus ingredients.You can add any vegetables, cottage cheese, cheese.
Serve them hot off the griddle, as once they are cold they don’t taste the same.
Recipe for Gram Flour Crepe or Besan ka Cheela
1 cup Besan or Gram flour or chickpea flour
½ tsp Ajwain or carom seeds
½ tsp red chilli powder
4 cloves garlic crushed (optional)
1 cup water
1 onion finely chopped
Fresh coriander leaves chopped
Salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
Take besan, carom seeds, red chilli powder, crushed garlic and salt in a bowl and mix well. Add the water and make a batter of pourable consistency.
Heat the griddle or tawa on medium heat. Once hot pour a ladleful of batter and spread it to make round shape pancake. Drizzle a little oil (I use a non-stick pan and do away with oil) and let the cheela get cooked on one side. Then flip it using a spatula and cook the other side till gets golden brown. Then add the onion and coriander leaves. Fold it into half, once cooked, remove it to a plate and serve hot with pickle, chutney or even tomato sauce. Anyway, it tastes yummy.
Gram Flour Crepe or Besan ka Cheela is yummy- just try it!