During my recent trip to Mumbai, friend made Chilla/Cheela one day for breakfast/dinner and it was yumm. I have made it earlier but with just onions or tomatoes, but this friend added plenty of spinach to it. Ever since I got back to Chennai, I had been wanting to make them at home, but just dint get around to it, till last evening. When I told gramma I was going to make Chilla, she gaped. I then told her this was a sort of Dosa made with Gram flour.. A friend said it is also called Vegetarian Omelette [well I couldn’t get myself to call it that cos I love eggs and the word makes me miss eggs]..
Since I already had a packet of Besan [Gram flour] and some veggies, I was all set. Here is how I whipped it up..
Ingredients [makes 4-6 chillas]
- 1 cup gram flour
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 tomato, finely chopped
- 1 small bunch of spinach- roughly chopped up
- ½ tsp jeera
- ¼ tsp Red chilli powder
- ¼ tsp Dhania powder
- ¼ tsp Jeera powder
- a pinch of Chaat masala
- 3 tbsp curd
- water according to batter consistency
- salt as per taste
- oil as required to cook the Chilla
Options: You can add ajwain, kasuri methi and just about anything else you like.. it doesnt matter as long as you love the flavours 🙂
Making the Chilla:
- In a bowl add all the dry ingredients, mixing them well.
- Now add the curd and then add water according to the consistency [ the batter should like like a dosa batter, pourable but not too watery]
- Let it sit for about 10-15mins so all the ingredients meet, mix and get to know each other better..
- Heat a flat [dosa] pan on a low flame. add oil and pour two ladles of batter. Let it cook on both sides, it takes wee bit longer than a regular dosa.
- Drizzle some oil around the batter once you have spread it out.
- Once it gets golden or brownish, it is cooked and ready to be eaten. have it hot with curd or pickle or just as it is.. 🙂
I made two versions last evening. One with onions and other without[for gramma].. Ate it plain and loved it..I kept thinking about the random conversations with the friend while making the dosas….Infact I messaged her right after making them, sent a pic as well.. It is amazing how food is more than just ingredients and process, it has memories, experiences attached to it.