Chila for breakfast

My daughter doesn’t like eggs which rules out quite a number of breakfast items. I was running out of ideas to make healthy & easy breakfast and then I remembered the good old Indian breakfast dish, Chila. Traditionally chila is made with besan (gram flour) but I tried a different version of it and got my daughter’s approval as well.


  • 2 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  • 2 tablespoon sooji (semolina)
  • salt, red chili powder
  • cubed onions and tomatoes


  • Mix besan and sooji with enough water to make a consistent paste.
  • Add in salt, red chili powder, cubed onions and tomatoes. Alternatively, you can puree the tomatoes and mix in as well for a different texture.
  • Heat up a tava/griddle on medium heat and sprinkle a few oil drops. Spread the batter on the tava and let the chila cook for couple of minutes before turning it over and cook for another couple of minutes on the other side. Add in a few more drops of oil just so that the chila doesn’t stick to the tava.

Serve it hot with coriander chutney and enjoy!

Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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