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Protein-packed Chilla Platter (Savory Crepes)

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Chila/Cheela/Chilla the North Indian Version of a nutritious and High protein savory breakfast or snack. There are different types of chilla made. We have moong dal or lentil chillas, Besan chilla, Sprouts chilla etc. 

Chilla’s for Breakfast 

Chilas is again one of my go-to breakfast recipes for many days. Yes, it takes time to cook but what better than the store-bought cereals or bread. And how do I make so many chillas early in the morning for my family for breakfast? I always use 2 pans. Yes, I do not have the patience to cook on one pan and wait for it to get crisp. It saves a lot of time and is quicker to make. 

Rice Free Chila

Traditionally the chillas do not have any rice in them, so no additional carbs. The carbs in this come only from the dal or lentils or the flour being used. They are perfect for those watching their carb intake or who cannot eat rice.

Besan Chila – The Classic Chilla

The Besan chilla or the gram flour cheela is more famous and commonly known. We even make a sabzi from Bean chila, hopefully, will post the recipe sometime soon. The Besan chilla was earlier made plain with only gram flour and few spices. Sometimes a lot of veggies are being added to add more nutrition to the food. In Mumbai, this is also served with slices of bread is commonly known as Vegetarian omelette or the vegetarian version of omelette without egg.

Moong Dal Chillas

Moong Dal Chillas are made using either yellow moong dal or green moong dal or a combination of both. I remember my mom making this for weekend evening snacks or even for dinner. I make them as required or depending on which lentils I have in hand. They are simple to make and go well with Green coriander and Imli Chutney. 

Moong Dal Chilla is a nutritious, healthy and flourless savory crepes from North of India generally enjoyed as breakfast or snacks.

I also make this Mix Lentils and Beans pancake or cheela where I add all the different beans and lentils/dals I have in hand. The one main in this chila is the Rajma/Kidney Beans and Black Channa as we do not like this bean’s much, so incorporating in this way makes it easier for me.  

Moong Sprouts Chilla

Then another favourite chilla of mine is this Moong Sprouts chilla, where I sprout the moong and make chilla. Another nutritious and power packed chila. This chilla is similar to Moong Dal Chilas, that is , it is flourless and hence vegan and gluten free. 

Toppings or Stuffings in Chilla

There are common stuffings of toppings on chila done like paneer or veggies. This  helps in increasing its nutrition content as well as add some veggies to it. Like I add some fresh fenugreek leaves to my Mung Sprouts & Methi Chila and also do some stuffing with cabbage or paneer. It becomes a complete meal.

Different Chilla Recipes

I love to experiment with different flours, beans and make cheelas from it. Another such veggie loaded chila is this Oats & Vegetable Chilla, which has the goodness of Oats and Vegetable. These Oats and Green Dal Chilla has both Oats and Green moong dal and a delicious wrap for your kids lunchbox. Then is this Mix Flour Chila/Pancake where I have added different millet flours. 

So coming to today’s post, This week in the Blogging Marathon, I will be sharing platters. So today I am sharing this Chilla Platter with four different types of Chilla. My earlier theme was Breakfast Thali, Indian Flatbreads, and Everyday Thalis.


These snacks are even gluten-free if one uses Gluten-free Asafotedia. Store brought asafoetida powder is not gluten-free, so please keep that in mind. As I use the asafoetida in the rock form or its purest form, I have the gluten-free version. You can skip the asafoetida completely if required.

Today’s Protein-packed Chilla Platter platter has

We thoroughly love this chilas and enjoyed this for our breakfast with Coriander chutney, Imli Chutney and Amla Dhaniya Chutney along with our Morning Tea.

Protein-packed Chilla Platter had different types of vegan savory crepes from the North of Indian which can be served for breakfast or snack.

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Saturday 21st of November 2020

Lovely idea to make chilla platter. Everything looks so delicious and healthy especially the sprouted ones.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

I always make the besan ka chilla. Thanks for sharing the other version. Amazing chilla platter. Nicely done.


Monday 21st of September 2020

Wow ! That’s a wonderful cheela platter . We make all these cheelas , except for the sprouted one . They all are nutritious and make a perfect breakfast specially with all those chutneys you have served . They look fantastic !

Srivalli Jetti

Monday 21st of September 2020

Wow, this is surely a very unique idea for a platter Renu, enjoyed it..though I do make all of this, never thought of making it together..

Renu Agrawal Dongre

Monday 21st of September 2020

Thank You, We generally have different types of chillas in our Holi party or at times get together. So thought of it :-)

Harini Rupanagudi

Monday 21st of September 2020

Very interesting assortment of the chilas here. We make moong dal chila, besan chila regularly the others not so much. i am lazy to make sprouts at home :)