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Cuisine: Indian
Courses: Breads, Snacks
Serves: 1 people

Recipe Ingredients

  The Batter
2 3/4 cups 171g / 6ozBesan - (gramflour)
2 teaspoons 10mlJeera - (cumin seeds)
1 teaspoon 5mlRed chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlAsafetida*
  Desi ghee - (clarified butter) to shallow fry
  The Topping
5 oz 142gPaneer
2/3 cup 41g / 1.4ozOnions - (diced)
1/2 cup 31g / 1.1ozTomatoes - (diced)
4 tablespoons 60mlTaaza dhania - (coriander); finely chopped
2   Green chillies - (seed and finely chopped)

Recipe Instructions

* to be reserved in 45 ml (3 tbsp) of water

The besan: Sift along with salt into a bowl, add cumin seeds and red chillies, mix well.

The batter: Mix the dissolved asafetida and 540 ml (2 1/4) cups of water with the besan mixture and make a batter of pouring consistency. Divide into 16 equal portions and keep aside.

The paneer: Grate, mash or dice it and divide into 16 equal portions.

The vegetables: Mix onions, tomatoes, coriander and green chillies in a bowl and divide into 16 equal portions.


Heat just enough ghee in a small frying pan, spread a portion of the batter to make a pancake with a four inch diameter and shallow fry over low heat for a few seconds.

Sprinkle a portion each of the paneer and vegetables on the pancake, sprinkle a little ghee along the periphery and cook. Lift the pancake and if perforations are visible and the chillah is lightly colored, flip it over.

Sprinkle another small quantity of ghee, cook for 45 seconds. Fold and remove to absorbent paper to drain off the excess fat. Repeat the process with the remaining portions.

To serve

Remove to a dish and serve with coriander chutney or sounth and accompaniments of your choice.

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 2 minutes per chillah

This recipe was contributed by Jiggs Kalra, who is well known around the globe as food connoisseur, critic and one of the leading lights in the world of Indian cuisine.

Vegetarian Table: India


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