WHAT iS CHILLA or CHEELA?
Chila or Cheela is a savoury pancake which I guess I would call the North Indian version of a dosa. They are packed with plant-based protein, easy to make and taste great served up in so many ways! They are made solely of lentils and a few spices so you can easily modify them to your taste. You can also make them as thick or as thin or as crispy or soft as you like.
A little bit of prep but a lot of uses!
So I guess the only downside to making these is that you have to soak them at least 3 hours, but they are worth the planning. I often soak them overnight so they are ready to blend up in the AM. Post soaking them come together really fast.
How and when do I enjoy my Chilla?
I love these served up so many ways, but my top uses are
- as a light vegan protein packed breakfast
- Used as a wrap
- served as a replacement for chapati
- as a quesadilla
- or I like to make mini ones to serve as a base for canapés when entertaining.
What do I serve my Chilla with?
In regards to macronutrients the chilla is predominantly protein and carbohydrates as they are made lentils so I like to make sure I get some good fats along side.
Serve these up with
- Ri’s sambal
- Classic coconut chutney
- Guacamole or sliced avocado
- Served up with Kebabs like my hariyali chicken tikka
No matter how you serve these up, these are light, flavourful and nutritious.