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Beetroot, Spinach, and Carrot Pancakes/Chilla Recipe

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A healthy, kid-friendly Indian pancake/chilla recipe. Your kids will love these nutritious vegetable chillas for sure.
Author Mukta Tikekar

Ingredients

  • 2 cups semolina suji/rava
  • 1 cup yogurt/curd
  • 1 cup chickpea flour besan
  • 1 cup blanched and puréed spinach
  • 1 cup carrot purée
  • 1 cup beetroot purée
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds jeera
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1-2 green chilies chopped
  • 1 to mato chopped (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil

Instructions

  • Soak suji/semolina overnight. Add only enough water to reach the level of semolina.
  • Strain the pre-soaked semolina to remove all water from it. (Paromita used tea strainer for this purpose.)
  • Add curd/yogurt and mix properly.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, chopped chilies, onion, tomato, and salt. (You can leave out chilies if you are making the chillas for toddlers.)
  • Mix the batter properly and then divide it in three portions.
  • Add beet root puree in the first portion, spinach puree in the second, and carrots puree in the third.
  • Add chickpea flour (besan) in each portion of the batter to achieve desired consistency. (The batter shouldn't be runny or tight. The consistency should be like the dosa batter.)
  • Heat tava and drizzle a little oil.
  • Lower the flame, pour the batter and spread it around to make pancakes (chillas) of desired size. Use a different spoon for each batter. (Paromita's tip: You can try different shapes that kids might fancy.)
  • Drizzle a bit of oil from the sides and allow it to cook.
  • After the top of the pancake/chilla looks half cooked, carefully flip the side. (Paromita's tip: "After the top part is half cooked slightly turn it. You can use another spoon to lift one corner and slowly sliding the ladle inside for support and flip.")
  • Cook on both sides, drizzling each side with little oil.
  • Make the required number of chiilas and arrange them in a plate in an attractive pattern.
  • Serve hot with raita, chutney, or tomato ketchup.