Childra/ Vegetarain Omelette II

The vegetarian Omelette, not even, its Vegan & gluten free too!

So looks like this is my second post on Chilla/Chila or Childra or also called as Puda in the north of India. I love Chilas and they are so diverse and easy to put together. This one requires a bit of planning as its made from the yellow moong lentils/daal. You have to soak the daal for 3-4 hours or even overnight. I soaked it overnight. I made it for a light and savoury breakfast and then also made the chilas for lunch. So you see its quite a versatile dish, you can have it for any meal. So here is what you will need to do.


  • 2 cups of yellow moong daal

  • 1 heaped tsp of methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)

Wash the lentils two to three times, until the water becomes clear. Then soak the lentils with the methi seeds overnight or 3-4 hours also work. In the morning discard most of the water and with the help of a hand mixer make it into a paste. The consistency of the batter will be like a bit thicker version of an omelette batter. Now leave it to rest and prepare the other ingredients for the batter.

Ingredients for the toppings & Spices

  • 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped (as you desire)

  • a handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped

  • salt to taste

  • 1 tsp of red chili powder

  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder

  • a pinch of asatofedita

  • 1 heaped tsp of half crushed black pepper

  • a big pinch of baking powder

Mix all these above ingredients to the moong daal batter. Mix it all well and get ready to make the chilas/Savoury pancakes .


  1. Heat a not stick pan/tava or a crepe pan on medium heat.

  2. Swirl a tsp of Ghee/oil on the pan.

  3. Pour a ladle full of batter on the pan, and spread it outwards making a a round chila/pancake.

  4. Add a few drops of Ghee on the corners of the chila and a few drops on the top as well.

  5. Let it cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

  6. Now you will see the sides getting brown.

  7. Loosen the sides with a spatula and if its looking nicely brown and is coming out easily, flip it over and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes.

  8. Take it out from the pan and serve it with a chutney or it also tastes great with a fresh gaucomole. Enjoy

  9. You can also add some grated cheese and salsa on the top, roll it like a burrito and serve.

  10. Be creative and use your imagination and fill it with whatever you like eg. stir fried mushrooms, stir fried capsicums, paneer etc. etc.

PS: if you are making it for lunch then you can add 1-2 finely chopped onions. I dont like onions for breakfast. and a grated Zuchnini or carrot takes good too.

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