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, if available)
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
one onion, finely chopped
one zucchini, grated (Rösti Raffel)
piece of ginger, finely grated
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 .
Heat a not stick pan/tava or a crepe pan on medium heat.
Swirl a tsp of Ghee/oil on the pan.
Pour a ladle full of batter on the pan, and spread it outwards making a a round chila/pancake.
Add a few drops of Ghee on the corners of the chila and a few drops on the top as well.
Let it cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
Now you will see the sides getting brown.
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.
Take it out from the pan and serve it with a chutney, pickles, sour creme or it also tastes great with a fresh guacamole. Enjoy
You can also add some grated cheese and salsa on the top, roll it like a burrito and serve.
Be creative and use your imagination and fill it with whatever you like eg. stir fried mushrooms, stir fried capsicums, paneer etc. etc.
A comfort and a protein rich food for these cold snowy days! Make your kids help make them too! They will love it!