Its hot and humid but soaking in the warmth while browsing cookbooks is how I tend to enjoy my weekend afternoon. I was looking a vegan lunch idea and stumbled upon so many wonderful “Chilla” recipes, These crepes called “Chilla” or “Cheela” are so simple, wholesome and savory that I couldn’t wait to experiment with a version of my own.
I have used 3 types of lentils here…Urad, Masoor and Chana and some rice flour. You could use soaked rice as well but I had the rice flour in my pantry so went with it.
The lentils have been washed and soaked for a few hours. They were then ground into a paste along with the rice flour and then I let the batter ferment overnight. I just put it in my cool oven. It was so cool to see it bubble and rising by the morning.
Once the batter is fermented, add the herbs and spices and use water to bring out the consistency of pancake batter.
Cooked on both sides to a warm golden brown and served simply with coconut yoghurt raita and pickles was just perfect.
The recipe measurements below are just setting some guardrails but this is not an exact science. Feel free to experiment and taste along the way!
Chilla - Lentil Crepes
A Wholesome Savory Treat
- 1/2 cup Urad Dal/Lentil
- 1/2 cup Masoor Dal/Lentil
- 1/2 cup Chana Dal/Lentil
- 1/2 cup rice flour
- Chopped cilantro
- 1 inch Finely chopped ginger
- 3 -4 Finely chopped red or green onions
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
- salt to taste
- 1/2 cup avocado oil
- Wash the lentils thoroughly and soak for 4 hours
- Grind the lentils in a food processor, add the rice flour and blend until a batter like consistency
- Let ferment in a cool oven overnight
- The batter will rise a little which will tell you that it has some fermentation. Add the herbs, veggies and spices and use some water to bring it to a pancake consistency
- Heat the griddle or cast iron pan until quite hot. Keep the heat to medium and pour in the batter. Use a teaspoon to oil the edges and the middle. Once bubbles start to form and the edges are brown, flip the pancake/crepe and cook the other side for a couple of minutes.
- The crepes should be soft and warm brown.
- Serve hot and deliciously!