Nutrient-Packed Chickpea Veggie Cheela

Best For

Special treat


Makes 6

Time: 30 mins


  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, soaked
  • 1/2 cup water

Other Ingredients

  • few fenugreek leaves
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped chili
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander
  • 2 tablespoons thinly grated carrot
  • 2 tablespoons thinly grated beetroot
  • 1 teaspoon rock salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Soak in Advance

Soak 1/2 cup chickpeas in water for 12 hours.


  1. Place the soaked chickpeas and 1/2 cup water into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Combine the blended chickpeas with all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir well with a spoon, adding a little water if the consistency is too thick.
  3. Heat an iron tawa on a high flame. Once it’s hot, add 2 drops of oil (if the pan is not already greased). Wipe with a cloth, and turn the flame to medium.
  4. Pour a ladle of batter onto the tawa, and spread it evenly to form a circle.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes until the top begins to look done. Then carefully flip the cheela with a steel palta. Press down firmly, and cook the other side for 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer the cheelas to a plate, and serve warm with coconut chutney.

Benefits of the Recipe

  1. Chickpeas: Excellent source of plant-based protein, rich in fiber, and provides essential vitamins and minerals.
  2. Fenugreek Leaves: Add a unique flavor and are known for their potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Ginger: Contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, and aids digestion.
  4. Chili: Adds a spicy kick and may have metabolism-boosting properties.
  5. Cumin Powder: Enhances flavor and aids digestion.
  6. Coriander: Rich in antioxidants and adds freshness to the dish.
  7. Carrot and Beetroot: Provide a colorful and nutritious addition, rich in vitamins and minerals.
  8. Rock Salt: A healthier alternative to regular salt, it contains essential minerals.

Nutritive Value (Approximate values per serving, considering 2 servings)

  • Calories: ~150 kcal
  • Protein: ~8g
  • Carbohydrates: ~25g
  • Fat: ~2g
  • Fiber: ~6g

Note: Nutritional values may vary based on specific ingredient brands and quantities used.

This chickpea veggie cheela is a powerhouse of nutrients. Chickpeas offer a good dose of protein and fiber, making it a satisfying and filling meal. The addition of fenugreek leaves, ginger, and cumin powder adds both flavor and potential health benefits. The colorful mix of carrot and beetroot not only enhances the visual appeal but also provides additional vitamins and minerals. Rock salt is a healthier option, and cooking on an iron tawa can contribute to iron intake. Enjoying this cheela with coconut chutney adds extra taste and nutrition to your meal.

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