Who said healthy breakfasts need to be boring? Come to my kitchen if you think so! I am not boasting but I really strive to make tasty breakfasts since it’s the first meal of the day. Anything mundane and regular bores me. So I need to keep coming up with fancy but easy to make breakfasts. A lazy cook like me can’t be bothered with elaborate recipes. If you are like me, then you will like Rawa Paniyaram in Appe Pan, Vermicelli Oats Idli or even Mini Veggie Fritters to name a few yummy breakfast recipes. They are very easy to make, not much prep required and turn out to be very appetizing.
Chilla is a traditional Indian breakfast recipe. They are savory pancakes. Its main ingredient is chickpeas flour/besan. I have started adding oats and flax-seed powder to the batter to make it more nutritious. KR had been asking me to make chilla for breakfast since some days now. I kept pulling his leg that I will make Broccoli Chilla for him. He not being a big fan of this vegetable, kept telling me to not do so. But I don’t know why I said Broccoli Chilla, I had never made them before nor had I ever heard of this combination being used in a chilla. I had just said it on a whim!
However, now that I had said this is what I am making, I decided to act upon it. I had some broccoli in my fridge. If you are a fan of this vegetable, then you can check out these recipes – Broccoli Fried Rice, Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup, Broccoli Paratha and Vegetable Stir Fry. Broccoli is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese. So yes, it does make sense to add this to your everyday diet. It’s all about getting creative and adding such ingredients to your dishes.
Broccoli Oats Chilla/Pancakes are super easy to make. The batter needs no fermentation and can be made instantly. Add chickpeas flour and oats powder in a bowl. Coarsely grind the broccoli and walnuts together. Add this to the flour.
Give it a good mix. Heat a skillet and pour a spoonful of batter and spread it. Drizzle oil on all sides and let it cook evenly on both sides till it turns golden brown.
Once done, take them off the pan. Serve them hot with some ketchup or Coriander Mint Chutney.
2 small pancakes for breakfast can keep you full till lunch. You can also make thin with zero oil if using a non stick pan.
- 1 cup broccoli
- 6-7 walnuts
- 2 cups chickpea flour
- 1 cup oats powder
- 1 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp coriander-cumin powder
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 4-5 green chillies, minced
- Oil for cooking
- Water for batter
- Add chickpea flour and oats powder in a bowl. Coarsely grind the broccoli and walnuts together. Add this to the flour.
- Now add water to make this into a thick batter. Add green chillies, onions, cilantro, Homemade Turmeric Powder, Dhania Jeera Powder and salt.
- Give it a good mix. Heat a skillet and pour a spoonful of batter and spread it. Drizzle oil on all sides and let it cook evenly on both sides till it turns golden brown.
- Once done, take them off the pan. Serve them hot with some ketchup or Coriander Mint Chutney.
- Add flax seed powder to the batter if you wish.
- Add more veggies to this if you wish.
Before I sign off, don’t you want to know what was KR’s reaction when he had these Broccoli Oats Chilla/Pancakes? 🙂 As always, he was pleasantly surprised and asked for a second helping. Broccoli in this chilla adds a new flavor and the walnuts give it a nutty after taste. These pancakes can even be had for lunch/dinner. Pack them in lunch boxes and make your fussy eaters consume some greens in a better looking way.
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