Savory Tomato Onion Pancakes

A protein packed vegan and gluten free version of Indian style savory tomato onion pancake aka besan chilla is a perfect dish for healthy and filling breakfast.

There is nothing comforting delicious than a mildly spiced gram flour aka besan savory pancake or as we say Besan ka Chila. My family can never get bored of this classic and super easy protein packed breakfast and we can have it every alternate day for a filling breakfast.

I just have to tweak the recipe and skip tomatoes, onions and green chilli for my little one, otherwise, everyone loves this quick and easy savory pancakes.

As per google a 100 gm serving of gram flour gives about 22g of Protein and the best thing is it is totally Gluten free. I love adding yogurt in my besan chila but if you prefer a vegan version than skipping it and there you will have a Vegan and Gluten Free breakfast ready in few minutes.

I have another version of this Indian style Omelette and even a fancy and elaborate  Paneer stuffed one along with Mushroom stuffed and super simple Socca too. Do have a look at those and enjoy a protein packed breakfast any day or every day.

Blogging Marathon#80 Week 2/Day 5
Theme– Protein Rich Dishes
Dish– Savoury Pancakes
Protein Source– Gram flour, Yogurt

4.34 from 3 votes
Tomato Onion Pancake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A protein packed vegan and gluten free version of Indian style savory pancake aka besan chilla is a perfect dish for healthy and filling breakfast.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Sapana Behl
  • 2 cups gram flour/chickpea flour/besan
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, minced
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup yougurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. In a mixing bowl sift gram flour and set aside.

  2. Add in onion, tomatoes, green chili and coriander leaves along with salt, paprika, and garam masala.

  3. Stir in whisked yogurt and water to make a smooth paste.

  4. Heat a pan or griddle and drizzle with olive oil. Pour ladleful of batter and spread in round pancake.

  5. Cook from both sides until done. Remove from pan and set aside.

  6. Serve the pancakes with mint chutney, salad, and tea.

Recipe Notes

You may add a variety of vegetables in the pancakes.

I made a slightly thick version of the pancakes if you want you can add more water and make the pancakes thinner.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 pancake
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 0.8g 4%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 40.3g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5.1g 20%
Sugars 4.1g
Protein 16.4g 33%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



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Best Regard,
Sapana Behl

16 comments on “Savory Tomato Onion Pancakes”

  1. I can have this healthy breakfast even daily.. Looks so inviting!!

  2. Vaishali says:

    This chilla is a fantastic any time meal . Trust me I had it for lunch today , though I normally have a bowl of salad with it . Such a versatile dish , loving your set up , very inviting .

  3. My mom used to make this as a side dish for rice for a vegetarian meal. Your presentation is so good. It looks so inviting..

  4. Sowmya says:

    That’s a sumptuous and wholesome breakfast. Chilla with mint chutney is a celebration for the tastebuds. Yum yum

  5. Wow Sapana I love your pictures. my most favorite breakfast.

  6. Love you presentation and being a savory person, I can gobble them up all. Great share.

  7. PJ says:

    I make this sometimes when I am out of dosa batter. REally a power packed breakfast..

  8. Besan chilla rocks, who can resist to this nutritious and definitely a very satisfying pancakes.

  9. Rajani says:

    Love the color of chilla, it is comfort food indeed!

  10. These besan chilas come to my rescue whenever I just can’t think of what to make as a light meal. They are so versatile as one can add any veggies and serve them for breakfast, dinner or lunch.

  11. Nalini says:

    My family also loves chila..I can have it for anytime of the meal..

  12. Fantastic choice Sapana, nothing beats this homely besan chiles, and your composition comes live!

  13. This is a real saviour when i run out of dosa batter. Beautiful colors.

  14. Kalyani says:

    loved the presentation ! I make this slightly varied adding a tsp or two of tomato puree and topping them again to make a vegan tomato omelette ! this version is great 🙂 and filling meal too

  15. Preeti says:

    Love this masala besan chillas. Great recipe for breakfast meal.

  16. ruchi indu says:

    Loved the presentation. Indian style pancakes!!

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