Oats Chilla

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Oats chilla recipe with step by step photos. This is a quick, easy and healthy chilla variant made with oats, gram flour, spices and herbs. Chilla is a savory pancake that is made with gram flour or different lentils.

oats chilla recipe

Here is another tasty oats chilla recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to make. So quick and easy enough for morning breakfast. This cheela is soft and has the taste of oats in it, unlike the regular Besan chilla. They taste good. You can even pack these in the tiffin box.

I make this variation of cheela at times with oats flour. For the oats flour, just grind quick cooking oats or oatmeal in a mixer-grinder and rest of the recipe is the way I make besan chilla.

Few more Oats recipes already posted in the blog are Oats upma, Oats dosa, Oats idli and Oats uttapam recipe.

If you are making them for the small kids then I suggest to skip adding green chili and red chili powder. You can also make them as an after school snack or evening snack. They can also be packed in tiffin box with a side of whole wheat bread.

These oats chillas can be served plain or with a side of chutney. You can also have with green chutney or coconut chutney or mint chutney. Even sweet tamarind chutney or a tomato ketchup also goes very well.

This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Oats Chilla

1. Take ½ cup quick cooking oats in a mixer or grinder or a coffee grinder or spice grinder.

making besan oats cheela recipe

2. Grind to a fine powder. A semi fine powder is also fine.

making besan oats cheela recipe

3. Take the ground oats flour in a mixing bowl.

making besan oats cheela recipe

4. Add ½ cup besan (gram flour).

besan for making besan oats cheela recipe

5. Add ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds or carom seeds, ¼ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder and ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

spices for making besan oats cheela recipe

6. Next add ¼ cup finely chopped onion, ¼ cup finely chopped tomatoes, ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves, ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger, ½ to ⅔ teaspoon finely chopped green chilies.

onions for making besan oats cheela recipe

7. Season with salt as per taste.

making besan oats cheela recipe

8. Pour about ⅔ to ¾ cup water.

water for making besan oats cheela recipe

9. With a wired whisk begin to mix everything. If the batter looks thick, then add 1 to 3 tbsp more water. I overall added ¾ cup water. Depending on the quality and texture of besan and oats, addition of water will be more or less.

batter for making besan oats cheela recipe

10. Whisk to a smooth flowing consistency in the batter without any lumps. Break lumps if any while mixing batter.

making oats cheela recipe

11. Batter consistency can be seen in the below pic. For rolled oats, grind in the same way. After making the batter, keep covered for 30 minutes.

making oats cheela recipe

12. Heat a tawa or a flat pan on a low heat. You can use an iron tawa or a non stick pan. If using iron griddle or tawa, then spread a bit of oil on the tawa. 

Let the pan become medium hot. Then take a ladle full of the batter and pour on the pan.

making oats cheela recipe

13. Gently with the back of the ladle, begin to spread the batter. Spread lightly and gently so that the cheela does not break.

making oats cheela recipe

14. On a low to medium heat cook the oats chilla till the top begins to look cooked.

making oats chilla recipe

15. Then drizzle ½ to 1 teaspoon oil on the oats chilla at the edges and all around. Skip oil if you want to prepare oil free chillas.

making oats chilla recipe

16. With a spoon spread the oil all over.

making oats chilla recipe

16. Continue to cook till the base gets light golden then flip using a spatula.

making oats chilla recipe

17. Now cook the other side.

making oats chilla recipe

18. Cook this side till you see golden spots on the besan oats cheela.

making oats chilla recipe

19. Fold and serve the oats chilla hot or warm. This way make all the chilla and regulate the heat as needed.

making oats chilla recipe

20. Serve oats cheela plain or with any chutney of your choice or with sweet tamarind chutney or coconut chutney or tomato sauce.

They can also be packed in a tiffin box with bread.

oats besan chilla recipe

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oats chilla garnished with coriander sprigs and served folded in a triangle on a white plate.

Oats Chilla Recipe | Healthy Oats Cheela

This besan oats chilla is a quick and easy chilla variety made with oats, gram flour, spices and herbs.
4.96 from 23 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine North Indian
Course Breakfast, Snacks
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

  • ½ cup quick cooking oats or 70 grams quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup besan (gram flour) or 50 grams besan
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion or 30 grams onions or 1 small onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped tomatoes or 50 grams tomatoes or 1 small tomato
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds or carom seeds (ajwain)
  • ½ inch ginger – chopped
  • 1 green chilli – chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¾ cup water or add as required
  • salt as required
  • oil as required

Instructions
 

making oats chilla batter

  • Take ½ cup quick cooking oats in a mixer or grinder and grind to a fine powder.
  • Take the ground oats flour in a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup besan.
  • Now add everything except for oil and water.
  • Pour about 2/3 to 3/4 cup water.
  • With a wired whisk begin to mix everything. If the batter looks thick, then add 1 to 3 tbsp more water. I overall added 3/4 cup water. Depending on the quality and texture of besan and oats, addition of water will be more or less.
  • Whisk to a smooth flowing consistency in the batter without any lumps. Break lumps if any while mixing batter.

making oats chilla

  • Heat a tawa or a flat pan on a low flame. You can use an iron tawa or a non stick pan. 
  • If using iron griddle or tawa, then spread a bit of oil on the tawa. Let the pan become medium hot. Then take a ladle full of the batter and pour on the pan.
  • Gently with the back of the ladle, begin to spread the batter. Spread lightly and gently so that the cheela does not break.
  • On a low to medium flame cook the oats cheela till the top begins to look cooked. 
  • Then drizzle ½ to 1 tsp oil on the chilla at the edges and all around. With a spoon spread the oil all over. Skip oil if you want to prepare oil free oats chillas.
  • Continue to cook till the base gets light golden. Then flip.
  • Now cook the other side of oats cheela.
  • Cook this side till you see golden spots on the oats besan cheela.
  • Fold and serve hot or warm. Can also be packed in tiffin box.
  • Serve oats cheelas plain or with any chutney of your choice or with tomato sauce.

Notes

Tips for making oats cheela recipe:
  1. For small kids, skip the green chilies and red chili powder.
  2. Recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  3. For rolled oats, grind in the same way. After making the batter, keep covered for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Oats Chilla Recipe | Healthy Oats Cheela
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1265mg55%
Potassium 339mg10%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 7.3mg9%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Oats Chilla post from the blog archives first published in June 2016 has been updated and republished on December 2022.

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  1. The first time I tried this I did not get it right.The batter was sticky and the chillas fell apart.I think the batter consistency was not right.Since then I have made it a number of times using 1/4 cup of besan and it has worked well.Sometimes I add finely chopped veggies to the batter which taste really good.4 stars

    1. thanks winnie. the batter consistency will depend on the quality of besan and oats. adjustments can always be made in any recipe and nice to know that the 1/4 cup besan proportion works well for you. happy cooking.

  2. Hi..I hv tried this recipe and so many of your recipes ..all are very easy and simple to cook and ingredients which you used in you used in the recipes are easily available in the kitchen ..thnx5 stars

    1. Welcome Rupinder. Glad to know that you like the recipes. Thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  3. Tried this awesome recipe with rolled oats n it was perfect.. Thanks for such lovely, yummy and healthy recipes.. Keep spreading the joy of cooking <3

  4. Hello ma’am,
    Your recipes are so easy to make and indeed easy to follow
    but this time when I tried this the chillas fell apart.
    What could have been the problem?5 stars

    1. Thanks Zainab. The oats cheela batter had become very thin. Cheela Batter should be of medium consistency. you could have added some more besan (gram flour) to thicken the batter.