Beetroot cheela – savory chickpea pancake

beetroot cheela
The chickpea flour-based savoury pancake-style cheela is the quickest protein-packed breakfast you will find among the Indian breakfast gallery. With little pre-preparation needed,  this recipe is a go-to one when you need a quick snack, a lunch roll-up or a warm breakfast. Typically made with moong dal (green gram ) this preparation is much lighter than the chickpea one. Nevertheless, the ease of the chickpea flour goes unquestioned. Resembling a quick vegan omelette, cheela is a protein-rich breakfast you can absolutely enjoy on any weekday. 

The versatility of chickpea flour

Chickpea flour is extensively popular in vegan and Indian cuisine. Being a flour it is easy to mix and get the desired thickness to add to any gravy. It is also a popular ingredient in baking for gluten-free or paleo dishes. The fact that it adds protein to the dish than carbs boost its use among the health watchers. It is far easier to store and use than the bean or the cooked canned ones. Saying this, storing the flour in the freezer is more advantageous if you use it less frequently. This will prevent any bitter taste forming in the flour or the flour going mouldy. 
Here is another crispy addictive recipe with besan ( chickpea flour) – Crispy rice and moringa leaves pakoras
quick besan chila

This beetroot cheela

The beetroot cheela is a fun way of getting that boring repetitive bread out of the way and bring in some colour for the breakfast.  A quick mix with some beet juice a great pan to cook them in is all you need. To pair with this recipe looks and tastes fantastic with green chutney.  Scroll down for the recipe and make it your breakfast staple. 

Here is another protein-rich recipe which needs a bit more prep but is a brilliant post-workout snack as well – Andhra Pesarattu- green gram crepes.

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beetroot cheela

Beetroot cheela

savory chickpea pancake
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 pieces


for batter

  • 1 cup chickpea flour (besan/ kadalamaav)
  • 3 tbsp beetroot grated or juiced.
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 cup drinking water

for the pancake making

  • cooking oil


  • Peel and grate a small beetroot on a fine grater and set aside
  • Into a mixing bowl add one chickpea, with the spice mixes.
  • Mix well and add the grated beetroot and yogurt and mix.
  • Add a bit of water at a time and whisk to form a smooth lumpless batter
  • Set a flat pan on medium heat and spray oil to form a nonstick surface
  • When the pan is hot add a ladle ful of the batter and allow it to spread a bit
  • Cook on one side and then flipover and cook the other side.
  • Stack the pancakes and serve hot with green chutney or ketchup
    beetroot cheela


To prepare a vegan version I would simply swap the yoghurt in the recipe to mashed soft tofu or coconut yoghurt.
Forgo the chilli powder and the hing if you are making for the younger kids for it gives a sweeter taste from the beets.
Slice up the leftover cheela and toss them in a salad for a protein spike.
I have added some mint and coriander too to some of them.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Poonam bachhav
4 years ago

The beetroot pancakes sound so flavorful… gorgeous color too !

Priya Suresh
4 years ago

How pretty and catchy this cheela looks, adding beetroot to the usual cheela makes it more interesting and fabulously healthy.

priya satheesh
4 years ago

Interesting and healthy… Lovely eye catchy colour !

4 years ago

I love how you have amoed up the simple Cheela. Eye-catching and surprising!

Sujata Roy
4 years ago

Beetroot chila looks fabulous. Delicious and healthy. Perfect breakfast recipe.

4 years ago

The beetroot pancakes sound so delicious and colorful. Cheela is one my fav meal, love to have it anytime. Yummy and healthy share 🙂

4 years ago

A very healthy recipe, good for anytime of the day. Lovely pink colour

Mayuri Patel
4 years ago

Beetroot cheela look so colorful and tempting. A great breakfast treat or even a healthy snack option.

4 years ago

You nailed it Seema!Gorgeous Cheelas!

4 years ago

The beetroot pancakes looks so beautiful & flavorful…. Lovely share for theme

Vidya Narayan
4 years ago

Its a lovely and healthy recipe. The pink colour of the cheelas is so tempting and would be a hit with kids. I like your version of grating the beetroot instead of adding the boiled ones. A change from the usual way of doing and thereby increasing the nutrition quotient too. Great share for the theme indeed Seema.

4 years ago

Absolutely love the addition of beetroots to the cheela mixture. It is such a satifaction when the kids enjoy their food.

4 years ago

You have done perfect justice to the recipe. Its one of my family fav too.

Jyoti Babel
4 years ago

Great way to add the goodness of beans to pancakes. lovely share

Jyoti Babel
4 years ago

i meant beets! argh typo!

Shobha Keshwani
10 months ago
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Love the idea of making cheela with beetroot. Must try this one. Cheela varieties make a great option for breakfast

Mayuri Patel
10 months ago
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A good idea Seema to add beetroot to a cheela batter. Have some beetroot in the fridge, tomorrow’s quick lunch is sorted.

Mina Joshi
10 months ago
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What a great way of making the cheelas look exciting by adding a healthy ingredient like beetroot. I am also going to do this as its a good way of making kids eat beetroot. Also you have used spray oil which would have less calories.

10 months ago

Love cheelas for their versatility. These beet cheelas is so fancy-schmancy yet nutritious too!

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