If you are looking for ideas as to “How to include Oats in your diet?”, then today’s recipe is just for you. A Savoury Oats Chilla or Indian Pancake recipe for breakfast with the goodness of oats and few other ingredients! Excited?
When we are not eating regular South Indian breakfast at home, Oats Chilla is our go-to option. If you are like us, who dislike oats porridge or overnight oats and prefer savoury oats recipes, then this Chilla recipe won’t disappoint you.
Chilla is an Indian Pancake of sorts, savoury and made with gram flour or chickpea flour. They can also be made with soaked and ground lentils or dal.
Healthy, protein loaded breakfast treats that can double up as after school snacks for kids or can be packed in their lunch boxes as well.
Oats Chilla is made with very basic ingredients easily available in any pantry. Prime Ingredients being Oats and Gram flour, besan or chickpea flour which is the binding agent.
This recipe is also ideal for bachelors who would want to adopt a healthy lifestyle and have little or no time to cook due to their 9 to 5 schedule.
Working moms can quickly whip this in their kitchen and yet manage to feed their family a healthy breakfast.
For this particular recipe, I have used two variety of oats – Rolled Oats and Instant Oats. Both are mixed in equal proportion, roasted, powdered and used further in the recipe.
I have also sneaked in a variety of seeds in this Chilla as this is a great way to include superfoods like pumpkin seeds, flax, sesame, melon in your diet.
I have excluded tomatoes from the recipe as we both at home prefer it that way. You can add finely chopped tomatoes and / or puree too.
So, if you working and prefer on the go breakfast, then you can simply wrap these up and carry. Absolutely fuss free.
You can also make these ahead and store in your refrigerator, heat in microwave and eat it later.
However, I don’t advise stocking the batter for the Chillas in the refrigerator as it uses gluten free flour (besan) which often sticks to the pan. You can, however, store the cooked chilla’s for a couple of days in the refrigerator.
Some of the recipes using Oats, which you can easily try at home –
If you are looking for recipe ideas that help you include Oats in your diet, especially savoury recipes, here are some of the things you can try.
How to include Oats in diet?
Firstly, dry roast and powder the oats, stock them in your pantry and / or refrigerator for easy access.
- You can add powdered oats to your whole wheat aata flour 1:1 proportion and make rotis.
- Adding powdered oats to your dosa or idli batter. Adjust consistency by adding water, as oats thicken with time.
- Add oats to your upma while cooking 1 cup rava or semolina and 1/4 cup oats, add plenty of vegetables and it tastes amazing.
Now let’s look at the easy recipe to make Oats Chilla at home
Step by Step Oats Chilla Recipe
Some of the questions related to the recipe, doubts, which you might have are answered below –
(1) Is Oats Gluten Free?
No. Oats both rolled and instant are not Gluten free.
(2) Is Besan or Chickpea Flour Gluten Free?
Yes. It is also a good source of plant based protein.
(3) Can Chilla batter be stored in refrigerator?
This is an instant breakfast recipe made with ready made flours and doesn’t necessarily need storing. Oats thicken with time and it would stick to the pan while making chillas.
Hence it is advised to make fresh batter and consume.
(4) Can Chilla’s be made ahead and stocked in refrigerator?
When I was a bachelor and working, I followed the method of making a batch of 10 chillas and storing them in a glass box container inside the refrigerator.
After a tired day at work, I would just heat a couple of them in the microwave and enjoy with a side of coriander chutney.
It is far healthier than ordering something or eating instant noodles.
(5) How to pack Oats Chilla for kids?
Make small size chilla that can be easily be packed and eaten by kids. If your kids are fussy about vegetables, add some grated carrots etc to the batter and pack it in their tiffin box.
Never pack hot chilla’s or any pancakes directly in the tiffin box. It tends to leave moisture, making the pancakes soggy. Wrap it in eco friendly reusable food wraps.
- Dosa Tava or Griddle
- 1 1/4 cups Oats (Rolled Oats + Instant Oats) 1 cup is 250 ml measurement
- 1 cup Besan or Chickpea Flour 1 cup is 250 ml measurement
- 2 nos Onions (finely chopped)
- 1 tbsp Ginger Paste 1 tbsp is 15 ml measurement
- 4 nos. Green chillies
- 2 tbsp Mixed Seeds (flax, pumpkin, melon, sesame) 1 tbsp is 15 ml measurement
- 1/4 tsp Red Chilli powder (Kashmiri)
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder or Haldi Powder
- A generous pinch of hing or asafoetida
- Water as required to make the batter
- Finely chopped coriander leaves as required
- Oil as required to cook the chilla
- Salt to taste
- Dry Roast the oats and keep aside for cooling.
- Measure and add roasted oats (rolled + instant) in a mixer grinder jar and grind it to fine powder texture. (READ NOTES BELOW)
- In a bowl, sieve the besan or chickpea flour and add the powdered oats
- Add finely chopped onions, coarsely ground mix of ginger and green chillies, seed mix, hing or asafoetida, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt to taste.
- Now add water and slowly mix it until you achieve a thick pouring consistency batter. Whisk the batter well to avoid lumps.
- Heat a pan or griddle, season it with oil and pour a ladle or two of the oats chilla batter. Spread the batter evenly.
- Pour oil on all sides and let it cook on medium heat.
- Flip and cook the other side as well by pouring oil on all sides.
- Serve it hot with a chutney of your choice and tomato ketchup.
- In order to save time, I often dry roast the oats, cool and grind them. It is always available in our refrigerator to make quick chilla in the morning. Makes it simpler to add to a variety of recipes.
- Roasting is not compulsory but gives a good taste to the chilla.
- Sifting flours for any batter, especially in case of instant varieties of pancakes, dosa, crepes etc is highly recommended for a lump free batter.
- For kids, you can cook the chilla in ghee. Highly nutritious and develops a good taste too.
- Add grated vegetables like cabbage, carrot or steamed peas, sweet corn for kids. It is recommended to grate the cabbage and carrot finely and roughly chop the peas, corn before adding to the batter, else it might be difficult to spread.
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