Chickpea Pancakes

These pancakes are inspired by the ‘Chilla’, a. Sindhi favorite often seen in the streets of Crawford Market in Mumbai, India. They are sold topped or filled with a combination of cheese, herbs and vegetables.  These are a house favorite for us!  We recommend serving them with yogurt or raita and a chutney, pickle or relish and fried egg on top.

makes 4-6 pancakes


1 cup chickpea [besan] flour

½ cup water

2 Tbsp olive oil

½ tsp cumin, ground

½ tsp black pepper

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp salt

2 whole large eggs

1 cup kale, chopped fine (optional)

1 cup mushrooms, sliced thin (optional)

Olive oil, for frying



  1. Whisk the chickpea flour with water, olive oil, cumin, black pepper, turmeric, salt, eggs, cilantro and water.  The mixture should be a like a thick pancake batter.

  2. Heat up a seasoned skillet and add a tablespoon of oil.  Pour about one fourth of the batter. Spread chopped kale and the sliced mushrooms on top of the batter.

  3. Cook at medium heat until bubbles appear through the pancake and the edges are brown; flip over gently and cook the other side.

ideas / variations

  • To deepen the flavors, ferment the chickpea batter. See our Chickpea Chilla Base recipe for the recipe!
  • The addition of eggs is optional – they have plenty of flavor without so feel free to leave them out.
  • Replace kale with spinach, asparagus or chopped Brussels sprouts.
  • Top with cream cheese and serve with smoked salmon