Light Summer Dinners: Chilla Recipes
Bonny Shah

Bonny Shah
18 May 2020

This article is authored by Bonny Shah. Bonny is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

It is common knowledge that people eat less and prefer cooling foods in hotter weather. In environments with higher temperatures, cooler food is more palatable. However, the general notion that eating less to get through the summer isn’t a healthy solution. Food is a vital source of energy. Eating the right food is important not just for energy but also helps to regulate heat levels for proper body functioning.

One of the most important tips to stay healthy during the summer is to hydrate. While skipping a meal might seem negligible, it is important to stock up on nutrients to help you stay fit. A well-balanced summer meal should include a mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fibre. We have put together a few light and simple dinner recipes for those warm summer nights.

Chillas are savoury pancakes prepared from a number of ingredients, usually pulses such as chana or moong. They can be enjoyed along with a delicious sabzi or chutney or rolled and stuffed with your filling of choice. Take a look at some delicious chilla recipes.

Besan Chilla

Besan Chilla Nutrition

This is the most common chilla recipe. Make the batter using gram flour or besan mixed with water. Add salt, chilli powder, whole jeera, ginger garlic paste, coriander, a pinch of baking soda (optional) along with finely chopped onions, green chilli and tomatoes. Spread a ladleful of the mixture onto a hot tava or griddle. Once the chilla turns brown you can flip it over to cook the other side. Serve immediately with refreshing raw mango mint chutney.

Besan is an excellent option for chillas as it is a good source of several vitamins and minerals including folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese. It is high in fibre and it can be called an ideal protein source for vegetarians as besan provides nearly all of the essential amino acids. Its high protein content may help decrease hunger, making it a good option for weight watchers.

Paalak Moong Chilla

Making this chilla is an extremely easy process. Use Tata Sampann’s Moong Dal Chilla Mix which is made from unpolished yellow moong dal and a blend of authentic aromatic spices. Just follow the instructions on the pack to make the batter and add chopped paalak (spinach) to the batter along with some cumin, coriander, finely chopped onions, tomatoes and green chilli. You may also add other fresh vegetables or paneer as per your preferences. Pour a ladleful of batter onto a hot pan and cook on both sides evenly. Serve hot along with some green chutney.

Doodhi Chilla

This is an interesting alternative to the other popularly made chilla recipes and a smart way of incorporating some veggies. Mix equal portions of grated doodhi or gourd and besan in a bowl. Add rava, dahi, chilli powder, haldi, salt and hing. Mix well, then spread a spoonful of batter onto a hot pan and cook it evenly on both sides. It is best enjoyed hot along with some tomato ketchup. Dudhi is a healthy alternative as it can help people suffering from high triglyceride and cholesterol levels. It may also help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

A light dinner shouldn’t mean compromising on nutrition. Eat right, stay healthy!


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