Chilro is a popular breakfast dish from Sindhi Cuisine, made with Besan or Chickpea flour mixed with spices and vegetables to make a pancake.
Chilro is also called as Besan Ja Chilra or Besan Chila. As with many recipes, each household have their own version. Some add grated carrots or cabbage and can be eaten anytime of the day. When it served for breakfast, it is served with toast, chutney and Ketchup, more like a sandwich.
This is really quick to make and you get a feeling that you are enjoying oil free pakoras. I adapted from here and made it for my dinner.
What you want to add into the batter is completely your choice and I simply added what I had on hand. I have another version of Besan Cheela, which is also a quick dish to make.
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Chilro | Sindhi Besan Ja Chilra
1/2 cup Besan / Gram flour
1/4 cup Onion chopped
1/4 cup Carrot, grated
1/4 cup Cabbage shredded
3 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp Cumin Seeds / Jeera
1 tsp Anardana (Dry pomegranate seeds) (optional)
2 Green Chillies finely chopped
1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
Cooking Oil for making the dosas
Water to make the batter
Salt to taste
How to make Chilro
Take all the ingredients in a bowl, slowly add water to mix to a slightly thin batter.
Heat a tawa and grease with oil.
Pour a ladleful of batter and cook on low flame.
When it is cooked, flipped to the other side and cook for a couple of minutes.
Serve with a side dish.