MATAR CHEELA/PEAS PANCAKE/SAVOURY PANCAKES WITH GREEN PEAS
Thanx to the Winter season in India! And to all those seasonal ingredients that are available fresh and juicy these days. Green peas or matar is one of those green veggies which gain such divine taste in the winter season and make wonderful dishes to which these are added.
Several dishes from breakfast to the main course are prepared with this legume (peas).
Today I tried savoury pancakes(cheela) for my breakfast which turned out superb in taste and texture. These healthy pancakes had semolina (suji) as a base and a few other veggies like onions and carrots and obviously, the blended peas were added to the batter. Some aromatics and regular spices both whole and powdered took their taste to another level.
Let’s make these tasty and healthy cheelas with easily available ingredients in our pantry
Prep Time – 10 minutes
Cook Time – 15 minutes
Course – Breakfast
Cuisine – Indian
Author – Bharti Dhawan
• Samolina/sooji/rava – 1 cup (200 gms)
• Fresh thick curd/dahi – 1/2 cup
• Green peas/matar – 1 cup
• Water – 1 cup or as required
• Carrot – 1 medium
• Onions – 1 large or 2 medium
• Ginger piece – 1-inch
• Green chillies – 1 or 2
• Salt – to taste
• Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
• Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
• Mustard seeds/rai – 2 tsp
• Oil/ghee/butter – 1/2 tsp for each pancake
PREPARATIONS TO BE DONE
1- Grind peas, ginger, green chillies, and some water in a grinder to make a smooth paste
2- Chopp onion finely
3- Grate carrot with a grater
METHOD TO MAKE MATAR CHEELA
1- Firstly, add half a cup of water to the curd and whisk well.
2- Add suji/rava, black pepper powder and red chilly powder and mix well
3- Next, add pea batter followed by chopped onions, grated carrot, and salt to the soaked suji
4- Mix well the batter and keep at rest for another 5 minutes so that all the flavours come together
5- Next, heat a pan with oil or butter. Add a pinch of mustard seeds. (Mustard seeds add a crunch to the cheela)
6- When the seeds splutter, add a ladleful of pea-semolina batter and spread in a circular motion. Cover the pan for a minute.
7- When the cheela cooks golden from the pan side, flip it to cook the other side till perfection. Add one tsp of butter so that it cooks golden and crisp
8- Make all cheelas like this and serve with green chutney and Tomato chutneys
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