How to Make Besan Chila/Besan Omlette for Babies & Toddlers - FirstCry Parenting

Besan Chila/Besan Omlette Recipe

Besan in its cooked form is very tasty, and it is known to attract toddlers for its yummy taste. It is also a healthy staple considering that it is rich in protein. Also, it is gluten-free if you want to give a vegan diet to your kid. The protein-rich ingredient is sure to build strong muscles in your little one. Besan Chilla or Besan omelette for toddlers is a delicious breakfast or brunch recipe which is sure to improve the child’s stamina. Also, this can be a replacement as an eggless omelette in vegetarian households. Adding finely chopped vegetables of your choice will make this recipe more nutritious and colourful as well.

Cooking Time 

Type Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:20:00
Cook Time 00:15:00
Total Time 00:35:00


Cooking Method 

Gas Stove

Type of Meal 


Suitable For 

Babies above the age of 12 months

Meal Schedule 

Breakfast or brunch

Recipe Type 

Main Dish


Ingredients Quantity and Volume
Chick Pea (Besan) Flour 1/2 cup
Water 1 Cup
Salt To taste
Chopped coriander A few leaves
Ajwain seeds ½ teaspoon
Ghee 3 tablespoons
Finely chopped vegetables (optional) ½ cup


Now let us look into how to make Besan chilla. As mentioned earlier, this is easy to make and the recipe does not require any prior preparation.

Below are the step by step instructions to prepare Besan Chilla:

  1. Sieve besan flour so that there are no lumps.
  2. Add water, salt, ajwain and coriander leaves to it.
  3. Mix well and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  4. At this point, you can also add finely chopped vegetables like onion, carrot, tomato, capsicum etc. to make it more nutritious based on your baby’s taste.
  5. Heat a pan and pour some ghee on it.
  6. Take the mixed flour and adjust it to flowing consistency.
  7. Pour the batter over the heated pan and let it cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Wait until it turns to a light brownish colour and then flip it.
  9. Cook on the other side for another minute.
  10. Fold in half and take it out from the pan.
  11. Hot besan chilla/besan omelette is ready to be served.
  12. It can be served with any sauce or chutney.

It is best to use the whole batter at once and make as many chillas as you can. The batter loses its taste if refrigerated for later use.

Recipe Tips

Here are a few tips to note to before you make this easy Besan Chilla recipe.

  • Do not use the besan without sieving it. It is important to lump-free flour for easy mixing.
  • It is best to add boiled and cooled water as you are making this for babies.
  • Do not roast the chilla too much as roasting too much will give burnt smell and kids may not like it.
  • Use vegetables wisely. Make sure you wash all the vegetables before chopping them.
  • While mixing the flour, use a whisker and mix briskly so that lumps are not formed after adding water.

Nutrition Information (Per 100 Grams)

Nutrient Value
Energy 236 kcal
Protein 10.7 g
Carbohydrates 30.7 g
Fat 7.9 g
Calcium 31.5 mg
Vitamin A 214.9mcg
Folic Acid 76.5 mcg
Iron 2.7 mcg
Sodium 38.4 mg
Potassium 372.8 mg
Zinc 0.9 mg
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 0.2mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 0.1 mg
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 1.2mg
Vitamin C 2.6mg

Health Benefits

This Home-made Besan chilla / Besan Omelette recipe brings a lot of goodness in it for the health of your little one:

  • Besan is rich in protein and will give instant energy to your toddler after playtime.
  • It is a healthy gluten-free diet for vegans and an eggless alternative too.
  • It can fight cold, and cough and clear nasal tract as besan is a powerhouse of antioxidants.
  • Added with nuts and seeds, they are great immune boosters, especially during winters.
  • Ajwain or Carom seeds will aid digestion. If your baby is constipated, then Besan chilla can be the best breakfast you should give.

Buying Guide

  • Check the expiry date of all products before you buy.
  • Try to buy organic besan flour from a good store.
  • Make sure the flour is packed neatly.
  • Check for any insects in carom seeds before buying.
  • All the ingredients that are store brought should be packed hygienically.
  • Do not buy roasted gram flour for this recipe.

Besan Chilla is a good breakfast which your baby will love to eat in the morning without any fuss. Besan tastes yummy in fritters, and as we are adding ghee in this recipe, it is going to make it tastier. Use fresh besan as stored ones may have worms in it. Check the flour before you use it. After all, the health of our kids is of utmost importance.

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