Matar Cheela | Savoury Peas Pancakes

This Matar Cheela is a nutritious, protein-packed savoury breakfast option. It comes together really easily and makes for a tasty, filling breakfast.

Matar Cheela Recipe on a wooden platter with green chutney and ketchup

If you’re a savoury breakfast junkie then this Matar cheela recipe is a great option. It definitely is a protein-packed start of the day. It doesn’t take much time to make because even a couple of them are very filling. Typically you eat it with indian chutneys or pickle but feel free to relish it with ketchup. You could also make it with a filling of scrambled tofu or paneer.

If you’d like to give it more texture + nutritional boost, feel free to add more grated veggies to the batter. Some good options are carrots, zucchini, potatoes, onions, etc. Sometimes, I add finely chopped red onions on one side of the cheela to give it a nice crunchy bite.

Matar Cheela Recipe on a wooden platter with green chutney and ketchup

Why should you make Cheese Suji Fingers?

  • Filling breakfast option
  • Complete plant-based protein meal
  • Easy to make
  • Quick preparation
  • Requires a few simple ingredients

Tips and Tricks

  • Rice Flour – Adding rice flour is essential in this recipe for two major reasons – 1) to make it a complete protein dish 2) to make it crispier.
  • Matar (Peas) – I recommend using a smooth peas puree in the batter rather than whole peas or a chunky paste. That’s because a smooth batter is easier to spread on a flat pan resulting in being thin and crispy.
  • Nonstick pan– use a well-seasoned pan so that the cheela doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. If you prefer a non-stick pan, go for it. The key is to not cook at high temperatures. Keep the heat to medium-low.
Ingredients used in Matar Cheela Recipe

FAQS

What is Cheela?

Cheela is a thin savoury pancake typically eaten for breakfast in India. A cheela can be made out of different grains and legumes. A famous cheela is make out of besan or chickpea flour. You can also add veggies, herbs and spices of your choice to make your cheela wholesome and tastier.

What do you eat with cheela?

Serve cheela with either chutney like coriander-mint (green), tomato, tamarind or coconut etc. It also tastes so good with ketchup or hot sauce. Once in a while, I also like to eat it with yoghurt and Indian pickle.

Is this a complete protein plant-based breakfast option?

Yes! peas, chickpea flour, and rice flour mixed together makes it a complete protein by providing all 9 amino acids. That is why I recommend not skipping the rice flour as it is necessary in making this dish a complete protein source.

Recipe Video – How to make Cheese Suji Sticks?

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Matar Cheela Recipe on a wooden platter with green chutney and ketchup

Matar Cheela Recipe | Peas Savoury Pancakes.

  • Author: Shradha
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cheelas 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Matar Cheela is a nutritious, protein-packed savoury breakfast option. It comes together really easily and makes for a tasty, filling breakfast.


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Ingredients

  • ½ cup besan
  • ½ cup matar (peas) puree
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • Water, as needed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp any neutral oil

Instructions

  1. In a big bowl, add and mix besan, rice flour, matar (peas) puree, and grated ginger. You can make peas puree by blending boiled (and then cooled) peas.
  2. Add salt, red chilli powder, and cumin powder. Then, add little by little water (2 tbsp at one time) and mix to make a batter with a thick pouring consistency.
  3. On a non-stick flat pan, spread the batter gently using the back of a ladle or jut a spatula in a round shape. Let it cook on a medium-low flame for around 4 minutes or when the top of the cheela looks cooked.
  4. Drizzle some oil on the edges and start scrapping off from edges when the base cooks properly and turns a little brownish. Flip and cook for 2 more minutes.


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