HEALTHY PANCAKE RECIPES

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Give breakfast a tasty twist with these unique pancakes and traditional chilia recipes. Pancakes are often considered unhealthy as they are made of plain flour, eggs and fatty dairy products but with a few tricks like using whole grains and low-fat dairy products, pancakes can be part of a healthy breakfast. Chila, a form of traditional Indian pancake, is equally irresistible and healthy, with myraid tasty variants.

Power up your metabolism, regulate your blood sugar and satisfy craving for a delicious breakfast with one of these tasty pancakes or chilas. Chilas are yummy pancakes that can be made with varied flours, grains or dals with tasty additions  and can be had as a snack or as a satiating meal.

Sprouted moong and methi chila:- This is a real no fuss recipe that can be made any time — it does not require any soaking or fermentation as it is made with sprouts with fenugreek leaves makes this a desirable addition to your daily menu, as it is rich in essential nutrients like protein, iron and fiber. Easy to make but very tasty, this recipe will ensure that kids as well as adults who do not like sprouts will surely have their share without fussing! Combine moong sprouts, chopped green chilies, ginger and half cup of water and blend it in a mixer to a smooth paste. Transfer it to a bowl and add fenugreek leaves, besan and salt and mix well to form a smooth batter. Keep aside. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a small non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add asafoetida and mix well. Pour the tempering over the batter and mix well. Pour a portion of the batter on the griddle and spread it evenly, using a ladle to make a 125 mm thin circle. Cook the chila, using one fourth tsp of oil till both sides turn golden brown in color.

Nutritious jowar and tomato chila:- Traditionally, chila is a thin pancake made of gram flour but this nutritious chila uses a healthy combination of jowar, whole wheat and maize flour making it a great source of protein and vitamin A. Enjoy it with coriander garlic chutney. Combine jowar flour, chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, green chilies and salt in a bowl and mix well to make a batter of pouring consistency using enough water. Heat a non-stick griddle and grease it lightly using one forth tsp of oil. Pour a ladleful of the batter on the non-stick griddle and spread it in a circular motion to make a 125 mm circle. Cook, using one forth tsp of oil, till it turns golden brown in color from both the sides.

Cucumber and soya pancake:- Juicy cucumber with semolina and nutty soya flour, brings them all together and you have a fantastic pancake that is sure to make your day! These sumptuous cucumber soya pancakes are simply flavored with green chilies and coriander. Cucumber also possesses antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, adding to the goodness of this pancake. Serve hot with nutritious green chutney. Combine thickly grated cucumber, soya flour, semolina, chopped coriander, low fat curds and salt. Heat a non-stick griddle and grease it lightly using one fourth tsp of oil. Pour a ladleful of the batter on it and spread in a circular motion to make a pancake of 125 mm circle. Cook, using one fourth tsp of oil, till it is golden brown in color from both the sides.

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