Oats Chilla


6 servings

Prep time

5 minutes

Cooking time

15 minutes


107 kcal

A nutritious breakfast is a secret for happy health; oats chilla is India’s simple delicacy made of oats, gram flour, spices, vegetables, and herbs. Oats chilla is perfect for a fuzzy eater to gain nutrition or a healthy diet enthusiast and relished by kids. The oat flour present in the oats chilla gives an earthy tang, and the grated vegetables form a delicious filling. The oats chilla resemble the traditional dosa or omelet; in the western household, it’s the pancakes with blueberry, strawberry, whipped cream sided with maple syrup; here in India, it’s the chilla with coconut chutney, or onion chutney tastes the best with chutney powder and gingili oil. 

These Indian pancakes, also known as oats chilla, can be made in a jiffy on busy mornings or light up Monday mornings; there is no waiting to prepare oats chilla. The oats chilla helps to energize the mundane morning’s help you get through the day due to its high nutritional value. No fermentation or deepening of flavors is required like the dosa batter to prepare this speedy meal. Oats chilla is highly nutritious, rich in fiber and protein. Chilla is a popular breakfast in many busy Indian households. 

The traditional chilla only consists of gram flour, onions, and spices.  The grated vegetables are added to enhance the meal, to get the boring vegetables a good dress up and satisfy the taste buds. This dish can be turned into a dessert by grating jaggery instead of vegetables by spreading date (dry fruit) paste on the chilla to serve your sweet tooth. Oats chilla works perfectly for a fussy eater like toddlers by sneaking in some greens such as spinach in the batter. The aroma of the ghee makes anyone fall in love with this dish. The ghee can be replaced with oil for high cholesterol patients. Make it nutritious and tasteful, and kickstart your day with a healthy breakfast dish. 


  • 1 cup oats

  • ¼ cup semolina

  • ¼ cup gram flour

  • One capsicum (roughly chopped medium size)

  • One onion (roughly chopped small size)

  • One tomato (roughly chopped)

  • One carrot (grated) 

  • 1-inch ginger

  • 2 tbsp coriander (roughly chopped)

  • 2-3 green chili (crushed)

  • ½ tsp cumin seed powder (roasted)

  • ½ tsp red chili powder

  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder

  • Salt to taste

  • Ghee

  • Butter

Garnishing (optional): butter or ghee

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

Cook time: 15 minutes.

Total time: 20 minutes

how to make oats chilla

  • With the help of a grinder/ mixer, grind 1 cup of oats to slightly coarse powder to make sure the flour is not too coarse.
  • In a mixing bowl, add ¼ cup gram flour, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp turmeric powder.
  • To the above mixture, add the chopped capsicum, tomato, onion. Make sure the onions are chopped smaller than the rest since it can ruin the batter.
  • Add one cup of water to the mixture to make it to oats chilla batter.
  • Combine the above oats chilla mixture and stir it gently to make it a batter. Add salt according to taste.
  • Bring the pan to flames, make sure it is heated well. Smear the oil on the pan with the help of tissue or cloth to grease the pan; this process is not required if your pan is nonstick cookware.
  • Adjust the stove to medium flame. Pour the oats chilla batter into the pan using a spoon
  • Spread it lightly on the pan. In case the batter is too thick, tends to stick on the spoon, add water accordingly. If the oats chilla batter is too runny, add gram flour to the mixture.
  • Add half or 1 tsp oil around the edges wait until the base is firm to flip the oats chilla.
  • Please make sure the other side of the oats chilla is cooked by gently pressing it with a spatula.
  • Light and crisp oats chilla, cook on medium flames for few minutes. Repeat the process for the rest.
  • How to serve oats chilla?
  • Use round plates and fold the oats chilla to a triangle shape.
  • Garnish it with one cube of butter or ghee and the side dip as coconut chutney or onion chutney or chutney powder mixed with one drop of gingili oil.


  • Avoid green chilies when making it for small children. For adults, add the spice according to their spice tolerance and flavor.
  • The secret for perfect oats chilla is not to spread the batter too thin on the grill or frying pan.
  • Make sure not to grind the oats flour too fine since it can break the oats chilla when cooking it.
  • Instead of oil, use ghee for better taste and aroma.
  • You will require extra water (1/4 cup) for rolled oats flour to make the batter smooth.
  • You may replace oats flour with white chickpea flour or gram flour with semolina for extra crunch.
  • For serving the elder, swap the cumin seeds (jeera) with carom seeds (ajwain) as it provides an excellent digestive aid.
  • Make sure to serve oats chilla straight from the pan since hot oats chilla tastes better when warm.
  • For future consumption of oats chilla by making the batter, storing it in the refrigerator, and preparing it batch by batch works well or when needed.
  • For fluffy oats chilla, the trick is to leaven by adding ¼ teaspoon of baking powder or ¼ teaspoon of baking soda to the batter. 

Nutrition Facts

  • Oats chilla Calories 107
  • Fat 4g
  • Saturated fat 1g
  • Trans fat 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat 2g
  • Sodium 241mg
  • Potassium 190mg
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 29
  • Protein 3g
  • Vitamin A 3859IU
  • Vitamin C 7mg
  • Calcium 25mg
  • Iron 1mg


  • Is Besan chilla good for weight loss?

Absolutely! Besan chilla weight loss is closely linked because it is low in calories and rich in protein. 

  • What is oats besan chilla?

It is also a healthy breakfast option that is nutritious, tasty, and good for weight loss.  The item is made from besan and oats mixed with cut veggies and spices.