Chila {Savory Indian Crepes}

by Kiran on February 7, 2014 · 45 comments

in Breakfast/Brunch, Indian

I‘m a creature of habits. Especially when testing recipes, I love throwing in a pinch of this or a sprinkling of that and very often, forget to jot down the exact measurements.

Another reason why my mom doesn’t like sharing a recipe with me. Because there’s none to share since we are so used to a pinch of this and a dash of that.

Technicalities. Huh.

Chila {Savory Indian Crepes} |

Chila is something like that. There’s a gazillion version of making this savory indian crepes, your way. The batter is a little tricky though. Semolina absorbs a lot of water, so if you allow the batter to sit for a while, it’ll need more liquid.

Sounds tricky but trust me, its so easy and delicious. Perfect breakfast or brunch over the weekend. With a teapot of masala tea, please?

Chila {Savory Indian Crepes} |

And if you have any doubts of the exact measurements, I’ve made it a few more times just to be sure 😉

Chila {Savory Indian Crepes} |

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Chila —

  • 1.5 cups of semolina flour
  • 1/2 cup of chickpea flour
  • 1 cup yogurt, beaten
  • 2 + 1/4 cups of water
  • 1 cup onion, finely minced
  • 1 cup carrot, grated
  • 1/8 cup coriander leaves, minced
  • 3 green chilies, chopped
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garam masala

Coconut Mint Chutney —

  • 1 cup freshly shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 green chili
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, stir all chila ingredients until smooth. Keep aside to rest for a few minutes.
  2. Meantime, heat a large non-stick skillet (tava) on medium. Using a pastry brush, very lightly oil the skillet.
  3. Depending on the size of crepes, add a few tablespoons of batter. Using the back of a spoon, immediately begin spreading out the batter as thin as possible.
  4. Allow crepes to cook on one side before flipping. Drizzle a little oil over the top and sides of crepes before flipping. Cook crepes until the sides begins to brown. Each crepe would take about 1 to 3 minutes to cook (depending on the thickness).
  5. Continue cooking crepes until batter is done.
  6. To make chutney, add all the ingredients into a small blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  7. You can serve chila with some chili sauce, chutney’s or any other savory condiments.


Chila {Savory Indian Crepes} |

Off to plan a weekend that involves enjoying our new TV!! Super excited. I’d say our Valentine’s Day celebration is off to a great start 🙂

Have you tried chila before? What’s your favorite “eyeball” recipe without the exact measurements?


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1 Rosa February 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Those savory crepes look extremely good. I wish I could taste them right now…




2 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Thanks Rosa 🙂


3 Medha February 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

These crepes looks delicious! I can’t wait to try semolina flour in crepes, I always used chickpea flour alone. I am big fan of coconut chutneys and yours looks tempting! Gorgeous pictures!
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4 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Thanks Medha! Semolina is definitely a great binder for the batter. Give it a try and let me know how it tastes 🙂


5 simi February 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

I love your photography ? Absolutely gorgeous!
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6 simi February 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

sorry about the question mark, just a typo
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7 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Simi — awww, thanks and it’s ok 😉


8 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence February 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Gosh, I wish I could have this for brunch tomorrow morning. Looks lovely!! I could spend all morning relaxing at that table 🙂
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9 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Brandon — you should totally do it 🙂


10 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ February 7, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Never tried chila, looking forward to it. I wish I was more confident in the kitchen to try out more Indian recipes. Enjoy your new TV Kiran! If you happen to watch something very nice, let us know!
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11 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Daniela — oh sure! and thanks my dear. i hope you get to try more Indian recipes soon 🙂


12 Kulsum February 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

oh most my recipes are eye ball and blogging is slow for me also because most times I’m just too bad with cooking with measurement! Lovely photos and love chila xx


13 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Kulsum — “eyeballing” has to be the most therapeutic way of cooking 😉


14 Kelly February 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

These savory crepes look amazing Kiran! Hehe, sounds just like my mom too – a pinch of this and a dash of that but the results are always awesome 🙂 Thanks for sharing these stunning photos and have a great weekend!
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15 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Kelly — lol, thanks my dear 🙂


16 Nidhi February 8, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Beautiful photos Kiran.You can make food look so tempting. I think all mothers are same 🙂
These chilas are a huge hit in my family too. my kids love to take these in their lunch box.


17 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Nidhi — thanks so much, friends 🙂


18 Sophie February 8, 2014 at 3:24 AM

Yesterday, I ate a similar recipe from Kriss Car’s book! Great minds think alike!
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19 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Sophie — yay!! 😀


20 Daniela February 8, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Sounds and looks fantastic.
Must try this out for our next family brunch, Kira!
Love the presentation of the sauce in a coco nut shell.
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21 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Daniela — thanks and let me know how it tastes! Enjoy 🙂


22 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

These crepes look very tasty! I love the 2nd photo…so peaceful and wonderful.
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23 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Angie — thank you!


24 shobelyn February 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Looks delicious. I am the same as you, I forget the recipes easily too. That is why I have my blog to jot it down.
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25 Kiran February 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Shobelyn — thank you so much! I’m glad this is not only my problem 😉


26 Lizzy (Good Things) February 8, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Kiran, another beautiful, slightly exotic (to me) recipe. Thank you for sharing.
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27 Kiran February 12, 2014 at 2:05 AM

And thank you Lizzy, for the kind words 🙂


28 Choc Chip Uru February 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Such delicious crepes my friend, love them! I may lean towards sweet but my mum makes chila all the time 😀

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29 Kiran February 12, 2014 at 2:08 AM

Uru — I have a huge sweet tooth myself 😉


30 easyfoodsmith February 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Would love to have these crispy chilas for my breakfast. Scrumptious and healthy..totally a winner!
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31 Kiran February 13, 2014 at 2:56 AM

Taruna — yes, always a winner 🙂


32 John@Kitchen Riffs February 9, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I’m always playing with measurements when I cook too — and unless I’m baking (or mixing a cocktail!), so seldom make things exactly the same way twice. So I know what you mean! Anyway, great looking crepes! I gotta try these — thanks.
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33 Kiran February 13, 2014 at 2:58 AM

John — thank you and glad we share same sentiments 🙂


34 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 9, 2014 at 7:52 PM

What tasty crepes, I love the mint chutney!


35 Kiran February 13, 2014 at 3:02 AM

Thanks Laura 🙂


36 rika@vm February 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Sounds like my partner – he loves to taste when testing a recipe, and doesn’t like measurements. I want to try that coconut mint chutney – sounds so lovely with the fresh mint…can I use canned coconut milk? Speaking of chickpea flour, I want to make some socca, plus the ingredients in the chila sound amazing and easily veganized….I’ve never tried chila before but I imagine it would taste amazing with the flavors…..


37 Kiran February 13, 2014 at 3:19 AM

Rika — you can try thick coconut cream to make the chutney, but the best texture is only achieved with freshly grated or frozen grated coconut. I hope you get to enjoy a veganized chila soon 🙂


38 Kitchen Belleicious February 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

these look amazing and like the title says Savory. Rarely do savory crepes only sweet so its time for a change!
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39 Kiran February 13, 2014 at 3:31 AM

Jessica — savory for breakfast is a delicious change 🙂


40 Carolyn Chan February 12, 2014 at 4:00 AM

haha the whole “pinch of this” and “about this much of” is so true of a lot of Asian cooking. I remember my grandma telling “about 2-3 eggshells of water”. It really gives the “to taste” phrase true meaning ! I secretly think it’s because all the good cooks want to make sure the next generation cook with them to learn from scratch 😉
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41 Kiran February 13, 2014 at 3:36 AM

Carolyn — i couldn’t agree with you more 🙂


42 Helene D'Souza February 12, 2014 at 6:14 AM

I have been enjoying a lot of sweet breakfasts lately. I think so I need a change with your chila. How come I hadn’t come across these before!


43 Kiran February 13, 2014 at 3:36 AM

Helene — always something to learn 🙂


44 Amy @ Elephant Eats February 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM

The hardest part about creating or making recipes for a blog is writing down exact measurements! I have to say that it kind of takes the enjoyment out of cooking for me, to have to stop and write things down. I’m glad you did though, because these crepes look so yummy.
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