Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Oh So Yummy Stuffed Cheela Roll (Stuffed Gramflour Pancakes)

Hello Friends!

I am following a weight loss regime. No! I am not starving at all. I am just eating right & exercising at the gym. I have lost 3 kilos in 4 weeks which is not bad a start. What do you say? :)

I surely do get tempted when I have to cook for my husband but to gain compliments instead of that fat I am ready to sacrifice till I get fitter. Now, that does not mean I dont get to eat yummy food. All you have to do is think of the right ingredients & put them together for that yummy tummy filling food.

Friends! Here are some healthy tips which could help you lose that extra flab:

1. Do not starve

2. Include a good share of fruits & salads in every meal

3. Breakfast should have a fruit/milk/brown bread/oats/juice

4. Drink fresh juices & soups before you get hunger pangs

5. Drink lots of water but make sure you cut down on that oily food so that your body doesnt retain the water you just consumed (Oily snack will have salt which retains the water in your body)

6. If at all you crave to eat any of the following then have it during lunch only - curd/rice/paneer/1 poori/1 pakoda/1 fried papad/aerated beverage/1 sweet/1 portion of pizza/1 bite of that huge pastry/lassi etc. Having none of them or some of them only once in a blue moon is okay

7. Dont eat rice or roti for dinner. Instead have a bowl of any dal (lentil) with loads of salad. You may have 1 roti if you really want. Once in a while rice is okay which means twice a week at the max.

8. Try brown rice instead of white rice.

9.If you dont have a gym closeby then you just start skipping/running or climbing stairs

Some of my confessions:

1. I enjoy a portion of curd or raita during my lunch

2. I hate some fruits which I have to eat & love some fruits which I shouldnt eat

3. I enjoy aamras or a mango shake for breakfast on a Sunday (thatz just an excuse to enjoy mangoes)

4. I have not been able to develop taste for brown rice so once in a week, mostly on saturdays or sundays I eat a rice dish (My birthday yesterday served as an excuse to enjoy Rajma Rice...yummm)

5. After a few days your body feels much lighter & fresh

6. I also exercise at the gym & I am loving myself more & more each day

Cheela/Chilla is a very good option when you plan to lose your extra fat/flab. It is made with gramflour paste. Gramflour consists of dietary fiber & protein.

To enjoy this Oh So Yummy Cheela you need:

Besan (Gramflour) - 1 cup
Ajwain (Carom seeds) - 1/4th teaspoon
Asafoetida - tiny pinch
Red Chilli flakes - as per tolerance
Salt - As per taste
Oil - if reqd.

For the Stuffing:

French Beans  - 100 gms
Carrots - 100 gms
Pepper - for seasoning
Salt - as per taste
Olive Oil - a few drops


Wash & cut the tip & end of the french beans & keep aside. Scrape & wash the carrots & cut lengthwise.
Put them in a cooker with a cup of water & cook on medium flame till 1 whistle. Put off the flame now but do nto open the lid, let it now cook in the cooker steam. On medium flame, in a non stick pan add some drops of olive oil. Now, discard the water & add the vegetables to this. Saute, add crushed pepper & salt to it. Your stuffing is ready!

To make the cheela (pancakes), just add all the ingredients except oil. A dropping consistency is not too watery or very thick. You will know exactly what I mean when you make the first pancake. You can add more water or gramflour if the consistency isnt quite what you require. Take a ladle full of batter & sprad on the already hot pan. The pan should be on high flame & you should lower it as soon you have spread the batter. You may use a few drops of oil to turn it if required. Else turn it & cook till it is done.

On the cheela place some stuffing in the middle & roll it. Your Cheela Roll is all set! Ready to be Served & Savoured.


1. There are some variations to this cheela, like:

- You could add some shredded onions, tomatoes & capsicum to this cheela paste
- The stuffing can have more vegetables in it
- You could spread some honey on this cheela & then place the stuffing to roll & enjoy

2. It is best enjoyed with sweet or a tangy dip. I avoided it though.

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