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Lauki Chilla | Bottle Gourd Pancakes

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The Chilla is a very popular breakfast dish primarily because it is so quick and easy to make and makes for a hearty meal. When I was looking for pancake like dishes for L, I did not have many options. The chilla was on my mind ever since I began this marathon because if there isn’t one in a marathon about pancakes / dosais, it wouldn’t do justice to the theme. Then I looked for lauki and chilla and voila! Because there is a chilla with every ingredient. Don’t trust me? Try Google!

This is an instant breakfast dish and can be made in a jiffy. Just get all the ingredients together, mix and cook. You can’t ask for an easier dish, especially for a hectic weekday morning. I have never successfully made a besan chilla and so I usually fall back on the moong dal chilla. But this one turned out really soft and tasty, especially with the green chutney. So, that is a huge item ticked off the to-master checklist!!

For more Bottle Gourd recipes check out this Refreshing Juice and also this hearty Bottle Gourd Soup

For more recipes with chickpea flour check out these mint pakoras, nankhatais, bhajiya pav and stuffed snake gourd.


Recipe from here

Makes 3-4 Chillas


1/3 cup Besan / Chickpea flour

1/4 cup Grated Bottle gourd / Lauki

3 tbsp Rava / Semolina

3 tbsp Curds

1/4 tsp Red chilly powder

1/4 tsp Asofoetida

1/4 tsp Turmeric powder

1/2 tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds




  • Mix the besan, bottle gourd, rava, curds, red chilly powder, asofoetida, turmeric powder and salt
  • Add water to make a thick batter
  • Heat a tava and drizzle some oil on it
  • Pour a ladle full of batter and spread it in a circular shape
  • Drizzle some oil on the sides of the chilla
  • Once it is cooked, 1-2 minutes, use a steel spatula to disengage the chilla from the tava and turn it over
  • After a minute, take it off the tava
  • Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the batter
  • Serve warm with ketchup and green chutney
  • Enjoy!



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  1. We trust you Sowmya! There are so many variations and varieties of Chilla! Recipes like this Lauki Chilla is such a blessing on hurried weekdays when we are looking for instant breakfasts!

  2. This is indeed a great combination and use of word..I didn’t get anything for L for a while and suddenly realized I could do lentil, but how many lentil dosas yaar I thought..anyway will have this for my next time..

  3. I like all these instant and yet very healthy recipes. Such a filling dish. I would have not thought of adding lauki to chilas but now I will…thanks Sowmya for sharing a healthy recipe.

  4. super cool idea adding bottle gourd in besan chilla. surely it must be tasteful, I usually add carrot and cabbage, but adding lauki making it more flavorful. Great pick for this L dear

  5. My kind of dosas, that too instant version. Lauki chilla looks extremely prefect to make when we ran out dosa batter. Excellent dish to give a try without any fail.

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