So Much Love for Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen! Plus Review, Giveaway and Recipe for Mom’s Chickpea Flour Pancakes

Chana Masala

I can’t remember how or when I was first introduced to Richa Hingle’s blog, Vegan Richa, but I do know that I fell hard for her site, her food and her creativity straight away. Every vegan I know loves and adores Richa and it’s not hard to see why! She’s exceedingly talented, makes the most incredible and accessible vegan food. Her site has won numerous awards and her following is nothing short of astounding. But on top of all these attributes, Richa is super humble and kind.

naanPuffy Restaurant-Style Naan

In the past, I’d tried making Indian food at home multiple times and not quite catching the flavor essences I was after. A few emails back and forth with Richa and a visit to the “Indian Pantry” guide on her site had me ready to tackle all of my restaurant favorites as well as new to me Indian food.

Richa

Fudgy Coconut BallsFudgy Coconut Balls (Nariyal Ladoo) pg. 221

Every recipe of Richa’s I’ve ever made has been nothing short of delicious. I was overwhelmed with glee when I found out she was going to be writing her debut cookbook. Her dedication and talent shine in Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen. The book is designed to simplify complex procedures. Richa’s recipes incorporate modern techniques and offer alternatives for hard-to-find spices while creating mouth-watering dishes true to her Indian heritage.

Chana Masala1I was able to make a feast out of recipes from the book for my parents and brother who are in town visiting. Everyone said the meal was better than the food at any Indian restaurant they’d ever been to. The naan perfectly buttery, tender and chewy, the chana masala spiced to perfection and the fudgy coconut balls were simply delightful.

But perhaps one of my favorite recipes from the book (the one I’ll certainly make over and over again) is Richa’s Mom’s Chickpea Flour Pancakes. I’ve got the recipe here for you below.

Chilla

Mom’s Chickpea Flour Pancakes

Chilla (Pudla)
Prep: 15 minutes | Active: 25 minutes | Inactive: 20 to 25 minutes| Makes 8 to 10
This is my Mom’s chilla recipe. It is also known as pudla.The classic Indian pancake made with chickpea flour is a popular breakfast in North India. These chillas in the simplest form are easy and perfect for breakfast, a snack, or a side flatbread.
For a veggie omelet version, add less water, for a thicker batter and add leavening such as baking powder. Add finely chopped vegetables such as zucchini. (Recipe from Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen Copyright © 2015 by Richa Hingle. Used by permission Vegan Heritage Press, LLC.)
  • 1 cup chickpea flour, garbanzo bean flour, or besan
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon carom seeds or cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 hot green chile, finely chopped (remove seeds to reduce heat)
  • 1/4 cup packed chopped cilantro
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon safflower oil, divided
1. In a bowl, combine the chickpea flour and 3/4 cup water. Whisk to get a smooth consistency. Whisk in another 1/2 to 3/4 cup water to make a thin lump-free batter. (If using besan, you will need less water).
2. Add the salt, turmeric, cayenne, carom seeds, onion, chile, cilantro, and 1 teaspoon of oil, and mix well. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes.
3. Heat a skillet over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, drizzle a few drops of oil on the skillet. Spread the oil using a paper towel. Pour a ladle full (1/4 to 1/3 cup) of the batter onto the skillet. Spread the batter by moving the skillet to make a 6 to 8-inch pancake. Drizzle a few drops of oil on the edges of the pancake.
4. Cook until the edges start to leave the pan and the bottom is golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Flip and cook for 2 to 4 minutes. Continue to make the rest of the pancakes. Serve hot.

Dinner

Vegan Richa

Visit Richa at her site Vegan Richa.

Purchase Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen here.

For a chance to win a copy of Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook, simply comment on this post below. You can enter until June 20th. I’ll contact the winner by email on June 22nd. USA entries only please.

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117 comments

  1. My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures of recipes from her book! I would be thrilled to win a copy!

  2. I love, love, love chilla(pudla)!!! This recipe is a little different than the one I have so I’ll have to try it. Very excited about this cookbook. Indian food is my new fave cuisine.

  3. My husband is Indian and I love cooking Indian for him and the boys. Chana is my favorite! I hope I win a copy of your new book! I would love to share the recipes with my family!

  4. Is it any surprise that I’m craving Chana masala now?! Those chickpea flour pancakes look absolutely divine! I need to try that VERY soon!

  5. I have this cookbook and can tell you it is well worth buying! Planning to buy the Abundance Diet, too. I rarely buy cookbooks but I know I will get great use out of both of these.

  6. Have made chickpea flour crepes – but not pancakes. They look so-o-o good. Have all the ingredients so they are on my “to do” list. Would love to win this beautiful cookbook.

  7. Yum…. I am going to make the chickpea pancake recipe for the people who are hosting me this week. I am determined to show them that being vegan isn’t boring or all tofu! Thank you for this wonderful recipe Risha 😋

  8. I heartily agree with all of your praise for Richa’s blog. I’m such a fan of her ideas. I’m running out to buy chickpea flour to try this recipe asap!!! Thank you so much for sharing it.

  9. This book looks amazing!!! Indian food was one of my favorite cuisines before I went vegan, and thankfully due to recipes like these I can still enjoy it cruelty-free! 🙂 Winning a copy of Richa’s gorgeous book would make me and my family a happy bunch as soon as I started cooking 🙂 Can’t wait to try the chickpea pancakes 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  10. Im in love with Indian cuisine!! I would love to win a copy of you lovely book and be able to learn your techniques for preparing this most flavorful colorful food! It has brought much joy to me to begin to learn! Thanks for considering. Peace and love from my kitchen to yours.
    Season

  11. I’m not vegan but if I was I’d eat Indian food all day every day. So tasty! The naan looks amazing and if I don’t win this contest I’ll probably buy the book myself!

  12. Thank you for all the love Somer! Super tight Hugs coming your way! I am so glad everyone enjoyed the food!! thanks for making it so well! XOXOXOXOX

  13. I’m going to have to try making naan again. After reading your post, I feel like the Little Engine That Could–in my head, I’m going, “I think I can! I think I can!” 🙂 I love her recipes! Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. I love that Vegan Richa always makes Indian food sounds so easy. Not only that, it’s also super delicious and actually healthy. I’m literally drooling over the Chana Masala, and I want that flatbread!!

  15. This recipe looks delicious! I would absolutely love to win a copy of her book! I’ve been wanting to cook more Indian dishes lately!

  16. just found richa’s blog this year. i have made many of your recipes. it will be fun to combine them with richa’s.

  17. Indian food has always been so tasty, and being able to make great vegan Indian food from home would be a great money-saver!

  18. I’ve been eating a vegan diet for 26 years but would like to dive into Indian food. Thanks for the recipe, link and chance to win the cookbook!

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